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VW Beetle stopped

VW Beetle stopped
Manufacturers in Germany announced a halt of production New Beetle, with the hope of showing the next generation when the Los Angeles Motor Show in November.

As quoted autoevolution (03/05/2010), the VW in order to quickly convey to the consumer if they want to have a Beetle hatchback or a kabriolet, before sold out. “Consumers can still buy a model New Beetle at the dealership, as long as stocks are still there,” says VW Group Australia is quoted by goauto.com.

There are leaks from Volkswagen Group of America CEO Stefan Jacoby that the new generation New Beetle will be launched in 2012. Manufacturers in Germany had been submitted late last year.

Based on information from Autoweek, the new Beetle will be using engines 2.0 L four-cylinder and for the U.S. market using a 2.5 L five-cylinder, as well as with the 1.4 L hybrid.

Platform, reportedly similar to those used in New Jetta sedan will be introduced this summer.

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VW BlueSport Roadster

The old red Volkswagen Golf GTI screams to a halt. Before we know what’s happening, its young driver leaps out and is firing questions in a broad southern German accent. We’re pretty sure it went something like this: “How much? When? What engine?” It was all we could do to stop the guy from jumping into the empty seat next to us.

Still, you can’t blame him for getting a little excited. Right now, there is only one Volkswagen BlueSport in existence, and apart from its unveiling at the Detroit auto show in January, this is the only time it has been allowed in public.

Originally conceived as a one-off concept car, the compact mid-engine roadster has an internal development code name, raising hopes that it will go into production as a spiritual successor to the 914, the mid-engine roadster that VW developed and Porsche sold.

The BlueSport was developed in a back-to-basics approach, with an emphasis on simplicity and low weight. At its heart is a new mid-engine platform that VW says should allow it to bring the BlueSport to showrooms at prices starting at about $30,000, depending on what engine it decides to put in back.

At the moment, the rear-wheel-drive concept rolls with VW’s 168-hp, 2.0-liter, common-rail diesel four-cylinder and a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox with shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Other engines are under consideration for production, says Mario Fabiano, the car’s project leader. They include the 265-hp, 2.0-liter, turbocharged, gasoline direct-injection four recently confirmed for the Scirocco R. Can you say junior Boxster?

The BlueSport is a confident-looking car, low and flat and hunkered down on the road. Although you can expect the styling to be refined by the time it reaches production, the one thing that won’t change much are the car’s basic dimensions. At 157.4 inches long, 68.9 inches wide and 49.6 inches tall, it is roughly the same size as the Mazda Miata, a car that played a role in prompting VW to push ahead with the BlueSport.

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Mantra: Keep it simple

For a car of such compact dimensions, there’s a good deal of space in the cabin, and with two cargo holds with a combined capacity of 6.4 cubic feet (3.9 cubic feet up front and 2.5 cubic feet in the rear), there’s enough luggage space for a couple of overnight bags.

The keep-it-simple mantra extends to the manually operated fabric roof. It has a heated rear window and stows in a well behind the cabin. The roof assembly weighs just 59 pounds and is designed so that you can erect it from inside the car.

Rarely have we driven a concept car with such mechanical proficiency. In fact, the car seems to have skipped the usual early-development processes and headed straight into the testing phase.

We drove almost 50 miles in the roadster, over a variety of roads. It was more of a proper test drive than the simple look-and-barely-touch trial we usually get with other concept cars.

There is no key; just touch a starter button mounted within a bezel that also controls the PRND functions of the gearbox, in place of a traditional lever.

The raspy engine sounds more like a gasoline unit than a typical diesel. And there’s nothing lacking in the way the BlueSport gets along. A step on the throttle unleashes a hearty turbocharger whistle, along with a heady turn of speed.

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Low curb weight

The concept car has been limited to 62 mph, but you really need only half of that to discover there’s real intent here. A distinct rearward weight bias sees the BlueSport squat and hug the pavement as you accelerate hard out of a third-gear corner.

The performance is partly a product of the low 2,640-pound curb weight, which gives the BlueSport a weight-to-power ratio roughly the same as the Miata’s. It will hit 62 mph in 6.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 140 mph when not reined in by electronics, says Fabiano.

With the Blue TDI technology, VW claims it can deliver almost 42 mpg in combined city and highway driving. It also complies with California’s strict emissions regulations.

There’s more to the BlueSport than outright speed, though. Displaying a level of response and composure well beyond what you might expect from a one-off, the chassis flows in concert with the camber of the smooth-surfaced German country roads. The brakes, taken from the Golf R32, inspire confidence.

The steering, an electromechanical setup borrowed from the Polo, is light in feel but direct. The car’s low weight introduces a degree of eagerness at turn-in that’s not apparent in any existing VW model. It adds up to a wonderfully deft cornering feel, and with 19-inch aluminum wheels shod with 235/35 (front) and 245/35 (rear) Pirelli P Zero Nero tires underneath, you can be assured of plenty of grip.

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Borrowed parts keep costs low

Without any meaningful suspension tuning, the ride is controlled and possesses enough composure to allow you to attack pockmarked roads, rather than simply ease over them as with most concept cars. The suspension combines the front MacPherson-strut setup from the new, fifth-generation Polo with the rear multilink arrangement from the upcoming four-wheel-drive 4Motion versions of the sixth-generation Golf.

This is an exciting car. Good to look at and fun to drive, it should be able to hold its head high on the dynamic front with cars costing twice its projected price.

