New tax-efficient A4s here by summer

* Lower-powered A4s by July * 118bhp petrol and diesel engines * Eco models also considered...

New tax-efficient A4s here by summer

Company car tax-busting Audi A4s will be on sale here by July.

Powered by a lower-powered 118bhp version of its 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, the new model has CO2 emissions of 134g/km for the saloon and 139g/km for the Avant.

That puts the cars into the 18% company car tax band. The saloon will cost from 24,050, but prices have not yet been released for the estate model (Avant).

With the rising cost of diesel in mind, the A4 will also get a 118bhp version of the 1.8 TFSI petrol engine. The CO2 emissions for both the saloon and Avant will be 169g/km. That compares with the 172g/km the 160bhp 1.8-litre model emits. The saloon will cost from 19,900.

Meanwhile Audi is considering a greener A4, powered by the lower-powered 2.0-litre diesel. CO2 emissions of this model would be 129g/km.

Like the BlueMotion and Econetic models from VW and Ford, the A4 would achieve the low emissions with aerodynamic modifications and low-resistance tyres.

Audi showed off a concept version of the car at last year's Frankfurt motor show, and although it hasn't been confirmed so far, insiders expect to see it built.