Audi Plug-In In Tokyo

Posted by: David Kiley on October 24, 2007

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Audi surprised media attending the Tokyo Auto Show by showing its plug-in hybrid Metroproject concept.

It’s a four-seater with three doors. The concept features a prototype hybrid system that drives the front wheels with a 1.4-liter, direct-injection, turbocharged in-line four enginemaking 140 horsepower. The rear wheels are powered by an electric drive system making 41 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, creating a unique, all-wheel-drive Quattro. The result is a drivetrain that delivers 48 mpg.

The car can be driven just on the rear wheels after the battery is reharged, either by plugging it in to an electric outlet, or by the gas engine. The gas engine takes over when the battery is drained.

Audi execs say they believe there is demand fo the car in Europe, Japan and the U.S.

Reader Comments

Noz

October 24, 2007 7:29 PM

Sounds to me like another Audi nightmare. But then Japanese engineers/repairpersons are the world's finest and they will find a way to make this thing work until it is discontinued for lack of sales/high repair/operating costs.

Japan leads us (US) in their generation of electrical power using nuclear, a HUGE plus. So at least this little German toy will not be adding to the atmospheric pollution as it would here with our stinking coal-fired plants.

That the average auto trip in Japan is just short of 5km helps too. But then there are also many miles of magnifi-cent highways. One has to time one's trips in exquisite detail to avoid being caught when the nation's roads become vast parking lots.

Frank A

October 26, 2007 8:33 AM

Noz, not sure what Audi nightmare you are referring to. They have been on a roll, (sales and design wise) and I expect this car to give the Mini some serious competition. Every fossil fuel burning car adds to air pollution so the fact it has a plug in capability does not mean much. It will still pollute, even in perfect Japan.

AudiFan

October 26, 2007 9:17 AM

Audi has climbed steadily up the inital quality charts in the last years while Mercedes has sunk to the bottom. Perhaps traffic in Japan will improve as more mechanics will be unemployed due to Audi's superior reliability.

slurpeeman

October 28, 2007 7:02 PM

Funny you mention it, I've been having a recurring Audi nightmare: I wake up screaming in a cold sweat at the mere thought that I may ever have to drive a non-Audi product ever again.

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