• Mar 18th 2011 at 6:00PM
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Remember when German automakers' line-ups were fairly straightforward? Take Audi, for example. There was the A4, the A6, and the A8. And that was pretty much it. But now there's an A1, A3, A5, A7, TT, R8, Q5, Q7...the list keeps growing. And it looks ready to keep on growing, too, as reports come in of Ingolstadt's plans to bring back the A2.

The original A2, as you may recall, was a lightweight premium hatchback that was built from 1999 through 2005. A little too pricey and a little too ahead of its time, the A2 never gained the traction in the world's marketplaces (it was never offered in North America). But now that nearly every automaker is exploring smaller vehicles and customers are detaching themselves from the notion that luxury equates with a certain size, the time could be right for the A2's return.

Of course it would have to slot in between the new A1 and the existing A3, and differentiate itself from both. Sources suggest that the new A2's curb weight could actually undercut its predecessor, which tipped the scales at under 2,000 pounds thanks to its lightweight aluminum spaceframe construction. To get there, the A2 could be the first to use Audi's new MLB-Evo multi-material platform, made out of steel, aluminum and composites bonded, screwed and riveted together for optimal weight, rigidity and cost.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      When I was in school 2 came after 1 and before 3....dam this new math.....lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      do not want.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are people commenting on the styling of the car in the picture, when that is the OLD A2, which is a 10+ year old design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      THe A2 was wonderful
      nice small vanlike design
      quite roomy inside (could easiely compete with the old A3)
      and more reliable than nay other car on our roads
      in fact even 5years after the production was stopped the A2 was still leading in the statistics of roadside assistance in Germany with as low figures as 1 breakdown per 1000 cars per year
      • 4 Years Ago
      That article in Autocar seems to be a loose mash up of hearsay. Audi A2 can't use the large longitudinal MLB platform unless it grows beyond A3 in size.
        • 4 Years Ago
        On a second reading though, the article only says that the new A2 will use some technologies shared with the the evolved MLB platform. While it's still messy, Autoblog seems to be further confused when suggesting that the A2 could be based on the MLB. It's neither implied in the article, nor possible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The A2 was brilliantly conceived and built. I hope if they DO revive a car by that name, it's not just another "regular" Audi. It needs to be the same type of high-tech, low weight tour de force the A2 was in 1999. They could just update the aluminum body slightly with Audi's shield grille (larger door for electric plug? the original "grille" was an opening panel to check fluids.), slip in an electric drivetrain and call it a day. It's still fully contemporary looking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, it's an amazing car. It still looks modern too despite its age.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Me likey.

      Looks like the german version of the Fit.
      Or is the Fit the japanese version of the A2?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do these American teenage idiots harp on about Audi "cheapening" its brand? What do they think the bloody 1973 Audi 50 was, for example? Idiots.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to have an A2 1.4 tdi, compact but very roomy inside, very comfortable, beautifully build, never a technical problem, very low diesel consumption.
      I still don't know why I ever sold this car*, actually I often think to buy one second hand.

      *well I do remember, I needed a larger car for business reasons
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