Audi's clean diesel A3 TDI named 2010 'Green Car of the Year'

Audi's A3 TDI engine delivers 140 hp and a class-leading 42 mpg highway.
Audi's A3 TDI engine delivers 140 hp and a class-leading 42 mpg highway.

From Green Right Now Reports

Audi’s all-new A3 TDI, part of a new generation of clean diesel cars, won the title of 2010 Green Car of the Year yesterday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of,  presented the award. The Audi A3 TDI was among five finalists nominated for the award, which began in 2005.

The 2010 Audi A3 TDI only began arriving at U.S. dealerships last month. Its TDI 2.0 engine delivers 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, yet achieves an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway fuel economy that is the best of any luxury car sold in America. The car achieves 50 percent better fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine.

“We consider the Green Car of the Year title one of the most important industry accolades,” Johan de Nysschen, President of Audi of America, said in a statement. “It is of paramount importance for us to develop vehicles that achieve the very touchstones this award stands for – fuel efficiency and environmental impact. Rather than novelty features, we consider these attributes imperative to the future of automobile design.”

.The other 2010 nominees were the Honda Insight, Mercury Milan Hybrid, Toyota Prius and Volkswagen Golf. Another clean diesel,  the Volkswagen Jetta TDI,  was last year’s winner.

“The Audi A3 TDI really defines what a ‘green’ car should be,” the Green Car Journal’s Cogan said in a stastement. “At 42 mpg, it sets the bar for highway fuel efficiency in the luxury car segment. Its 50-state certified clean diesel engine is quiet, responsive, and achieves its mission without the need for exotic technologies. Plus, it’s sporty and just plain fun to drive.”

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