There are rumours that Audi may consider developing an Audi A1 to go against the likes of the BMW MINI Cooper. It may be based on the Volkswagen Fox platform. Autobild has artist’s impressions of how the Audi A1 might look like and frankly I think it looks horrible. More details after the jump.
Volkswagen group head Bernd Pischetsrieder does not confirm these rumours. He says that a small Audi would be a tricky thing to make. If it is of Audi standards, it might be too expensive and too close to the price range of the Audi A3. But if Audi makes compromises to keep the price low, it might damage the brand.
Audi’s previous foray into the compact car segment was the Audi A2, which was considered a flop and had it’s production stopped last year. The Audi A2 (photo below) was a competitor to the Mercedes Benz A-class, and weighed less than 1000kg for the petrol models. It came in 1.2 and 1.4 diesel models, and 1.4 and 1.6 petrol models.