In addition to the multitude of series vehicles it debuted, the Volkswagen Group showcased a number of concept vehicles and studies in 2010. We will present the most important of these in this section.
The New Compact Coupe (NCC) from the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand was a crowd-puller at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The compact coupé with a hybrid drive and a sporty, elegant design has a 110 kW (150 PS) TSI engine as well as an electric motor with an output of 20 kW (27 PS). Combining this with the innovative seven-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG) gives this vehicle a top speed of 227 km/h and an acceleration of 8.6 seconds to 100 km/h. The NCC has an average fuel consumption of only 4.2 l per 100 km.
The zero-emission “Milan Taxi” concept vehicle revealed at the Hanover Trade Show is proof that Volkswagen is systematically pursuing its goal of becoming the world’s most environmentally friendly automaker. The vehicle is powered by an electric motor with a maximum output of 85 kW (116 PS), the energy being delivered by the lithium-ion battery integrated into the underbody. This gives the car a range of up to 300 km. We unmasked a refined version of this concept vehicle at the “National Electromobility Platform” in the form of the “Berlin Taxi”. Innovations such as a sliding door that opens far forward on the passenger’s side and customizable taxi touchscreens for passengers round off this forward-looking vehicle concept.
With its study for the Audi A8 hybrid concept vehicle the Audi brand presented the basic architecture for its hybrid drive to the general public at the 2010 International Motor Show in Geneva. In the field of e-mobility, the Audi A1 e-tron concept vehicle demonstrated the brand’s expertise.
In 2010, SEAT introduced the IBE concept car, an electric vehicle with a captivating 75kW (102 PS) engine that combines design, sportiness and cost-effectiveness in one. The IBE was named “Best Concept Car 2010” at the Paris Motor Show.
Škoda also showed the world its innovative strength in the area of e-mobility in 2010 when it presented the Octavia Green E Line in Paris, a concept car powered by an 85 kW (116 PS) electric motor that reaches a top speed of 135 km/h. The lithium-ion battery gives the vehicle a range of 140 km.
At the International Motor Show (IAA), Commercial Vehicles in Hanover, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles used the Amarok to show that it is possible to lower the already best-in-class fuel consumption of 7.4 l per 100 km (combined) to 6.9 l with BlueMotion technology.