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Slideshow: Volkswagen to Build World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car

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Elizabeth M
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I am a VW fan
Elizabeth M   3/18/2013 7:02:34 AM
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Well, if anyone can do it, VW can. I am a big fan of their vehicles (I drive a VW Transporter) and think they already have done a lot toward making vehicles fuel efficient. Looking at the design features of the car, it seems like engineers have put serious thought into every possible area where they can improve efficiency. If this works the way VW plans, it could really set a precedent or the future, and shows what a little ingenuity can do. The only negative thing I can say at this point is that I think this should have happened a long time ago!

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naperlou   3/18/2013 10:18:47 AM
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Cap'n, finally we see a company applying all the technologies that make cars more efficient.  One of the most important is the drag.  As people have moved to SUVs the coeffcient of drag has gone the wrong way.  I remember when a low coefficient of drag was part of auto advertising.  People complain about the price of gasoline, then they go out and buy a SUV or crossover.  There is certianly a place for SUVs.  Living in a rural area they are very useful, and perhaps necessary.  That is a very small part of the population, though. 

The other technology they are using, lightweight materials, is also something that is overdue.  Design News has been talking about this for some time.  That coupled with the low rolling resistance technologies is something that has been possible and known for a long time. 

This will be an iteresting vehicle.  I am glad that they decided not to do an all-electric.  This may be practical.

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How many seats?
TJ McDermott   3/18/2013 10:33:22 AM
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Charles, this looks very interesting, but one thing I missed was how many seats did the vehicle sport?

Is this a 2-seater?  4?  If it's 4, are both the right-side seats offset?

The offset seats made me think of the Grumman A-6 Intruder aircraft; the EWO sat next to the pilot but was several inches back and lower to give the pilot a better view.  Offsetting the seats in this VW would give the same benefit to the driver - how many times has one asked the front seat passenger to lean back so you could see to turn safely?

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   3/18/2013 10:58:43 AM
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Sorry for not putting that in the story, TJ. It's a two-seater.

TJ McDermott
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TJ McDermott   3/18/2013 11:02:30 AM
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Maybe the 3-wheel = motorcycle definition needs to be redefined.  This vehicle might do even better with 3 instead of 4 since it is a 2-seater.

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a.saji   3/18/2013 11:19:53 AM
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@McDermott: I think this is the best car in design – wise I have ever seen. I also work for an Automobile company but haven't seen such a beauty like this. I think this is the best sports model ever designed by Volkswagon    

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NadineJ   3/18/2013 5:37:30 PM
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I agree.  VW/Audi is amoung the best for new development and innovation.

I think it's right on time.  We weren't ready earlier.  Facebook and Twitter are both less than 10 years old. 

The fast and fabulous world we live in is new.  Mass market eco-consciousness is very new.

And, it looks great!

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Charles Murray   3/18/2013 7:34:51 PM
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It appears to be a great car, but the final pricetag will affect our view of that, Liz. I've seen all kinds of estimates on what it might be, ranging from $40K to $130K (which is probably not a viable estimate). Volkswagen isn't saying, however, so I was careful not put any speculation in the article.

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Elizabeth M   3/19/2013 7:47:23 AM
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Yes, the price tag will certainly determine the success of this venture. $130k seems a bit extreme and of course, cost-prohibitive to most! That would sort of defeat the purpose as well to make a fuel-efficient car many people can take advantage of. At any rate, I am curious to see this vehicle when it's out there on the market.

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Re: How many seats?
Battar   3/19/2013 9:11:34 AM
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TJ,

      Never mind the Grumman A6, check out the navigator/WSO seating arrangement in the de Havilland Sea Vixen aircraft. Ideal for anyone who travels with his mother-in-law. And you get unobstructed vision.

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