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Old 02-09-2010, 07:46 PM   #1
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Default Officially Official: 2011 Audi A1 finally arrives



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After two concepts and an insufferable amount of teasing, the 2011 Audi A1 has officially arrived with its sights set squarely on the Mini Cooper.

Inspired by the Metroproject Quattro from 2007, the all-new A1 is a faithful recreation of its conceptual predecessor, complete with a squat stance, short overhangs and four customizable colors for the roof arches. With a profile reminiscent of a stretched and squashed TT, the A1 spans 155.5 inches long, 68.5 inches wide and 56 inches tall, with a 97.2-inch wheelbase. Ten exterior colors are available, along with front and rear LEDs and Xenon headlamps.

Audi's focus on the interior begins and ends with customization, with available LED lighting, black, grey, beige or "wasabi" green contrasting materials, colored air vents and an optional MMI system with a 6.5-inch screen, 10-speaker, 465-watt Bose audio system, 20 gig harddrive and Bluetooth connectivity. Although backseat passengers were apparently an afterthought, the A1 boasts 9.43 cubic feet of storage space in the rear, with 32.49 cubic feet of space available when the rear seats are folded flat.

Motivation will be provided by a choice of either two gasoline or diesel powerplants, with the 1.6-liter TDIs churning out either 90 horsepower and 169 pound feet of torque or 105 ponies and 184 lb-ft of twist. The gasoline mills will be available in either 1.2- or 1.4-liter TFSI variants, with the former putting out 86 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque and the latter delivering 122 hp and 147 lb-ft through either a five- or six-speed manual. An optional seven-speed S tronic (dual clutch) transmission is available, and both gasoline engines deliver an average of 46 mpg. For the time being, the A1 is only available with front-wheel drive.

The 2,303-pound hatch will go on sale in Europe later this year after it's official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, with prices starting at around 16,000 euro. Two trims – Attraction or Ambition – are available, with an S Line accessories package and 18-inch wheels coming at launch. All the details can be had in the press release after the jump, but still no word yet on U.S. availability.
http://www.autoblog.com/2010/02/09/o...nally-arrives/















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Old 02-09-2010, 07:49 PM   #2
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No US no care. It is pretty slick though, and gets great mileage.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:34 PM   #3
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Bring it here with the 2.0 TDI and i will buy it the day it lands on US soil.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:59 PM   #4
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Bring it here with the 2.0 TDI and i will buy it the day it lands on US soil.
This would be a sweet car!
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:09 PM   #5
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Nobody else thinks the interior looks really cheap?
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:13 PM   #6
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Nobody else thinks the interior looks really cheap?
I agree. The exterior's bottom half looks fine but the top half where the pillars starts looks like a poor design choice.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:25 PM   #7
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Nobody else thinks the interior looks really cheap?
A1 = Polo with leather and a bit more "style"
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:33 PM   #8
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Bring it here with the 2.0 TDI and i will buy it the day it lands on US soil.
The 2.0L TDI engine in that little car would make for an interesting driving experience. It would probably need to be detuned somehow. I think the 1.6L TDI is plenty enough in the torque department (and there's a 110HP version of the 1.6L TDI for those of us who clinge to peak HP figures...).
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:35 AM   #9
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A1 = Polo with leather and a bit more "style"
I just don't get the bust-a-nut cheers from everyone. If I were in the market for a car like that I'd be more excited for the Fiat 500.

Just 'cause it's an Audi I guess.
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:44 AM   #10
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I think the target market is pretty clear judging by the last pic.
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Old 02-10-2010, 06:42 AM   #11
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I think the target market is pretty clear judging by the last pic.
Soccer players?
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:03 AM   #12
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I just don't get the bust-a-nut cheers from everyone. If I were in the market for a car like that I'd be more excited for the Fiat 500.

Just 'cause it's an Audi I guess.
Yup..
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:08 AM   #13
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I agree. The exterior's bottom half looks fine but the top half where the pillars starts looks like a poor design choice.
Pretty much what I think as well. Interior looks good too.
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I think the target market is pretty clear judging by the last pic.
Men between 20-30?
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It looks like an SUV with the ride height, and the color choice on the pillars is unfortunate.
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"Two trims Attraction or Ambition are available."

thank you marketing dept...
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:10 AM   #17
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I agree. The exterior's bottom half looks fine but the top half where the pillars starts looks like a poor design choice.
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Pretty much what I think as well. Interior looks good too.
Really? I think the center stack looks completely bottom of the barrel.

The front seats and steering wheel look nice. That's about it.
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I would rather take a New Polo over the A1 anyday:


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Looks better, both FWD, save about 5 grand, better looking interior. Win win for the Polo!
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2,303lbs? Um, is that a typo? I didn't think Audi could make a car under 3,000lbs.

That cannot be right..
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I like the reported weight of the car and it would probably be a fun ride with the more powerful TDI. I like what they are attempting to do and would be interested to at least check the car out. I agree with above however, that I would probably rather have the VW Polo for similar specs without the Audi badge and pricetag. Still, I like the A1 overal.
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2,303lbs? Um, is that a typo? I didn't think Audi could make a car under 3,000lbs.

That cannot be right..
It's a European model based on the Polo. Polo = teh small.

I test drove a certified A3 a few weeks ago with every intention to buy. The driving ergonomics of that thing were a non-starter for me, though. the dead pedal was about 6 inches higher than the clutch/brake pedals and it felt as though my left knee was going to hit the steering wheel. I was quite surprised that an Audi's interior would be so poorly thought out. Oh, and the salesman was a complete prick.
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^ + they are majorly overpriced.
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Soccer players *DO* play with balls, after all...
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I would rather take a New Polo over the A1 anyday:

Looks better, both FWD, save about 5 grand, better looking interior. Win win for the Polo!
Too bad we don't get that, either!
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