2012 Audi A8 Hybrid Plans Don't Include U.S.By Danny King August 25, 2011
Audi will debut a hybrid-electric version of the A8 sedan (above) in Europe next year, but Audi fans in the U.S. will have to wait. The company plans to boost its fleetwide fuel-economy here largely through diesel powertrains. It will offer a diesel version of the flagship sedan stateside but has no plans to bring over the hybrid A8, company spokesman Andrew Lipmann told AutoObserver. Details about the clean-diesel A8 haven't been released. Audi now sells diesel versions of the Q7 crossover and the A3 hatchback in the U.S. The A3 diesel beat hybrids such as the redesigned 2010 Toyota Prius and new Honda Insight for "Green Car of the Year" honors at the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show last year.
The A8 Hybrid, which will launch in Europe next year, will pair a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor in a parallel-hybrid set-up that will have 245 horsepower and will get about 37 miles per gallon as measured by European standards. The sedan, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month, will be able to go as almost two miles at a constant speed of 37 miles per hour on electric power alone. Audi's present A8 lineup for the U.S. market features a 4.2-liter V-8 or that delivers 372 horsepower and nets an EPA combined rating of 21 mpg, or a 6.3-liter W12 that nets an EPA-combined 16 mpg.