The Audi A2, the first mass-produced car with an all-aluminum body, received the European Aluminum Award in 2000 (European Aluminum Award). Wulf Leitermann, former representative of the Audi Aluminum Center in Neckarsulm, received the award at the "Aluminum in Automotive" congress at the AutoDome car museum in the Dutch city of Rosmalen. After the A8 in 1994, the A2 is the second Audi model with an ASF (Audi Space Frame) structure to receive this award.
The award is an initiative of the Dutch Aluminum Center with the support of the European Aluminum Association (EAA). The jury, made up of international aluminum experts, praised Audi: “Thanks to the application of advanced production techniques such as laser welding, Audi has succeeded in a very short time in developing a car, from concept to production vehicle, which, thanks to its very low curb weight low, is able to combine good performance with very economical fuel consumption. "
After the A8, the Audi A2 is Audi’s second car with all-aluminum bodywork. Unlike the A8 D2, which is produced 80 times a day, around 300 A2 cars were produced daily, with a high degree of automation.
Although innovative, the Audi A2 was way ahead of its time and failed to really find its audience in the first half of the 2000s.