The first information and design sketches revealed by Audi on its upcoming A1 production model, a premium subcompact car inspired by the recent A1 project quattro and A1 Sportback concept cars. It will debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
Stefan Sielaff, Head of Design at AUDI AG, has commented on the design: “The new A1 has Audi design in its genes. Like all Audi models, the ratio of greenhouse to body is between 1:3 and 2:3.
The Audi A1 will also have a distinctive C-pillar, and a coup�-like silhouette clearly different from that of the A3.
“Audi is renowned for taking a lot of features of its showcars into series production. The roof arch is a unique characteristic of the Tokyo showcar; there is a certain dynamism in the flow of the A- and C-pillars. An important detail for customization; that much I can tell you,” said Sielaff.
The single-frame grille – a central Audi design feature – will identify the A1 as an Audi. On this regard Sielaff commented “We’ll do something here, maybe with the corners and the width of the grille,”. This will affect the headlights.
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