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As Volkswagen aims to expand its presence in quick-growing SUV segments, it has delayed the launch of the production versions of the Volkswagen BlueSport sports car and the Volkswagen Bulli retro MPV concept. VW’s R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg spoke at the Paris motor show and said that VW has to develop more SUVs, with the supermini-SUV segment – dominated by the Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke.
VW believes that VW has to have an entry in this specific market. Hackenberg implied that the launch of this model is expected in 2014. It will be based on VW’s new MQB platform and will utilize the new petrol and diesel engines that VW has created for the architecture. Hackenberg said that the BlueSport was ready for production but it won’t arrive in showrooms yet as VW has yet to make a business case.
Hackenberg added that this segment is currently falling so if the proposal is made now, it will fail. This is the same reason why the Bulli concept, which debuted at last year’s Geneva motor show, can’t go any further. A Polo coupe had also been suspended due to this reason. This was presaged by a a Giugiaro-penned concept that was seen at the 2011 Geneva show.Read the entire article Volkswagen delays the launch of BlueSport sports car and Bulli retro MPV
The poor sales of VW’s mid-engined Blue Sport two-seater have made it very hard to justify investments for the model. This means that its future may be in jeopardy. The main obstacle is the US market, where the model isn’t seen as a priority even with a plan that by 2018, its sales will nearly treble 800,000 units.
VW of America boss Jonathan Browning said that to achieve this figure, the company doesn’t have to continue to add to its lineup of models. Instead, the focus is on its core models. The biggest market in the world for sports cars is the U.S. Placing Blue Sport on low priority means that VW can’t get near the 50,000 or higher annual global production it requires to get the green light for production.
Uli Hackenberg, VW’s engineering boss, said that the engineering for the Blue Sport has been completed. The next major step is the business case. Hackenberg said that the project doesn’t have an official release date yet.Read the entire article Vw Blue Sport future may be in jeopardy
According to the latest reports from Autocar, it appears that Volkswagen is on track with the development of the BlueSport Roadster. Set to make its debut in 2013, the new car is based on the BlueSport Concept unveiled back in 2009 at the Detroit Auto Show. The vehicle will use the new MMB platform (Modulare Mittel Baukasten).
Apparently, the new platform will be used by three new models from the Vw Group: the BlueSport, the so-called baby-Boxster and the small Audi R4. According to our sources, the MMB platform (Modulare Mittel Baukasten) is scalable, which means that it can accept different track widths.
Regarding the engines, the new Vw BlueSport is expected to receive a 1.6-liter FSI engine delivering around 220 hp and fitted to a standard six-speed gearbox.Read the entire article Vw BlueSport coming in 2013, report says
After showcasing at the NAIAS, the BlueSport Concept of VW went directly to the press attention. The concept is a global car, similar to the price of a Mazda MX-5 Miata and essential volume, and is not just for one brand. Reliable information has been received that the Audi version has already been completed. It is branded the R1.
The designers of the BlueSport had lots of leeway since this model, unlike other models, does not have a predecessor upon which to base the current design.
The concept car has been proportionately worked out and could most likely end up the same way in its production version just like the TT.Read the entire article Upcoming Audi R1 and Vw BlueSport to share the same platform
Because of the continuing global economic crisis, the Spanish carmaker Seat has decided to postpone its intention of launching its own variant of the mid-engined Vw BlueSport roadster. Although they have been eager to have a sports car flagship the confidence for its business case is just not strong enough at this time.
Since Seat does not sell this version in the US and the domestic market is not that big they are finding it difficult to provide justification for the car. The picture may change although it might take between five to ten years down the road.
Seat's present priority is to capture the growing markets, particularly those in Latin America where they already sell cars in Mexico directly from Spain.Read the entire article Seat postpones its own variant of the mid-engined Vw BlueSport roadster
The Bluesport Roadster caused speculations of a revival of the roadster segment, when it initially showed in the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. The rumor was laid to rest the previous week and this week VW annnounced that it might not build the car.
The current state of affairs at Volkswagen with regards to the Bluesport concept is that are circumspectly calculating how to profit with a niche car.
The Bluesport is a niche product that will be a challenge to produce in volumes that the company consider profitable. There will be disappointments from all quarters of fans of the concept.Read the entire article Financial crisis kills the Volkswagen BlueSport Roadster
Speculations of a resurrection of the roadster segment, with special emphasis on the Porsche 914 and 356, came about due to the appearance of the Bluesport Concept at the Detroit Motor Show last January.
Those talks were laid to rest last month when they put a stopper to the rebirth of the Porsche, leading to fears that the same might happen to the planned Bluesport Concept production model.
VW is doing a careful calculation on how they could earn with a niche car since the current crisis is a challenge in coming up with enough volume to provide the company a profit. In spite of the bad news the German carmaker once more gave hope at the production of the roadster at an exclusive public showcasing of the concept.Read the entire article To be or not to be: Vw BlueSport Roadster
Volkswagen's BlueSport roadster has been given the green light to go into production, according to Auto Express' sources in Germany. This stunning Roadster, a mid-engined two-seater, impressed crowds when it debuted at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show with its combination of sports car features and an economical diesel engine.
Insiders said that a showroom-ready design is being finalized before testing on the engineering prototypes begins. The production car is styled very closely to the original show car. This is obvious in the illustrations we've obtained of the new car's appearance. The VW face, with its sleek headlights and a narrow, horizontal grille, will be carried over from the Golf and Scirocco. The production version gets a set of LED daytime running lamps.
With compact dimensions, the BlueSport is shorter and lower than the Golf, but has almost the same width -- giving it a squat, muscular stance. With regards to the interior, VW replaced the bespoke-style of the concept with an understated and sporty design, similar to other performance VWs such as the Scirocco.Read the entire article Vw BlueSport Roadster gets the green light, report says
The new Volkswagen Concept BlueSport is the latest addition from the German manufacturer which offers maximum driving fun with minimal fuel consumption! Why we say minimal fuel consumption?
Because the new concept is powered by a clean diesel engine, with common rail injection and downstream NOx storage catalytic converter delivers dynamic performance, capable to deliver an impressive 180 hp (132 kW) (although it was not confirmed we are sure that this is a 2.0-liter TDI engine).
The engine is connected to a 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission which transfers the power to the rear wheels. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is made in just 6.6 seconds while the top speed is limited to 226 km/h (147 mph).Read the entire article 2009 Detroit Auto Show: Volkswagen BlueSport Concept
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