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Audi Reveals More Urban Concept Pics Ahead Of Frankfurt Show

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It seems that Audi just can't contain itself with its latest concept cars, the two-seater Urban Concepts.

Three weeks ago some spy videos trickled onto the internet showing the camoflaged electric car being driven around in the center of Berlin. The very next day Audi revealed its first sketches of the concept vehicle, and since then we've also had a rather content-light video and further sketches of an open-top version of the car.

Now Audi has teased us further, ahead of the concept's official unveiling at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month.

The new computer-generated images give us a better impression of the concept's styling, which actually looks more radical than the vehicle we first saw in the Berlin videos. As with the sketches, the styling is dominated by the large wheel housings sprouting from each corner of the vehicle, under which sit large 21-inch diameter wheels.

The traditional Audi grille leaves you in no doubt as to what make of car the Urban Concept is, and the large red stripe has echoes of the Audi R8's side air intakes.

In concept, the vehicle isn't dissimilar from the old Messerschmitt bubble cars sold during the 1950s, with a relatively narrow cabin width and a wheel at each corner. However, interior space (and comfort) should be up to typical Audi standards, and to improve the feeling of space the seats are side by side, but offset. The controls have a strong resemblance to the Volkswagen XL1 concept previewed earlier this year.

According to U.K. magazine Autocar, the Urban Concepts use a 15kW electric motor and lithium ion battery pack, and Audi claims a top speed of 62mph, with range of only 37 miles - so the concepts really are meant exclusively for an urban environment.

Who knows how many more images Audi will reveal before the concept's debut at Frankfurt on September 13, but Green Car Reports will be there to bring you live images from the show.

[Autocar, Audi]

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Comments (6)
  1. Although I'm not really into tiny city cars, I do like the trend. I think it's great that we're getting out of the oversized SUV trend and are now seeing small city cars on the road.
     
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  2. Why is Audi sacrificing interior space to achieve aero in a city car? They are truly confused. And a 37 mile driving range must be some kind of joke, right? All that's left is for it to sport a big price tag, and it will achieve Edsel status before it rolls off the assembly line. Electric cars seem to bring out the goofiness in automakers.
     
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  3. Kent, for Audi, this vehicle is a joke (just like the Volt is a very expensive joke for GM) and they have no intentions of ever bringing it to mass market. After the auto show, you will no doubt see that design in Audi's trash can, and in a year or two that Volt will be hid away on GM's shelf like they did with the hydrogen skateboard car.
     
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  4. What a shocker, the two most irrational and rabid anti-EV attack dogs have more negativity to share. Yes, James, you're a genius. Keep thinking that until about 2013 when you and your fellow logic-challenged buddy will be shocked to see the Volt still for sale and doing fine.
    @James, since you can't ever seem to find evidence to support your various bogus claims, feel free to try Google. I mean, it took me all of 20 seconds today to find all the Scientific American articles you whined about being tough to find. What a shocker, too, there you were in post after post, bragging about how you wouldn't take a GM car if it were free. Yeah, that's crystal clear objectivity, obviously... Bitter much?
     
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  5. What a shocker, the two most irrational and rabid anti-EV attack dogs have more negativity to share. Yes, James, you're a genius. Keep thinking that until about 2013 when you and your fellow logic-challenged buddy will be shocked to see the Volt still for sale and doing fine.
    @James, since you can't ever seem to find evidence to support your various bogus claims, feel free to try Google. I mean, it took me all of 20 seconds today to find all the Scientific American articles you whined about being tough to find. What a shocker, too, there you were in post after post, bragging about how you wouldn't take a GM car if it were free. Yeah, that's crystal clear objectivity, obviously... Bitter much?
     
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  6. Is there any chance that Audi is trying to discredit EVs by producing a vehicle with a 37 mile range? Like... "See, we tried, this is the best we could do."

    Oh, and a word to Johan de Nysschen, Chevy has not run out of "idiots" yet in the Volt purchasing queue.

    I like the styling, but there is not much chance of getting the thing homologated in the USA without bumpers.
     
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