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Audi Teases Next Generation A6, Production Begins This Year

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On: Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 10:55AM | By: Chris Weiss

Audi Teases Next Generation A6, Production Begins This Year

Audi doesn't have any news quite as exciting as BMW's confirmation of a Vision EfficientDynamics production model last week, but BMW's competitive countryman also released some new details about one of its production facilities. Along with the news of the models being built at Audi's plant in Neckarsulm, Germany, Audi showed a new teaser of the next-generation A6 sedan.

Audi held an event to detail the cars that will be built in Neckarsulm, cars that include the A6, the Audi R8 Spyder, A8, A8 L and A7 Sportback. The company said in a statement: "2010 is the year of production starts for the Neckarsulm site. In addition to the Audi R8 Spyder, A8, A8 L and A7 Sportback, production of the new Audi A6 is also scheduled to start this year."

So that means this month or next month will see the start of the 2012 A6 production. Audi hasn't released all the details, but did show a picture of the covered up car with the other cars that will be rolling off assembly lines beginning before year-end.

The new A6 will feature Audi's latest aluminum and steel spaceframe (ASF II), a platform that weighs significantly less than all steel and is also significantly stiffer.

Like other Audis, the A6 will come with a full selection of gas and diesel engine options when it hits the market. The top of that line is expected to be the 4.0-liter V8 engine that Audi is developing in conjunction with Bentley. That engine will feature somewhere around 400-hp and will appear in Bentley models like the Continental GT, helping Bentley to improve fuel economy and sportiness over the larger W12 engine it currently offers. That engine is expected to be flex-fuel. Other engine options in the A6 will likely include a 190-hp 2.8-liter V6 petrol engine, a 185-hp 2.7-liter V6 diesel and a 238-hp 3.0-liter V6 diesel.

No word on when exactly Audi plans on pulling that sheet off, but expect the car to bow sometime in the first half of the year. The Geneva Motor Show sounds like it could be right on target.

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