I just sent him the following email:
"Dear Mr. Stadler,
I just read an article that mentions you thinking American's are not willing to buy into vehicles like the Audi A1.
Can I respectfully say that I think you are mostly wrong.
The Toyota Corolla was the best selling vehicle in the US for June. There is a minimum 12 month waiting list at most dealerships for a new Toyota Prius. Sales are increasing across the board for vehicles in compact to intermediate sizes.
What I will agree on is that American consumers are fickle animals, and a drop in fuel costs to a comfortable level could easily drive them back to larger vehicles. I will also agree that the American consumer would, in general, rather have a four door saloon over a two door coupe, which is where the A1 would seem to fall down. However, I urge you to reconsider your position, or at least consider the technology going into the A1 for other vehicles in the Audi range.