We've been hearing ruminations of new small cars from Audi for the last few years, and they've only heated up since the introduction of the A1 Sportback concept at the Paris Motor Show a few months back. Current rumors indicate that the small hatches are expected to hit the market sometime before 2014. Of course, by that time, the A1's primary competitor, the MINI, will have already had its electric power for a few years. The A1 will share an engine range with VW's Up! and will likely spawn an electric variant that could be named the E1, breaking from the automaker's standard naming practice.
A slightly larger and more upscale model could go by the A2 moniker and could also get a hybrid powertrain along with Audi's quattro all-wheel drive technology. A bit further down the line, an all-electric powertrain may make its way up to the A2, which we would presume would equal an E2, though one can never be sure of these things so far in advance.

[Source: Auto Bild via German Car Blog]

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