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VW Takes Wraps Off New Hybrid Concept Car

The New Compact Coupe presages a new VW model that will be built in Mexico for sale in North America; an option being a new hybrid drive system.

Published: 12-Jan-2010

Volkswagen has gone public on plans for a coupevariant of the next-generation Jetta with the unveiling of a near-to-production-ready concept on Monday at the Detroit auto show.

Dubbed the New Compact Coupe (NCC), the new two-door presages the look and mechanical layout Volkswagen plans to adopt on a new front-wheel-drive model to be built at its Puebla plant in Mexico as part of ongoing plans to further penetrate the U.S. market.

Conceived primarily for North America--which does not receive the Volkswagen Scirocco, owing to the high cost of importing it from Palmela, Portugal, where it is assembled alongside the Eos--Volkswagen says a production version of the NCC could also be sold in other key markets as part of the sixth-generation Jetta lineup, which will also include a similarly styled sedan and wagon.

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