Audi metroproject quattro
The Audi metroproject quattro at Tokyo 2007

Watch Audi head designer Stefan Sielaff discuss the new Audi A1’s design with a colleague. Apparently Audi has some interesting things in store for us with the A1’s design. Let’s hope that the new A8 ended up being the bore that it is because they diverted all attention to the A1!

“The new A1 has Audi design in its genes. Like all Audi models, the ratio of greenhouse to body is between 1:3 and 2:3. The front overhang is short, but the wheel wells are pronounced, giving the A1 a wide road stance. The roof arch is a unique characteristic of the Tokyo showcar; there is a certain dynamism in the flow of the A- and C-pillars. The single-frame grille – a central Audi design feature – will identify the A1 as an Audi. But there’s a surprise in store. We’ll do something here, maybe with the corners and the width of the grille. But more on that in January 2010,” says Sielaff.

Look after the jump to watch some videos of the A1.

VIDEO: Audi designers talk about the new Audi A1

VIDEO: Audi A1 graffiti

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