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Old 12-03-2009, 09:12 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I think that it would be better as an BEV, or a plug in serial hybrid: eliminate the ultra-fancy 7-speed dual clutch transmission it currently has and increase the size of the electric motor, and use the 800cc diesel engine (or a smaller version of it!) to generate power to charge the battery. A bigger battery would be good, too.

The aero drag could be improved with (at least partial) rear wheel skirts, and a longer, slightly more tapered rear -- the "shoulders" should slope downwards (I think), etc.

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Old 12-03-2009, 09:52 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:46 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Looks slick, though the interior (on the concept model anyway) has a look that won't age well, when actual people start actually climbing in and out of it and using it as the utility that cars are.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:14 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Subaru did the active grill block back in 86 too bad it never got past the concept.



kind of sad it's still only on a concept car.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:03 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Yeah that 70 mpg number is a real snafu!

This thing could break 100 mpg EASILY.
If TDIs with over twice the displacement and vehicle weight can crack 60 mpg without breaking much of a sweat than 70 mpg with this thing would be disastrously disappointing. If somehow VW is listening, I want mine with ~1.3L engine and ~100 HP. I will give up 10 mpg for some serious driving fun.

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WOW Nice find, drool.

VW is all over it. I like everything about it. Other manufacters need to make notes.
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This car begs the question: if Honda's first generation Insight had been a little longer with 2 more seats, would it have had a different outcome?
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This car begs the question: if Honda's first generation Insight had been a little longer with 2 more seats, would it have had a different outcome?
Probably not. Insight's biggest competitor was the Prius, which put more capability (i.e. EV mode) into a car that cost about the same.
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IF it comes to America and IF the dealers don't immediately start their typical price gouging and IF it is widely available, I'll be visiting my VW dealer and trying one on :-)

I like it's looks and I really like it's economy.
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This car begs the question: if Honda's first generation Insight had been a little longer with 2 more seats, would it have had a different outcome?
I would say yes. My minimum requirement was as much useful storage as a CRX. Two more seats, even in a 2+2 configuration, would have made the Insight a lot more attractive to me.

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