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Details Emerge About Audi’s A2 Concept

Audi A2 Concept

The Ingolstadt-based automaker Audi has decided to bring back to life its A2 model by creating this very interesting and promising electric concept. The car has a curb weight of only 2530 lbs (1,150 kg) and features an ASF – Audi Space Frame construction. It is mostly made out of aluminum with add-on parts in CFRP – Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer.

Audi A2 Concept

It has a lithium-ion battery that drives an electric motor with 116 PS (85 kW) and 199 lb.-ft (270 Nm). However, the continuous power provided is only 80 PS (59 kW) and 118 lb.-ft (160 Nm). It has a single-speed gearbox that converts the available power for motivating the wheels in the front. It should be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in a decent 9.3 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h).

Audi A2 Concept

That lithium-ion battery pack has been installed in the floor of the Audi A2 Concept in order to maximize the available space and it should provide enough juice for up to 124 miles (200 km). Some of the features of the car include LED matrix headlights and taillights, along with a cool dynamic lightning across the exterior of the vehicle.

Source: Audi via WCF

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Rumors – Audi R4 Axed, A2 Delayed

Audi e-tron

According to a recent report from Auto Motor and Sport, the German automaker Audi has decided to kill the highly-anticipated R4 model due to the reason that it might steal customers of the TT and Porsche’s Boxster and Cayman models. In addition, the Volkswagen Bluesport variant would likely have been way too expensive to be competitive.

From the same report, we find out that the revival of the A2 model has been postponed for 2016. Nothing is certain at the moment, but it seems that VW desires to build the car on a group platform, for reducing production costs, instead of a bespoke chassis.

We certainly hope that these rumors will turn out to be untrue, especially the ones regarding the Audi R4, but I’m sure that there are many among you that wish to see a new generation of the A2, and this time, hopefully, it won’t be that awful as far as the design is concerned.

We’ll keep you posted once more information occurs. Stay tuned.

Source: Auto Motor and Sport via WCF

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Audi A2 Revival In The Works

Audi A2 Rendering

It seems that the German automaker Audi is planning on bringing back to life the funky A2 model. The original model had a curb weight of only 895 kg but the new one will be even lighter, according to company sources. The limited edition A2 1.2 TDI model did 79 mpg and had a weight of 825 kg, which means that the new model might weigh under the 800 kg mark.

Rumors say that the new generation of the A2 will be one of the first production cars that will be built using the company’s new Multimaterial Space Frame – MSF technology that will underpin Audi’s next-gen MLB-Evo platform. This technology mixes steel, aluminum and fiber reinforced plastics, using screws, rivets and bonding into a single structure, which will replace Audi’s current pure-aluminum ASF construction.

Sources affirm that the Ingolstadt-based automaker will use the MLB-Evo platform on all cars, from the A4 up to the Q7 SUV.

Source: Autocar.co.uk

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Future Audi A2 to be electric only, might use A1 e-tron powertrain


Once again, the next generation Audi A2 is at the center of some heated speculations. After rumors that we’ll be seeing the next iteration of the city car around 2012, now its possible electric drivetrain is ‘powering’ the rumor mill.

According to the blokes over at Autocar, the next gen A2 will only be marketed as an electric car, in order to rival BMW’s future Megacity EV. We’ve heard this before, but this time it is deemed as a certainty that no conventional engines will be made available, as to not hurt the sales of the A1.

While rumors deemed a regular electric powertrain, now some voices are hinting that the extended-range electric vehicle technology we saw on the A1 e-tron concept in Geneva will be used for the next A2. As you may remember, it used a 61 HP motor which drew power from a lithium-ion battery pack. If the power reserve was depleted, a small capacity rotary engine would charge it up.

Frankly, we can’t really say for sure what’s going on behind closed doors in Ingolstadt, so we should just wait for the next big motors shows and find out. Until then, speculation will no doubt run rampant.

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BMW details front-wheel drive plans, wants A1 and A2 rivals


BMW knows that the next playing field for the three big luxury German carmakers will be the compact segment. As such, it has announced a month ago that front-wheel models are coming, whether purists like it or not.

Now, the lads at Autocar have scored some new info about the FWD projects the Bavarian company has in mind. The details are pretty interesting, to say the least, and involve two new models.

The first will be incorporated into the next generation 1 Series. Fans needn’t worry, as it will be distinguished from the traditional RWD models, through a modified design plus a much lower asking price. This specific model will attract people who weren’t interested before in BMW cars and will use the platform of the next Mini.

