Just few weeks ahead of its public premiere at 2010 Geneva Motor Show and one week of its official online reveal, the 2011 Audi A1 compact hatch is still a big mystery. The Ingolstadt-based car maker is now offering us the chance to take a sneak peak of the A1's interior design sketches, which excels in customizable elements. A distinctive example of the new innovative interior is the new air vents in the control panel – which are constantly in the driver's field of vision.

"We imagined the control panel in the cockpit to be like an airplane wing with turbines," said Ivo van Hulten, interior designer of the new Audi A1, as he described the design process. "Naturally, we're building a car and not an airplane, but the first sketches of the air vents were created with this idea in our heads. And even at this early stage we were thinking about colors and materials. Our goal was to allow A1 drivers to be able to design the air vents according to their personal taste."

"We reconstructed the control panel from clay and then fitted an aluminum component in the shape of the air vent into the clay. By repositioning it and modifying the size, we were able to specify the precise position," van Hulten said. "The process is highly complex, and the A1 includes many such details. We were only satisfied when everything was perfectly harmonized."

The interior of the German newcomer will be offered with a big variety of elements whose color and material can be customized according to personal tastes.

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