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Audi A3 etron/Golf hybrid price after federal income tax credits in US

The German price and final specs have been released which have allowed me to make a guess at estimated pricing in the US.  This is just my personal guess but it’s an educated guess.  I took the German price of the Audi A3 e-tron, subtracted sales tax (VAT), adjusted for the US market, and ended up at $37,000 after tax credits of about $4,500.  The price you pay sales tax on is $42,000 which is close to my original total wild guess of $40,000.

The Golf hybrid uses the same drivetrain and battery as the Audi A3 etron so I have to use the same guess but adjust it downwards to account for a VW brand discount.  Adding that to a basic Golf results in about $33-36,000 before tax credits, or roughly $29-31,000 after tax credits. Here is my longer forum post with how I arrived at the Audi A3 numbers including references.  Here’s the Golf estimate in detail:

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VW Golf vs. Audi A3 hybrid and TDI sales numbers

I recently went to the VW museum in Wolfsburg where the 25 millionth VW Golf had an ignominious hiding spot behind a curtain in storage. Just last month, VW built the 30 millionth VW Golf and Audi just announced they built the 3 millionth Audi A3. Even though that doesn’t sound like a lot, the Audi A3 has only been around since 1996 and the VW Golf has been around since 1974. Assuming even sales every year (I know that’s not right but I don’t have any other yardstick), that means the A3 sells 176,470/yr and the Golf sells 769,230/yr. That’s a factor of 4.35 per year.

Both the all new Audi A3 and will come in TDI and plugin hybrid form and I wonder which one will be more popular! They’ll share a 1.4L turbo engine and 8.8kWh battery since they’re based off the same platform. Which would you want?

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Audi A3 e-tron specs

Wow, Audi is really rolling out their e-tron line quickly.  While this is just a prototype based off the current Audi A3, the actual A3 e-tron will be based off the next generation Audi A3 at the earliest, which will probably be a model year 2012.  Unlike their current hybrid lines, the e-tron is the name for their all-electric powered cars.

Here are the specs for the Audi A3 e-tron electric car

Front wheel drive only so far, no quattro.  The battery packs are in the middle and trunk area which rules out the rear drivetrain components needed for quattro in this prototype.

Total power is rated at 130 hp and 199 lb-ft torque.

Battery pack: 26.5 kWh.  By comparison, the Volt and Leaf battery packs are 16 and 24 kWh.  (16 is the minimum to get the US government’s tax credit of $7,500).

Estimated range: about 90 miles.  By comparison, the all electric only range of the Volt and Leaf are about (20-50) and (70-100).

0-60 11 seconds

top speed: 90 mph

recharge time: 4 hours with 400 volt rapid charger, 9 hours with a standard 110 volt household outlet

Keep in mind that these are specs on a prototype car only.  However, the specs are very close to the Nissan Leaf’s.  It will be interesting how Audi’s development of their e-tron production cars follows the first modern all electric mass produced car, the Leaf.

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