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Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hatch here next

Deputy Editor 05 Aug 2013

Australia has placed pricing in with Germany to get the Audi A3 here next year.

The of the A3 e-tron. which uses a petrol engine and electric would make it Audi s hybrid model on sale in While that means trails BMW and Mercedes-Benz bringing a to market, the A3 should be first of the to offer plug-in capability. 1.5L/100km consumption for the A3 e-tron also make it the most by far.

“We have made some … about where it [A3 e-tron] fit [in the range],” told Audi managing director Andrew

“Like any model we negotiate and forwards with the factory.”

wouldn’t be drawn into the timing of the local introduction of the A3 but in relation to its its overseas launch, that “the delay is not much, it’s in line [regular A3]”.

The standard A3 arrived locally than a year after its in European markets, meaning the A3 should be less than a away.

The managing director to be more specific about the A3 e-tron would sit in the line-up, that “it’s a tough one to [and] I think it’s a bit too to make a statement on that”, he did confirm that Audi is closely at competitor plug-in including the Holden Volt .

the A3 e-tron can call on its 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to and in conjunction with the electric power the front wheels, the uses its 1.4-litre non-turbo engine as a generator to charge the used to power the electric which drives the front

While the A3 e-tron claims combined consumption in Europe, the claims 1.2L/100km based on local ADR tests. The Audi, has combined system outputs of and 350Nm, and claims 0-100km/h in 7.6 where the Holden makes and 370Nm by comparison.

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Muddying the waters further, the ultra-high-performance S3 Sportback. at $59,900, $90 less than the Volt. the A3 e-tron cost as much or than the S3 Sportback performance

“It’s a good question,” Doyle. “That’s the question asking right now…

“It is a lot of car for $59,900.

“And what’s the of an e-tron? What’s the price of

Doyle says to the question of buyers are prepared to pay as much for an technology-leader as a high performance hatch: “the short is ‘yes’, the long answer is many’.

“It’s a bit like the RS situation; RS is not a car, it should never be a car, if we sell lots, great. But it’s about what we can do, the pinnacle of motorsport in all our ranges.

“E-tron is the same, it? It’s showing what we can do, and we can in this early stage, a lot of the technology is new charge a premium for

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