VW, Audi Mull Low-Cost, Mid-Engine Sports Cars

VW, Audi Mull Low-Cost, Mid-Engine Sports Cars
VW, Audi Mull Low-Cost, Mid-Engine Sports Cars - 2008 LA Auto Show, VW Affordable Mid Engine Sports Car Concepts - Automobile Magazine
Will Porsche object? Or will it join with a reincarnation of the 356?

At the Los Angeles auto show in November, Volkswagen will unwrap a new mid-engine sports car concept. This marks the third iteration of a theme that started in 2003 with the Concept R and continued in 2005 with the EcoRacer.

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S

2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S
2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S - Volkswagen Golf Sport Hatchback Review - Automobile Magazine
You can toss it into turns at sporting speeds, and come out the other end with a roar.

I only drove the Rabbit briefly, but my overwhelming impression is that it oozes quality and refinement for an $18,000 car. There is nothing about it that feels cheap, from the nicely damped exterior door handles to the typically well-crafted VW interior, with its great seats, to the smooth and refined 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. There’s nice steering feel and a supple ride, and I didn’t even mind that the inline-five, which at 170 hp provides plenty of power, was hooked to an automatic transmission, since it’s a six-speed unit that’s well mated to the engine. If it were me, though, I’d opt for the five-speed manual and use the thousand-dollar savings toward a four-door Rabbit, which has a base price of $17,485. Still, if you’re looking to get into a high-quality small car, the two-door Rabbit with a five-speed manual, starting at $15,490, is a very attractive proposition. And heated seats are only a $225 option!

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Geneva Motor Show 2008

The 78th annual Geneva Motor Show press days are now in full swing, with loads of new models and innovative concepts being unveiled every which way you turn. Fortunately we're on the show floor to bring you our reviews and insight on the most significant show cars and production designs. From the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Scirocco – a nameplate reappearing in the VW repertoire after 20 years – to the Fioravanti Hidra and Saab 9-1 BioHybrid concepts, here are the Highlights of the show.

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Beijing Motor Show 2008

On April 20th, Beijing's 10th auto show opened in the city's new International Exhibition Center. Alternating with the Shanghai Motor Show, Auto China 2008 is the largest auto show in the history of China. Major global auto manufacturers such as the Volkswagen Group and General Motors have listed Auto China as an 'A-level' auto show in line with the five largest auto shows in the world (Frankfurt, Detroit, Geneva, Paris, and Tokyo). Chinese domestic manufacturers have displayed numerous concept car and production cars at the show, led by the government owned SAIC, FAW, and Geely.

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Chicago Auto Show 2008

Hot on the heels of the NAIAS in Detroit is the Chicago Auto Show, renowned for unveiling new trucks so critical in the North American market. Other cars will also be unveiled, and as the Chicago Show gains momentum, the product launches are specifically targeting North America. This year's edition was no exception: Dodge showed off its hugely-anticipated Challenger in production form, Hummer presented its all-new entrant into the fiercely competitive pickup truck segment, GMC exhibited its concept car/truck designed by its Holden division in Australia, and Volkswagen unveiled a new MPV designed and destined for sale exclusively in North America.

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