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2010-01-12 08:20
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Model NCC
Engine 1.4 TSI, electric
Can’t stretch the company car allowance far enough to afford an A5? Well, VW might soon have a very compelling alternative.

Although VW pointedly states the new NCC (New Compact Coupe) is purely a concept and has no production planning afforded to it, you just know it’s a load of Orwellian double-speak.

Undoubtedly the star of VW’s offering at this week’s Detroit auto show, the NCC is a four-seater coupe with wonderfully contemporary styling detail and rather fetching proportions.

Think of it as a two-door Golf, or a really practical Scirocco.

Workable hybrid technology

From a technological perspective it’s pretty advanced too, sporting a hybrid drivetrain.

Primarily powered by a 1.4 TSI engine (worth 110kW and 240Nm) there is a supplementary electric motor, drawing power from a lithium-ion battery set, which adds 18kW to the output equitation.

Drive is via VW’s outstanding seven-speed DSG transmission to the front wheels, which allows for 0-100km/h acceleration in 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 227km/h.

Best of all are the economy and emission figures of only 4.2l/100km and a scant 98g/km worth of carbon discharge.

VW says the NCC is capable of pure electric drive, whilst stop-start internal combustion control ensures the 1.4 TSI engine only runs when there is suitable throttle demand from the driver. Regenerative braking rounds off the NCC’s environmentally friendly suite of engineering technologies.

Although the NCC is labeled as a concept by VW for now, they have curiously gone through the trouble of specifically quoting it as having 380l of useable bootspace.

Now that’s hardly the kind of detail worthy of something which is not destined for production, right?



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