Even if Audi will bring the first A1 prototype at the Tokyo Motor Show, the company can’t decide yet on the final design for its new entry-level mini.

The A1 is based on the new Volkswagen Polo and will compete with BMW’s Mini. Production is due to begin in Brussels during the third quarter of 2009. An annual capacity of 100,000 units a year should be reached as early as 2011.

The A1 will be powered by turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines ranging from 1.2 to 2.0 liters displacement. A 1.4-liter normally aspirated engine with 80hp is being considered as an affordable base engine.

Source: Automotive News

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