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    1. Member Chuck@VMG's Avatar
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      02-16-2006 07:38 PM #1
      Wolfsburg - It is the child of a new era. Its name: Concept A. A Volkswagen with all wheel drive, a cross between a sports car and SUV, with a design that is as powerful as it is aesthetic and that posses best all round features. Volkswagen celebrates its world premier in Berlin. The premier for the public will follow at the Geneve Automobile Salon in late February. The Concept A stands for a progressive design-philosophy. Its front part with a new 3D crest radiator grill made out of brushed aluminum and distinguished head lights form a congenial yet competent and confident progressive appearance. The “face” is well known, just not on an automobile, it looks like the mirror image of a cheetah. The silhouette shows the lines of a coupe. The front and rear doors open facing each other. The carriage overhangs are briskly short, the hood long, the C columns one of a kind. 20 inch alloy rims and 295 tires fill out the space in the distinctively extended wheelhouses.


    2. 02-16-2006 07:47 PM #2
      1st post.

    3. 02-16-2006 07:54 PM #3
      ehh its ok. good idea.. but better if it was more resonable.

      bmw x3 killer? but cheaper?


    4. 02-16-2006 07:59 PM #4
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      This has to be my jam right now. If I had a few more subcontractors intothis type of **** the old lady would be done by now. Give me the kayak you know somebody is being a poseureur about.
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      02-16-2006 07:59 PM #5
      Nice looking interior....

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      02-16-2006 08:01 PM #6
      as with all of these concepts iirc they are intended to show the progressive design that the automakers are heading in...

      I'm sure well see the headlights, tail-lights, flares and such make it gently into the upcomming models...

      If that is in fact the case, I think it points to some very nice design cues...


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    7. 02-16-2006 08:14 PM #7
      I like it.

    8. 02-16-2006 08:38 PM #8
      it gives me some feeling of the ugly honda element...i just don't dig it

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      02-16-2006 08:40 PM #9
      I really like it. I like the idea of a sport SUV. I've never cared much for SUV's but the smaller more fuel efficient ones have some appeal to me.

      I also think that front end looks really mean, and I like it!


    10. 02-16-2006 08:45 PM #10
      id definatly sport that.......definatly

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      02-16-2006 09:03 PM #11
      Hmm, the more I look at it the more I like it. The front seems overly busy & my first impression was that this thing is huge but the side views show it's fairly compact. It has a lot more originality than most compact crossovers sold today. I wonder what VW's plans are for it?

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      02-16-2006 09:37 PM #12
      That is nice looking for a "crossover".

      I say "make it VW"!! Build it already!!


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      02-16-2006 10:14 PM #13
      What's the point? The concept R, 2 seat roadster, did not seem to get very far. Despite the fact that it got lots of interest and rave reviews. But of course we can all go out and buy a 5,000 pound Phaeton, right?


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      02-16-2006 10:17 PM #14
      Unfortunately this is what we will be getting instead.

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      02-16-2006 10:19 PM #15
      The height of an SUV (and presumably the wind resistance and reduction in MPG) and the seating and storage of a coupe (or so it appears)?

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      02-16-2006 10:19 PM #16
      It's the "New Fastback".

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      02-16-2006 10:23 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by argh32 »
      What's the point? The concept C, 2 seat roadster, did not seem to get very far. Despite the fact that it got lots of interest and rave reviews. But of course we can all go out and buy a 5,000 pound Phaeton, right?

      Concept R you're thinking about, Concept C = Eos.

      .........and VW could be planning a 2 seater sports roadster but more EcoRacer than Concept R.

      Phaeton is on sale till Dec 06.


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      02-16-2006 10:24 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by argh32 »
      What's the point? The concept C, 2 seat roadster, did not seem to get very far. Despite the fact that it got lots of interest and rave reviews. But of course we can all go out and buy a 5,000 pound Phaeton, right?

      The Concept C changed her name to Eos. I think you mean the Concept R. The Concept R and Golf GTI bumped nasties and are rumored to have a child named Scirocco.


    19. 02-16-2006 10:36 PM #19
      no thank you. I dont normally jump on the "looks like a..."

      but this vehicle absolutely makes me think of some weird one-night stand between...

      and this...

      NO...bring me the concept T or don't bother.


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      02-16-2006 11:24 PM #20
      slightly better for offroading than a US spec GTI
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    21. 02-16-2006 11:36 PM #21
      Give me the concept R instead please. How many people want a coupe SUV?

    22. 02-16-2006 11:44 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by structureguy246 »

      bmw x3 killer? but cheaper?

