The dollar's weakness against the euro is shaping Audi's U.S. product plans.
For example, there are no plans to sell the A1 minicar or the A3 convertible here. Instead, Audi will stick with premium-priced vehicles.
A large, coupelike sedan, the A7, will arrive in two years. Meanwhile, Audi's first hybrid model will debut next year.
Here are highlights of the product plan.
e-tron: The all-wheel-drive electric concept was shown at the Frankfurt auto show last month. The two-passenger sports car uses lithium ion batteries and has four electric motors, one at each wheel. Audi says the e-tron can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and has a range of 154 miles on a battery charge. Audi says it plans to build an electric car based on technology in the e-tron in two to three years.
A1: Although the A1 had been under consideration, Audi has decided not to sell the small car here. Executives say the dollar/euro exchange rate would make the price too high.
A2: A battery electric version of the Europe-only A2 might be exported to the United States.
A3: The five-door A3 adds a 2.0-liter clean diesel this year that can be sold in all 50 states. A redesign is likely in 2012. The range will be expanded to include a convertible, wagon and crossover. There are reports of a four-door sedan primarily for the United States.
A4/S4: Audi has dropped the A4 RS and A4/S4 convertibles.
The high-performance, awd S4 returns this fall after a one-year absence. The 2010 S4 has a 333-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. The 2008 model had a 340-hp V-8 engine and was hit with a $1,700 gas-guzzler tax.
A diesel engine is being considered for the United States -- possibly the V-6 that is in the Q7.
A5: A softtop convertible has been added this fall as a lower-cost alternative to the hardtop. An RS high-performance version is likely in 2011.
A6: The redesigned A6 arrives in 2011 or 2012. Front-end styling features the new Audi face seen on the A4 and A5.
A7: The Sportback concept is essentially Audi's upcoming coupelike sedan, which arrives in 2011. The four-door probably will be called the A7. The concept debuted this year at the Detroit auto show. A four-door hardtop convertible version also is likely, possibly for 2011.
A8: The redesigned A8 will be restyled in late 2010, adopting the softer lines of the A5. Extensive use of aluminum materials is planned.
TT: Front-drive versions of the TT and TTS performance coupe and convertible have been eliminated. Only awd versions are offered.
R8: The range-topping R8 convertible debuted last month at the Frankfurt show. The car has a 525-hp, 5.2-liter V-10 engine. Sales begin in 2010.
Q3: The small crossover is scheduled to arrive in 2011.
Q5: A hybrid model will be launched in late 2010.
Q7: The large crossover gets a freshening this fall along with an interior upgrade. A redesign is expected in 2012.