01 Mar '12, 9pm

BREAKING: Audi Confirms Plug-in Hybrid A4, Q7 e-tron Models

Another car maker confirming that they dearly lovely their gasoline engines. This hybrid approach adds complexity to the car, therefore increasing production cost and long-run maintenance costs. The real innovation of the Model X vs. Q7 is that, by removing the bulky engine, Tesla is able to have gobs of storage space and seating for 7 adults. The Q7, by contrast, has poor storage unless you lose the back row of seating; the PHEV version will likely have even less space, as Audi is likely to use up what little storage space the Q7 now has with batteries. The A4 refit will likely suffer the same issue: the compromises in complexity and loss of space from having two power trains, a fuel tank, and a battery, will make for a weak entry.

Full article: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1073567_breaking-audi...

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