• Feb 27, 2010
2011 Audi A1 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Audi will finally show off its new A1 minicar this week in Geneva. As usual, it'll be available in Europe with an array of gas and diesel engines, but a French website reports that the A1 will also form the basis for a third e-tron concept. If Audi sticks with the pattern it started last month in Detroit, this one will be dubbed the e-tron Geneva Concept. The idea isn't without merit; reports that Audi plans to build a roadgoing electric version of the A1 have circulated for some time.

While Audi plans to build a limited run of the R8-based e-tron that it unveiled in Frankfurt, an electric car based on the new A1 is most likely to be the brand's first volume plug-in vehicle. Small, limited-range, urban commuters like the A1 will likely dominate the electric car arena for the foreseeable future until battery costs come down. A tip of the hat to Adam!



[Source: Le Buzz Auto]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I kinda like it, but it reminds me of the Bats Maru Hello Kitty character. It's a penguin that always looks sullen and morose.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow! You're not kidding!! It really does look just like Badtz Maru's eyes/face. However, if one is going to identify with any Gorgeoustown denizen, Badtz Maru is the one!

        I think I like it better after your observation. ;-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        LMAO!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good grief. I'm e-tron'd out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        agreed. if it's not a thinly veiled concept that'll lead to a production competitor for the leaf within a year or two, I don't care.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That front looks like its from a Mitsubishi
      • 4 Years Ago
      Curve

      I think Audi's Human Factors specialist can agree with you. Their positioning couldn't be any less ergonomic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate to be nit-picky, but I cringe at those inside door handles every time... SO awkward...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Er... they seem to be positioned within easy reach to me. Unless you somehow think the steering wheel is incorrectly positioned as well? :-S Perhaps you should try to use the driver side one with your left hand, then grab the handle and push the door open with your elbow.

      • 4 Years Ago
      @Nick

      Well I'll be at Geneva so I'll try it out but it seems fine to me. Unlike what you said, I never open my door with my left hand (maybe because I already have weird doorhandles (350Z)) but I don't find the design of the door handles or their placement weird at all.

      No different than the Mini actually (same style, same position).