The second generation of Audi A3 was launched for the first time in Geneva Motor Show in the year 2003. The Type 8P of A3 was designed by Walter De’Silva. It had four cylinders with three door hatchback facility. Two other versions of sports cars, equipped with 3.2L V6 engine that had a power level of 247 bhp and 2.0 Turbo-FSI versions with a power of 197 bhp, were launched in the middle of 2003.
Just after one year, a new car Sportback with five door body was launched. This car was 80mm longer in length comparing to the previous car of three door body. It also included larger luggage area along with an advanced cabin space. In North America, this car was introduced in the year 2005 as a 2006 model-car.
Inspired by the Audi A3, Audi released a reality game named The Heist. In the year 2007, Audi replaced the non turbo FSI engine with the turbocharged 1.8 TFSI engine with a capacity of 1.8 L. A number of changes were made to the A3 and S3 model in the year 2008 including the engine power5 and speed. Just about one year ago, A3 model got the award for top safety from Insurance Institute For Highway Safety. The 2.0T FSI engine was also awarded as International Engine Of The Year in the year 2007. In Business Week Magazine, this car got the centralized topic in 2006.
The A3 has been an important product in the marketing line up of Audi, but probably Audi might take out this model from the production completely, in near future.