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Scott Keogh to Deliver Keynote at 2013 Washington Auto Show

Audi of America President to kick-off Event January 31

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 16, 2013 – (Virtual Press Office) -- The Washington Auto Show®, the automotive industry’s annual public policy show and the largest public show held in Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce that Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, will be delivering the keynote address at the Newsmaker Breakfast on Thursday, January 31st.

Keogh, president of Audi of America, is a leader in the charge for cleaner, more efficient engines, increased fuel economy and national energy independence. The Newsmaker Breakfast, part of the show’s Public Policy Days, will follow the “Affordable Mobility: The Future of Transportation and Energy Efficiency” Summit, to be held at Capitol Hill and sponsored by The National Journal.

In keeping with the theme of the Summit and Public Policy days--the focus on long term energy efficiency and environmental sustainability for the automotive industry – Keogh’s address will highlight the strides and advances made by Audi in clean engine technologies and will speak to clean diesel and other technology topics to raise awareness and accelerate policy discussions on these new automotive frontiers.

“We are proud to be showcasing our latest products and technology at The Washington Auto Show,” said Keogh, and added, “We are especially proud of our recently announced additions to our TDI clean diesel line up: an A8, A7, A6, and a Q5 will be offered as TDI versions for drivers seeking to save at the pump, for a nation seeking to free itself from the grip of foreign oil, for a society seeking smart ways to cut greenhouse gases, and for a world seeking truly sustainable mobility.”

Audi, which is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally, will also participate in this year’s show as part of the inaugural Luxury Showcase, which will house the latest models from 11 luxury carmakers. The Luxury Showcase will be located on the first level of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

“This show is dedicated to highlighting the technologies that are shaping our industry’s future and the companies that are leading the way in sustainability, fuel efficiency and smarter engines,” says Washington Auto Show Chairman Robert Fogarty. “Audi, with its innovative advances in alternative fuel technologies and new vision for energy independence, is a great example for policy makers and media professionals of the automotive industry’s commitment to environmentally sustainable and affordable mobility solutions.”

The Newsmaker Breakfast is sponsored by Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA), the professional association dedicated to improving communication between automotive journalists in the Baltimore-Washington area and the automotive industry, regulators, and other related groups and the International Motor Press Association Based in the New York area, IMPA is the country's oldest organization of automotive journalists and public relations professionals of the world’s major automotive manufacturers and suppliers.

For more information about The Washington Auto Show, please visit www.washingtonautoshow.com.

About Audi of America

Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. Audi’s best year was 2012, and December 2012 was the best month, in its history in the U.S. market. The maker, a unit of Volkswagen Group that operates independently in the U.S., said sales hit 14,841 in December, up 17.3 percent from a year earlier. Visit http://www.audiusa.com or http://www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally.

About The Washington Auto Show®

The “Public Policy Days” of The Washington Auto Show kick off January 30, 2013, with two days of powerful and purposeful dialogue between industry leaders and public policy makers on issues impacting the automotive industry. The National Journal Policy Summit on Capitol Hill is held in the Cannon House Caucus Room, followed by Jan. 31 at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center with press conferences and special events. The event opens to the public February 1-10, and will provide more than 750,000 square feet of autos, advanced technology and experiential events throughout all levels, exhibition halls and meeting rooms of the Convention Center, in which more than 43 domestic and import manufacturers present more than 700 vehicles. This year’s event also includes the inaugural Luxury Showcase and enhanced floor plan.

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