Volkswagen Gives You Ideas. Shows Seven Concepts At IAA
September 13th, 2011 10:18 AM Share
Some car companies would kill if they would have as many new cars in one year as Volkswagen shows concept cars at the Frankfurt International Auto show. Here is a quick overview. Most of them are offshoots of the new Volkswagen up!, which seems to be Volkswagen’s carmeleon.
NILS: Singles are Germany’s largest demographic. Volkswagen will see to it that they stay alone with the electric single-seater NILS. “In Germany, 90 percent of car commuters are alone in their car,” says Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leohold, Director of Volkswagen Group Research. For that, they have the company of an aluminum space-frame body, wing doors and free-standing wheels :
e-up!: “It has been decided: a production version of the e-up! will launch on the market in 2013,” says Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, head of development of the Volkswagen Brand. A near-production study of this zero-emissions car debuts at the 2011 IAA.
eco up!: Only 79g/km in CO2 emissions, running on all natural gas, BlueMotion Technology (Stop/Start system and battery regeneration), tax benefits in Germany. And take this, Toyota: “When used in the smallest vehicle class, natural gas drives, besides posting record low emissions, are significantly more economical than hybrid systems, which are too expensive for the small car segment,” says the press release.
buggy up!: No more plastic bodies: This buggy of strong, high-tech, lightweight construction steels. Surf’s up!
up! azzurra sailing team. Seems to be a tender to Giorgetto Giugiaro’s and Walter de Silva’s (and probably Piech’s) sailing yachts. And indeed, its is called “an open, small, eco-friendly automobile for the world’s marinas.” They were not kidding when they said that with the new kit architecture, the can go for the smallest niches.
cross up!: For those up! country tours.
GT up!: The GTI of the get up! generation. 100 hp are deemed plenty for the barely 900 kg up!
Published September 13th, 2011 10:18 AM
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The yacht version reminds me of a time cruising the Seine in Paris, about 6 years ago, I saw a Amphicar parked on the deck of a big private boat. With all the waacky offshoots of the Up!, I'm surprised they didn't update the VW Schwimmwagen concept of 60 years ago.
NILS concept is pretty cool. I'm crazy enough to buy something like that and drive it on American roads, as long as it's cheap, but I doubt anyone else is.