Euromobil Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the DRB-HICOM Group and official importer as well as sole distributor of Audi in Malaysia today launched the all-new Audi A6 hybrid. The event marked also another milestone for the automotive industry in Malaysia as the Audi A6 hybrid combines the best of two worlds – the efficiency of a four-cylinder engine with the performance of a six-cylinder.
The all-new A6 hybrid was officially unveiled by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Haji Mohd Khamil Jamil, Chairman of Euromobil Sdn Bhd and Group Managing Director of DRB-HICOM Berhad. In his speech, Jamil said that the introduction of the Audi A6 hybrid in Malaysia is a testament to Audi’s support of the country’s drive towards Energy Efficient Vehicles and Audi’s commitment to the adoption of green technology in the automotive industry.
“With the introduction of the A6 hybrid in Malaysia, we hope that the steps taken towards encouraging the implementation of advanced green technology in the automotive industry will help the country to be on par with their neighbouring counterparts, and be more competitive on a global scale.” The all-new Audi A6 hybrid is driven by the innovative combination of small yet powerful multiple award-winning TFSI engine with an electric motor to achieve an impressive performance at the highest level that showcases innovative hybrid technology and progressive lightweight construction that is leading the way to an emission-reduced future.
“Audi considers electric driving as the key technology for the future. The introduction of the A6 hybrid is a positive step to support the growing interest and demand for sustainable technology in the country, while encouraging more early adopters of green technology in the automotive industry,” he added.
Prior to the launch, a media briefing was held at the Audi Kuala Lumpur Terminal to showcase the Audi A6 hybrid to members of the media. At the briefing, Harith Abdullah, Group Director of the Automotive and Defence Division, DRB-HICOM Berhad, said, “The Audi A6 hybrid stands as the perfect ambassador to Audi’s technological breakthroughs. The new Audi A6 hybrid is proof that driving pleasure and automotive efficiency is a winning combination.”
Designed as a parallel hybrid, the Audi A6 hybrid produces a combined total of 245 hp of system output and 480 Nm of system torque. Its combustion engine, a 2.0L TFSI with 211 hp and 350 Nm of torque that works together with an electric motor producing 54 hp and 210 Nm of torque. For increased efficiency, the weight of the vehicle is reduced with Audi’s ultra lightweight technology made out of 30% aluminium and high strength steel, it not only reduces weight effectively, but enables an increase in agility and rigidity for more driving pleasure.
Visually, the A6 hybrid differs from the conventionally-powered sedan solely in its hybrid design, an 18-inch aluminium turbine wheel design and the hybrid logos on fenders, tailgate and sill panels. In the interior too, everything looks the same – almost, with the inclusion of power meter in the instrument cluster indicating the different driving modes and the system’s overall output provides a clue to the innovative drive technology. The standard MMI Navigation plus system also now display the energy flows in the hybrid system or a breakdown of energy consumption.
The A6 hybrid also has the signature LED headlights. Meanwhile, the energy storage unit for the electric drive is also discreetly concealed. The compact and particularly lightweight electric motor is connected to the crankshaft through a clutch. This parallel hybrid concept ensures that the available power is transmitted directly for uncompromising performance with seamless power and acceleration at every driving situation. Mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission which integrates the electric motor with no additional space requirement, it controls the connection to the combustion engine through the clutch for shifting ease, sportiness and efficiency.
As a full hybrid on electric driving mode, a press of the EV button on the centre console, and it can travel at the speeds of up to 100 km/h purely on electric power with virtually no noise and with zero emissions, and has a range of three kilometres at a constant 60 km/h. The car is most enjoyable and potent when driven in boost mode with the accelerator motor and engine operating in tandem to generate more power with the full system output of 245hp and 480Nm of torque. During its recovery phase, the A6 hybrid recuperates energy during braking and overrun phases as the electric motor operates as a generator, converting kinetic energy into electric energy. This is stored in the lithium-ion battery and subsequently used to operate the electric motor. In the convenient start-stop mode, the internal combustion is switched-off when the vehicle is at a standstill to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The A6 hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 240 km/h. Standard urban, extra-urban and combined fuel consumption are all equal at 6.2 liters per 100 km. The Audi flagship combines a new level of technical intelligence with intuitively simple operation – a multimedia interface (MMI) with an intuitive touch pad which enables the driver to control many functions by tracing the letters on the pad with a finger. The system recognises the entry acoustically after each character on the touch sensitive pad. Euromobil also offers a number of attractive multimedia modules, including the optional high-end sound system from BOSE and Bluetooth car phone online – an integrated WLAN hotspot and providing access to Google Maps.
The A6 hybrid is available from RM280,000 OTR without insurance and ready for test drives at all Euromobil showrooms. The pricing of the vehicle is also in reflection of the full import duty and excise duty exemption for hybrid vehicles with 2,000cc and below – are granted with import and excise duty exemption valid until 31 December 2013.