2005 Frankfurt Show Preview, Part II Page 2

August 10, 2005

Mitsubishi Concept-Sportback


Mitsubishi has released bare details and sketches of the concept that will be the centerpiece of its stand in Frankfurt . The Mitsubishi Concept-Sportback gives the first indications of the company’s vision for its next generation of C-segment cars and hints at its design inspiration for a new European five-door sports hatchback.


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 Frankfurt show. The glass panel can also be used as a sliding sunroof. According to rumors, this new version will be called Sun, but that has not yet been confirmed. The convertible will be built on a mix of the Golf and Passat platforms. That means the topless Golf will not only be longer than the Golf, but also be wider.


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 Detroitand that will hit the market in 2007. This Golf SUV will not have two doors like the concept, but four, and it will also be equipped with a chrome grille like the new Passat, but somewhat more rugged. The car will be offered with both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive (4Motion).


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 R32

2006 Volkswagen Golf R32

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VW Golf R32

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 U.S. fans. In Frankfurt , VW will bring a Beduin crossover concept and a Golf GT with a turbo and a supercharger — but the powerful news will be the new Golf R32, the fastest version of the new-generation Golf.

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.

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