Audi plans plug-in hybrid variant of new A3
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GENEVA -- Audi AG will add a plug-in hybrid version of the redesigned A3 in 2014, CEO Rupert Stadler said Monday at a preview of the new compact car at the Geneva auto show.
The luxury brand hasn't specified what A3 body style will receive the plug-in technology, nor if it might come to the United States. But Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen also said "it would be our intention to bring the full range of technologies" to the U.S. market.
The next-generation A3 two-door hatchback arrives in European showrooms in September.
The show car offers a glimpse at the sedan version coming to the U.S. market for model year 2014, replacing the outgoing 4-door hatchback.
The A3 will be sold as a sedan only in the United States.
The next-generation A3 is lighter than its predecessor and will be built off VW Group's MQB modular platform, which also underpins the VW Golf.
The outgoing A3 was launched in 2003 and arrived in the United States as a 2006 model.
U.S. sales of the A3 four-door hatchback totaled 6,561 last year, up slightly from 6,558 in 2010. It was Audi's fourth-best selling car line, behind the A4 sedan, A5 coupe and A6 sedan and just ahead of the A7, a sleek coupe-like sedan.