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Audi A8 Hybrid, Audi Q5 Hybrid: Both set for 2011 launch

Audi A8 Hybrid
Audi will launch the Audi A8 Hybrid and the Audi Q5 Hybrid in 2011.

Audi showed off the A8 hybrid in Geneva, calling it an “engineering study.” It is powered by Audi’s 2.0-liter TFSI engine with 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, paired with an electric motor for a combined 245 hp and 354 lb-ft. Average fuel consumption is 38 mpg, the German automaker said. The A8 hybrid has an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission.

“A U.S. confirmation or launch date is still TBD, but on a worldwide basis, it should be available by the end of calendar year 2011,” said Audi spokesman Christian Bokich in response to an e-mailed query by Inside Line. “The ‘regular’ A8 launches in the U.S. in fall 2010 as a 2011 model year vehicle.”

He said the Q5 hybrid, the automaker’s first hybrid, will get the 2.0-liter TFSI engine, rated at 211 hp, and an electric motor. “U.S. launch timing is at the end of the 2011 calendar year,” Bokich said.

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Source: Inside Line