If BMW AG thought it would have the U.S. market for upscale small cars all to itself with the early ’02 launch of the Mini, that situation may not last very long. Although Audi AG’s official position is that the advanced-technology, aluminum-bodied A2 compact car is not in the plan at this time for U.S. introduction, the company shows signs of laying the groundwork for just that. As an example, a recent issue of the Audi Magazine, circulated to its U.S. clientele, includes a 10-page ...

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