NECKARSULM, Germany - Audi will build a small, super-economical car at its Neckarsulm plant, starting in early 1999. Production is planned at 50,000 units a year.
The aluminum-bodied car will be based closely on the AL2 concept shown at the Frankfurt auto show in September.
'In 1999 we will present a three-liter car,' said spokesman Juergen De Graeve. It will run 100km on three liters of fuel.
The AL2 shown at Frankfurt had a three-cylinder, five-valve, direct-injection engine. The car weighed 810kg. De Graeve did not specify what engines the new car would use.
Plant investment will be around DM300 million ($174 million). Neckarsulm already makes the aluminum-intensive A8 sedan.