Volkswagen releases an official video starring the new models that they brought at the recent North American International Auto Show, which took place in Detroit a couple of weeks ago. The footage was taken at their stall in the Cobo Hall, the venue of the event, and features the all-electric Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept, the 2013 Jetta Hybrid, the Fender Beetle Concept (made with the input from the world-famous guitar manufacturer), the Golf R, the new Passat, the Jetta GLI and then some. Surely VW really made an effort to impress the American crowd, and we think they did a good job there. You can also take a better look at the new models in our photo galleries by clicking on the links below.
One of the most sought-after concepts at this year’s North American International Auto Show is the all-electric Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept, based on the New Beetle Ragster Concept that VW showcased at the same Detroit’s event in 2006. The model is powered by an electric motor producing 114 hp and 269 Nm (199 ft-lb) of peak torque, and fed by a 315 kg lithium-ion battery package stored under trunk floor and rear seats. The charging port is located under the VW logo at the front, and is compatible with all three types of available chargers: Level 1 (120V), Level 2 (240V), and Level 3 (quick charge), through which 80% charge can be reached in just 30 minutes. The model is credited with a range of 160 km (100 miles)
Aesthetically, the E-Bugster is also a pretty interesting evolution of the classic Beetle design, with an upper body featuring a low, flat roof (E-Bugster’s roofline is nearly 3″ lower than the Beetle’s) and no rear windows, LED daytime running lights integrated in the front bumper that form a quite captivating graphic effect (mirrored by the reflectors on the rear) and 20″ alloys that remind us of the old Beetle of the 70s/80s. In the cabin we have a white leather-dominated interior, but the only significant change in comparison to the usual Beetle’s layout is the revised instrumentation.
By clicking on the links below you can access E-Bugster’s official photo gallery released by VW and some shots our friends from Autoblog.it has taken right at VW’s booth in Detroit. To find out more about the new Beetle, check out the official Press Release after the jump.
The first official pictures and technical details of the Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept have been released. The model will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in just a few hours, and is based on the New Beetle Ragster Concept that VW showcased at the 2006 NAIAS. In comparison to that concept, the E-Bugster’s roof line has been lowered by 7.4 cm, the side windows are smaller and the design of both front and rear windows has been heavily revised. The model is powered by an electric motor generating an output of 114 hp and 270 Nm of peak torque, fed by a 315 kg lithium-ion battery package fitted under rear seat and trunk floor. We will be waiting for the an official Press Release from VW for more info.