Audi chairman confirms new model being planned; rumours it may be electric
30 November 2009

Audi is currently planning a new A2, company boss Rupert Stadler has told Autocar.

"As we gave the A1 that nomenclature there’s clearly room for another product and another concept between the A3," he admitted.

Stadler wouldn’t be drawn on what exactly a new A2 could be, but admitted that it would be an obvious propostion.

"If you don’t have to explain a car like the A2 then it works," he said.

However other insiders have admitted that the A2 is likely to be an ‘E2’: an electric car based on the the A1 but with a unique bodystyle and look.

Stadler also quashed rumours that Audi was planning a car based on the VW Up!, possibly badged A0, saying that there was no possibility of the company slotting in a car under the forthcoming A1 supermini, which will be launched at the Geneva motor show in March.

Chas Hallett

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30 November 2009

I always felt that the original A2 was nearly 10 years ahead of its time. A brilliant car. I hope the new one is as good.

30 November 2009

[quote Scoobman]I always felt that the original A2 was nearly 10 years ahead of its time. A brilliant car. I hope the new one is as good.[/quote]

Yep completely agree, I loved the A2. The TDI versions were fantastic.

30 November 2009

Considering the A2 was about 950kgs, much lighter than the A1, a new A2 bigger than the A1 will be absolutely nothing like the kind of car the old A2 was.

As for Audi saying they want nothing to do with the lupo platform (why is autocar still calling it UP?) is not much a of an endorsement for it, maybe it's too cheap?

30 November 2009

[quote beachland2]As for Audi saying they want nothing to do with the lupo platform (why is autocar still calling it UP?) is not much a of an endorsement for it, maybe it's too cheap?[/quote] I'll give Audi 2 years before going back on that. The current range is just turning into a bunch of rebadged VWs. As for the original A2, it was a great car, with many stylish and intelligent pieces of design. It's what made me go for an A4 when the chance came up. It is such a shame that Audi's current design theory is such a sham. More like making a silk purse out of a sow's ear, too much blinged up interior styling ('chrome' rings round everything and space steeling over curvy 'cockpit' dashbords) and generic exterior forms. I cannot see anything that will make me think the new A1 will be otherwise.

30 November 2009

Its all well and good everyone being nostalgic about the old A2 but the bottom line is that it was a sales disaster. The unique way it was built meant that it had to be priced high and so it just didnt sell. The styling was also very unpopular and production was ended early.

Blame the masses for the fact that the next A2 will be a conventional hatchback.

30 November 2009

[quote Quattro369]Its all well and good everyone being nostalgic about the old A2 but the bottom line is that it was a sales disaster. The unique way it was built meant that it had to be priced high and so it just didnt sell. The styling was also very unpopular and production was ended early.[/quote] I bought one, ran it for 3 years and 90,000 miles. The things that caused it to fail in my opinion were. 1. Marketing, the ads that ran for it majored on its lightness rather than explaining to the average punter the total design concept. This was a vehicle designed to travel on motorways, quietly and comfortably. 2. Pricing and specs, the basic model was £13500 with no aircon and no aircon option. You could only get climate control which was I think £800, so the default choice was the SE which was a couple of grand more but had climate. There appeared to be no sweet spot in the range, you needed to go for the top model. 3. Ride. The handling was great, it was fun to drive but the ride was only okay on the basic model with 15 inch wheels. Most early models sold and all the press test cars where the SE or sport on 16's or 17's and these rode terribly. 4. Press. The press did not get this car at all and rated it against other city cars such as the Fiesta, and small cars had no prestige.

1 December 2009

i think its about time the likes of audi merc and bmw went back to their roots and focused on executive models and leave the smaller cars to their respective other owned brands i.e audi - vw how disapointed would your friends be after telling them u had a merc or audi and u drove up in an a class or an a2 ditch them

1 December 2009

Why would you care what your friends think?

1 December 2009

Everyone cares what his friends think, something which is both the triumph and the tragedy of modern consumerism.

1 December 2009

[quote PhilM4000]There appeared to be no sweet spot in the range, you needed to go for the top model. 3. Ride. The handling was great, it was fun to drive but the ride was only okay on the basic model with 15 inch wheels. Most early models sold and all the press test cars where the SE or sport on 16's or 17's and these rode terribly. [/quote]

Absolutely spot on Phil, but a sweet spot did appear at the very end of production. It was the "Final Edition" model, which was a relatively basic spec car, on comfort suspension and small wheels and with climate control as standard, and at a more sensible price.

I have a 75bhp TDi version, bought secondhand, and it is a truly fantastic little car. It has the comfort and refinement of a car at least a class bigger, it rides and handles well (I have fitted slightly wider wheels and tyres, but still 15"), returns 56 mpg no matter how hard I drive it, and costs £35 in road tax. Even after 90k miles, it scrubs up well and there is barely a rattle or squeak from it. Superb build quality, and being aluminium means no rust issues as it gets older.

Trouble is you cannot get all this quality on the cheap, which is why the A2 was wickedly expensive for most of its production, and was misunderstood. Right now though a good A2 TDi makes just about the best used car you can find, even though prices are firm.

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