Audi is planning to revive A2 city car, sources say

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 17, 2011

Sources inside Audi say that plans for a spiritual successor to the lightweight A2 city car are advancing. It’s believed that Audi decided to replace the car due to the strong demand for the recently launched A1 and the growing relevance of fuel efficiency, which the original, aluminum-bodied A2 holds a high rating for.

When the A2 ceased production in 2005, it was regarded as a sales flop. An insider told Autocar that the company is having internal discussions about a new A2 and is considering several concepts.

The source said to Autocar that the new car is likely to first be shown as a concept and will take a similar mould as the old model, i.e. futuristic, low volume and making use of state-of-the-art technology. He said that the vehicle will be “unashamedly hi-tech.”

In developing this car, engineers were asked to reduce the 895kg weight of the original A2. But then, the low-run A2 1.2 TDI ‘three-litre’ model, which offers a fuel rating of 95mpg, weighed only 825kg. This implies that the internal weight target for a new, four-seat A2 could be as low as 800kg.

It is believed that the new A2 might be one of the first production cars to use Audi’s new Multimaterial Space Frame (MSF) technology, which will underpin Audi’s next-generation MLB-Evo platform.

MSF takes steel, aluminum and fiber-reinforced plastics and with the use of rivets, screws and bonding, it mixes the components into a single structure. This is expected to replace Audi’s pure-aluminum ASF construction.

At the 64th International Motor Show (IAA) held in Frankfurt, Audi is giving a peek into what’s ahead for electric mobility with the A2 concept’s electric-only powertrain. There is plenty of space for four people in the technical study, which advances the classic, top quality space concept. At 1.49 meters (or 4.89 ft) high, 3.80 meters (12.47 ft) long, and 1.69 meters (5.54 ft) wide, the Audi A2 concept still radiates a powerful, sporty yet elegant impression on the road.

Its shipshape appearance focuses on the essentials; every detail is subtle but it is fashioned to create visual impact. With one push of a button, the white-painted show car can switch the transparency of the dark glass roof. Audi’s matrix beam-powered headlights launch a new stage in LED technology. LEDs and microreflectors are clustered to generate a high-resolution, high-beam light, which is non-glaring.

The highly effective low-beam lights module is delicately encased with daytime running light fibers. Intuitive taillights adjust their illumination levels based on the visibility conditions. Laser diodes produce a rear fog light that appears as a beam of light in the fog, which also serves as a warning as it casts a red triangle on the road.

The dynamic light runs below the edge of the window from the front to the rear of the The Audi A2 concept also features vibrant lights that run below the window’s edge, from the front to its rear.

This is a cluster of light that has lots of innovative light functions. The unit can detect when the owner is near with its integrated approach sensors, and let them unlock the doors using gesture control. While in motion, the dynamic light can function as a constant side marker light. If activated, the car's indicator sends light impulses all through the band of light.

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