Audi A3 TDI Being Considered For US Market

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As a brand that has been building their image as a manufacturer of premium diesel engines, it comes as no surprise that Audi is reportedly considering bringing the A3 2.0 TDI to the US market. The A3's 2.0-liter diesel engine makes 140 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque, and is good for an average of 29 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway. Though there's also a 170 HP version, and we're sure there's plenty more power that can be squeezed out of the little oilburner with some aftermarket tuning. Sure, you could just get a VW Jetta TDI with the same powerplant, but we're sure there are a few people out there who would enjoy a more upmarket fuel-sipping small car. [via MotorAuthority]

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Audi has only sold 3,447 A3s in the US in the first eight months, proving that the small, premium hatchback market here consists of the Mini, and little else.

Go ahead, Audi, bring the 170 HP diesel A3 over. Go bold or go home.