Audi A1 supermini tipped to get retractable cloth roof panel
16 February 2012

Audi boss Rupert Stadler has firmly ruled out a full-blown cabriolet version of the company’s first-generation A1. An internal business study revealed it would be too expensive to engineer and produce without any open-top sister models from Volkswagen, Seat or Skoda to share its PQ35 platform.

However, supplier sources close to Audi have revealed that plans are being drawn up for the introduction of a semi-open-air version of the compact hatchback, along the lines of the Fiat 500C.

Nothing is official, but Autocar understands that an early design study of the three-door A1, with a retractable cloth roof panel, has been added to Audi’s road-going prototype ranks, increasing speculation that it has already been given the green light.

Details remains scarce, but Autocar’s sources suggest that the new open-top A1 will feature a large, electric-powered cloth panel, covering an area described as being up to 80 per cent of the total roof area. At the press of a button, this panel will automatically retract back and be gathered in above the rear hatch.

Unlike the 500C, it’s said that the new Audi’s rear hatch will remain unaltered — a process that would allow the semi-open A1 to be produced at a cost Stadler considers sufficiently low for it to be profitable.

Our Verdict

The A1 is a stylish, high quality and competent supermini, if a little expensive, it has the cabin quality and powertrain refinement that we’ve come to expect from an Audi.

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16 February 2012

I have had a couple of cars with a Webasto fabric sun roof. Great things. If this is what they end up with on the A1 (thats what it sounds like) that would be a decent thing to have. And i cant see why it would be too expensive to add

16 February 2012

Give it removable side bars as well and you could end up with another interpretation of the Citroen Pluriel.

A drop top is a logical progression for the A1 considering the market Audi are aiming it at. It surprises me thought they can't make a business case for a full blown drop top within the company. May be gives a little insight in to the cost of A1 production (or the greed of VAG?).

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

16 February 2012

As Audi are gradually filling every gap in the A1 range then this is a logical next step.

16 February 2012

If Audi won't provide me with a cabriolet version of the A1, then I shall be forced to buy a can-opener and make my own. E

16 February 2012

[quote Autocar]Audi boss Rupert Stadler has firmly ruled out a full-blown cabriolet version of the company’s first-generation A1. An internal business study revealed it would be too expensive to engineer and produce without any open-top sister models from Volkswagen, Seat or Skoda to share its PQ35 platform.

However, supplier sources close to Audi have revealed that plans are being drawn up for the introduction of a semi-open-air version of the compact hatchback, along the lines of the Fiat 500C.
Read the full article[/quote] Whoooo!!!!, there's a surprise,really!, if Audi had invented milk cartons,they would have pimped that aswell!

Peter Cavellini.

16 February 2012

Why not just say that they're considering a fabric sunroof version, rather than hyping it up as an "open top" model?

17 February 2012

Audi's first A4 drop top was terrible. Very pricey. When I test drive one I was extremely diappointed with scuttle shake and the side windows chattered when up with the top down. We bought a 306 cabrio which wasnt good but better in that area - but sadly the servicing and maintenance costs were horrific for a lower end car. It also had issues mechanically and unless on a dead level the top wouldnt close properly

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