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Old 05-03-2013, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default VW designer says MX-5-fighting roadster still possible

Yes, it's VW week.

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Volkswagen design chief Walter de Silva has announced that he is still pushing for the launch of a small roadster capable of taking on the Mazda MX-5 and its upcoming Alfa-badged sibling.

"I'm not the only Volkswagen employee who is convinced that a roadster is a good idea for the company," revealed de Silva in an interview with German magazine Auto, Motor und Sport. "This is a vehicle we are particularly fond of, and we haven't forgotten about it."



Rumors of a Volkswagen roadster first emerged in 2009 when the firm presented the mid-engined, diesel-powered BlueSport concept at the Detroit Motor Show. The on-again, off-again project was put on an indefinite hiatus last October because of Europe's economic woes.

If given the green light for production, the lightweight two-seater roadster will be relatively cheap to build because it will be assembled almost entirely with existing components. Possibly ditching the BlueSport's mid-engine setup, the yet-unnamed roadster will ride on one of Volkswagen's existing modular platforms and utilize a variety of four-cylinder gas and diesel engines pulled out of the automaker's parts bin.

De Silva has not revealed if the roadster stands a chance of getting the proverbial nod of approval from Volkswagen's management.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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How do you sell this AND the beetle.

Do you put a vagina sticker on the beelte convetible AND a set of testicles swinging from the back of this car.

LOL
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:07 PM   #3
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How do you sell this AND the beetle.

Do you put a vagina sticker on the beelte convetible AND a set of testicles swinging from the back of this car.

LOL
Agreed. I don't understand why they just don't want the bug to rise back to the occasion it was always meant for. It would be the perfect model/namespace to use as a VW brz/miata fighter like lots of companies seem to be jumping on now.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:24 PM   #4
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Is that front fender bulge above the hood thing going to be the distinguishing trend of the mid 20-teens?

And yes, I know my car has it too.
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:07 PM   #5
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as an extra in their price list

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Old 05-04-2013, 05:01 PM   #6
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If given the green light for production, the lightweight two-seater roadster will be relatively cheap to build because it will be assembled almost entirely with existing components. Possibly ditching the BlueSport's mid-engine setup, the yet-unnamed roadster will ride on one of Volkswagen's existing modular platforms and utilize a variety of four-cylinder gas and diesel engines pulled out of the automaker's parts bin.
Translation: We were going to make something that could actually compete with the MX-5, but instead we're going to make another Eos.

Fail.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:08 PM   #7
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Watch it be front wheel drive, overweight, overpriced, and a huge hit with the 30-something pompous eurodouche crowd.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:19 PM   #8
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Watch it be front wheel drive, overweight, overpriced, and a huge hit with the 30-something pompous eurodouche crowd.
Like I said, another Eos
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:00 PM   #9
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I don't see this taking away Miata buyers, unless they are referring to those who buy a miata in automatic, call hitting 4K rpm "hot doggin' it", and find seat bolsters to be and pointless feature.
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How do you sell this AND the beetle.

Do you put a vagina sticker on the beelte convetible AND a set of testicles swinging from the back of this car.

LOL
You're saying a fwd 3200#+ car with a massively female audience can't coexist with what is currently a mid engine rwd car that would need to be well under 2700# to compare to a MX5? To me this is more of a baby TT and is very appealing: nice VW fit and finish instead of plasticy, noisy MX5.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:13 PM   #11
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You're saying a fwd 3200#+ car with a massively female audience can't coexist with what is currently a mid engine rwd car that would need to be well under 2700# to compare to a MX5? To me this is more of a baby TT and is very appealing: nice VW fit and finish instead of plasticy, noisy MX5.

While the fit and finish on a brand new VW is great, they also don't hold up well from time and use. Over and over, I see 6+ year old VW interiors beat to hell. This is from personal experience from several VWs. We have also owned quite a few Japanese cars, they tend to just hold much better. Hey, if you plan to buy it new and dump it 3 years later, VW's are fantastic.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:40 PM   #12
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Fair enough, my experience with VAG was from the 90s and they were durable, as are the early 2000 Audis my parents have. An MX5 is bound to be more reliable but it sure is cheap inside. And the engine sounds like poo.
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