Audi A6 Hybrid Will Not Be Ready Until 2013

The hybrid bandwagon seems to be getting longer and longer by the day, as more automakers are joining up. Audi, on the other hand, don’t seem to be interested at the moment, despite the fact that they recently displayed a hybrid version of the all-new A6 sedan at the Detroit Auto Show.

It seems that Audi is going to make the United States wait, as they recently reported that it’s going to be three-years before a fuel-efficient hybrid A6 is ready for America. Luckily for them, Mercedes-Benz and BMW are moving slowly, as well, but three years is a long time to wait and by then, there might be an electric-powered E-Class or 5-Series ready to go. There is even a rumor that a 5-Series Hybrid will be here before the year is out.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told Automotive News Europe that the Audi A6 Hybrid would be ready in Europe at the end of 2011, but it won’t be in America till 2013.

This seems to be a trend for the German automaker, as the hybrid A8 will launch in Europe in 2012, but it won’t be here until 2014.

Audi’s hybrid Q5 will go on sale in Europe this spring and it could come to the United States in 2012 or 2013, but that remains to be seen as no time table has been given.

While all this is unfolding, Audi is working on an electric-version of the insanely fast R8 sports car. While the car might be ready by 2012, Stadler is still leery of electric-vehicles.

“We are still in the early phase with the electric vehicle, in terms of commercialization and whether the cars will be sold or leased, or will just be a collector’s car, ” he said.

That may be true, but Audi is planning on testing 20 examples of the electric A1 this summer in Germany, so it seems he is wiling to give the whole thing a try.

[Automotive News Europe]

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