Audi A3 TDI Named Green Car Of The Year

Alex L. Dykes
by Alex L. Dykes

Today, on the last day of media access to the LA Auto show, the mystic powers that be continued VAGs green run by selecting the Audi A3 TDi as the 2010 Green Car of the Year (The Jetta TDi won last year). In the running this year were the Audi A3 TDI, Honda Insight, Mercury Milan Hybrid, Toyota Prius and Volkswagen Golf TDI. According to the LA Auto Show,

The Green Car of the Year® award is a program that honors environmental leadership in the automobile field and recognizes vehicles that are readily available to consumers during the award year. Green Car Journal/ editors perform an exhaustive review of vehicle models to identify the five finalists. The winner is ultimately decided by jurors such as Jay Leno, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Carroll Shelby, Matt Petersen of Global Green USA and the Sierra Club’s Carl Pope, along with Green Car Journal editors.

Interesting then that this same bunch of car czars chose the Chevy Tahoe two years ago for getting 1 MPG better than the gasoline version. Anyone feeling some Volt love in 2011?

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  • Davey49 Davey49 on Dec 03, 2009

    The Tahoe Hybrid gets 4 mpg combined better than the Tahoe XFE and 5 mpg better than the standard Tahoe. You forgot that Hybrid systems mostly improve city mileage

  • Mpresley Mpresley on Dec 03, 2009

    A basic front drive A3 with no options (less luxury than a Jetta TDI) is 27 large. If you want to make it a real Audi (that is, equipped with a few nice options) you're pushing 37-38K. Did I mention that TDI is not available with Quattro AWD? The A3, at least in America, is a dead dog because of all this.

  • HerrKaLeun HerrKaLeun on Dec 03, 2009

    Angela von Arlington: I had used B100 in my 2003 Seat ibiza with Pumpe-Düse for 48,000 km. no issues. It also was officially approved for B100, it was euro 3 emission. Later models with PD AND Euro 4 emission did not have official B100 approval, probably because of emissions, not because of any issues.

  • Angela von Arlington Angela von Arlington on Dec 04, 2009

    Keep using B100 and stick to the service schedule and see how well your engine holds up with B100 after 160K km before you gloat about how well you are doing with B100. Chances are you won't get to 100k before you have cam failure.