Audi is planning a 4-seater city car that is built on the existing Audi A1 platform and can return 282mpg. Autocar interviewed Wolfgang Durheimer, the automaker’s new head of technical development, who said that this car, which will be internally known as the Audi ‘1.0-litre car’, will be built on the platform of the current A1 and will be a relatively inexpensive full four-seater that provides all the creature comforts of a normal car, which include climate control.
Audi has yet to release the complete details. Already dubbed to be the most economical family car ever, this model will feature electrical assistance.
However, it won’t be equipped with the two-cylinder diesel engine offered in the two-seat VW XLR-1 prototype. Durheimer said that the 1.0-litre car will make use of a revised version of the A1’s steel platform since weight isn’t the most significant engineering obstacle in this project.
It’s believed that the interior of the car would be much lighter than normal, the same with the suspension system. Audi may use a new kind of injection-moulded carbonfibre for several parts, which can be built in only 2.5 minutes, which makes it a much faster process than conventional carbonfibre manufacturing. It’s estimated that the project will arrive at showrooms about three years from now at the earliest.