Autoblog's Audi Mileage Marathon Blog Misses the Story Again!
It’s cruel, I tell you, cruel! The moment Autoblog’s Sam Abuelsamid steps out of the office for an all-expenses-paid transcontinuental trek in a diesel Audi, green auto news hits the autoblosphere, rendering his journey something less than interesting. No wait, I mean, important. Or is it both? Anyway, in this case, Audi– the self same company that organized this non-event– have announced that they’re going to build an electric-powered version of their up! up! with people! minicar. “Last week at the Paris Motor Show, management board member Peter Schwarzenbauer reportedly confirmed that again to Britain’s AutoCar magazine.” And who covers this development, and leaves Mr. Abuelsamid’s Day 3 report off its AM Autoblog blogroll? Autobloggreen! When the guys back at the office ignore you on the third day of your story, you know you’ve been SITB. Hey Sam! How about blogging this bad boy for us? I mean if the highest average speed was 51mph, and you’re going from NYC to CA via Chicago, there’s still plenty of time left.
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I'm trying to understand why TTAC is concerned (a little obsessed, even?) about this relative non-event on ABG, and why it's even worth mentioning that the Day 3 blog entry was left off of the sometimes sporadic AB roundup of ABG stories. Are you perhaps just trying to poach some talent? I scan all three sites (among others) using RSS and read what I find interesting, and ignore what I don't. Perhaps there's some historic back-story that I'm missing, but why the fuss for what another site chooses to emphasize? Please don't take this as flaming - I'm genuinely mystified as to why this topic warrants so many posts. (FWIW, the only Audi of interest to me on the PR caravan is the one typically mentioned in passing and that is not currently slated for the US market, but which also happens to be getting the best mileage by far - the A3.)