Audi is to unveil a concept A8 Hybrid at Geneva. A production will be available for order in late 2011, the same year a Q5 Hybrid hits the market.

Audi, like most other automakers, is studying various ways to make cars go for longer using less fuel. Two of these technical solutions are the hybrid model and the electric vehicle. The former will be unveiled as a concept in the A8 at the Geneva Motor Show while a production version can be ordered from late 2011. A Q5 Hybrid is being launched in certain markets in late 2010/ early 2011.

The A8 Hybrid concept features a parallel hybrid configuration where the electric motor is integrated between the four-cylinder petrol engine and the 8-speed Tiptronic transmission. The petrol engine is a 2.0-litre TFSI worth 155kW (211 PS / 208 hp) and together with the electric motor make a total system output of 180kW (245 PS / 241 hp) and peak torque of 480Nm (354 lb-ft). Average fuel consumption is said to be 6.2 l/100 km (37.9 mpg US / 45.6 mpg imp) and C02 emissions are 144 g/km. In full electric mode it can reach 65 km/h (40.39 mph) and go for more than two kilometres (1.2 miles).

Meanwhile Audi wants its e-tron moniker to become as synonymous with its future electric powertrains as "quattro" is with its AWD vehicles.

"In future our customers will be able to choose from an increasingly broad range of driveline technologies," said Audi chairman Rupert Stadler. "To accompany our high-efficiency TDI and FSI engines, we shall offer electric power in the best possible forms for a wide range of mobility needs. The hybrid driveline will be followed by all-electric vehicles. The ‘e-tron' name will have an important part to play. Just as ‘quattro' has become a synonym for all-wheel drive, so ‘e-tron' is to be the Audi brand name for electric mobility."


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