I bumped into Wolfgang Egger at the Audi stand, by the Metroproject Quattro concept.
He's the company's chief designer and I didn't tell him what I think of the car. Anyway, he's not to blame.
See, he's only been at Audi seven months so the car predates his arrival. Instead I told him about what a happy day it had been to drive his latest production car, the Alfa 8C Competizione, which he designed in a previous life four years ago.
So the Audi Metrothingy, then. If you remove the hybrid system, give it full B-posts instead of the pillarless glass of the show car, and paint those steel side arcs in body colour, you've got the 2009 A1.
Though I spared Wolfgang, I'll tell you what I think. It's not very pretty.
In profile the proportions are very off. The nose is too long and high, and the tail doesn't know whether it's a coupe or a supermini. Ah well, it's an Audi so at least the cabin is nice.
Tokyo: Audi misses the mark
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