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Audi offers 2.0 TFSI version of A1 subcompact in the UK

Choosing between a petrol-powered Audi A1 and a diesel-run one in the United Kingdom is quite tricky now with the arrival of the 97g/km TFSI version of the subcompact. This will be the petrol version with such specs in an Audi vehicle.

Likewise, this version of the three or five-door subcompact vows to deliver fuel economy of 67mpg while still dishing out the needed road dynamics – all at the more affordable starting price of £14,315 (on the road).

This new 95PS turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, which replaces the 89PS 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine in the A1, also provides around 160Nm of torque to empower the subcompact to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 10.9 seconds on the way to reach a top speed of 116mph.

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2015 Audi A1, A1 Sportback models get a facelift [w/video]

After selling over 500,000 units, Audi decided to offer a facelift for its smaller model, the A1. As a result, the German manufacturer unveiled today the new 2015 Audi A1 Facelift and A1 Sportback Facelift models. The first thing you notice about the A1 facelift when looking at the photos are the redesigned headlights, which include the daytime running LEDs.

In addition, fresh decors and paints give the vehicles an even more attractive appearance. As an option, Audi can offer the roof arch on the A1 or roof dome on the A1 Sportback in a contrasting color. According to the manufacturer, thanks to the sportier design, the models are 2 cm longer at a length of 3.98 meters.

Six engines, gasoline and diesel, will be offered and some of them are new or have been improved. Audi is offering a completely new 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 95 hp (70 kW) and has a fuel consumption of 4.3 l/100 km (54.7 US mpg), while CO2 emissions are just 99 g/km.

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Audi to beat its target for A1 deliveries next year

Audi said that the A1 will beat its deliveries target next year. What is more interesting is that the German manufacturer may increase production of its smallest car in order to meet the demand for the model, according to sales chief Peter Schwarzenbauer.

Audi hopes to sell 120,000 A1s in 2011, which means an increase of 20k units from the previous projection of 100,000. Schwarzenbauer said that this number may also be increased for a second time.

“After getting feedback from our dealers, it's clear that our production rates may need to be increased again to satisfy demand,” the executive said. “We are extremely confident that the A1 will be a huge success for us and are running far ahead of plan in some markets,” including the U.K. and France.

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2011 Audi A1 1.4 TSI by HS Motorsport

The latest tuning package from Audi A1 1.4 TSI is the result of the collaboration between HS Motorsport and Autohaus Kempen. The car was given a silver finish, a design that was outsourced to CFC Styling Station.

Furthermore, the car features a Fox Sport exhaust system with Golf R-like tailpipes and contained in a rear diffuser topped by a modified rear bumper.

As a result, the car emits a throaty sound. The stock car is powered by a 1.4 liter TSI engine that has a standard output of 122 PS (90 kW) and 200 Nm. But with this package, it receives a boost to 147 PS (108 kW) and 250 Nm of torque.

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The new Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S-Line is now displayed at 2010 Paris Motor Show. A preview was seen last week of this model, which is expected to launched at the end of the year and will sell for EUR24,250 ($32,926).

Powering the model is a 1.4 TFSI engine that has an output of 185hp and 250 Nm and is mated with a S tronic dual-clutch transmission.

With these specifications, the A1 is capable of offering an average fuel consumption of 39.87 mpg (5.9 l/100km) and CO2 emissions of 139 g/km, while still keeping performance at well balanced levels.

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The Audi A1 that will be showcased at the Paris Motor Show will get fitted with items that raise its value in the sports & performance segment. In the event, Audi will also display its 185 hp 1.4 liter TFSI engine. It will also be where it debuts the A1 Competition kit and the S-Line package for the car.

The Competition Kit offers a more aggressive front fascia, chromed accents for the front grille, and new lightweight alloy rims that use a two-tone finish.

It will also get multiple “heritage” vinyls inspired by Walter Rohl’s legendary Audi Quattro. This package has a price tag of €1,865.

