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Audi A3 Sportback e-tron available at 410 European dealers

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is a very important model from Ingolstadt as it’s the first plug-in hybrid commercially available and it can now be ordered in Europe from around 410 dealers. 105 of these dealerships are at home in Germany where the vehicle carries a starting price of 37,900 euros and will reach customers sometime this winter.

This special version of the A3 five-door makes use of a conventional 4-cylinder, 1.4-liter TFSI turbocharged gasoline engine working together with an electric motor to offer a combined output of 204 PS (150 kW). In the NEDC plug-in hybrid vehicle test, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron managed to have a fuel consumption of just 1.5 liters / 100 km (156.8 mpg US) with corresponding CO2 emissions of only 35 g/km. When running only on electric power, the vehicle is capable of travelling at distances of up to 31.1 miles (50 km) while in the combined mode it will do more than 559.2 miles (900 km).

At home in Germany the vehicle is available with various lease options, including a 36-month contract with a 319 euro / month payment. Audi has announced that in the near future all dealers of e-tron models will feature at least one charging station which will be used by the customers, with the electricity being produced in hydroelectric power stations from Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

The German-spec Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is available with an “e-tron plus” package encompassing the charging dock, cable for public charging points, Audi connect, phone box and MMI navigation plus.

Adrian Padeanu

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