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  Volkswagen Concept T

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:2004
Introduced at:2004 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWith the concept T, Volkswagen is continuing its range of innovative design studies in 2004 as well. During the past decade alone, the company has premiered a large number of the most spectacular concept cars to grace the international automotive scene. They have provided important reference points for future generations of vehicles; indeed, many of them have been transferred directly into series production development. In 1994 and in Detroit as well, for example, the world's attention was captured by the concept 1 - later to become the New Beetle and the New Beetle Convertible (which debuted as a concept car at the Geneva Auto Salon). World premieres in Detroit have a tradition going back at least as far as the concept 1: Volkswagen chose Michigan to show the AAC, a off-road pickup, for the first time. This car with an enclosed roof is now turning heads as the high class Touareg off-roader. Meanwhile, the Microbus - an avant-garde, sensationally received study for the van of tomorrow, is currently being prepared for series production. Concept cars such as the concept D, a highly developed foretaste of the current top class Phaeton sedan, were given their world premieres in Europe. The same applies to the very current concept R, a fascinating roadster. The concept T continues this pedigree. After all, nothing is more exciting than the design and technology of the future.

In the USA in particular, the market for Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) is chiefly dominated by large off-roaders. One of the currently most advanced models in this segment is the Touareg from Volkswagen. To a level of perfection unparalleled in the past, it combines the world of the true off-roader with the comfort features of a luxury sedan and the supreme handling of a sports car. Highly capable off-roaders which also offer outstanding sports characteristics in on-road driving are the exception rather than the rule in the segment below the large SUVs. In addition, no current sports car has been flexible enough in terms of drive properties to allow for driving off paved road surfaces. The concept T fills this gap.

The wing doors of the concept T represent a stylistically as well as technically especially independent and fascinating body detail. They are mounted in the upper section of the A-pillars. When opened, they simultaneously swing slightly outwards and steeply upwards. The advantage: an especially comfortable entry and exit as well as comparatively little space required to the side. Further avant-garde design features: The rear part of the door creates the B-pillar trim above the door handle and door opener, an extremely robust solution but still sporty and elegant. To provide optimal view even when the doors are open, the exterior mirrors are located high on the A-pillars.

Viewed from the front, the concept T consciously displays stylistic parallels to the roadster study concept R introduced in September 2003 and the Golf GTI study, which had its world premiere at the IAA, also in September 2003. The shared feature: The V-shaped radiator grille integrated into the bumper unit which, in similar variations, will distinguish the fronts of all new Volkswagens. The headlights, with lens-shaped main elements lying far apart and inner elements tapering sharply inwards, almost as parallelograms to the hood and grille, demonstrate additional design parallels between the roadster concept R and the new off-road coupe concept T. In contrast to the concept R element, however, the main headlight of the concept T project into the bumper.

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