• Mar 8, 2011
Audi A3 Sedan Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Audi A3 Sedan Concept may not have been the Volkswagen Group's biggest show-stopper at the Geneva Motor Show, but it still garnered a lot of high praise from those in attendance. Automotive News reports that if produced, the A3 sedan would likely be sold here in the United States – a no-brainer, really, especially since the German automaker has long considered offering a four-door bodystyle of the A3 here in America.

Peter Schwarzenbauer, Audi AG board member for sales and marketing, tells Automotive News that, "If you look at this specific segment around the world, you come to the conclusion that this car is designed – but it is not yet decided – with the U.S. and China in mind." Schwarzenbauer further states that these are two markets where "the [sedan] segment is quite big." The A3 sedan could come to the U.S. as early as 2013.

However, when it comes to the smaller Q3 crossover that's currently being developed, Audi has not yet decided whether it will be sold in the CUV-hungry U.S. Automotive News reports that if the Q3 is given the green light, it would not arrive for another 12 to 15 months – even though the European-spec crossover is scheduled to go on sale this year.



Photos copyright ©2011 Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      So Audi misses their own previous-gen A4's and decided to reintroduce it as an A3? Works for me, the current A4 is big & odd-looking to me, I always double-take thinking it's an A6.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much smaller is this than the A4? Can it really be differentiated successfully enough from that model? I'm really interested to see how Audi prices/positions this relative to their bread and butter A4; just not sure I agree with offering this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        so it seems like the trend is making the cars bigger until there is no need for that model anymore and then introducing a new one that is the size the previous model should've been the whole time? i guess that works

        either way.....leave those door handles, wheels, and interior on that car and I will gladly go into debt over it
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ive been waiting forever for a smaller A4
        • 3 Years Ago
        The A3 is/will be 174" and the A4 is 185". I don't see the problem here.

        Bring my A3 here now, I'm getting this car!! I hope the production version stays close to this concept.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The original A4 was slightly larger than the Jetta of its time, and slightly smaller than the Passat (but shared the same platform).....I'm guessing the A3 sedan will be about the size of the original A4.
        • 3 Years Ago
        At 174 inches, It's 4 inches shorter than the B5 A4...and 11 inches shorter than the B8 A4.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It would probably be the size of the Jetta, could even use the same chassis.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm guessing this would be about the size of the gen 1 A4, pre-bloat, yes?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Even though it is a nice looking sedan, I don't plan to buy neither A3 hatch nor the sedan.. (Would rather choose 5 door GTI if I buy one) so I say... "Meh~~~~~~"

      Can care less about it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You CAN care less? So that means that you do care about it?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi HAD a sedan in that size and market - the A4. But they enlarged the A4, so now they need to fill the gap they left. Wouldn't it have been easier just to leave the A4's size alone?
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a smart move. There's certainly room for the A3; I don't know about the Q3 though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That thing looks huge. I remember back in 2008 when gas prices were so high (like they are now) that BMW and Audi and a couple others said their next gen cars would be the last ones that grew in size and weight and that soon their newer models would start focusing on shedding weight.

      What happened to that? This "A3" is the size of the A4 from 5 years ago...It's like how fast food calls a regular sized drink a "small" now....
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

        One would have thought that these companies learned their lessons, but alas they haven't. They are making their cars bigger and bigger (and thus heavier as well), and then will bitch and moan that its sooo hard to meet next-gen fuel economy standards. :rolleyes:

        This A3 should be about in the MIDDLE of Audi's lineup in terms of size, not the smallest!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it. As for the Q3 cuv possibly not coming here? I won't lose sleep over spilled crossovers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This doesn't mean they'd kill the A3 hatch here (or Avant, or whatever they'd call it) does it?
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they keep the weight down to 3,000 lbs or less the 2.0tfsi with 211hp should push that to 60 mph in around 6 seconds. How about a twin turbo 2.0 tfsi S3 version with around 300hp to slot between the A3 and the concept RS3 with 400hp?. Europe also has a detuned 180hp 2.0tfsi that would be a good economy engine and the one to use in a hybrid model. Of course it needs TDI engines also. This car has alot of potential due to the A4 getting larger. On the other hand the Q3 is a waste of time to bring over along with that horrid cabriolet A3.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I didn't have an Exo X MR I would STRONGLY consider this car. AWD Turbo'd Sedans that aren't the size of a boat are great solutions for those who want a single car that is both practical and sporty.

      Better have a lightning-quick DSG/DCT.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the best proportioned sedan I've ever seen. Wherever it fits in their line-up, they just need to make it look like this. The stance of the A4 has gotten a little lazy looking. Not as bad as the slump-butted A8, but not as nicely planted as it used to be. This reminds me of the very first A4 and is probably about that size, whereas the newest A4 is quite a bit longer looking now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Make sure they stuff a diesel in the new A3 like they did with the last A3....I always thought it was cool that you can get a quattro diesel Audi hatchback!

      And are they really stupid enough to leave out the Q3 when BMW is bringing the X1? I personally won't look at one unless it has a diesel, but they would be stupid to think there aren't a large sum of people in this country who would consider a luxurious and relatively fuel efficient luxury crossover.

      Get it done Audi, bring it here.
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