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Wave goodbye to the Audi A2, as the electric car concept first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show apparently won't be making it into production. Sources have told Britain's Autocar that the lightweight Audi vehicle – originally destined to compete against the BMW i3 and the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class – was a good engineering study, but today's lackluster global EV sales are at least partially to blame for its demise.

Audi has released the first handful of (CG-enhanced) pics of the A2 Concept bound for next week's Frankfurt Motor Show, and it's not bad – assuming you're partial to your refrigerator.

Audi just can't seem to get enough all-electric concept cars. After the e-trons of the past few years, Audi is bringing an all-electric A2 concept to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. Instead of the quirky style of the Urban Concept, the A2 EV is a compact four-seater designed to add efficient technologies – like adaptive laser lights in the taillights – to maximize range. Think of it as a Smart Forvision that didn't get beamed down from the mothership.

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.

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