But there’s only one BlueSport-for now. So you can’t buy one yet. Production versions of the new roadster should start heading to North America sometime in 2013. When it does, expect a long waiting list.

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SPECS

Volkswagen BlueSport Concept

ON SALE: N/A (concept)

BASE PRICE: $30,000 (est)

DRIVETRAIN: 2.0-liter, 168 hp, diesel I4; RWD, six-speed DSG

CURB WEIGHT: 2,640 lb

0-60 MPH: 6.6 sec (mfr)

FUEL ECONOMY: N/A

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Volkswagen History

Volkswagen was founded in 1937 as a public concern by the then Nazi government to sell the Volkswagen Beetle. After the Second World War in 1945, Ivan Hirst of the British Army (REME) took control of the bomb-shattered factory, and tried to dismantle it and ship it home. However, no British car manufacturer was interested; “the vehicle does not meet the fundamental technical requirement of a motor-car … it is quite unattractive to the average buyer … To build the car commercially would be a completely uneconomic enterprise.” As part of the Industrial plans for Germany large parts of German industry, including Volkswagen, was to be dismantled. Total German car production was set at a maximum of 10% of the 1936 car production numbers. The company survived by producing cars for the British Army, and in 1948, the British Government handed the company back over to the German state, where it was managed by ex-Opel chief Heinrich Nordhoff.

Volkswagen’s Golf is the third bestselling car in the world, selling over 25 million through 2006

In 1960, upon the floatation of part of the German federal government’s stake in the company on the German stock market, its name became Volkswagenwerk Aktiengesellschaft (Aktiengesellschaft, abbreviated AG, being equivalent to the English Corp or American Inc). The name was changed to Volkswagen AG on 4 July 1985, to reflect the company’s increasing global diversification from its headquarters and main plant, the Volkswagenwerk in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Ownership
Under the so-called “Volkswagen Law”, no shareholder in VW can exercise more than 20% of the firm’s voting rights, regardless of their level of stock holding.In October 2005, Porsche acquired an 18.53% stake in the business, and in July 2006, Porsche increased that ownership to more than 25%. Analysts disagreed as to whether the investment was a good fit for Porsche’s strategy.

On 26 March 2007, after the European Union moved against a German law that protected VW from takeovers, Porsche took its holding to 30.9%, triggering a takeover bid under German law. Porsche formally announced in a press statement that it did not intend to take over Volkswagen, setting its offer price at the lowest possible legal value, but intended the move to avoid a competitor taking a large stake, or to stop hedge funds dismantling VW, which is Porsche’s most important partner. On 3 March 2008, Porsche announced that it has decided to increase its VW stake up to 51 per cent, which would be completed before the end of the year. This was announced just hours after VW declared it would take the majority stake in the Swedish truckmaker Scania.

On 16 September 2008, Porsche announced that the company had increased it’s stake in Volkswagen to 35%. As of October 2008, Porsche held 42.6 percent of Volkswagen’s ordinary shares and holds stock options on another 31.5 percent. On 28 October 2008, Porsche announced that they effectively held over 74%, 42.6% actual shares and the rest as convertible options. Volkwagen briefly became the world’s largest company as the stock price rose to over 1,000 euros as short sellers tried to cover their positions.

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Volkswagen

Volkswagen Group, or Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (German), (listed as Volkswagen AG) is a German automobile manufacturing group, currently the third largest automobile maker in the world, and the largest in Europe.

Although it operates worldwide, Volkswagen Group’s core market is continental Europe. Of its car brands, Volkswagen Passenger Cars is its mainstream marque, and the Group’s major subsidiaries also include well-known car marques like Audi, SEAT, ?koda, Lamborghini, Bentley, and Bugatti. The Group also has operations in commercial vehicles, owning Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, along with a controlling stake in Scania AB and a 29.9% stake in MAN AG.

Volkswagen’s second-largest market is China where its subsidiary, Volkswagen Group China is by far the second largest joint venture automaker.

The Volkswagen Golf is the third bestselling car in the world, selling over 25 million cars through 2006. In 2007 the Volkswagen Group sold 6.19 million automobiles, claiming over 10% of the world passenger car market. In late 2007, the company openly reported that they plan to double sales, overtake Toyota and become the world’s largest automaker by 2018.

Type
Public company
(FWB: VOW, TYO: 7659),
subsidiary of Porsche Holding SE

Founded
Germany, (1937)

Headquarters
Wolfsburg, Germany

Area served
Worldwide

Key people
Ferdinand Pi?ch (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn (Chairman of the Board of Management)

Industry
Automotive industry

Products
Cars and trucks

Services
Financial services

Revenue
? ?108.9 Billion (2007)

Operating income
? ?6.54 Billion (2007)

Profit
? ?4.12 Billion (2007)

Employees
329,305 (2007)

Divisions
Volkswagen Group Fleet International,
Volkswagen Group Supply,
Volkswagen Leasing GmbH,
Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Ltd.,
Volkswagen?Group?of?America,?Inc.,
Volkswagen Group China,
Volkswagen do Brasil,
Volkswagen Group Italia S.p.A.,
Volkswagen Group Australia

Subsidiaries
vehicle brand companies:
Audi AG,
Bentley Motors Ltd.,
Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.,
Lamborghini S.p.A.,
SEAT, S.A.,
?koda Auto,
Volkswagen Passenger Cars,
Volkswagen?Commercial?Vehicles,
MAN AG,
Scania AB
marine:
Volkswagen Marine

Website
VolkswagenAG.com