Audi launched its A1 supermini-sized economical car back in 2010 and it appears that the vehicle is quite popular since the 500,000th unit rolled off the production line. That’s right folks, 500,000 Audi A1 cars were produced at the plant in Brussels. The jubilee model was a Misano red Audi A1 S line, powered by a 1.4-liter TFSI engine and built for a customer in Germany.
For those who don’t know, the 1.4-liter TFSI engine produces 122 hp (90 kW) as well as 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) of torque and when paired with a 6-speed manual transmission it offers a fuel consumption of 4.4 l/100 km on the highway, 6.8 l/100 km in the city and a combined 5.3 l/100 km.
When using the seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission, the Audi A1 is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.1 seconds, while top speed is 200 km/h or 124 mph. The model you see in the photos starts at 23,000 euros in Germany.
Moreover, when the jubilee model rolled off the production line, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium visited the Audi plant in Forest, a municipality of Brussels as well as Prof. Thomas Sigi, Board of Management Member for Human Resources and Labor Relations Director at AUDI AG, and Patrick Danau, General Director at Audi Brussels.
With an assured road posture – strong, distinct, and full of personality, the Audi A1 is the premium choice and the athlete for its segment. The prominent surrounding shoulder outline, the colour-contrast of its roof arch, and the uniquely sharp-sloping C-pillars provide the three-door an undeniable profile. The proportions also display the energetic lines: 3.95 m (12.96 ft) long, the newest model from Audi is an inspiring 1.74 m (5.71 ft) wide but just 1.42 m (4.66 ft) high. The wheelbase is 2.47 m (8.10 ft), and the overhangs are congruently short.
Audi A1 design is compactly integrated into the company's design motif and distinct in the compact group - sensitive, strong, and progressive. Audi’s reputation for moving many ideas and advances from its concept vehicles into its series cars continues with the Audi A1. Numerous features and novel concepts from the 2007 Audi A1 project quattro show car are already in the Audi A1 production series.
The front has an undeniable family similarity, but it has distinct accents and advanced in its details. The single-framed grille, for instance, is a congruous integration into the front, and its angular top corners represent a new revolutionary phase. Its braces have a horizontal arrangement to accentuate the front’s width. The big, plastic modelled air inlets have horizontal bars that add to the sporty A1 appearance. The fog lamps sit in their outermost corners.
The solidly styled headlamps also have a uniquely special appearance. The A1 appears determined and focused. A boldly curved wing frames the headlight interiors. As in each Audi, the daytime running lights come standard. With the available xenon plus, the daytime running lights use LEDs and a light guide. They look like a single strip tracing the wing.