Wait almost over: Audi A3 E-tron in Europe this year, US next year, and Australia later

News from across the pond: “Before the end of 2013, the Audi A3 E-tron will enter Audi’s production cycle, and will launch in Europe in late 2013 or early 2014. Then in mid-2014, the A3 E-tron makes it over to the US.

Following the US launch of the E-tron, the vehicle will make its way to Australia in preparation for sales there.

Car Advice is reporting that “Audi Australia has placed pricing submissions in with Germany to get the Audi A3 E-tron” into Australia in 2014.

Audi Australia’s managing director, Andrew Doyle,  isn’t yet sure of the timing of the Australian launch for the A3 E-tron, but says the delay shouldn’t be much behind the regular A3′s launch.

The A3 E-tron price is set around €38,000 ($49,000 USD) in most of Europe, but it will likely be more expensive in Australia in order to compete with the Holden Volt, which is priced at nearly $60,000 AUD. The Audi A3 E-tron will undercut the Holden Volt slightly.”