GENEVA -- The next-generation A3 shown here last week is just the beginning of what Audi envisions will be a family of A3s.
In addition to the two-door hatchback that was shown here, Audi wants to sell multiple variants of its entry-level compact, including a convertible and plug-in hybrid.
The A3 has been one of Audi's most popular cars globally, but it hasn't sold well in the United States. With this next generation, company executives are hoping to triple the car's U.S. sales volume.
Last year Audi sold 6,561 A3s in the United States.
The redesigned A3 sedan is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships as a 2014 model, replacing the outgoing four-door hatchback.