2013 Audi A3 Not Coming to America, US-Spec Sedan Under Development
That’s right folks: since the demand for hatchbacks in America is nothing compared to that in Europe, the carmaker won’t bring its new compact to the US.
You can stop worrying now - Audi will give Americans a new A3, but this will come in a sedan form, as this body type is much more appreciated in the US. Audi of America CEO Johan de Nysschen told The Detroit Bureau that the saloon won’t share any body panels with the hatch that has just been launched at the Geneva Motor Show.
In addition to that, the US-spec A3 sedan is expected to be a little bit more upmarket, with the tendency being the most easy to spot inside the car.
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I'm even curious if the Hyundai/Kia 4-door wagons/hatchbacks now have more soundproofing to keep out the outdoor noise as well as my current A3. If so, I'll consider a Korean make, or maybe an Infiniti or Acura if they plan to offer a hatch/wagon the size of the A3.
Point is, others are moving to A3's size if the trades are correct in their recent postings, and yet Audi is scraping plans to stay in the A3 wagon niche they currently own. Too bad. Maybe if they'd market the A3 better, it'd have a chance.