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2012 Audi A1 Sportback [w/video]

Do We Really Want Audi To Think This Small In America? Perhaps... It is perhaps with all the speed of a mighty iceberg, but increasingly, more and more North American buyers appear willing to think smaller when pondering their next auto purchase. The other shoe, which still has largely yet to drop, is for automakers to convince consumers of the merits of a luxury subcompact, paying a price premium for a longer list of creature comforts, options and badge appeal. However small, this trend in the States is best represented by BMW and its Mini range, followed (with a few stumbles out of... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
1.4L I4
Power:
138 HP / 184 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed S-tronic DCT
MSRP:
$21,500 (est.)
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    Audi A1 e-tron EREV will get further testing in Germany
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    The Audi A1 e-tron extended-range plug-in, which has already been extensively tested by the automaker, will be further put under the microscope, as it were, by Germany's National Platform of Electrification (NPE). The test is part of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research's program to broaden plug-in vehicle adoption in Germany, Hybrid ...

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    Report: Audi plotting a 235-mpg, "affordable" four-seat city car
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    Volkswagen has its XL1, the aero coupe that promises 235 miles per gallon through the use of a two-cylinder TDI diesel, an electric motor with a lithium-ion battery pack, and a seven-speed DCT. Rumored to hit showrooms next year, it will be sold in limited markets and in limited numbers. Over the corporate fence, Autocar reports that Audi is also working ...

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    Audi testing A1 e-tron Dual-Mode Hybrid concept [w/video]
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    Small car, many motors. Audi, which has been testing its A1 e-tron extended-range plug-in around Munich, has started doing the same with a version that has a conventional engine and two electric motors. Audi's Dual-Mode Hybrid A1 e-tron concept car has multiple drivetrain modes that let the plug-in hbyrid's 1.5-liter TFSI internal combustion engine like ...

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    German Olympic team gets decked-out Audi A1 e-tron plug-in hybrid
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    The German Olympic team may be trailing the Chinese and Americans in London when it comes to medal count, but at least it has a cool ride. Audi has presented the team with an A1 e-tron decked out in German colors, to promote the automaker's plug-in vehicles. The 102-horsepower extended-range plug-in can sprint along at 80 miles per hour and includes an ...

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    Spy Shots: Are you the Audi S1?
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    The engineers at Audi look to be hard at work on a more potent version of the company's A1 hatchback. Spy photographers spotted this machine out on public streets for testing, and the presence of a set of quad exhaust out back leads us to believe this could be the rumored S1 model. It's unclear whether this machine will slot under the limited-edition ...

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    Official: Audi unveils A1 in exclusive red and white flavors
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    Audi is launching a German-market special edition of its tiny A1 and A1 Sportback. Called A1 Amplified, the special models are available now in either Misano Red or Glacier White paint and include some special trim and other upgraded options. The Amplified A1 is based on Audi's A1 Ambition trim line, but tacks on an extra $2,500 to cover its unique ...

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    Report: Audi Q2 concept headed for Paris, production model not until 2015
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    The Audi Q2 may soon be the smallest member of Audi's Q family, and a report in Autocar indicates that the company is taking no risks with its feature set. Charged with taking on the Mini Countryman and Nisssan Juke, Audi is giving the Q2 the kinds of looks and options it believes will stand up to established and popular competition. Looks-wise that ...

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    Video: Watch Audi's A1 Quattro get thrashed on gravel roads
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    German magazine Sport Auto got its mitts on an Audi A1 Quattro, then tested the limited-edition hot hatch for high speed and gravel prowess. With 252 horsepower and 258 pound-feet underhood from its 2.0 TSFI engine, it's slightly down on gumption from the 500-horsepower A1 Clubsport that Audi showed off at the Wörthersee and Le Mans last year, but ...

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    Audi cancels all-electric A2, A1 e-tron due to high price-tag fears
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    Dr. Evil couldn't get sharks with laser beams (for a while, anyway) and we won't get an Audi electric car with them, either. That's the news from Car Magazine, anyway, which reports today that the automaker is cancelling the all-electric A2 project because it would likely be too expensive at 40,000 euros (just under $50,000 U.S. at today's exchange ...

