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Audi A3: Hybrid confirmed!

Audi A3 Hybrid
Great news here for all Audi lovers! Audi has confirmed to bring a hybrid option for the new Audi A3. Unfortunately we have to wait until 2012 it seems…

The hybrid A3 will use a 105bhp 1.6-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine with a 30kW electric motor to drive the front wheels, and two 30kW in-wheel motors powering the rear wheels. This essentially gives the car four-wheel drive, albeit for short distances only.

The motors are powered by a battery pack and energy from regenerative braking. That battery is a 12kWh lithium ion unit mounted in the floor of the boot, and it can be charged via the mains.

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Source: Autocar