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Audi is introducing today the all-new A1 1.4 TFSI, which is essentially the new top engine version for the sporty hatchback that is bound to be unveiled in mental at the upcoming 2010 Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’Automobile de Paris 2010), which is scheduled from October 2 to October 17, 2010, in Paris expo Porte de Versailles.

We do admit that we are quite impressed about the performances of this new car – the new Audi A1 1.4 TFSI: it is powered by a 1.4-liter engine with four valves per cylinder. This mill is capable of deliver up to 185 hp (136 kW) of output and up to 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft) of torque.

With these numbers, the new Audi A1 1.4 TFSI can sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 6.9 seconds while the top speed is limited electronically to 227 km/h (141.05 mph). This impressive performance and spontaneous response is thanks to a combination of supercharger and turbocharger. The supercharger in the new Audi A1 1.4 TFSI goes alive when engine speed reaches 1,500 rpm and in most cases, it disengages at 2,400 rpm. When the engine speed reaches 3,500 rpm, the turbocharger goes into action. Since the turbocharger doesn’t do as much work at the low end of the rev range, a large version was employed.

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Audi revealed today the brand new A1 hatchback, a new dimension to the compact class which promises to be dynamic, emotional and individual. The new car wants to attract young customers who live in major cities and are looking for a vehicle designed for the urban environment. Besides the impressive design, the A1 offers also a sporty and high quality interior.

According to the manufacturer the customers can customize numerous details to tailor the car to their personal tastes which means you will have plenty of options to make your car unique. The instrument panel is suggestive of an airplane wing while the four round air nozzles are reminiscent of the turbines of a jet.

The available infotainment and multimedia systems available come directly from the luxury class. Audi offers the top of the line is MMI navigation plus, a media center that sets new standards in the compact segment. With the LED interior lighting package, the A1 brings 100 percent LED technology to an interior in the premium compact class for the first time.

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Audi announced today that at the 29th Worthersee Tour (May 12 - 15) in Reifnitz (Carinthia), Austria, it will unveil seven different models of the A1 hatchback but also the brand new Audi R8 GT in Samoa Orange Metallic, the R8 V10 Spyder and the new RS 5. One of the A1 versions will be a tribute to the FC Bayern football team and will feature a 1.4 TFSI engine as well as a special paint finishe and adhesive films.

This compact car has the Number 10 of FC Bayern star Arjen Robben on the roof and on the doors. The A1 Competition Kit is based on the legendary Audi rally cars from the 1980s.

The car features an Amalfi White paint finish and the original colors of the Urquattro (Begonia Red, Stone Gray and Gray Brown) while the interior evokes memories of the racing successes racked up by quattro technology. The Audi A1 Follow Me comes with a Citrus Yellow paint finish as well as a black checkerboard pattern which resembles airport ground control vehicles.

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Audi AG is confident that orders for the new A1 subcompact would surpass the 50,000 units that it had planned to make this year. Volkswagen AG's premium brand said that the A1 is designed to appeal to rich young people, a target group that could revitalize the image of the brand. It could also be a way to build loyalty as its consumers buy more luxurious models.

In a statement, Peter Schwarzenbauer, Audi's head of sales and marketing, said that the high demand could lead to orders exceeding the production capacity this year. You may already have seen Audi's advertising campaign online that shows Justin Timberlake trying to sell the car priced at 15,800 euros ($21,200) to fashion-conscious youngsters.

Audi believes that 90% of the customers would be first-time owners of Audi vehicles. Meanwhile, rival Mercedes-Benz had produced the A-class entry-premium compact.

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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.

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The source also says that prices of the A1 will be close to the Mini Cooper. Slated to go on sale at the end of 2010 is the upmarket supermini, which is likely to be priced at about 13,000 for the base three-door model. 

