Audi A1 photos and details revealed

Sophisticated-looking rival to the Mini should make BMW nervous.

Mini? Mini who?

Audi has released photos of its Audi A1, aka the Audi Metroproject Quattro concept car that it plans to debut at the 2007 Tokyo auto show next week.

The Audi wins hands-down in terms of a sophisticated and elegant look for a sub-compact, inexpensive car compared with its intended rival, the BMW Mini Cooper.

The Audi A1 makes BMW's Mini Cooper look like Minnie Mouse, a colorful, fun and quirky friend you once thought was cute as a child. But now that you're an adult your interests lie more toward Heidi Klum or Seal.

My prediction is that its strong upscale look and first-new-car price will attract just as many males as females.

The concept car is a hybrid-electric car with a 1.4-liter engine. It would be able to do 0-60 in 7.8 seconds, have a top speed of 125 mph, and get about 48 mpg, according to Motor Authority, which has a full gallery on the car.

Audi A1
Audi A1 aka the Audi Metroproject Quattro Audi
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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet,, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.


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