Besides offering a FWD BMW experience, this model will boast increased space on the inside, thanks to a new transversely-mounted engine and gearbox that allow for a much shorter front end. The main target for this car will be the presumably revived Audi A2 or the next Mercedes-Benz A Class.

The second FWD BMW will directly target the upcoming Audi A1 and also slot in below the 1 Series in terms of price. The car will feature a sportier design than the model we mentioned above, and might be available just in three-door form, to keep dimensions and weight as low as possible.

BMW isn’t worried that these new models will affect Mini sales, as its research has pointed out that the brands cater to very different types of customers.

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Audi A2 set to be revived in 2012


Even though Audi is pulling out all the stops to promote the A1 city car, rumors are also flying around about the revival of the other city model the Ingolstadt company had on the road, but quickly terminated its production: the A2.

The guys at Autocar have now revealed that a 2012 release date for the new A2 is almost certain, and that it will contend with future front-wheel drive offers from rivals BMW or Mercedes-Benz.

In order to not occupy the A3′s price segment, the future A2 will use conventional manufacturing processes, taken from the A1, and not the pricey spaceframe tech, as the first generation. In terms of style, nothing concrete is known, but expect a taller and boxier variant of the A1′s design.

Given that BMW is planning its Megacity EV and Mercedes-Benz is pushing forward with electric versions in its Smart lineup, the new A2 might also receive this means of propulsion around its launch date, besides the internal combustion engines from the A1 lineup.

Do you think that this new entry-level segment will be the ultimate decider between luxury carmakers? Share your thoughts below.

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Audi continuing to tease A2 revival


In recent months Audi has been focusing all of its efforts into the recently-revealed A1 city car. But this doesn’t mean that a possible revival of the A2 badge is excluded, as the CEO of the company, Rupert Stadler, recently revealed.

While talking with Auto Week, the executive said that there is still plenty of room between the new A1 and the current A3 for a different type of model. This, coupled with earlier rumors about a possible all-electric A2 might signal a revival of the model.

Add in the technology showcased on the A1 e-tron at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, and the possibility of a new compact car coming from Ingolstadt is very likely. Still, rumors are pegging its release around 2014, so don’t start saving up your money just yet. US customers should also be weary, as this future model, alongside the A1, haven’t been confirmed for a release in that continent.

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The Audi A2 might be revived in the future


During the press conference it held after the launch of the brand new A8 model, Audi boss Rupert Stadler, has also tackled the fate of the A2, and how it will interact with the upcoming A1 city car model and the bigger A3 hatchback.

While playing a bit with the press, he revealed that: “As we gave the A1 that nomenclature there’s clearly room for another product and another concept between the A3,” but refrained from commenting any further.

While he may suggest that the A2 might become niche model which will only cater to an even more specific segment of the compact car market, other rumors believe that it will be used for a possible electric model, which will appear further down the road.

Stadler also took the chance to deny any rumors that his own brand is preparing a variant of the upcoming Volkswagen Up! city car, which was speculated to be badged as an A0.

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Audi to bring A3 sedan and electric A2 in the US


Thing’s aren’t looking very good for Audi, as according to the Automotive News, the bad dollar-euro currency conversion rate has made the German automaker perform quite poorly in the United States. In order to get things on the right track, the company seems to have abandoned plans to release its A1 city car or the convertible edition of the A3.

It seems that the company will offer something which will cater more to the average American client, and besides the already announced 5-door A3 with a 2-liter diesel engine, it will bring a new crossover, the Q3 model, and a sedan based on the A3.

Besides these new releases, the German car maker is presumably preparing an electric A2 for the US market, which will run on batteries, and a revamped A8, set for the end of 2010, alongside the new A7, which will appear a short time after it.

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Audi to bring back the A2 as electric powered car

Introduced in 1999, the Audi A2 was never a success for the German company so the model was discontinued in 2005. When the A2 production ended, Audi announced that its replacement, the Audi A1, will be unveiled in 2009. However, according to Car Magazine, the A2 will be reintroduced and will benefit from an electric package. If this rumors are true, the A2 will be built as a lightweight aluminum spaceframe (ASF) city car adapted for battery operation. And that’s not all. Though the development will be very expensive and the platform won’t be shared throughout the VW Group, its basic underlying concept might be flexible enought to be the starting point of a Porsche electric powered part.

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