New Audi Ultra range offers improved economy; Mercedes S-class engine line-up expanded; Vauxhall Astra gets new 76.3mpg diesel

Audi has revealed a new range of Ultra models that focus on efficiency and power, including an Audi A6 with 187bhp and 64.2mpg. The A6 2.0 TDI Ultra, priced from £32,515, has CO2 emissions of just 114g/km of CO2. Ultra A4s, A5 coupés and A5 Sportbacks will follow.

The Vauxhall Astra is the latest model to get the company's new 1.6-litre diesel engine It will be offered in 108bhp and 134bhp outputs, capable of averaging 76.3mpg and 72.4mpg respectively. CO2 emissions are as low as 97g/km. The new engine is coupled to a six-speed manual with an improved shift quality.

Mercedes has expanded its S-class range with three new powertrains - a 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel-electric hybrid and two V12s. The new £72,260 S300 Bluetec Hybrid L AMG Line averages 61.4mpg and emits 120g/km of CO2. The new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12s comprise the £139,960, 523bhp S600 L AMG Line and the £179,960, 621bhp S65 AMG L.

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6 February 2014
Very good figures from the A6. Very competitive in the company car market.

Demonic Soul

6 February 2014
Someone calling themselves 'Demonic Soul' shouldn't be bothered to tap his keys about a 2.0 TDi Audi. Dull, rattle, dull, rattle, dull.

S65. Now that is demonic.

7 February 2014
eseaton wrote:

Someone calling themselves 'Demonic Soul' shouldn't be bothered to tap his keys about a 2.0 TDi Audi. Dull, rattle, dull, rattle, dull.

S65. Now that is demonic.

hahaha!

This is the problem with the intergeek everyone forgets who they really are. Temporary alter egos.

7 February 2014
...to get the indicators to work on this one? They hardly ever seem to work on any of their other models, as they suddenly lurch off in a different, often random, direction....

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The Audi A6 rises higher than any model before it and is now a real contender in the mid-size exec market

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