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Audi mini-car production ramps up


Production of Audi's A1 is to begin in October, with first sales predicted in October 2010

The Audi A1, the company's answer to the Mini, will be built in Audi's Brussels factory starting this October, with the car's hitting showrooms across Europe by early 2010.

The A1, which will be sold as both a three-door and a five-door 'Sportback', will be equipped with a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, including Audi's latest 1.4-litre TFSI motors.

The Sportback features a longer wheelbase, a new grille and unique bumpers, measuring 3.99m long and 1.75m wide - within the compact class.

Recent reports suggest the Audi A1 will be officially launched at this year's Frankfurt motor show.

The Brussels factory currently makes 290 VW Polos and 130 Audi A3 Sportbacks per day, but will push the number of A3s up once production of the Polo ends, as well as building up to 500 A1s per day.

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