Pictures and information on the fantastic world of German Concept Cars from Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes
Volkswagen Concept Cars
Volkswagen launched the Compact Coupe concept car at the Detroit International Auto Show in January 2010, and seems like it has every intention of putting the car into production, hopefully with a more catchy sounding name!
The Compact coupe is a front wheel drive car based on the popular Jetta and golf platform, meant to address the resistance that the brand has found to the Scirocco model in the Us – what is Europe’s best selling coupe has been considered “too Hatchback” for the US marketplace, so VW re-engineered the Jetta with a sleeker body in the style of the Passat CC.
The concept itself is like every other concept at the moment -a hybrid, to highlight the VW brand’s eco credentials but production versions are likely to receive engines from the brand’s current line up.
Volkswagen Compact Coupe Concept Front
Volkswagen Compact Coupe Concept Side
Volkswagen Compact Coupe Concept Rear
Volkswagen Compact Coupe Concept Interior
The L1 concept shown in 2009 is an evolution of previous concept cars made by Volkswagen designed to be as fuel efficient as possible. It does this by weighing only 380 kilos due to it’s carbon fibre reinforced plastic monocoque body.
The L1 has a narrow front profile and a very low drag coefficient of just 0.195, it uses a tiny 800cc 2 cylinder turbo diesel engine combined with an electric motor which combine to give just 39 horsepower.
The L1 gives hints towards the new fuel efficient 1.6 TDI diesel engine that Volkswagen is due to put into its production road cars shortly as it is exactly half its dimensions.
Volkswagen L1 Concept Front
Volkswagen L1 Concept Rear
Volkswagen L1 Concept Car
Volkswagen L1 Concept Interior
Volkswagen released the Bluesport Concept Car in 2009 and is probably the closest VW will ever get to building the equivalent to a Lotus Elise rival.
The Bluesport Concept is powered by a 2.0 litre 180 horsepower clean diesel engine which gives a 0-60 time of 6.6 seconds. The Bluesport has been strongly rumoured for production, and may also generate other variants using the same platform from the other VAG brands as well as Volkswagen such as Audi and Seat, and a production version would also likely be offered with the group’s range of TFSI turbo petrol engines.
Volkswagen Bluesport Concept Car
Volkswagen Bluesport Concept Rear
Volkswagen Bluesport Concept Interior
Volkswagen Bluesport Concept Side
Volkswagen first showed the Up! concept car at the 2007 Perhaps the most important new car for the Volkswagen brand, the Up! is seen as the basis of new small city cars not much bigger than a smart car, powered by a variety of different engines.
The Up! was originally conceived with the engine sitting just above the rear wheels, but as the brand has not had experience with this sort of packaging since the original Beetle in the 30′s it had been reported since that the lack of weigh above the front wheels could cause serious under steer.
Volkswagen has since revealed several more cars based on the Up! such as the Space-Up, an extended version of the car like a micro MPV, and the E-Up, a zero emissions electric battery powered version of the Up.
Volkswagen Up! Concept Front
Volkswagen Up! Concept Rear
Volkswagen Up! Concept Interior
Volkswagen E-Up! Concept
Volkswagen Space Up! Concept
The Neeza concept car was unveiled by Volkswagen at the 2006 Beijing International Auto Exhibition. It was a crossover between a traditional station wagon and an off road 4×4, and featured a raised ride height, and a rather garish blue & red LED interior and was meant to combine both traditional German and Chinese design philosophies.
The name Neeza is derived from the Chinese Ne-Zha who was a mystical figure from Chinese history who fought evil spirits.
Volkswagen Neeza Concept Front
Volkswagen Neeza Concept Rear
Volkswagen Neeza Concept side
Volkswagen Neeza Concept Interior
In 2006 Volkswagen unveiled the IROC Concept Car at the Geneva Motor Show. It was the forerunner of the all new Scirocco Concept car – (“IROC” being the 4 letters in the middle of Scirocco).
The original Scirocco was a huge success in Europe and the US and was a front wheel drive coupe version of the Golf / Rabbit hatchback. This new concept keeps more of a hatchback shape rather than a coupe, but is sold as a coupe, and has strong rear shoulders above the rear wheels.
VW unveiled the IROC in a rather bright Viper green, a colour that was also kept for the production car which other than the bumpers, was largely unchanged from the original concept, even the 2.0 TSI engine in the concept was carried over.
Volkswagen IROC Concept Front
Volkswagen IROC Concept side
Volkswagen IROC Concept Rear
Volkswagen IROC Concept Interior
Volkswagen showed the GX3 concept at the 2006 Los Angeles Motor Show, and it was pitched as a car / motorcycle crossover with the best of both worlds – the excitement, low weight and performance of a motorcycle, alongside the stability and reliability of a car.
The concept car features a Volkswagen 1.6 Litre 4 cylinder engine with 125 horsepower. The concept has 2 seats, and weighs 570 kg, giving a good power to weight ratio and excellent acceleration of 0-60 in 5.7 seconds. VW came up with a notional price of $17,000 for the car, but unfortunately it never made it to production.
Volkswagen GX3 Concept Car
Volkswagen GX3 Concept Front
Volkswagen GX3 Concept 2
Volkswagen GX3 Concept Interior