A glimpse into the future – study and concept vehicles

In this section, we describe selected concept vehicles and studies that we presented in 2013 alongside the numerous series vehicles.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand presented the twin up! study at the Tokyo Motor Show. Featuring a plug-in hybrid system with a combined maximum output of 55 kW (75 PS), the four-door’s combined consumption is a mere 1.1 l per 100 km. This innovative city specialist shares specific elements of its drive system – diesel engine, electric motor and direct shift gearbox (DSG) – with the world’s most economical car, the XL1. The twin up! can travel up to 50 km in purely electric – and thus emission-free – mode.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars’ mid-size SUV study, the CrossBlue, is a masculine six-seater that combines the imposing presence of a SUV with the space of a van. Its innovative plug-in hybrid system with a total output of 225 kW (306 PS) comprises a 140 kW (190 PS) TDI engine, two electric motors (40 kW and 85 kW), a six-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG) and an electric propshaft. The CrossBlue shows how Volkswagen could expand the range of models in the US with a mid-size SUV in the five-meter class.

Audi celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Sport quattro by introducing the Sport quattro concept car, a dynamic coupé study that continues the quattro’s long tradition. The Sport quattro concept car boasts a plug-in hybrid drive with a combined maximum output of 515 kW (700 PS). The 110 kW electric motor and twin-turbocharged 412 kW (560 PS) V8 engine propel the lightweight sports car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds. Its rectangular twin headlights use pioneering Matrix LED technology.

The Audi nanuk quattro concept car, a crossover study, was developed in close cooperation with the designers from Italdesign Giugiaro, and marries the dynamism of a high-performance sports car with Audi’s quattro expertise on the street, on the race track and off-road. The sports car for young and old is powered by a 400 kW (544 PS) V10 TDI engine.

Driven by its passion for innovation and alternative solutions, Lamborghini commemorated its 50th anniversary with the unveiling of the Egoista: powered by a 440 kW (600 PS) V10 engine, this supercar is a sports car of superlatives that wows with its masculine design. The interior of this one-off is extremely rational and is made for one person only.