The electricity is in the air at Audi: A few months ago, the Sleuth shed a little light on the plans for Volkswagen Group’s premium Audi brand to produce an electric car. Now your faithful gumshoe has a bit more meat. The Audi electric vehicle will be based on parent VW’s Up! concept car and would go against the Ford Ka and Fiat 500 in Europe and Chevrolet’s Volt in North America. Engine choices are rumored to be a pair of 0.6-liter two-cylinder turbocharged units, one a diesel and the other fueled by gasoline. Audi’s new small car is rumored to be capable of 95 mpg. An all-electric version has already been given the go-ahead and Audi might test the waters in Canada and then send the car to the United States.
Smart sells to the tune of 20,000 units in the United States: When Smart parent Daimler decided to work with legendary dealer giant (and racing legend) Roger Penske to get the Fortwo model going in the United States, some wondered if Penske could work his magic again. Indeed, it seems he can. Recently a Dallas, Tex., resident took delivery of the 20,000th Smart ForTwo sold in the United States, marking an early milestone for the small car. The sale comes just 10 months after the brand was introduced to U.S. buyers, well ahead of the distributors’ expectations. Of course, the uncertain price of fuel might have more than a little impact on the small car’s chances these days.