• Sep 8th 2008 at 2:31PM
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Production of the Artega GT is set to begin later this month and even though the budget Cayman competitor is limited to 500 units per year at the automaker's current plant, Artega has plans to expand beginning with new variants of the GT.

Within the next two years, Artega will offer a lightweight, four-cylinder version likely to be powered by one of Volkswagen Auto Group's turbocharged 2.0-liter engines, while a soft-top is slated to go on sale sometime in 2010. The current production center can't handle the increased capacity of two additional models, but an Artega exec says that the company owns enough land to build an extension next to the main plant.

Speaking with CAR, Karlheinz Kalbfell said, "Mid-term U.S. sales are a must. But since we need to prepare ourselves well for this important move, late 2010 looks like the earliest possible date." That's about the same time the convertible should be available, and according to Kalbfell, since "roadsters have traditionally always done well in the U.S.", it would be the perfect time to launch the brand in the States. Needless to say, we're looking forward to getting behind the wheel.



[Source: CAR]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Title picture - am I weird to think that the headlamp eyes and gaping mouth deserves an "AHHHHHH!!!!!!!" caption?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the looks. It says that it's a budget sports car, but what does that mean?????
        • 7 Years Ago
        hand crank windows ftw!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the car that I've been waiting for. Finally a MR sports car with DSG!!! For an oldie with tendinitis in the let knee, this is a dream come true!! Please bring it to America!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it's cheap enough I would love to get a 4 cylinder version of this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wish this car was the price of a Cayman!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the design, but how cheap will it be? And it should come with a VR6 option alongside the 2.0T.
      • 7 Years Ago
      No way this is production, with the bent glass sidelights and weaponized metal hub steering wheel. I do like the early Mazda 626 binnacle switchgear. Look at the details carefully. This isn't near the production version in so many ways.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it looks a bit over-designed. like a cayman's botoxed, face-lifted, tarted up cousin.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Better looking than a Cayman, give me an electric one please. ;)
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