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VW working on a new mass-market EV

Discussion in 'General VW EV Forum' started by Tim Ostler, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. Thermostat9

    Thermostat9 Non Member

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    I'd never believe any salesperson - without checking what they are telling me.
     
  2. Ralf

    Ralf Active Member

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    I had another look around the showroom when I was in today filling out my final set of forms. I noticed they didn't have an eGolf on display, but several GTE banners up and one car in the showroom. So, I asked about it and they just said "Yeah, we don't sell the eGolf, but we could order it in. There are a couple of dealerships in London, but that's it really."

    So, I was a bit disappointed by that. If it had a little more range, I'd have been all over that instead of the GTE.
     
  3. Tim Ostler

    Tim Ostler Well-Known Member

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    I wonder what European sales figures are like country by country? There is definitely significant resistance to EVs at VW dealership level in the UK. Just look how many people are being put off the e-Up and e-Golf? I guess the dealers are worried about losing out on oil and filter changes? Their loss.
     
  5. BlackLeaf

    BlackLeaf Well-Known Member

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    No, the VW dealers in the UK do their best not to sell any car - it's their sales technique :)
     
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  6. Tim Ostler

    Tim Ostler Well-Known Member

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    Here's a feature on it by the always interesting Autogefühl...

     
  7. richardglover

    richardglover Leaf lover

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    A cuddly VW
     
  8. Tim Ostler

    Tim Ostler Well-Known Member

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    Yes it manages to combine elements of the Golf with those of the retro Beetle.

    I do wish concept car designers didn't feel always compelled to give cars cliché giant wheels. Sometimes they make it to production as with the i3, (with a hard ride) but they seem like a cheap stylistic trick to give a car a macho quality that is wholly inappropriate.
     
  9. Jimbo

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    "We will copy the Model 3 feature set in every way, except we know that y'all want a hatchback lolz"

    EDIT: having now watched the 20min video posted by @Tim Ostler I respectfully modify the above statement! It seems that the car is very heavily influenced by Model 3 (and i3) but with some cool additions, like the sliding rear door. Really dislike the "expressive" front headlights, and surprised that it is only a 4-seater. Otherwise good effort - let's see a real one now.
     
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  10. Paul_Moxhay

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    I hate all these anthropomorphic touches like the headlight as eyes. It is soooo naff.
     
  11. BlackLeaf

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    How long from concept to production, even for VW?
     
  12. dpeilow

    dpeilow Militant EV driver!

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    Sci-fi concept with 250 miles available in 2020.

    Renault Zoe with 250 miles available on Saturday.
     
  13. Tim Ostler

    Tim Ostler Well-Known Member

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    Also with anthropomorphic touches...!
     
  14. Brendan Heading

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    By the time VW get this to market there will be at least five or six other EVs that will either match or exceed its range. The updated Zoe will be close this November; the Leaf and BMWi3 have no option but to at least match the Zoe for range within the next 12 months; GM may well decide to sell the Ampera-E in right hand drive markets; Tesla's Model 3 should be available; and there will be plenty of used Leafs and Model Ss available.
     
  15. Tim Ostler

    Tim Ostler Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like an outcome we can all celebrate!
     
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