2011 Audi A1

  • AVL rotary-engine range extender for electric-drive vehicles, July 2010

    Four months from now, the world's first extended-range electric vehicle will start showing up at dealers. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt will introduce car buyers to the idea of a range-extending combustion engine that turns a generator to power the car electrically. But the generator in an E-REV can be driven by many different things that produce torque. Now AVL Powertrain Engineering proposes that rotary engines make more sense as range extenders than they do for powering cars directly. And AVL is not alone. The Audi A1 e-Tron concept minicar shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show last March used...

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    Audi A1 Performance Variant Not Coming To U.S.

    Another Performance Model That Won’t See American Roads

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    2010 Geneva Motor Show: Green Car Concepts Roundup

    Yesterday we covered the new green production cars at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, now underway in snowy Switzerland. Today, we get to cover the cooler, sexier side of the show: concept cars! So, here's our roundup of notable green and advanced-technology concept cars at Geneva. Audi A1 e-tron...

  • 2011 Audi A1 and Justin Timberlake on LA photo shoot
    Audi's Green Onslaught: A3 Sedan, A8 Hybrid, e-Tron Tesla-Fighter

    It's going to take Audi a long time to live down its U.S. chief's infamous quote that anyone who buys a Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle is an "idiot." But after sticking to diesel for a long time as its sole green strategy, Audi is now storming ahead into smaller, hybrid, and...

  • 2011 Audi A1 and Justin Timberlake on LA photo shoot
    Preview: 2011 Audi A1 Subcompact Sports Hatchback

    As luxury automakers focus more on how to extend their brand into smaller packages that maintain the prestige and performance of their larger models, Audi has a few advantages. Its new 2011 Audi A1 subcompact hatchback can draw on the full experience of its parent, Volkswagen Group, while selling...

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