• Mar 8, 2010
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Seeing the Audi A1 and A1 e-tron concept at this year's Geneva Motor Show provides proof that the quad-ring automaker is putting a much larger focus on its small car offerings. With that in mind, new rumors are cropping up about a possible successor to the A2 – the quirky little hatch that never came to the U.S. and only had minor success in Europe.

"There's clearly room for another product and another concept between the A3 and A1," Audi CEO Rupert Stadler told AutoWeek during the Geneva Motor Show. The new A2 would likely be A1-based and use an electric powertrain, possibly sourced from the A1 e-tron concept. European media has reported that the A2 successor is expected to debut by 2014, and no word has been given about a possible U.S.-spec version. However, with Audi keeping the A1 away from American soil, it's likely that the A2 would be a Europe-only affair, as well.




[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The A2 got 70mpg a decade ago...it was an exceptional car that now commands a high premium in the used car market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The A1 e-tron is just impossibly hot, seriously I hope they go nuts and make an S and RS version (A3 has never managed to get RS treatment mind you).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Audi clawed it's way out of the abyss of anonymity be being different in the past decade, starting with the A4. Now it's heading right back by trying to be everyone else. When cars like the Mini fall out of favor, Audi will find themselves holding a bag of bricks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The A2 is a good car (I own one), its a shame Audi stopped making it. The combination of an aluminium body, good packaging and aerodynamics, and a 3 cyclinder diesel gives me an average of 53 mpg (US). I can't see Audi making another aluminium small car in the near future?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You lucky lucky guy (owning an A2).
        • 4 Years Ago
        the A2 was flop because of its very high price and that was due to use of aluminium
        • 4 Years Ago
        Philip I agree, the A2 was a wonderful machine, completely unique with its aluminium construction in this segment and its TDI units were superb. My guess would be that a new A2 would become a niche B-segment MPV like the Meriva, Modus, and rumoured upcoming B-Max, using the A1's platform.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the A2 was an MPV format then on paper it would be a good decision to make but in reality........i think i've only seen 1 B-class Merc. Which i would assume audi would try and contend with unless they're just gonna make a 5 door A1 and badge it A2.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "There's clearly room for another product and another concept between the A3 and A1,"

      seriously? like... seriously? BMW has one product that covers the scope of the A1 and A3 here in north america, and two over in europe (1 series hatch, etc). Wouldn't the five door A1 be what the A2 was? Albeit not as insanely light or fuel efficient... though its not like any production city car since has been either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "because the a2 was what the a1 five door will be."

        I'd imagine a new A2 to be more akin to a B-segment MPV as opposed to a B-segment 5-door hatch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Syntactically, it wouldn't be complete without A2. There's already A1 up to A8 (minus A2) so why not right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "same thing."

        No it isn't - take Renault's Clio-based Modus, or Vauxhall/Opel's Corsa-based Meriva as examples. The Meriva in particular has far more copious amounts of interior space than the Corsa does.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Audi, you should totally make an A0 (zero). That'd be a Smart car Audi, and zamafir will buy it.
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