Ron Cogan, editor of Green Car Journal and GreenCar.com presented the award to Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen. The Audi A3 TDI was among five model finalists nominated for the award, which began in 2005.
The 2010 Audi A3 TDI features a 2.0 diesel engine that delivers 140hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, while achieving an EPA-estimated 42mpg highway fuel economy. That means the Audi A3 TDI achieve 50% better fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine.
“We consider the Green Car of the Year® title one of the most important industry accolades,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. “It is of paramount importance for us to develop vehicles that achieve the very touchstones this award stands for — fuel efficiency and environmental impact. Rather than novelty features, we consider these attributes imperative to the future of automobile design. We are honored with this recognition for the Audi A3 TDI.”
Cogan said: “The Audi A3 TDI really defines what a ‘green’ car should be. At 42mpg, it sets the bar for highway fuel efficiency in the luxury car segment. Its 50-state certified clean diesel engine is quiet, responsive, and achieves its mission without the need for exotic technologies. Plus, it’s sporty and just plain fun to drive.”