Audi A5 Sportback spy shot

Audi A5 Sportback spy shot
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What’s not quite an Audi A5 and not quite an A4 Avant? Well it’s the long (or never) awaited A5 Sportback. This spy shot of a camo-free car confirms its place in the Audi lineup. The future car is basically a hatchback built on the A4/A5 platform, but Audi believes its curvy enough to be lumped in with the A5’s coupe family.

The Sportback will likely come with the 265 hp 3.2-liter V6 from the standard A5, and possibly the 354 hp 4.2-liter V8 from the S5. If the A5 Sportback isn’t Audi’s mystery model of the summer (yeah, we doubt it too,) then it will have its first official showing in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.


Source: AutoExpress

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  (50) posted on 04.28.2009

Audi quality !!!

Im a die hard Audi fan.... screw the economy, this car companies offers something no one else has!!

  (318) posted on 04.28.2009

Technically the economic upswing will only be possible if more people will buy more, and spend more so car manufacturers really have to offer more and better line up to feed the dynamics of the world economy and entice the public to spend their money amid economic depression. For GMC they have been fighting that early as 2000 with their loan in Ontario and the government they really have to do something to reduce their production and focus on more salable products.

  (177) posted on 04.28.2009

Well, all points taken into account and it only mean two things for me. Most people hate (others are happy) with what happened to Pontiac. 2. Europe’s cars like BMW and Audi are selling like pancakes with their soaring prices. Some stake holders play the economic condition in the conservative way others do it the progressive way. This perspective will depend so much on the stability of the market and who is marketing it. Europe at the same time sees the up swing by 2010. Besides most Euro cars are not crossing the North American boarder to maintain it sales market.

  (177) posted on 04.28.2009

I thought I signed in a car blog not Time Magazine. LOL. But since we can’t help but talk about it, then it must mean that we can feel it. That we are actually affected by it.

  (182) posted on 04.28.2009

I’m sure that they won’t mind if we enter the conversation. I think I understand what you are talking about. Germany might not be that affected with the economic crisis that has hit America but the problem is, where are they going to sell their cars when "most" of their target markets are affected by the crisis. European market would be good but they won’t be able to maximize their profit if America and some Asian countries are not going to buy their cars.

  (289) posted on 04.28.2009

Mind if I join in the conversation. Most German based company like Audi is not that much concerned about the economic crisis compared to its American counterparts who were badly hit.Pontiac Vibe is a very functional and sporty hatchback, but of course due to the viability plan it must be stopped and revolutionized as the new Chevy Orlando in the near future for GMC line up. Add the fact that this year is Audi’s 100th year so it’s a long wait in fact for Audi’s preparation for their 100th year anniversary and the unveiling of their new line up.

  (182) posted on 04.28.2009

Same here Bimmerman. For some reason, I love hatchback cars. But I only appreciated this design until I saw the Honda Civic hatchback. It’s small and sporty. I wonder why they never came up with new models. Anyway, I think that this Audi Sportback Concept would do great on the market if they would consider the right time on when to release it. Certainly not now because of the crisis we have.

  (231) posted on 04.28.2009

With is engine specs and the trends nowadays, the platform for this hatchback goes to A5. This I suppose is not the the mystery, but it could be part of the grand launch. Since the Audi 50, its predecessor (known internally as the Typ 86) is a supermini produced from 1974 to 1978 and sold only in Europe. It was popular in Europe, both because of its generous specifications for a car of the time, and on account of its relatively low price. Do think is this the root that Audi would like to recall after 100 years?

  (314) posted on 04.27.2009

I am a hatchback lover for no reason. And I saw the rear of this sporty Audi and I just say wow. Having this car for the line up of Audi’s 100th year celebration, is a good decision.

  (421) posted on 04.27.2009

This sport back looks promising with its design language. Basing my judgment on the Audi Sportback Concept, the sexy LED strip headlamps which maybe expected on future production models — and the new interior, that’s warmer and more luxurious and attractive. Well, this hatchback deserves a warm welcome this September.

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