2009 Audi A7 Breaks Its Elusive Cover

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Looks like the Audi A5 isn't the only one stirring things up lately. WorldCarFans has posted spy photos they claim to be the long (looooong) rumored Audi A7. Their spy shots look like a test mule wearing an A6 suit that's a little bit too small but we still like what we see. The track is stretched a bit as is the wheelbase, the interior is very reminiscent of the A8 but sports a revised dash and *gasp*, a cloth interior. That probably won't be making it into US production models (whenever that happens).

We're also wondering what's hiding under the soft drink cozy on the center console. Hopefully it's just a new shift knob and not some new form of electronic controller hell the Germans have devised. One clue to the maturity of this mule is this one seems to be sporting a wheelbase much closer to what a production version would be. The last A7 tester we saw was riding under a blacked out A4 body. When considering this along with the other cars in the lineup, and the pending Sportback, we're beginning to wonder how many niches Audi will be inventing for all these new models.


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Ash78, voting early and often

I've said it many times before, but how exactly is the auto market so different now that it can support all this weird segmentation?

I understand A4, A6, A8 and maybe an SUV or minivan. But some of these offerings are just silly. And I can't help but wonder how much manufacturing waste is involved in trying to plan production and demand for all of this.

To make a loose analogy, less than 10 years ago Subway offered about a dozen subs. Most of them (6") were under $3 with tax. Then they went from 2 kinds of bread to 6+ kinds of bread. And then they tried to be Quiznos with all the hot subs. And then they offered salads and pizzas and all kinds of crap. The result is that ALL prices went up across the board to absorb all the difficulties in offering so much diversity. I don't know about everyone else, but Subway is my prime example of someone who tried to be everything to everyone and just lost their way.