Audi shifts away from diesel

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Audi Aus­tralia ex­pects its sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion A7 Sport­back range to fol­low the mar­ket trend away from diesel engines, with two new petrol of­fer­ings to com­mand at least 75 per­cent of the ¿YH GRRU ODUJH OLIWEDFN¶V YROXPH

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Speak­ing to Goauto at the A7 Sport­back me­dia launch in Bris­bane, Audi Aus­tralia prod­uct plan­ning and pric­ing di­rec­tor Shawn Tice­hurst in­diFDWHG WKH 7)6, LV H[SHFWHG WR EH WKH EHVW VHOOLQJ YDULDQW ZLWK D µFORVH WR SHUFHQW VKDUH¶ RI WKH PRGHO¶V RYHUDOO VDOHV

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When asked if diesel would be less RI D IDFWRU LQ WKH QHZ PRGHO JLYHQ year-to-date sales of such engines DUH GRZQ SHUFHQW LQ WKH SULYDWH pas­sen­ger-car seg­ment, Mr Tice­hurst agreed gen­er­a­tional change was on the FDUGV ³:H ZRXOG FHUWDLQO\ VHH SHWURO be­ing the pre­dom­i­nant force in this FDU ZLWKRXW D GRXEW ´ KH VDLG ³:H VHH GLHVHO FRXOG EH XS WR SHUFHQW EXW OHW¶V VHH

“There are some in­ter­est­ing changes hap­pen­ing in the mar­ket right now, es­pe­cially around diesel and petrol, DQG LW¶V VZLQJLQJ YHU\ TXLFNO\ ´

Mr Tice­hurst said Audi Aus­tralia was look­ing to grow its share in the $70,000-plus large-car seg­ment, with the A7 Sport­back and A6 sedan and wagon – due for re­place­ment in the ¿UVW TXDUWHU RI QH[W \HDU ± FRPPDQGLQJ DQ SHUFHQW VOLFH WR WKH HQG RI 6HSWHPEHU

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TRAN­SI­TION: Audi Aus­tralia ex­pects sales of its A7 Sport­back to trend away from diesel engines.

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