• Jul 30, 2011
Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen recently went on the record about future product plans via the forums at enthusiast site Fourtitude. In addition to clarifying the big news regarding Audi's diesel initiative in the United States, de Nysschen let some other product plans slip out.

First, he confirmed that the next-generation A3 will be sold as a sedan in the United States. The sportback will be discontinued, but the A3 Cabriolet may join the U.S. lineup. The new A3 will be a 2013 model, but might not be available right at the beginning of the model year. All we can say is, we hope it looks exactly like the stunning concept car that bowed in Geneva.

As for performance models, de Nysschen says that an S variant of every car in the automaker's lineup is likely, and hinted at the S7 being offered here. The RS5 is still slated to arrive next year, though it will benefit from the A5/S5 facelift that'll introduced in the U.S. over the winter.

Fourtitude's interview re-confirmed that clean diesel versions of the Q5, A6 and A8 are in the cards, presumably with the 3.0-liter TDI V6. The A4 is also expected to gain a TDI variant, though it will likely be powered by a 2.0-liter four. The Q5 crossover will also spawn a hybrid variant, which will be on sale sometime in 2012.

Head over to Fourtitude's forums to read the whole interview.


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      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let me recap. Boring with big huge grills. Toss in some Japanese edginess as seen on the GTR to liven things up a bit. Call it a day.
        Tom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        The GTR is simply poor execution in design. Audi designs the most beautiful cars on the road today. And this is coming from someone who actually designs things for a living.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the A3 hatch. I'm pretty disappointed to see it go. It offered the perfect compromise between efficiency, sportiness, luxury and practicality. I'd love to see the 313hp 3.0TDI in the A6 Avant though. More S variants are the way to go, to compete against Mercedes and BMW. I'd like me a RS4 Avant please.
        OhReallyDough
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        I agree with everything you said. I LOVE my A3 and think its an awesome little luxury car. I'll be really sad too if they drop the hatch and honestly suprised because they make Avant(wagon) versions of all their sedan models below the A6 so leaving the A3 out in the cold seems a little...cold. BUT if the A3 sedan looks as awesome as the concept (which is a little doubful since production models rarely match concepts) i will certainly be thinking about trading in my Sportback...although i have complete faith that Audi will still do it justice. With that said, id LOVE to see an S3 variant out of the A3 sedan hit the US! At LEAST bring the S3/RS3 Sprotback over Audi!!!
          Ryth
          • 3 Years Ago
          @OhReallyDough
          This A3 sedan cannot get here soon enough...and rumor is that the concept is close to what you'll see in production (I know I'm doubtful of that also but we can dream).
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi is getting watered down.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      i can't imagine them really discontinuing the sportback.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Diesel Q5 is a great idea. If you convert the A3 to a sedan, you might as well not even offer it for sale. S7 would be a good idea too.
        Noble-CZ4A
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        If it's pretty damn close to the concept, I would strongly consider an A3 Sedan, or better yet an S3. I think hatches are hideously ugly, and this might complement or even replace my Evo X MR in the "powerful AWD compact 4-door" category.
        Tuga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        The US and China are the ONLY reason a sedan A3 is being made in the first place. It's not as if sales of the hatch have been that good ( in the US ) anyway. Also, you'll probably end up having the Q3 on offer over there. I know it's not the same thing, but it will sell much better than a " simple " hatch.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tuga
          Making a crossover of the A3 so you can class it as a truck and skirt CAFE is not the kind of advance I want to see from Audi. If the A3 doesn't sell as-is, maybe they should drop it completely. I don't think a sedan would be a big seller. A coupe and convertible maybe.
      mxmxt
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about one of this? http://youtu.be/IgvcfK_FJPE
      Ryth
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish he'd give at least a better window of when the A3 sedan is going to be released. MY13 doesn't mean it's going to be released in 2013...we already have some 2012 models hitting now by some manufacturers.
      John G
      • 3 Years Ago
      Homologation seems to be the biggest restriction on the U.S market from the answers he gave. Blame the government :P
        Jonathan Arena
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John G
        Blame yourself for voting a stupid government into office... and no I'm not talkng about the president.
      Actionable Mango
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really want the A5 Sportback here in the USA. I was so happy to see that picture of the Audi of America President in front of a sign that says "Sportback". Of course I'm disappointed now. I think the A5 Sportback is the best combination I've seen of coupe style, 4-door practicality, and cargo space access.
      spicaly
      • 3 Years Ago
      still no confirmation regarding the Q3....
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