26 Aug '11, 1pm

Audi Confirms A8 Hybrid for Production

Audi Confirms A8 Hybrid for Production

Why are Audi and other luxury European carmakers so reluctant to immediately bring hybrid and plug-in electric versions of their cars stateside? Because they don't have to. Europe is several years ahead of the United States in escalating its fuel economy standards—meaning that companies like Audi can, for the time being, meet the American CAFE mandate with more efficiently tuned gas cars and a smattering of new TDI models. If consumer demand for fuel economy rises in U.S., it's likely that many of these manufacturers might speed up their plans to bring their hybrid and electric models here. Otherwise, Americans may have to wait until rising government standards catch up with Europe.

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