Friday, January 14, 2011

A6 Hybrid: Green and Eco-friendly Luxury Car Introduced by Audi

Electrification is the new buzzword among car makers everywhere. Recently, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov introduced Yo, a new line of hybrid cars that is scheduled to start retailing from 2012. The tribe of hybrid vehicles is fast increasing. Growing focus on the need to lower one’s carbon footprint has even luxury car manufacturers trudging the green mile. Hybrid cars are the name of the new game and the latest to join this bandwagon is Audi. The car maker recently introduced the new Audi A6 and its green counterpart, the A6 Hybrid.

Finally, here is a luxurious alternative to the tried-and-tested Prius. According to Audi, the A6 Hybrid isn’t just another run-of-the-mill attempt at a hybrid car. It comes fitted with Audi’s award-winning 211 hp, 2-liter TFSI gas engine. Throw in a 45 hp electric motor and a 1.3kWh battery for a total power of 245 hp. Not bad for a car in this segment. Plus, the A6 clocks a neat average fuel consumption of about 38 US mpg.

Audi has put thought into making the A6 a lightweight, yet sturdy, car. Enter aluminium and special steels. The heavy Quattro system has pulled a vanishing act, with the car manufacturer preferring a lighter front-wheel drive.

The A6 scores on the tech scale with GPS based headlights, optional MMI navigation and a heads-up display. The latter ensures that the driver can view customised content without having to refocus while driving. Hopefully, the car will hit the stores soon, so that consumers can finally lay their hands on a green vehicle that’s luxurious to its core.

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