Audi A3 Production Suspended
The reason behind Audi A3's disappointing results is surely the German scrapping scheme which ended in December, thus reducing demand for the small car. Furthermore, Audi hasn't refreshed the A3 for some time now, as the model was officially launched in 2004.
The new A3 will go on sale in late 2010 or early 2011 and will be offered, according to some CGIs, with a revised front fascia, with redesigned front bumper and air intakes, as well as with reshaped and extended headlights. The rear end has been redesigned as well, with the taillamps a bit larger.
In terms of engines, voices familiar with the matter claimed a 1.2-liter unit will be offered as standard, but output figures are yet to be disclosed. There will be several more powerful engines available, including a 1.4-liter 140 hp, 1.8-liter 170 hp and 2.0-liter TFSI 210 hp. Diesels will join the range too in the form of a 1.6-liter TDI 105 hp featuring automatic stop-start systems to reduce fuel consumption to as low as 3.2 liters per 100 km (US 75 mpg) and less than 100 g/km of CO2.
A sportier version of the 2011 Audi A3 - to wear the S badge - will be released as well and will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine generating 280 horsepower.