[TMS] Audi Exhibits 'A1' Design Concept Car 'metroproject quattro'

Oct 26, 2007
Saeko Kushitani, Nikkei Automotive Technology
Concept car "etroproject quattro"
Concept car "etroproject quattro"
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Audi AG of Germany unveiled "metroproject quattro," a plug-in hybrid concept car at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show. It is a design concept car of A1, a 3-door 4-seater compact vehicle scheduled to be mass-produced in several years.

"We may make some changes for collision safety etc, but the basic design will be incorporated into A1," a spokesperson of Audi Japan said.

The concept car is equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, but the specification of the A1 powertrain has yet to be decided.

The body is dimensioned 3910 (L) x 1750 (W) x 1400mm (H), and the wheel base is 2,460mm. It uses a lattice-shaped single-frame grill, LED headlamps and daytime running lights and frameless door windows.

The roof area above the windows, including front pillars and rear pillars, are made of aluminum alloy. The tail gate and tail lamps are extended toward the sides.

The area around the front grill, door mirrors, door handles, the fuel filler cap and the tail pile are all finished with aluminum, which is a good contrast to the "racing red" body color. The 18-inch wheels trimmed with bright aluminum are mounted with 225/35R18 tires.

As to the interior, the four seats are independent-type, integrated with a headrest. The air vents on the center console and the air conditioner as well as the switches are finished with aluminum.

The center console has a space for MMI, an integrated operation environment that allows operation of audio, navigation and phones via integrated switch, as well as a space for the mobile devices. A Li-ion secondary battery is mounted in the rear, but it provides a luggage space of 242L. Part of the luggage room floor is made of glass so that the motor below is visible.

Front view
Front view
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Side view
Side view
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Rear view
Rear view
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Instrument panel
Instrument panel
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Luggage room
Luggage room
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