The Spy Guy is reporting that German brand Audi will introduce a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine for installation in its Euro-only A1 sub-compact. It will replace a 1.2-liter four-cylinder that’s currently used. With a 93-horsepower rating, the 1.0 isn’t likely to be installed any North-American-bound Audis, but it does demonstrate where the automaker is heading to improve fuel economy. And in case you were wondering, The Sleuth can tell you that there are no plans to introduce the little A1 over here, which is a shame since ever-smaller near-luxury models are gaining plenty of traction with buyers young and old these days. Toyota’s Lexus division is the latest to announce a small car that will be loosely based on the Yaris sub-compact.


Audi will put a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine in the A1, pictured, which by the way is not coming to North America.

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