Herndon, Virginia – Audi will debut its Q7 3.0 TDI in the U.S. next month in the Audi Mileage Marathon, a two-week, cross-country drive to display its fuel-efficient technology. The marathon comes ahead of the model’s 2009 U.S. launch.

The Mileage Marathon will cover more than 4,800 miles (7,724 km) from New York to Los Angeles. Held from October 5 to 20, the marathon involves 184 drivers representing countries in North America, Europe and Asia, who will drive the vehicles in 13 daily stages. Audi of America executive vice-president Johan de Nysschen will lead the rally of 23 vehicles.

“Driving responsibly and driving for pleasure have always been considered incompatible ideals,” de Nysschen said. “Our cross-country test showcasing TDI technology will prove that Audi has redefined diesel vehicles as car-lovers’ cars without the guilt.”

The Q7 3.0 TDI will be Audi’s first American TDI diesel introduction under the new 2008 emissions guidelines, and is designed to meet emissions regulations for all 50 states.

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