Audi is well advanced with plans for a spiritual successor to the lightweight A2 city car, according to company sources.
Strong demand for the recently launched A1, and the increasing relevance of fuel efficiency — an area where the original, aluminium-bodied A2 really excelled — are thought to have persuaded the Ingolstadt firm to replace the car. However, it was considered a sales flop by the time it was axed in 2005.
“A new A2 is being discussed internally and a number of concepts are being looked at,” an insider told Autocar. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it was shown first as a concept. “I’m sure that the new car will be in a similar mould of the old model: futuristic, low volume and using state-of-the-art technology,” the source added. “It will be an unashamedly hi-tech Audi.”
Engineers are also thought to have been given the challenging target of undercutting the 895kg weight of the original A2. However, the low-run A2 1.2 TDI ‘three-litre’ model, which returned 95mpg, weighed just 825kg; that raises the possibility that the internal weight target for a new, four-seat A2 could be as low as 800kg.