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After 500,000 sales worldwide, Audi A1 mid-life update to arrive in Australia in May 2015

After 500,000 sales worldwide, Audi A1 mid-life update to arrive in Australia in May 2015

CANBERRA: The Audi A1 mid-life update will arrive in Australia in May 2015, introducing two all-new engines, electromechanical steering, an optional automatic transmission for the base model and new trim grades.

In a first for Audi, the A1 will be offered with a 1.0 TFSI three-cylinder engine, developed by Volkswagen Group. Pricing for the Australian market remains under negotiation, but Audi says we can expect prices for the new streamlined range to remain similar to the current line-up.

Since its introduction in 2010, more than 500,000 A1s have been sold around the world. After being discontinued in Australia around the middle of 2013, the three-door version remains off the table with this release.The 1.0-litre turbocharged engine replaces the 1.2-litre entry model, the 1.4 TFSI has been revamped and a sporty 1.8-litre TFSI replaces the current 1.4-litre twin-charged engine. The recently released, unchanged Audi S1 tops off the series with a 2.0 TFSI engine producing 170kW and 370Nm.The s1 joined the family in March, launching locally in October and it’s the first of the range with Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive.in a first for the A1, the 1.0-litre engine will be offered in both a five-speed manual and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, producing 70kW and 160Nm with either.