I have to admit that while I liked it a lot when it debuted at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, I haven’t given the Audi TT Sportback Concept much thought since then. I have moved on with my life, and I assume Audi has as well—to a market that’s extremely dominated by SUVs and crossovers, specifically. But now, in order to save the TT from extinction, it may need to transform into that larger and more practical car, according to a new report. As always, take this with a grain of salt, but the UK’s Auto Express says that amid declining sales for the TT sports car, the future of the line may be in “a more practical and profitable four-door coupe” that we could see in less than two years. That four-door, presumably, will look a lot like the TT Sportback concept from 2014, given Audi’s tendency to keep good designs around for a while. Audi’s board has reportedly signed off on the plan. Auto Express says the four-door TT will be a direct replacement for the two-door model, which is coming up on its 20th birthday (wow, I’m getting old) and faces declining sales as the sports car market shrinks across the board. From that story: One Audi board member told us: “If you set falling demand against rising costs, it’s obvious Audi cannot sustain its present course in the medium term. Instead, there has been intensive consideration of the coupe and the convertible in the compact segment.”… [Read full story]
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