Audi has unwrapped officially the 2011 Audi A1 compact hatch. After enormous teasing in the media, the premium German-based marque has finally revealed the long anticipated compact car. Blending uniquely all significant qualities of the premium Audi brand, the little newcomer will make its first public appearance at Geneva Motorshow 2010 in Switzerland.

The styling of the city-friendly three-door premium hatchback follows incredibly close the 2007 presented Audi A1 project quattro design study. Less than four metres long, the presented car excels in sleek and masterful vision.

On the inside, the customers will benefit from sporty, top-end interior with variety of customizable details. Audi's new model also strikes with the most advanced technology features in the small segment. Despite the car's compact size, its interior is roomy and remarkably comfortable. The instrument panel is inspired by an airplane wing with air nozzles reminiscent of turbines of a jet. The modern, expressive colors and the high-end materials of the interior further underline the premium character of the new urban ride.

Audi A1's equipment program is wisely created and is offering countless variations for fulfilling every customer's personal vision. The multimedia units available for the newcomer are borrowed directly from the luxury class, and that makes the expression "big things come in small packages" more than true for this small hatch. The top of the line is MMI navigation plus, a media center packed with the latest from the technology sector. The 465 watt Bose surround sound system is just one example of the complementary modules available.

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When you are taking a spin, whether in the city, on an interurban road or on the highway, the little A1 is ready to offer fun, sporty and comfortable ride. It is fitted with athletic and agile chassis, optimized weight distribution and very direct steering. The standard ESP stabilization system with electronic axledifferential lock makes the handling of the A1 even more sporty and precise, while driving safety is increased even further.

Of course, the 2011 Audi A1 knows what efficiency means. The German top brand is sending the new model line into the fray with four four-cylinder engines, with the two TDI and two TFSI gasoline power-plants producing between 86 hp (63 kW) and 122 hp (90 kW). All of the engines follow the downsizing principle – they substitute turbocharging for displacement and draw their fuel through direct injection systems.

All engine variations of the A1 impress with good fuel economy, the standard cycle values varies between 3.8 and 5.4 liters per 100 kilometers (43.56 - 61.90 US mpg). The 1.6 TDI with 66 kW (90 hp) and manual transmission emits only 99 g of CO2 per kilometer (159.33 g/mile). All of the engines are equipped with a recuperation system that allows them to recover energy during braking, and are coupled with an automatic start-stop system. A new temperature management system with switched water pump contributes to the low fuel consumption of the 1.2 TFSI.

Another high-tech innovative solution from Audi is the available seven-speed S tronic transmission. The dual-clutch transmission changes gears extremely quickly, comfortably and without detectable interruptions in pulling power. It offers both automatic and manual modes, with paddles on the steering wheel available as an option. It provides for tremendously fun driving and also further reduces fuel consumption – typical Audi.

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