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Volkswagen Introduces New Concept Coupe Hybrid

This parallel-hybrid vehicle runs on either a combination of gas-engine and electric or electric power only.

Published: 17-Jan-2010

Volkswagen kick-started 2010 on a positive note with the world premiere of the snappy New Concept Coupe (NCC) at the 2010 Detroit auto show. Not withstanding the expected mint-fresh and pleasant look pre-production, this four-seater car has much to offer in terms of futuristic imagery that we see with most concept cars. As expected the car achieves a decent fuel economy at around 45 mpg (combined).

This parallel-hybrid vehicle runs on either a combination of gas-engine and electric or electric power only. It employs a 147 horsepower 1.4 L TSI engine and a 20-kilowatt (equivalent of 27 horsepower) electric motor, a 7 speed DSG gearbox and 177 lb-feet of torque besides CO2 emissions of 98 g/km. With a top speed of 141 mph and a performance figure of 60 mph in 8.6 secs in a combination engine state, it employs regenerative braking to charge the 1.1 kWh lithium battery.

The NCC comes in Tungsten Silver Metallic with sharp edges and clean lines, large wheels and a wide but aerodynamically efficient grille which gives it a more aggressive look with exceptional features of sculpted bucket seats in Berry White and Grigio Quartz leather, bi-xenon headlights and 19-inches Lugano allow wheels. There is an 8-inch touch screen on the dash that is angled towards the driver to give him access to the new navigation system. It comes with a multi-purpose steering wheel that is brand new in terms of design and other state-of-the-art features like analog speed and taco displays with additional navigation information.

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