Volkswagen’s contribution to the slew of green car news on the first day of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is a concept coupe hybrid the hip auto manufacturer says is “extremely fast and yet futuristic in its fuel economy.” It is known as the New Compact Coupe (NCC) and, according to Volkswagen, with have a fuel economy of 45 mpg.
Volkswagen’s New Compact Coupe will reportedly have a top speed of 141 miles per hour while hitting 60 miles per hour in just 8.6 seconds. The tech under the hood? A TSI engine (gasoline powered with 110 kW / 150 PS), an electric motor (20 kW / 27 PS), and a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). Volkswagen says the NCC will be “positioned between the Europe’s bestselling sports car, the Scirocco, and the internationally successful CC.”
The NCC, like other sleek Volkswagens before it, will have plenty of sporty looks that would make it stand out from other hybrids on the road. Dimensions are set at 178.5 inches long and 70.1 inches wide, with a body height of 55.6 inches and a wheelbase of 104.4 inches. It would also include “newly designed controls for the automatic climate control system (Climatronic) an 8-inch touchscreen radio-navigation system” as well, among many other features.
Nino Marchetti, January 11th, 2010 www.earthtechling.com