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Audi in 2009 with better specs than Volt.

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How is this possible?

The Metroproject Quattro's hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.4-liter TFSI gasoline direct-injection engine rated at 150 horsepower and driving the front wheels, teamed with a 41-hp electric motor in the rear. An S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox is mated to the drivetrain.

The lithium-ion battery pack has plug-in capability, providing a driving range of 62 miles in pure electric mode. Fuel economy is further enhanced through regenerative braking and an engine stop/start system.

Audi claims 0-60 miles per hour acceleration in less than 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph. On premium fuel, the car returns fuel economy of 48 miles per gallon.

Americans wouldn't love this car? Hello? Anybody home?

The A1 is expected to reach European dealerships in mid-2009.
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I read an article online saying the A1 won't be released in the US because the market here favors larger cars. Americans drive a greater percentage of large cars then Europeans because that's what's offered and marketed here. We have no small car choices. And the few choices we do have like the mini-cooper are very popular. Americans may have liked larger cars at one time when gas was almost free, but marketing has proliferated the American mindset past the point where we should have gravitated back to smaller more practical cars. This is no longer the case. I don't have numbers in front of me but please take a look at US car buying trends of the the last year or two. SUVs and pickups are dieing and small feul efficient cars are hugely in demand. Compacts and sub-compacts would be in even greater demand if we had the option to buy them :) Gas prices are still higher in Europe, but the gas price increase shock is higher in the US and people will act on shock over the norm any day. Please please please bring the A1 hybrid to the US soon. Is there any chance of that happening?

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