|Popular Cars For Sale||Ford F-150||Chevrolet Silverado||Honda CR-V||Nissan Rogue||Toyota Camry||Toyota RAV4|
In the gospel according to German automakers, U.S. customers don’t like hatchbacks, wagons or diesels. Odd, then, that some 35-percent of Audi A3 models sold come with its TDI turbodiesel engine, and equally odd that Volkswagen dealers have no trouble selling all the diesel models they import. Maybe Americans do appreciate the practicality of automobiles other than gasoline-powered sedans and crossovers.
According to Car and Driver, via Left Lane News, Audi seems to be softening its stance. Word is that the new A3 Sportback (a hatchback or small wagon by any other name) will join its sedan sibling in the United States, which is counter to Audi’s original position on the car. While European customers get both three and five-door versions of the Audi A3 Sportback, those of us on this side of the pond will reportedly see the five-door only.
If that’s the good news, here’s the bad: then new generation of A3 will allegedly be offered only with Audi’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. We find that surprising, as diesel-engined A3s make up over a third of Audi’s current U.S. A3 sales, and diesel emission regulations between the E.U. and the U.S. will be on parity as of 2014. With a clear demand for the product and more economical compliance on both sides of the Atlantic, not offering a diesel makes no sense at all.
Longer-term, Audi will launch both S and RS versions of the A3, at least in Europe. Call us weird (or downright un-American), but the thought of a high-performance compact station wagon makes our hormones sit up and beg.
|Popular New Cars|
|New Acura MDX||New Chevrolet Corvette||New Kia Telluride||New Toyota Highlander|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500||New GMC Sierra 2500||New Jeep Wranger||New RAM 1500|
|New Chevrolet Equinox||New Honda Accord||New Kia K5||New Subaru Forester|
|New Chevrolet Traverse||New Honda Civic||New Kia Sorento||New Subaru Outback|
|New Ford F150||New Honda CR-V||New Kia Sportage||New Toyota Camry|
|New Ford F250||New Honda Pilot||New Mazda CX-5||New Toyota Corolla|
|New Ford Escape||New Hyundai Tucson||New Nissan Rogue||New Toyota RAV4|
|New GMC Sierra 1500||Jeep Grand Cherokee||New Nissan Sentra||New Toyota Tacoma|