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Volkswagen Cross Coupe concept updated for Geneva motor show

autoweek.com -- With a combined system output of 302 hp and up to 516 lb-ft of torque--295 lb-ft of which is available from just 1,750 rpm--the latest Cross Coupe is claimed to hit 62 mph from standstill in 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed limited to 137mph.

With the claimed 131 mpg, the vehicle's range stretches to 800 miles in hybrid mode on its 14.5-gallon fuel tank. By comparison, the earlier gasoline-electric Cross Coupe concept averaged 105 mpg.

When running on the diesel engine alone at light throttle, the Cross Coupe is driven by its front wheels. Under what Volkswagen describes as "enthusiastic driving," the electric motors join in to deliver power to all four wheels. In off-road mode, the diesel engine combines with the rear electric motor to provide optimum traction.


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52MPG
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2012 7:39:20 AM

131 mpg sounds good. What will the real world driving produce?
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 8:51:29 PM

The only good thing about these high gas prices is that auto makers are finally serious about getting higher mpgs.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 7:05:02 PM

Nice numbers.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 10:04:43 AM

Considering the initial outlay of cash for these vehicles, how long or how many miles must one drive to break even?
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 9:48:14 AM

but at what cost?
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 8:58:13 AM

SOUNDS MORE ENGINE THAN MOTOR: In electric mode a clutch is opened to disengage the diesel engine, reducing mechanical drag. If, however, additional battery charge is required to power the electric motors, the diesel engine springs to life to top up the battery.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 8:53:56 AM

Sounds good, but it is still a Volkswagon.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 8:42:52 AM

131 MPG w/300 HP? What's not to like?
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 8:42:20 AM

Sounds good, but at what cost?
Concepts always come across nicely, but it's when the rubber meets the road that we find out if it is realistic or practical for the price.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 8:33:57 AM

Sounds like an awesome car.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 8:07:32 AM

Wow!!
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 7:40:22 AM

very interesting!
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 7:37:59 AM

Now if they will only bring it to America
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 7:37:53 AM

GM, this should have been the Volt !
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 7:33:13 AM

That sounds like a great car!
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 7:15:28 AM

The original VW diesel Rabbit was not known for getting a mile out of every drop but it was a tough engine.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 7:07:29 AM

looks good too.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2012 6:47:48 AM

bring on the diesel hybrid.
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