Audi R8 E-Tron and new A3 confirmed for 2012 image

The German based automaker Audi has recently confirmed that the Audi R8 E-Tron and the new generation of the A3 will be launched in 2012.

According to the car manufacturer, 2012 will bring us the new generation of the Audi A3 and the production version of the Audi R8 E-Tron, which has already been previewed earlier this year, at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Introducing the two new models in 2012 is part of Audi’s total investment of 13 billion euros in new products and technologies, as well as in expanding its sites by 2016.

“We are aiming to achieve strong growth on an international scale and boost our lightweight construction and electric mobility areas of expertise in particular. This is why we will be hiring even more people and are planning to appoint a further 1.200 experts next year”, said the member of the Board Management for Human Resources at Audi AG, Thomas Sigi.

Besides the production versionof the R8 E-Tron and the new generation of the A3, Audi will also launch the A8 Hybrid in 2012. As a reminder, the prototype of the R8 E-Tron presented at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show came with a 53 kWh lithium-ion battery which sent power to the four electric motors which were generating 308 horsepower and an impressive 4.500 Nm of torque, or 3.319 lb-ft, enabling the supercar to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds. The Audi R8 E-Tron can travel up to 250 km on a single charge (155 miles).