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First Look: Volkswagen Up! Lite Concept

A glimpse of things to come?

by on Dec.02, 2009

The 2010 Volkswagen Up! Lite concept vehicle would be, at 70 mpg, the world's most fuel-efficient 4-seater.

The 2010 Volkswagen Up! Lite concept vehicle would be, at 70 mpg, the world's most fuel-efficient 4-seater, but there are no production plans.

Think of the annual industry gathering in Los Angeles, this week as auto show light.  The 2009 L.A. Auto Show is bringing with it the debut of an assortment of downsized cars, crossovers and concept vehicles, including the Volkswagen Up! Lite show car.

That’s the latest spinoff from VW’s new minicar platform, the first model, dubbed Up!, getting ready for launch next year.  The German maker has been actively showing off a variety of spinoffs, some geared for production, others, like Up! Lite, serving as a platform to try out new technology and gauge consumer reaction.

Small Cars, Big News!

Small Cars, Big News!

The three-door, with an advanced hybrid drivetrain under the hood, is laying claim to being the world’s most fuel-efficient four-seater, at least in concept form.  The drivetrain consists of a micro-sized, 0.8-liter turbodiesel generating about 50 horsepower mated to a 15 hp electric motor.  It’s the same system used in the L1 tandem two-seat concept vehicle shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, last September.

The VW Up! Lite concept makes extensive use of aerodynamics to improve fuel economy, replacing conventional mirrors with these "winglets" containing rearview cameras.

The VW Up! Lite concept makes extensive use of aerodynamics to improve fuel economy, replacing conventional mirrors with these "winglets" containing rearview cameras.

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Caddy to Launch High-Performance v-Series Coupe

Announcement scheduled for Detroit Auto Show.

by on Dec.02, 2009

The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe might be aimed at a low-volume niche, but it will be critical for the brand. And now, a high-performance v-Series Coupe is in the works.

The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe might be aimed at a low-volume niche, but it will be critical for the brand. And now, a high-performance v-Series Coupe is in the works.

Even with the new CTS Coupe still a half-year away from production, Cadillac is planning to add a second, high-performance version of the edgy 2-door.

TheDetroitBureau.com has learned that a v-Series version of the Cadillac CTS Coupe will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, this coming January.  It will further expand the number of variants off the CTS platform that serves as the primary source of volume for the luxury marque.

Auto Show News!

Auto Show News!

When asked to confirm the plans, Cadillac General Manager Bryan Nesbitt responded, “absolutely.”  Specific details will be held until the Detroit Auto Show, in mid-January.  If the Coupe v is anything like the CTSv, however, it would be equipped with a supercharged, Corvette-derived LSA 6.2-liter V-8, which makes a jaw-dropping 556 horsepower and 551 lb-feet of torque.

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