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.
Volkswagen always follows the principle of maximum fun in driving with minimal consumption of fuel. Thus, it begins the car year model 2009 by introducing the Bluesport Concept at the North American International Auto Show. This roadster is an example of Volkswagen’s signature in a surprisingly compact car. As described by its Chairman of the Board, Prof. Martin Winterkorn, it offers nothing but genuine dynamism in its bold 180 PS Clean Diesel engine, along with the efficiency features that are unique to Volkswagen.
BlueSport Concept made its first appearance on the Detroit car show with an orange fabric convertible top and Flex Silver exteriors. According to Walter de Silva, Volkswagen’s chief designer, it is a beautiful combination of classic design and innovative car technology. It has a straightforward style and all elements are purely essential. Even the car build has a leaner, more linear structure. Its internal components truly show sophistication in its details and similarly express an ultimate level of fascination in technology.
What can easily be seen is the easy to operate and intuitive touchscreen. The leather upholstered seats are also ideal to the overall design of the interior and are made from lightweight and quality materials.
VW BlueSport Concept delivers superior performance with its Clean Diesel engine with a capacity of 132 kW per 180 PS. It features downstream Nitrogen oxide storage catalytic converter and common rail injection system. It is also equipped with the DSG dual-clutch transmission with 6 speeds which is known by the industry as the most agile and the most fuel-efficient transmission system. The car’s maximum speed is at 226 kph and the car reaches 100 kph within 6.6 seconds.