It is reported that the upcoming 2008 Audi A5 convertible will probably be assembled at the facility in Neckarsulm, Germany, where the A4 cabrio is currently built.
The new hard-top Audi A5, positioned as a lower-premium class vehicle targeting Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class and BMW 3-Series buyers, will replace the current Audi A4 cabriolet, which will then be built only in sedan and station wagon trims.
The new vehicle will be officially presented to the public in autumn 2008.
It is expected that the car will feature a fabric top with the large, flat glass rear window and will offer a wide choice of engines, both gasoline and diesel-powered.
To extend the vehicle’s mileage, the German carmaker is also said to be considering a number of high-tech gadgets that will make the sports car more fuel-efficient. Among those is an engine start-stop system, as well as brake energy recuperation.
It will be Audi’s first attempt at developing new vehicles using its recently unveiled modular platform strategy — just like it’s done in computer industry, where different models of PCs share the same standardized motherboards, power supply units, etc.
Audi hopes that this approach will help the company significantly cut development costs and allow for quicker introduction of new trims, doubling Audi’s global sales to 1.4 million units by 2015.