Premium automaker Audi Ag on Thursday said that the Brussels factory has made already 100.000 A1s.
To mark the occasion, King Albert II of Belgium visited the site in the Forest district of Brussels. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, and Gerhard Schneider, General Director for Technology and Logistics and management spokesman of Audi Brussels, led the King through the tradition-steeped plant, which Audi acquired and restructured four years ago.
Unveiled for the first time at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the little A1 was designed to compete with the Mini, and Alfa Romeo MiTo.
The car is based on the Volkswagen Group PQ25 platform, the same platform used in the SEAT Ibiza Mk4 and the VW Polo Mk5, and in its development Audi has collaborated with SEAT.
At this moment, Audi offers the A1 with four engines – three petrols and one diesel.
The 1.6 liter TDI unit develops 105 hp at 4400rpm, accelerates to 100km/h in 10.5 seconds and has a top speed of 190 km/h.
On the same time, the most powerful petrol variant is the 1.4 TFSI – an engine that has 185hp. Connected via a 7-speed S tronic automatic tranmision the 1.4 TFSI A1 is capable to hit 100km/h in 6.9 seconds and a top speed og 227km/h ( 141mph).
In the UK the basic model costs 10.600 pounds.