At the Frankfurt Motor Show, 4Car had the chance to talk with Michael Dick, Audi’s board member responsible for product engineering and they find out new info about the upcoming A1.

A1 will not share the same all-aluminium, lightweight construction of the A2. It will feature a typical Audi design and will be built in steel on the PQ24 platform (shared with the VW Polo and Skoda Fabia).

A1 will be built in Brussels and sales will start in 2010. It won’t get a Quattro version when will first go on sale, but one and a three-door body version will follow in the next years.

The Audi A1 will be first unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in a concept version. It will feature a four-wheel drive system, and the entry-level version at launch will produce less than 120g/km of CO2. It will be quite light, at under 1,100kg, but that’s still around 200kg more than the A2 weighed.

Michael Dick also revealed some of the Audi’s plans: a facelifted A3, due next year and to include a convertible, with an all-new A3 range following in 2012 ahead of the next-generation Volkswagen Golf. A Q5 compact SUV also arrives in 2008, with five seats and many components shared with the new A4 and A5. There will be a hybrid version aimed at the US market, where Audi will also launch an ultra-low-emission diesel engine.

In 2008, A5 and A4 will get a double-clutch DSG gearbox; also probably there will be a RS6’s twin-turbo, and the Lamborghini-based V10 engine in the R8 supercar.

Source: 4Car

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