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    Audi Considers Putting The quattro Concept Into Production, But Which One?


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    September 19, 2013

    Within the past three years, Audi has shown two different quattro concepts. At the 2010 Paris Motor Show, there was the quattro Concept. Then at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi pulled the covers off the Sport quattro concept.

    Speaking with Auto Express, Audi's head of design Wolfgang Egger says that the quattro could reach production, but the decision of which one to use is being debated.

    "With every design concept we do we are thinking about everything becoming reality.” said Egger.

    “We have done one (designed for MQB platform (quattro concept)) and now we have done the other (on larger MLB platform (Sport quattro concept)) so now we need to make a decision.”

    Whatever happens, elements of the Sport quattro's exterior and interior will make their way into the next-generation of Audi's sports cars.

    Source: Auto Express

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    I prefer the concept from the 2010 Paris auto show. It's not as aggressive as the Frankfurt one. Now would be a good time to start production of this car. They're only selling half the amount of cars that BMW and Mercedes are in the US.

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