The head of Audi’s Brussels plant, Alfons Dintner, said that series production of the Audi A1 will begin in October of this year. The production model will make its debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, after which Audi will begin taking orders.
Dintner said that Audi will close its Brussels plant for five weeks in August to prepare for production of the A1, which will arrive in showrooms in the beginning of 2010.
He said that the A1 will initially be launched with a three-door variant, followed by the five-door Sportback (based on the A1 Sportback concept) shortly after.
Audi currently has no plans to offer the A1 in the United States. The company’s sales and marketing boss Peter Schwarzenbauer previously said that Audi is focused establishing a better foundation in the North American market and feels that the brand’s presence isn”t strong enough to support a compact car like the A1.
Audi A1 Sportback concept:
– By: Stephen Calogera