Report: New Audi A2 will not be an exact replacement for the original

Article by Christian A., on January 10, 2011

An eco-car will be built by Audi using the Volkswagen group's New Small Family platform, according to group CEO Martin Winterkorn. In the last few years, the NSF platform has been used in many VW concepts, including the Up! two-door (and eUp! electric car), the Space Up! microvan, and Up! Lite super-eco streamliner coupe.

Winterkorn also confirmed that Audi, Seat, and Skoda will join the NSF as well. The Seat and Skoda brands are intended for Europe and developing markets, while the Audi is meant to reach more parts of the global.

For about a year now, Audi executives have been telling us to watch out for a new A2 but then it won’t be an exact replacement for the original.

The lightweight A2 hatchback features expensive all-aluminum construction and has a tall, narrow aero shape that makes it incredibly fuel efficient. It was offered from 1999 to 2005 and unfortunately, it failed to meet Audi’s sales expectations. Of course, back then, fuel prices were not that high to make buying such a car appealing.

The new car is expected to be priced below the A3. If the NSF platform is used, it will weigh less than the new A1, which is a conventional European "supermini." It’s believed that the key to the new A2's position will be electrification.

An EV is the headline powertrain plus a diesel hybrid for European markets. An impressive fuel economy can be achieved with these powertrains and the NSF platform.

Notably, the Space Up! concept showed that the platform results to a relatively roomy body such as the original A2's. The Audi will receive its own exterior design and ultra-high-quality interior. [via MotorTrend]

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