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Audi Unveils New A3 Wagon – But US Version Still Under Wraps

Sedan, not wagon, for America, but US will share etron plug-in.

by on Mar.07, 2012

The new Audi A3 wagon got its debut in Geneva, but it'll be a while before we see the U.S. sedan.

It required an act of aggression to get anywhere near the new Audi A3 during the opening day of the Geneva Motor Show, considering the size of the crowds at the luxury maker’s stands.  But an intrepid effort uncovered a new model significantly updated from the compact luxury car currently in Audi showrooms.

The basic look of the new wagon on display at the PALExpo Convention Center is familiar, with the new Audi A3 sized, overall, about the same as before – though it features a longer wheelbase and more interior space.  But the new car has a more refined and elegant feel, no longer looking like the cheap, throwaway member of the family.

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But Americans shouldn’t get too comfortable with the wagon on display.  It likely won’t come to the States, a senior Audi official telling that the Volkswagen Group brand has developed an entirely different model for the U.S. that won’t reach showrooms until late in 2013.

“We decided not to take it,” considering wagons simply don’t connect with U.S. buyers, noted Johan de Nysschen, CEO of Audi of America.  Instead, the model coming to the States is a new sedan that “doesn’t share a single body panel with this car.”


First Look: Audi A3 Avant

The wagon they didn't show in Geneva.

by on Apr.11, 2011

Audi shows off a rendering of the next A3 Avant.

Audi pulled off something of a surprise at last month’s Geneva Motor Show, introducing a new sedan version of the popular A3 line.  Until now, most of the emphasis has been on the A3 wagon.

Two-box sedans needn’t worry.  As this sketch illustrates, the A3 Avant, as the maker calls its wagons, will be back , albeit with a new and more contemporary look that better matches the A3 sedan revealed in Geneva.

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How the sketch will translates into production remains to be seen, but if the rendering is any indication, the new model will feature crisper lines and an overall more angular look.

A second sketch reveals a surprisingly simply cabin design from a maker known as the benchmark for interior styling.  But Audi also intends to offer a wide range of the high-tech features now available in more up-market products, reflecting the fact that many otherwise affluent buyers are downsizing their choices when it comes to cars. (more…)