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    Thread: 2014 Audi A3 Sedan to bow at L.A. Autoshow

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      09-28-2012 02:22 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Rudy_H View Post
      http://www.autoblog.com/2012/09/27/v...pt-paris-2012/

      Here's hoping Audi America does the RIGHT THING! Just say no to the 1.8T ...this would of course also follow what the 8P had.

      Volkswagen says the next-gen GTI will boast an 18-percent bump in fuel efficiency, which could see the sports hatch top 36 miles per gallon highway on the U.S. scale. Not too shabby, especially given the machine should retain its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

      Volkswagen has also rummaged up a few extra ponies, as the company claims the MkVII will dish out around 217 horsepower, a 17-horse nudge over the current generation.


      2.0 (TFSI?) - 220hp
      2.0 TDI - 184hp

      DO IT!!
      Looks like this will be the new valvelift 2.0T, given that it has a tremendous increase in torque. It is almost as much as the S3's torque.

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      10-07-2012 04:46 PM #27
      So it sounds like not only will we not get a Sportback here in the US but we also won't be getting a diesel version, not even of the sedan.

      Edmunds 9/26/12

      Unfortunately for North American consumers, Audi has already gone on record with Edmunds saying the A3 Sportback will not be brought into the United States.

      Edmunds says: Looks great, and the weight savings promises improved dynamics and fuel economy. It may be costly, though, so Audi's decision not to bring the A3 Sportback Stateside might be a reflection of its doubts about the size of the premium compact hatchback market here.
      AutoGuide 9/27/12

      A diesel variant could be in the cars given how gas conscious consumers are becoming, but it won’t happen any time soon if history is any indication.

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      10-07-2012 10:46 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by TWinbrook46636 View Post
      So it sounds like not only will we not get a Sportback here in the US but we also won't be getting a diesel version, not even of the sedan.
      Sounds about right..Americans don't buy hatchbacks and they don't buy diesels.

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      10-08-2012 07:40 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by TWinbrook46636 View Post
      So it sounds like not only will we not get a Sportback here in the US but we also won't be getting a diesel version, not even of the sedan.
      While everything is heresay and speculation at this point, I would take the Edmunds report with caution. Audi of America has stated that they are investigating the option of bringing the A3 Sportback to the US in alternative powertrain configurations. Whether that means diesel, hybrid, electric or CNG is anyones' guess right now. What I would suspect is that we will indeed get the Sportback but not during the initial product launch.

      As for diesel, I would find it hard to believe we won't get the diesel A3 in some form considering that the Sportback's fortunes in North America really improved with the introduction of the TDI models a few years ago. As is I think the monthly volume of diesels in the mix of A3s sold ranges between 47-53% on average. They're more profitable and dealers cannot keep them on lots.

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      10-08-2012 10:10 AM #30
      i agree travis. i can't see audi discontinuing the diesel in NA. let's just hope they go for the higher output diesel with the intro of the sedan.

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      10-08-2012 08:55 PM #31
      how was the reliablity of the previous gen A3? I really like this car but im scared by potential problems, and VAG products have historically had sub-par reliablity.

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      10-08-2012 10:19 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by dogbolter View Post
      Sounds about right..Americans don't buy hatchbacks and they don't buy diesels.
      Not sure if you were being sarcastic as at least half of the A3 Sportbacks sold in the US are diesels and something like 80% of Jetta Sportwagens sold are diesels as well. The Golf TDI seems a very popular choice. I know I bought one.
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      10-08-2012 10:25 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Travis Grundke View Post
      While everything is heresay and speculation at this point, I would take the Edmunds report with caution. Audi of America has stated that they are investigating the option of bringing the A3 Sportback to the US in alternative powertrain configurations. Whether that means diesel, hybrid, electric or CNG is anyones' guess right now. What I would suspect is that we will indeed get the Sportback but not during the initial product launch.

      As for diesel, I would find it hard to believe we won't get the diesel A3 in some form considering that the Sportback's fortunes in North America really improved with the introduction of the TDI models a few years ago. As is I think the monthly volume of diesels in the mix of A3s sold ranges between 47-53% on average. They're more profitable and dealers cannot keep them on lots.
      Just to add more confusion Car and Driver just added:

      "The five-door Sportback is likely to arrive in turbo-four form–only; don’t expect an oil-burning five-door A3"

      That makes no sense to me as it sold very well as a diesel, better than the gas version.

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      10-09-2012 12:00 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by TWinbrook46636 View Post
      Not sure if you were being sarcastic as at least half of the A3 Sportbacks sold in the US are diesels and something like 80% of Jetta Sportwagens sold are diesels as well. The Golf TDI seems a very popular choice. I know I bought one.
      The diesel A3 has such high percentage of total sales because total A3 sales are so low. If the A4 diesel accounted for half of A4 sales, then it would be considered wildly successful.

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      10-09-2012 11:45 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by TWinbrook46636 View Post
      Not sure if you were being sarcastic as at least half of the A3 Sportbacks sold in the US are diesels and something like 80% of Jetta Sportwagens sold are diesels as well. The Golf TDI seems a very popular choice. I know I bought one.
      Well a touch of sarcasm certainly. It appears a lot of the cars I like and read about in the various mags aren't coming here as hatchbacks and diesels, as they don't sell well. For example BMW 1 series hatchback, Merc A class hatchback, Mini diesel etc

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      10-10-2012 03:55 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by LWNY View Post
      The diesel A3 has such high percentage of total sales because total A3 sales are so low. If the A4 diesel accounted for half of A4 sales, then it would be considered wildly successful.
      If a diesel version of the A4 were sold in the US...

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