Green Update: Audi A2 Concept—More Flash for Frankfurt

Audi A2 concept

According to many blog writers, and I would agree, Audi is out to make a smash at Frankfurt—and, incidentally, fill out its A-line with cars small and large. Its goal with the A2 concept, futuristic and glitzy, has to be to take market share from the MINI Cooper or Countryman.

It’s about the same size as the Cooper hatch, seats four more comfortably than the Cooper and stresses functionality and configuration in its interior. The floor is flat, the power is electric (“for agile performance and long range” – no other details), and the press release describes a bunch of radical lighting characteristics.

The designers are in love with LEDs. They’ve created special headlights, “intelligent” taillights that change brightness with road conditions and brake pedal pressure, plus a band of light that runs around the car:

Integrated approach sensors detect the owner and unlock the doors via gesture control. While driving, the dynamic light functions as a continuous side marker light. If the car’s indicator [turn signal?] is activated, light impulses run throughout the entire band of light.

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