A majority of the range is said to retail from 15,000 to 20,000. While the new A1 is said to have plenty of mechanical parts in common with the recently launched VW Polo, only a few details have been revealed. What is likely is that it will be powered by a range of existing VW group engines and some newly developed motors.

At the bottom of the petrol model range is a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine in two states of tune - 84bhp and 104bhp. Further up there will be a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol with 120bhp and a high-performance, supercharged and turbocharged version of the same unit that puts out 168bhp. Diesel engines are said to likely consist of a 1.6-liter common-rail injection unit in three states of tune: 75bhp, 90bhp and 105bhp.

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SEAT SA is commencing production of an all-new car at its Martorell facilities in Spain. However, its plant won't be assembling a new SEAT car. The Spanish carmaker is now assembling the next generation of Audi’s small city car – the new 2019 Audi A1.

The sight of SEAT producing Audi vehicles isn't surprising as both carmakers are members of the larger Volkswagen Group. In addition, the A1 isn't the Audi vehicle produced at SEAT’s Martorrel site. In the middle of 2011, the VW Group assigned the SEAT facility to produce the Audi Q3 luxury subcompact crossover. Since then until July 2018, the Martorrel site had been producing the previous generation of the Audi Q3 and total Spanish production of the subcompact crossover reached nearly 800,000 units.

When the second generation of the Audi Q3 was unveiled, it was decided that the production of the subcompact crossover will be moved from Martorell to the Gyor facilities in Hungary. On the other hand, the previous generation of the A1 was assembled in Brussels. The idle manufacturing capacity at Martorrel left by the Audi Q3 might have prompted the VW Group to transfer the production of the second generation from Brussels to Martorell.

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Honda has commenced sales of the latest iterations of the Honda Civic Hatchback and the Honda Civic Type R. Both models of the Civic have been upgraded for the 2019 model year, especially inside their cabins. Interested customers could now head out to their nearest Honda retailers to avail of the new 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback and the new 2019 Honda Civic Type R.

The Honda Civic Hatchback is one of the cash cows in the carmaker’s Civic lineup. Accounting for around 20 percent of all Civic sales, the Civic Hatchback is on its way to become best-selling car in the United States in 2018, thereby defending its crown it has held in the past two years. For 2019, the Civic Hatchback will still be available in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L with Navigation and Sport Touring. Its core remains the 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected turbo in-line 4-cylinder engine with two power levels. This engine delivers 174 hp of max output in LX, EX and EX-L Navi trims, as well as 180 hp in peak output in Sport and Sport Touring trims.

As standard, the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback (all trims) feature the Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies, which include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow; Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

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Mercedes-AMG has a new entry-level performance model that will compete in the compact segment. Set to go against the Audi S3 hatchback, the new Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC is out to prove that premium hot hatches are able to deliver a new level of driving performance on the road.

The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC was developed along with the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class right from the start, allowing AMG to inject the vaunted AMG DNA into every detail of the new hot hatch. The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC makes use of the design idiom of the new A-Class with the addition of distinctive AMG elements.

For instance, the front end of the new AMG A 35 4MATIC is marked by a radiator grille with twin louvers, a front splitter and a AMG Line front apron with flics on the air intakes. Silver chrome trims are also found on the louvers in the outer air intakes. On the sides, the premium hot hatch features side sill panels of the AMG Line as well as aerodynamically optimized 18-inch light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design. The rear end, meanwhile, is defined by a spoiler lip on the roof, two round tailpipe trims and a rear apron with a new diffuser insert.

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A few days back, we discussed that Ford’s plan involves retiring most of its compact cars and sedans and replacing them with SUVs. However, there would be two small models that will remain in the lineup -- the Mustang and the Focus Active, at least for the United States. So what is the automaker’s reason for doing so? Well, the answer is as simple as this - money.

To support that statement, Jim Hackett, Ford’s CEO said in his interview with Automotive News that they have decided to just focus on the healthier part of the business, referring to trucks and crossovers. In the first quarter of 2018 alone, the company’s sales of $3 billion all came from this segment. Soon, 90 percent of all sales will come from this.