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    Report: Audi Q2 to take on Nissan Juke?
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    Audi is rapidly expanding its crossover range, with the Q3 recently joining the Q5 and Q7, not to mention the BMW X6-rivaling Q6 that's in the pipeline. But now, according to Auto Express, Audi is working on an entry-level Q2 crossover that would take on the likes of the Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman. Auto Express has come up with a rendering of the Q2 ...

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    Report: Audi to raise the roof on A1 with rolling cloth panel?
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    Audi is going to great lengths to steal territory away from arch-rival BMW and its Mini marque. But as you'd expect from any German automaker, the initial A1 three-door premium hatchback appears to be just the beginning. Since its launch, the A1 has bred the five-door A1 Sportback, there's a Q1 crossover based on the same platform reportedly in the works, ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Audi A1 Sportback [w/video]
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    Do We Really Want Audi To Think This Small In America? Perhaps... It is perhaps with all the speed of a mighty iceberg, but increasingly, more and more North American buyers appear willing to think smaller when pondering their next auto purchase. The other shoe, which still has largely yet to drop, is for automakers to convince consumers of the merits of ...

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    Official: Audi creates limited edition, 252-hp A1 Quattro
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    Christmas just came a few days early for Audi fans with the announcement of the A1 Quattro, a high-performance, limited-edition version of Audi's subcompact hatch. As its name would imply, the A1 Quattro comes equipped with the automaker's legendary all-wheel-drive system, with power provided by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected ...

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    Tokyo: Audi hatches family-minded A1 Sportback
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    Audi showed off a few examples of the company's new A1 Sportback Five-Door at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The German automaker has already said that the larger hatchback will be available with the same six engine options as its three-door sibling. That means buyers will be able to lay their hands on an A1 Sportback Five Door with a 1.4-liter turbocharged ...

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    Official: Audi reveals A1 Sportback five-door
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    The A1 has grown another two doors. Audi has just unveiled a new five-door version of the hatchback designed to give European buyers a little more flexibility when it comes to moving people and cargo. Like its thee-door counterpart, the new model will be available with a total of six engine options, including three gasoline mills and three diesel lumps ...

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    Spy Shots: Hotter Audi RS1 caught testing
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    When you seen an Audi prototype with enormous lower air intakes up front, it can only mean one thing: an RS model cometh. Earlier reports stated that Audi might skip the S1 and go right for the hardcore RS1 you see here, and while we've seen spy shots of what appeared to be an S1, the fact that we haven't heard anything since could mean that this RS model ...

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    Senner Tuning revisits the Audi A1
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    When the Audi A1 first came out around this time last year, Senner Tuning was among the first to take a crack at it. That was with the 1.6-liter TDI model, but now the German tuning house has come back with a more comprehensive modification of the A1 with Audi's 1.4 TFSI. By tweaking the fuel system, air box and exhaust, Senner has boosted output from ...

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    Audi shows off A1 clubsport quattro at Le Mans
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    Audi has a huge presence at this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans. In addition to running a trio of R18s in the race, the Four Rings takes over a large portion of the track with displays, hospitality suites and even a temporary hotel that is built for the event each year. One of the vehicles on display was the A1 clubsport quattro that debuted last week at ...

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    Official: Audi unveils 500hp A1 Clubsport Quattro show car at Wörthersee
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    Audi and all-wheel drive go together like mothers and apple pie. The German automaker has cultivated its Quattro systems as emblematic of its raison d'etre, incorporating it into its rapidly expanding range... with one exception: the A1. But that's about to change. After launching the diminutive hatchback in front-wheel-drive only, Audi is working on ...

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    Spy Shots: Audi S1 caught testing, likes wearing A1 clothing
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    Spy photographers have been training their lenses on upcoming Audi models as of late. Earlier, we got a look at the R8 GT Spyder, and now those cameras have captured the S1 hot hatch. Though it may look like a standard Audi A1, this mule is covering up S1 guts. What's the give-away? A set of large exhaust pipes planted in the rear end. Rumor has it that ...

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