      You really don't need much to kill something that's hardly alive in the first place.

      Quote, originally posted by TWinbrook46636 »
      Unfortunately this is what we will be getting instead.

      Lexus RX430? At least, that's the rear end they stole.

      Though it's already been said, I think this is just really a concept to show off what direction they want to head in.


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      02-16-2006 11:47 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by Daemon688 »
      Give me the concept R instead please. How many people want a coupe SUV?

      Ditto. I'm sure there are folks who would love one of these, but it's such a niche market. coupe SUV's really do nothing for me personally.

      As far as the vehicle itself is concerned, regrdless of its intended end use, I think the interior of this is nice (but don't almost all concepts have friggin awesome interiors?) and it's an interesting design concept, but I actually think it's kind of fugly. Too much happening in the grill departments, seems squatty despite it's high ride height, and the back end really slopes down way too much. It seems like a lot of potentially usefull space gone to waste. The overall shape seems disproportionate. Fron the nose to the A-pillar it looks like a pretty aggresive, beefy machine. But from the A-pillar back it has a very curvy, soft shape. It's like it's way too short, the car ends too quick. Know what I mean?

      But that's what concepts are for right? trying out ideas, testing the waters for new ideas. keep the ideas flowing.


      Modified by gravitymachine at 10:50 PM 2-16-2006


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      02-17-2006 12:09 AM #24
      Oh my god, the Thing has returned!

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      02-17-2006 12:20 AM #25
      I've said it before and I'll say it again (at least for arguements sake ), how about giving us the CrossPolo and the Caddy Life??? These are vehicles that VW is already making but depriving us of.

      Helloooooo VW, anyone listening?????


    26. 02-17-2006 12:34 AM #26
      I don't like it. And I usually am pretty enthusiastic and open minded about VW concept cars. This kind of fits in there with the Beetle Dune, the Magellan SUV concept, and the recent three wheeler. It's headed in a direction VW enthusiasts are not interested in going - at least not this one.

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      02-17-2006 02:09 AM #27
      Looks good. Somebody photoshop this rig in black with black chrome accents.
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    28. 02-17-2006 03:45 AM #28
      I like it.

      I think the name should be the new VW "Cheetah".

      It's different and different is good.


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      02-17-2006 04:07 AM #29
      I think it looks cool. Im just excited VW is starting to step it up. Thanks VW now hurry up with the EOS

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    30. 02-17-2006 04:35 AM #30
      Now there's no question in my mind why VW needs to cut 20,000 jobs. They spend their time on these little niche markets...

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      02-17-2006 06:09 AM #31
      These "concepts" from VW just get more and more depressing. Someone really should visit the studios of VW Design, and take their crayons away from them.
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      02-17-2006 07:26 AM #32
      I think this thing is pretty goddamn cool.

      I mean think about it for a second....

      There is a part of me that really sees the utility of an SUV-type vehicle, especially as I get closer and closer to the point where I am going to be thinking about kids. Hell, there are times when I would like one NOW. (Going camping, need to haul some stuff around, going on a long trip, etc.) But really, I don't want a behemoth of an SUV that puts me 800 feet above the ground and gets 6 MPG. I really wouldn't mind a medium-small one that looks nice and sporty, has a good engine, and is fun to drive. This looks like it has the potential to be like that. The BMW X3 is actually kind of close to what I'm talking about, but it's still a wee bit too tall and traditional-SUV like for what I mean.

      Take the soft roof off of there, give it realistic wheels and tire sizes, a good range of engine options (say the 150HP twincharger, a TDi w/somewhere around 200 HP, and either the 3.2 or 3.6 VR6), keep the AWD, and give it DSG. Have it come in around $30k, and I'm sold.

      I love the Touareg, but really it's just too big for me, and a wee bit too spendy. This would be perfect. I like it!


      And also, the most interesting and potentially promising bit of that whole article, which I am suprised no one has mentioned yet, is this:

      Quote, originally posted by VW Press Release »
      Future Spectrum: But that’s not all. A VW sports car also fits between the columns. And an all wheel powered specialist of the Golf class has been on track to go into series for quite some time.

      Well smack me and call me Alice! VW actually talking about a sports car? I wonder what they mean by that?

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    33. 02-17-2006 07:47 AM #33
      I love it too, make it TDI with a lot of torque and 4-Motion and I'll put in my order.


    34. 02-17-2006 08:10 AM #34
      Looks like the concept jeep thats coming out I forget the name

    35. 02-17-2006 08:47 AM #35
      SUV-Coupe? Bleah. Give it to me like this and we'll talk.

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