The 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show is nearly upon us, and concept vehicles are flying out of the ether at an ever-increasing rate. Audi has foisted the latest concept salvo upon the automotive world with its electric A2 concept. It's a compact four-seater with an eye towards tomorrow's style and long-range performance.

With the A2 Concept, Audi is looking to move its LED lighting technology into the next generation. The headlights feature a high-resolution, non-glaring high beam and high-efficiency low beam light modules. For the taillights, Audi is looking towards laser lighting, and the rear-facing illumination uses diodes that project a beam of light while also adapting to the changing lighting conditions. Additionally, the brake lights will adjust their illumination based on how much force is applied to the pedal.

There's no word on what will power this A2 concept, but Audi promises a mixture of long driving ranges and performance. It will certainly be a neat trick if it can deliver both.

Click past the jump for the press release, and check out more of the A2 concept by clicking through the gallery. We imagine that some of what you see here in rendered-conceptual form will make it into upcoming Audi small cars.
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The Audi A2 concept – premium-class space concept

Plenty of room for four people within a length of just 3.80 meters

Matrix beam, dynamic light and an innovative, bright interior design

Powerful electric drive system for agile performance and long range


With the electric-only powertrain of the A2 concept, Audi is offering another peek into the future of electric mobility at the 64th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The technical study features a classic, premium-standard space concept that offers plenty of room for four people.

The Audi A2 concept is just 3.80 meters (12.47 ft) long, 1.69 meters (5.54 ft) wide and 1.49 meters (4.89 ft) high; even so, it makes an elegant, powerful and sporty impression on the street. Its clean appearance concentrates on the essentials; all details are subtle but shaped for visual impact. The dark glass roof of the white-painted show car switches to transparency with the push of a button.

With its headlights, Audi is presenting the next phase in LED technology, known as matrix beam. A package of LEDs and microreflectors generate a high-resolution and non-glaring high-beam light. Delicate daytime running light fibers frame the highly efficient LED low-beam light module. Intelligent tail lights adapt their illumination to the visibility conditions. The rear fog light, produced by laser diodes, is seen as a beam of light in fog and projects a red triangle onto the road as a warning.

The dynamic light runs below the edge of the window from the front to the rear of the A2 concept – a band of light that contains a multitude of innovative, dynamic light functions. Integrated approach sensors detect the owner and unlock the doors via gesture control. While driving, the dynamic light functions as a continuous side marker light. If the car's indicator is activated, light impulses run throughout the entire band of light.

In addition, a red bar of light flows forward from the tail lights when braking and demonstrates the strength of the brakes intuitively for other road users.

The dynamic light is also located in the cockpit area of the show car, structured in two separate arches. Like the entire interior, the dash panel has a light and clean look and intuitive controls. The driver manages many important features via touch-control areas on the inside of the steering wheel. Two additional control surfaces fold up at the driver's right when starting the vehicle. An open profile serves as the steering column; a seven-inch display and two secondary displays are located at its end.

The Audi A2 concept has a flat interior floorboard. The center console is attached to the driver's seat; the rear console extends forward between the two rear seats. The four individual seats add lightness, and there is storage space under the fold-up seat cushions. There is room between the rear seats for a city bicycle with its front wheel removed. The load area has two levels; a frame with functional nets creates the upper level.

The colors and materials in the interior support the impression of lightness and functionality. The large areas from the door top shoulders to the floor bear a new and innovative covering material made of polyurethane with a neoprene surface feel; a ribbed material made from recycled polyester covers the central floor area. The seat shells are made with a plastic blow molding technique. Aluminum elements create highlights the cockpit.


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      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks hotter than i expected, but it´s just a skedge. hopefully the end result is in the same vein.
        Rick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @xcatchmyshadowx
        Oh hell yea! This is hot. I await the EVs with 19s!!!!
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      plarson79
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi's designs are getting very boring. Every car looks exactly the same. Can they give us something new for a change??
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boring. Audi needs to find a new look, because people are going to get tired of the same exact design over and over again.
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        @IBx27
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        cypherxx666xx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        yeah, that´s why they sell more cars than ever before, lol.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. Having an indicator along the side of the whole car? Makes sense, but man that'll trip me out when I see that at night.
        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Whoops, guess they aren't indicators. Well, if there were any company to be innovative with their lighting setups (and have the rest of the industry copy, er, I mean, be influenced by them) it'd be Audi.
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      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      The OG A2 was a mileage champ, I'd like to see a revival, one with a standard ICE engine (gas/diesel), a hybrid, a plug-in and an EV. Really, I'd like a choice of gas.
      sabretoothz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lol I'd like to see this body-length side indicator application...
      DooMMasteR
      • 3 Years Ago
      hmm the Original A2 is still the car with the best fuelconsumption over all http://www.spritmonitor.de/en/evaluation/economic_models.html and it had (now not included anymore) the best breakdown statistic of all cars sold in Germany :) those 3,5l/100km (67mpg) are an average over several hundret of thousands of miles and to put it into perspective, the MOST fuel consuming A2 uses 4,5l/100km (52mpg) beeing driven badass :P I doubt the new (when it will look anything like the concept) will match those numbers :(
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