A team of about 1,000 people are putting the finishing touches to the Volkswagen stand in Hall 3 as the 2011 IAA in Frankfurt draws near. The 8,893 square meter stand, which is shaped like a cloud, will accommodate more than 50 cars. It is designed for the new up! city vehicle which is making its public appearance for the first time along with the recently unveiled Golf Cabriolet, new Tiguan and new generation Beetle.
Also, the NILS single-seat electric commuting concept car will be making its world premiere. Aside from the vehicles themselves, the company is utilizing a 30-meter interactive wall that will provide visitors a taste of futuristic mobility. It will also present details on alternative technologies and innovations.
Moreover, the company’s Motorsport and Commercial Vehicle divisions will be showcasing a range of new models. A press conference will also be held on the first press day, on September 13, 2011, Tuesday, at 11:20 on the Volkswagen stand, to be facilitated by the automaker’s UK press and public relations team members.
Volkswagen AG launched a new car that is just perfect for tomorrow’s world at the Frankfurt International Motor Show: NILS. The electric vehicle is a single seater and presents a fantastic form that follows a minimalist design. The concept car has an aluminum space frame, free-standing wheels and wing doors, all of which look very dynamic. The car also has zero emissions, helping it secure support from the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.
Real word feasibility
Board of management member and head of development for the Volkswagen brand, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, says that the NILS is a car that is futureproof and looks very sci-fi, as if it has been projected back in time from the year 2030. The car is sustainable with top-notch design that is perfect for your lifestyle. It is a high technology car from Volkswagen that has electric drive, but it uses realistic technology.
Director of Volkswagen Group Research Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leohold adds that cars such as the NILS are very important in the increasing influence of electric mobility. Dr. Leohold explains that the concept vehicle was based on thorough analysis of car research, future trends and marketing requirements. New vehicle concepts such as the NILS, along with the electrification of current cars out in the market will help promote electric mobility.
Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg says that the aim of the NILS project is to come up with a technically possible and economically feasible car concept that is fit for micro-mobility. This makes way for more efficient and environmentally friendly individual transportation that is “based on electric drive technology.”
Volkswagen’s group research has thoroughly analyzed all aspects of commuter transportation to help it become more sustainable, explains Dr. Leohold. And the results of these were then given out to different car development departments so that all of the company’s various brands benefit from the research.
Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg adds that working closely with the group research department has allowed Volkswagen to produce cutting-edge vehicles. The “networked know-how” of the company also covers the Volkswagen Design Centre, located in Potsdam.
The Design Centre is headed by Thomas Ingenlath and is responsible for an all-new interpretation of Volkswagen design. And that is what you see in NILS. For people who have seen the concept car, they are able to get a glimpse of what the future holds for the brand and the car itself. The concept car is not a “dry-run exercise” but a realistic view of what’s next. It has compact dimensions but it is very safe, meeting all the safety requirements expected from today’s cars.
Dr. Hackenberg assures commuters that not only are they contributing to the well-being of the environment, they are also guaranteed to be safe.
NILS has a range of 65 kilometres and can reach a speed of 130 km/h. The car would be perfect for most commuters in Germany. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, close to three out of every 4 commuters living between Munich and Germany drive shorter than 25 kilometers to and from work, and the NILS could easily cover that!