Audi working on 235 mpg A1-based city car

Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept
Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept

A full four-seater

Audi is developing an extremely frugal city car capable of returning 235 mpg US (282 mpg UK or 1 liter / 100 km).

In an interview given to Autocar, Audi's head of technical development Wolfgang Durheimer said this vehicle will be based on the current-generation A1 and will be an "affordable" full four-seater. No compromises will be made to reach those mpg figures as the model will have "all the creature comforts of a normal car, including climate control."

Details are limited at the moment, but it's a known fact that it won't take the 2-cylinder diesel engine inside the Volkswagen XL1. Design will be inspired from Audi's Crosslane Coupe concept, the same vehicle which will influence the looks of the upcoming Q2.

The vehicle could reach showrooms in approximately three years.

Source: Audi via autocar.co.uk

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That I would buy but only if they finally leave their current same-across-the-line-design.
Nov 26th, 2012 7:20am
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jimcbride jimcbride
Let's see... Toyota has been working on the Prius for 15 years now, it is in its 3rd generation, and gets 50 mpg. So Audi is going to produce a brand new city car model that gets 235 mpg in its first iteration. Am I right to be skeptical?
Nov 24th, 2012 1:22am
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hunker7 hunker7
No one said they are starting now. They will do it once and at their best.
Nov 24th, 2012 1:34am
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Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
You are wrong to doubt Audi's engineering prowess against someone like Toyota, Audi really knows what they're doing especially with diesels, but you are right to be skeptical of a performance claim this early into somethings development.
Nov 24th, 2012 3:07am
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edd_lg edd_lg
@ jimcbride, Toyota spent 8 years in F1 and they didn't win once. Audi entered LeMans and they dominate it. Also a lot of diesel cars already have better fuel economy than the Prius and VW is working on the XL1 for quite some time.
Nov 24th, 2012 3:49pm
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efgh efgh
F1 is way more competitive than LeMans. granted, some diesel cars achieve better fuel economy than the prius but, still, in my opinion toyota is more trusted and innovative than audi/vw.
Nov 25th, 2012 3:42am
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hunker7 hunker7
You are joking right?
Nov 25th, 2012 12:01pm
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Microice Microice
Screw the e-tron?
Nov 23rd, 2012 9:35pm
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Good luck.
Nov 23rd, 2012 5:51pm
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