In downtown San Diego, we sometimes see new cars that folks have driven up from Mexico. Brands and models not available in the US but available in Mexico.

Here’s one that sent me scrambling for the web… an Audi A1. A competitor to the Mini and other sub-subcompacts, it just launched last August. I wasn’t able to quickly find out if it’s headed to the US in ways other than just having the owner drive across the border.

At first, I thought that Audi was trying to recreate the AMC Gremlin: taking an A3 and chopping off the back much the way AMC chopped off the back of a Hornet and created the Gremlin. Come to think of it, isn’t that what they’ve done?

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