2005 Mitsubishi Concept-SportbackEnlarge Photo
Mitsubishi Motors’ future design direction is said to be readily apparent in what is described in designer-speak as “a sporty wedge-like profile, sharply chiseled lines, an assertive stance born from long wheelbase/wide track proportions, and a very expressive high-shouldered rear end.”
The Concept-Sportback also shows off a brand new Mitsubishi Motors-developed platform. The platform is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of derivatives and, as a result, will spawn a range of new models over the next three years. Mitsubishi says they will range from SUVs to family hatchbacks, a fact that has major strategic importance for the company.
VW Golf Cabriolet
Volkswagen is also preparing a new Golf Cabrio with a retractable roof made of glass and aluminum for the
VW will also present the Beduin concept car at the IAA auto show. This is the predecessor of a new production model that we expect to be presented in
Another interesting model at the VW stand will be the Golf GT with its very special 1.4-liter engine. With the aid of both a turbo and a supercharger it has 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The Golf GT will make its market debut in the beginning of 2006.
2006 Volkswagen Golf R32VW Golf R32
2006 Volkswagen Golf R32Enlarge Photo
Volkswagen is ready to field a successor to the most powerful Golf ever — but as of yet, the company has no plans to import the car for
The performance Golf will be equipped with a 250-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 and 4Motion all-wheel drive. Instead of the six-speed gearbox, customers can choose the DSG dual-clutch transmission. Acceleration from zero to 60 mph will take the manually shifted version 6.5 seconds, whereas the DSG will reach 60 in 6.2 seconds.
The front end of the R32 is marked with a large aluminum grille and large air intakes. The lower part of the bumper has an extra spoiler lip. Side skirts connect the front with the rear bumper, which features an air diffuser between the two stainless-steel exhaust pipes on each side. A rear spoiler adds down force. Eighteen-inch wheels with 225/40 rubber are standard, as well as a performance brake system and a 20-mm lowered sport suspension. The Golf R32 is badged with R32 on the grille and the rear hatch.
The sporty interior has a unique instrument panel, sport steering wheel, sport seats, aluminum pedals, and a special R32 shift knob. The Sport-Golf comes standard with automatic climate control, a tire pressure warning system, ESP with brake assist, six airbags, and bi-xenon headlights.