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Trevor Collett | Oct, 28 2014 | 3 Comments

Audi’s hybrid-powered A6 has reportedly been scrapped, after the large sedan attracted just 4000 customers worldwide.

Of that paltry figure, around 3200 were sold in Asia, while an expected launch into the hybrid-loving US market never eventuated.

The model was launched in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show, and now Car And Driver reports Audi won’t be building any more.

Powered by a petrol-electric arrangement that saw a 155kW 2.0 TFSI petrol engine paired with a 33kW/211Nm electric motor, the A6 Hybrid could reach 100km/h on electric power alone.

Using both methods of propulsion, the A6 Hybrid could reach 100km/h from rest in 7.3 seconds, and returned a fuel figure of 6.2 l/100km.

The Hybrid could also cover up to three kilometres on battery power alone, while travelling at around 60km/h.

There was no mention of the Hybrid power-plant when Audi announced its updated-for-2015 A6 and A6 Avant wagon, with a selection of three TFSI petrol and five TDI diesel units offered in various markets instead.

Each engine for 2015 is Euro 6 emissions compliant and uses up to 22 percent less fuel than in the previous model. This improvement alone may have made it difficult to justify the continuation of the Hybrid.

Audi may instead offer a plug-in hybrid version of the A6 in the future, along the lines of the A3 e-tron which offers up to 50km of driving on battery power alone.

The A3 e-tron is set to arrive in Australia early next year, with a Holden Volt-rivalling price-tag of around $60,000.

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