• May 7, 2010
With its lightweight aluminum spaceframe and miniature luxury aspirations, the first generation Audi A2 was a vehicle a bit ahead of its time. That would make the little Audi a revolutionary vehicle were it not for the fact that customers weren't all that interested with the price premium that comes with expensive spaceframe technology, and it could be argued that the A2 wasn't all that attractive, either. See above and decide for yourselves.

In any case, Autocar reports that the four-ringed automaker will make a second go at the A2 in 2012, but this time the innovative and expensive spaceframe won't be part of the package. The British site claims that the next A2 will inherit a version of the traditional steel unibody layout from the A1, giving Audi more cost leverage when competing with the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the small front drive near-lux segment.

Audi chairman Rupert Stadler reportedly stated that an EV variant is a possibility for the upcoming A2, with hardware not unlike that of the A1 e-tron concept. Regardless of the variant of A2 Audi is considering, we're not too hopeful that the little German will ever make its way Stateside.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If this didn't have a badge I would think it's a Honda. It's a little too soccer-parent-in-training for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Audi.....is going mad!
      • 4 Years Ago
      1st gen looks like the offspring from an A4 and Suzuki SX4 hook up!
      • 4 Years Ago
      @3 -- i agree
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if this will be the same shape/platform as the upcoming new new beetle. Looks similar to some of the old sketches floating around from 3-4 years ago (which are also somewhat close to the Up! vehicles)

      http://www.motortrend.com/features/auto_news/2008/112_0809_volkswagen_new_beetle/index.html

      http://www.motortrend.com/future/112_0707_2010_volkswagen_new_beetle/index.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ugly and outdated.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well said indeed.
        From the post:
        From the article: "we're not too hopeful that the little German will ever make its way Stateside."

        My only hope is that someone will KILL IT WITH FIRE!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that A2 looks pretty freaking cool!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. Always thought it looked cool and futuristic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it somewhat is cool.
        accept for the thin tires, but the overal shape of the chassis is cool and maintence is easy.
        even grandma can check the oil level.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yayyy. i'm amazed at how well germans care for their cars, every a2 i saw last year looked brand new. too bad they're cutting costs, i've yet to see anything on sale in the US manage what the a2 still does on the highway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This car gave Audi a touch of sympathy lacking @ BMW & Merc
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like most Audi's but this really reminds me af the old Daihatsu Charade ( http://www.carpages.co.uk/daihatsu/daihatsu-charade-21-05-06.asp ). I know it a lot nicer car but I just don't like this design at all. The VW Polo is WAY better looking IMO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems everyone on Autoblog is 15 years old. The A2 is over ten years old. It is not new. They stopped selling it five years ago. Sheesh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol.

      That is the ugliest Audi I have ever seen.
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