The CEO added that they will soon deal with the parts of the company that destroy value. He, of course, is speaking of sedans and hatchbacks. In fact, by 2022, they hope to uncover $25.5 billion in savings with the switch to SUVs and trucks. This is double the amount identified back in October ($14 million).

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The Toyota Corolla iM, once offered in the United States under the name Scion iM, is a compact five door model that the Japanese automaker decided to give a new name for the next generation - the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. This model essentially is a North American version of the Euro-spec Auris that made an appearance at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

When being compared to the model it replaces, the car has been elongated by 1.5 inches, now being 172 inches long. The wheelbase, on the other hand, measures 103.9 inches long and and is now 70.5 inches wider (1.2 inches wider), it has also been lowered by an inch, now being 56.6 inches from top to bottom.

Similar to the Auris, and most of Toyota’s new models, the Corolla Hatchback will soon be be based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, that comes along with a quieter cabin, thanks to the extra seals in the body panel gaps and the sound proof materials.

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After Opel’s launch of the Insignia GSi last year in a liftback and a wagon body styles, Opel is ready to add the “GSi” badge on the Corsa. This will probably be the last variant for the current generation of the supermini, and the hot hatch version will have a three door body style to make it stand out from the lesser models of the range. Standard features that it will get include larger air vents, a honeycomb front grille, red brake calipers, a chrome exhaust tip, and a new set of 18 inch wheels.

The Opel Corsa GSi’s main highlight will be the Sport chassis that it borrowed from the hardcore OPC version that makes the hatchback feel more nimble around the corners. It had also been equipped with a beefier roof mounted spoiler that will boast the model’s visual appearance, while also generating extra downforce to keep the car close to the road when it is going fast.

At this moment, the automaker has not shared photos of the car’s interior cabin, but we do know that customers will be given the possibility to upgrade to Recaro seats if they are willing to spend a little more. There is also a leather wrapped sports steering wheel, as well as the leather wrapped sporty gearshift knob. An aluminum sport pedal set finishes off the upgrades in the Corsa OPC’s cabin.

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The outgoing Kia Cee’d nameplate has had a pretty huge success since it was first revealed in 2012, with sales figures of around 640,000 units. However, the segment has become more challenging for the Korean automakers because of how its rivals have improved their offerings, including the Honda Civic, Volkswagen Golf, and the upcoming 2018 Ford Focus. And this is why Kia decided to raise the model’s game as it revealed their all new model ahead of its debut at Geneva next month.

Now, the automaker made a slight change to its name, now turning it into “Ceed”, by taking out the apostrophe. The reason for this is for it to appeal to the worldwide market. Ceed actually stands for “Community of Europe, with European Design”.

Similar to its predecessor, the 2018 Kia Ceed still has the automaker’s signature “Tiger Nose” grille tradition, flanked with ice cube daytime running lights that are pretty standard for them. This model gets more straight lines instead of creases and tapering lines like that of the previous model.

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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, aka the fourth generation A-Class, has arrived. And some of the few things it boasts would be the technology upgrade, three new engines, and a slight increase in size. Overall, the hatchback gets a handful of cool features that makes it stand out from other models, while receiving physical improvements that turn it into a more stylish hatchback.

Firstly, its wheelbase has grown by 1.2 inches (30 millimeters), while its track is half an inch (14mm) wider. Because size has been increased, there will be more space for passenger, and I mean more shoulder and head room. Plus an increase in cargo capacity where they can put larger suitcases in. Passengers will also benefit from a more comfortable ride, thanks to the revised suspension. There are also optional active dampers that can be adjusted depending on the driving mode you choose.

Its new exterior, especially up front, has been made to look more angular. It also looks more aggressive because of the new downward sloping nose and a pair of tilted headlights. Customers can then upgrade to a set of Multibeam LED headlights, with 18 individually actuated LEDs.

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