1,000 Miles Down…3,800 to Go. Audi’s Clean Diesel SUV Rolls Into Windy City on 30 MPG

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October 9, 2008

Source: Audi AG

  • Audi’s TDI fleet completes first leg of cross country Mileage Marathon
  • Audi A3 Sportback TDI leads all Marathon vehicles with 45 mpg combined
  • U.S. exec to lead drive thru Memphis, Dallas, Amarillo, and Denver over next 4 days

    The city streets of New York and Washington D.C., nor the highways of Ohio and Indiana could keep Audi’s TDI clean diesel vehicles from registering envious fuel efficiency totals over a three day blitz across a quarter of the country. Audi’s TDI vehicles completed the first wave of the Mileage Marathon, a 4,800 mile, coast-to-coast endurance drive showing U.S. drivers up close that Audi has recast diesel into an ultra-low emission and fuel efficient alternative to gas-powered engines.



    Along the route, teams of drivers and journalists are competing for the best efficiency totals based on miles-per-gallon and average speed. Leading all vehicles in fuel economy with 45 mpg was the Audi A3 Sportback TDI. The miles-per-gallon leading team driving the first Audi TDI vehicle to be available in the United States early next year, the Audi Q7 3.0 TDI, registered a combined 30 mpg on the first leg of city streets and highways.


    Day One: New York City to Washington D.C

    Day Two: Washington D.C. to Cleveland

    Day Three: Cleveland to Chicago


    Below are the fuel efficiency stats for the leading miles-per-gallon teams of each Audi TDI vehicle during the first wave of the Mileage Marathon.

    Audi Q7 3.0 TDI:

    30 mpg (combined)

    1046 miles

    49 mph avg. speed

    Audi Q5 3.0 TDI:

    36 mpg (combined)

    1029 miles

    48 mph avg. speed

    Audi A4 3.0 TDI:

    42 mpg (combined)

    1039 miles

    50 mph avg. speed

    Audi A3 2.0 TDI:

    45 mpg (combined)

    1055 miles

    54 mph avg. speed


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    IMSA officials will be the sanctioning body for the Audi Mileage Marathon. They will be present at the refueling of all press vehicles each night, as well as the signing and sealing of the fuel filler doors during that time. Furthermore, they will award the winners of each of the four stages for the driving team that achieved the most efficient mix of fuel economy, distance, and speed. These calculations will be derived from vehicle data obtained every 24 hours.

    Exclusively in the auto racing business, IMSA organizes and officiates professional road racing competitions. IMSA is one of the eight member clubs of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS), which is the FIA sporting association for the United States. As such, IMSA is one of just a few organizations in the U.S. authorized to stage competitions based in the International Sporting Code. Visit www.imsaracing.net for more information on IMSA.


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