The Audi A3 was a series of subcompact cars that were introduced in Europe as 1997 models. These small luxury compacts were built in hatchback or sedan body styles, and were offered with front wheel drive or all wheel drive options. The A3 was not available in North America until the 2006 model year. For the 2000 model year, Audi introduced the S3 performance variant, which was exclusively available as an all wheel drive car. Four generations of Audi A3 have been produced: 1st Gen (1997-2003), 2nd Gen (2004-2013), 3rd Gen (2014-2019), and 4th Gen (2020-).