Over the past few years, Audi has teased us with a number of reasons to think that the automaker's next-generation A2 may be offered with an electric-only powertrain, or maybe with some type of plug-in hybrid option.

Back in March, the rumormill blazed with reports that the upcoming "state-of-the-art" A2 will tip the scales at a scant 1,800 pounds. Here's hoping such a low weight target doesn't imply that Audi's use of unobtanium materials will interrupt the debut of the A2.

New rumors have popped up that Audi will unveil its European-only electric A2 e-tron concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show this September. We'll believe it when we see it.

According to internet buzz, deciding on powertrains to pack into the compact A2 and setting an aggressive weight target has pushed back the vehicle's launch until... well, sometime before the end of this decade.


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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets see how many people don't realize that the picture posted with this article is of a TEN year old European model and instead think that some future A2 e-tron would actually look like that. 3... 2... 1... GO!
      zamafir
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Here's hoping such a low weight target doesn't imply that Audi's use of unobtanium materials will interrupt the debut of the A2" The last A2 started at 1900ish lbs. That's over a decade ago. Aluminum technology has improved along with everything else, I doubt Audi will have serious issues besting weight targets they set several generations ago. As usual, they're not coy, with a new A3 sedan coming to market with weight targets on par with the B5 A4, and a whole host of awd models that weigh less than their competitors rwd offerings, I really don't see why AB needs to reach to odd lengths to insinuate pioneers in aluminum production cars with decades of experience won't be able to better their previous efforts when they're lightening their entire range of offerings with each revision.
      PhilipHa
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Hazdaz, Your are wrong to say that the A2 gets worse economy than hydrids.....I will provide the links again to the spritmonitor.de real world database (280,000 cars/ 2.4 billion miles). The average for the Audi A2 3L is 67 mpg(US) versus the Toyota Prius's 45 mpg - and as far as I can see the majority of the data on this database is real.......you can drill in and look and records for individual vehicles and I think you would struggle to disagree that the A2 3L is consistently more fuel efficient than the Prius? Audi A2 3L: mpg: 67 US 80 UK 3.55l/100km /~63 cars http://www.spritmonitor.de/en/overview/3-Audi/1063-A2_3L.html?powerunit=2 Prius: mpg: 45 US 54 UK 5.25l/100km ~1300 cars http://www.spritmonitor.de/en/overview/49-Toyota/439-Prius.html?fueltype=2&powerunit=2
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Claud
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry Audi, you need to restyle the package......This A2(?) is ugly.....And it's not even "cute ugly"....... Repackage your technology!...................please!
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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully the A2 won't look like another A4 which looks like an A6 which looks like an A8 etc...........
      abdllaalm
      • 3 Years Ago
      To say that I love is the inheritance or written you in my heart
      Dump
      • 3 Years Ago
      The major problem with this article is the heavy use of "rumors" and to clear indication of any kind of real (insider) source for much of the purported information. Isn't the last A2 concept shown in 2000-2001? A lot has definitely changed since then. I would expect the A2 to probably be the 5dr hatch version of the A1 which is just a 3dr hatch. And it may be entirely possible to build something around 1800-2300 lbs in that vehicle class.