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Audi A2 Concept - Web Exclusive

With its electric powertrain the A2 concept is just 150” long, yet manages to make a powerful impression.

Greg Emmerson
Sep 6, 2011

Although it was never sold in the US, the original (but short-lived) Audi A2 was revered for its many innovations. And now the first sketches of its possible replacement have arrived, showing a new four-seat electric vehicle ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Show With its electric-only powertrain the A2 concept is just 150” long, yet manages to make a powerful impression. The dark glass roof of the white show car, for example, switches to transparency at the touch of a button.

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With its headlights, Audi is presenting the next phase in LED technology, known as matrix beam. A package of LEDs and micro-reflectors generate a high-resolution and non-glaring high-beam. Delicate daytime running light fibers frame the LED low-beam modules. Intelligent tail lights can also adapt their illumination to conditions. The rear foglights, for example, is seen as a beam of light in fog and projects a red triangle onto the road as a warning.

The dynamic light runs below the edge of the window from the front to the rear of the A2 concept with a multitude of innovative functions. Integrated approach sensors detect the driver and unlock the doors via gesture control. While driving, the light functions as a continuous side marker. If the car’s indicator is activated, light impulses run the entire length.

In addition, red light flows forward from the tail lights when braking to demonstrate the strength of the brakes for other road users. The dynamic light is also located in the cockpit, in two separate arches. The driver manages many important features via touch-control areas on the inside of the steering wheel. Two additional control surfaces fold up at the driver’s right when starting the vehicle. An open profile serves as the steering column; a seven-inch display and two secondary displays are located at its end.

The Audi A2 concept has a flat interior floorboard with the center console attached to the driver’s seat; the rear console extends between the two rear seats.

The four individual seats have storage space under the fold-up cushions. There is room between the rear seats for a bicycle with its front wheel removed. The load area has two levels; a frame with functional nets creates the upper level.

The area from the door shoulders to the floor use a new and innovative covering made of polyurethane with a neoprene feel; a ribbed material made from recycled polyester covers the central floor. The seat shells are made with a plastic blow molding technique, while aluminium trim elements create highlights in the cockpit.

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