Pricing information in Europe for Audi's smallest model, the A1, has been released. The A1, which is now available to order, is priced from 15,800 euros. In a statement, Peter Schwarzenbauer, Audi member of the board, said that the interest that this new model has been generating even before the start of advance sales is unprecedented. By these numbers alone, he thinks that orders this year would well exceed its production capacity.
Audi claims that the A1 is the sportiest car in the segment. The vehicle is offered in four engines -- two gasoline and two diesel. These engines, which are all direct fuel injected and turbocharged, include the following: entry-level 1.2 TFSI (86 hp/160 Nm), 1.4 TFSI (122 hp/200 Nm), 1.6 TDI (105 hp/250 Nm) and another version of the 1.6 TDI (90 hp/230 Nm).
Audi said that by choosing turbocharging over size, the engines in the A1 have a fuel economy of in between 3.8 and 5.4/100 km (43-61 mpg). There are two trim levels available: Attraction and Ambition.
Production starts this week at the Brussels plant, with a target of 50,000 units by the end of 2010. Audi said that in 2011, 80,000 units will be seen on the roads. By 2011, Audi expects to reach the 100,000 units/year mark.