When last we left the Audi A2, a concept version of a second generation follow-up to Audi’s former minicar had been shown at the 2011 Frankfurt IAA. The concept was all-electric, said to be based on the same platform as the Volkswagen Up! family of vehicles and featured trick wrap-around LED lighting. Other than its shoulder-line glowing belt of changing colors, the overall design of the car looked close to production. Audi executives even hinted that the car would likely be built. Now, that’s all changed say some rumors. Apparently plans for the car have been axed.
AutoCar Magazine is reporting that “highly-placed company sources” have confirmed the news. They also say production of a pure EV and a conventional plug-in hybrid had been slated to begin in 2015, though likely the cooling market for electric vehicles may be one of several reasons that the tide has turned for the A2. Sales of models like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt have continued to come in considerably lower than either manufacturer had projected.
Had the Audi A2 made it to market, the car would likely have faced off with a direct rival in the BMW i3. Now Audi plans to head in another direction, though they’ve indicated that they’ll use lessons learned with the A2 concept in other places… and perhaps this means plug-in or EV versions of the Audi A1.
Read more HERE: http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/audi-a2-axed