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2010 Audi A1 Details Emerge

 2010 Audi A1 Details Emerge
Audi A1 artist rendering / Copyright Larson

CAR magazine UK has reported on its candid conversation with Audi executives regarding the A1. According to CAR, the A1 will not only come in hatchback form but also as cabriolet and estate models potentially including quattro AWD.

"We will start with the three-door version with several different engine variants," Schwarzenbauer told CAR. "Will we do further models? Look at what we do with the A3 range - we could something similar with the A1."

That means probably anything from a 1.2-litre up to 1.8-litre turbo units, both petrol and diesel. Because the A1 will be a direct rival to the MINI, which is busy testing an electric model (MINI e), it may be safe to assume that alternative power sources are also on the cards here. We'd definitely be up for a performance S1 as well. And since MINI has all sorts of variations, including SUVs, two-seat Coupes and Roadsters coming up, expect the A1 to follow suit with similar offerings and even a possible Q1 SUV.

In terms of basic looks Audi has already given clues through the Metroproject Concept car (pictured here). The A1 is very important to Ingolstadt as it will add greater volumes and spur the company on with its plans to overtake BMW as the world's largest premium car manufacturer by 2015.

Unfortunately the A1 does not quite feature in the Audi's US plans as yet. Executives have said as much on a number of occasions.

Published Oct 13, 2009 2:03 pm By Thami Masemola
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GTurbo
COOL BLUE! IMAGINE THE 'S' OR 'RS' MODELS. THE MINI'S POPULARITY MAY DIMINISH ONCE THIS BRUTE IS UNLEASHED WITH COMPETITIVE PRICING. BMW AND FIAT BEWARE!
Oct 27, 2009 6:49 pm
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GTi125
COOL BLUE! IMAGINE THE 'S' OR 'RS' MODEL. THE MINI'S POPULARITY MAY DIMINISH ONCE THIS BRUTE IS UNLEASHED WITH COMPETITIVE PRICING. BEWARE BMW AND FIAT!
Oct 27, 2009 6:37 pm
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Sacto8780
I do think Audi may offer the A1 here specifically to counter the BMW MINI, though. And also because with the vehicle the A1's size, it helps Audi meet the upcoming tighter fuel economy mandates from the US government.
Oct 15, 2009 4:01 pm
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Wickedated
Way cooler than a Mini or a Fiat 500
Oct 14, 2009 7:19 pm
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BabyMilo
Itll be a cool city car
Oct 14, 2009 6:58 am
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alex_w115
still not a fan of the gigantic grill which makes all audi's look the same...but this blue rendering looks a good mix between scirocco and r8 styling
Oct 14, 2009 3:42 am
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motorsport13
it looks like the audi version of the scirocco.. i like it.
Oct 14, 2009 3:12 am
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jerry05cod4
not... they have the newest lineup by far, but not biggest yet... i like this car specially the grey mean looking one
Oct 13, 2009 11:38 pm
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wmgtxi
true
Oct 13, 2009 10:47 pm
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hunkeers87
they are already the world's largest premium car manufacturer...
Oct 13, 2009 10:44 pm
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Decypha
They are?
Oct 14, 2009 11:26 am
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Michael
No. At least not yet. First 9 months of 2009: BMW - 777,455 (-16%), MB - 737,600 (-16%), Audi - 705,300 (-7.5%).
Oct 14, 2009 2:53 pm
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