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Audi Q5 Hybrid Scheduled to Come to America in 2011
In brief: Audi has announced that their crossover, the Q5, will be the first hybrid for sale from the company in North America, coming to market in 2011.
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The Q5 is part of a bigger plan from Audi to spend $12.5 billion over the next three years in advanced propulsion technologies. This plan will produce several hybrid and pure electric vehicles from the company in the next decade.
Audi is staying close to the vest with details on the hybrid Q5. It will be using nicken metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries (which the Toyota Prius also uses) and will most likely use Audi's 2.0L 4 cylinder, which is in most of Audi's mid-sized gasoline models.
One thing Audi did not do is change their stance on diesel being the preferred future technology and fuel. The company plans to continue focusing ICE developments on diesel (especially their award-winning TDI), but the demand for hybrids is obvious and the company would be remiss to ignore it.
And so ...
Could it be possible that the Q5 will surprise everyone and be a diesel-electric hybrid? Who knows, but it would fit with Audi's philosophy on future cars.
Photo credits: Audi
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