GENEVA -- Audi is developing a reincarnation of the A2 small car that will slot between the A3 compact and the new A1 subcompact introduced at the Geneva auto show last week.
"There's clearly room for another product and another concept between the A3 and A1," Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said on the sidelines of the auto show.
Michael Dick, Audi's board member for technology, said in an interview that the company's push to add electric variants will play a role with the next-generation A2 "in the near future."
The German media have reported that the A2 is expected by 2014. A decision on a U.S. model has not been made.
Audi is using its e-tron vehicles as a high-profile proving ground for battery and electric-drive technology. In Detroit, Audi launched an e-tron sports car; in Geneva, Audi showed an e-tron version of the A1.
In the long run, Audi plans to use the electric-car template as a basis for future models.
According to media reports, the A2 will be based on the A1 shown in Geneva. It will have unique styling and an electric powertrain.
The original, slow-selling A2 was produced in Europe from late 1999 to 2005. It was criticized for its styling and less-than-stellar performance. In total, only 176,377 A2s were sold.