This is part of a press release found here.
1,000 MILES DOWN...3,800 TO GO. AUDI’S CLEAN DIESEL SUV ROLLS INTO WINDY CITY ON 30 MPG
* Audi’s TDI fleet completes first leg of cross country Mileage Marathon
* Audi A3 Sportback TDI leads all Marathon vehicles with 45 mpg combined
* U.S. exec to lead drive thru Memphis, Dallas, Amarillo, and Denver over next 4 days
Chicago, Ill. (October 9, 2008) /PRNewswire/ — The city streets of New York and Washington D.C., nor the highways of Ohio and Indiana could keep Audi’s TDI clean diesel vehicles from registering envious fuel efficiency totals over a three day blitz across a quarter of the country. Audi’s TDI vehicles completed the first wave of the Mileage Marathon, a 4,800 mile, coast-to-coast endurance drive showing U.S. drivers up close that Audi has recast diesel into an ultra-low emission and fuel efficient alternative to gas-powered engines.
TALE OF THE TAPE: LEG ONE
Along the route, teams of drivers and journalists are competing for the best efficiency totals based on miles-per-gallon and average speed. Leading all vehicles in fuel economy with 45 mpg was the Audi A3 Sportback TDI. The miles-per-gallon leading team driving the first Audi TDI vehicle to be available in the United States early next year, the Audi Q7 3.0 TDI, registered a combined 30 mpg on the first leg of city streets and highways.
Day One: New York City to Washington D.C
Day Two: Washington D.C. to Cleveland
Day Three: Cleveland to Chicago
Below are the fuel efficiency stats for the leading miles-per-gallon teams of each Audi TDI vehicle during the first wave of the Mileage Marathon.
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI: 30 mpg (combined)
49 mph avg. speed
Audi Q5 3.0 TDI: 36 mpg (combined)
48 mph avg. speed
Audi A4 3.0 TDI: 42 mpg (combined)
50 mph avg. speed
Audi A3 2.0 TDI: 45 mpg (combined)
54 mph avg. speed