Can you smell the irony here? After using an American A-list celebrity -raise your hand, Justin Timberlake - to promote their new premium hatchback, reports out of Ingolstadt are saying that the A1, for one reason or another, will not be brought to the U.S. market.

Audi already mentioned this a few months ago when global sales head Peter Schwarzenbauer say that the brand isn’t that well established in the US to be selling small vehicles like the A1, given also the fact the U.S. customers are more inclined into buying larger vehicles. Recently, Audi reiterated their stance when Schwarzenbauer, in an interview with Automotive News, said "If you look at the real numbers [MINI and Smart sales in the US], it’s not huge volumes. I’m not so sure yet we really see a trend to small cars in the United States."

With European sales of the Audi set to kick off later this year at a price of €15,800 ($19,382) for the 1.2-liter TFSI engine base model, Audi is skeptical that the A1 would generate significant sales - at least for Audi to make even a marginal profit - in the U.S. market.

So, for those Americans that have been waiting for the A1 to hit their local dealerships, we’re afraid to say that you’re all fresh out of luck. The Audi A1 is not coming to America, even at the strongest behest of Justin Timberlake.


Source: Detroit Free Press

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  (334) posted on 05.25.2011

I wonder if this car doesn’t passed on the regulation of US or they are afraid that it would hurt the sale of their other car? Well, too bad that Americans wouldn’t have chance to drive one of this car!

  (599) posted on 05.25.2011

I don’t think that its a good idea to still consider this car since the Audi R8 is already here and it got the chance to go to US market.

  (544) posted on 05.26.2010

I doubt. There are no special version for the US.

  (331) posted on 05.25.2010

Maybe audi has a special version of the A1 for the US.

  (462) posted on 05.25.2010

That’s a sad news for American consumers.

  (815) posted on 05.24.2010

Stunningly beautiful, agile and impressive performance but all of these capabilities are only dreams to the US.

  (648) posted on 05.23.2010

grr... justine should drop it because they never let it set it’s foot on US.

  (512) posted on 05.23.2010

Oh that was a sad news, Why in the world they will never see it in US?

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