• Nov 10, 2008
Automotive News is reporting that Volkswagen has moved the debut of its mid-engine roadster from this month at the LA Auto Show to January at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The only reason given for the move is that VW expects there to be more interest for the concept two-seater in Detroit than LA. We would hazard a guess that it's also got something to do with budgets being trimmed back, but what do we know.
There's still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the VW mid-engine roadster, like what size four-cylinder will be installed behind the seats and whether or not the platform will make extensive use of aluminum to keep weight down. Though the car debuting in Detroit will be a concept, a production version is expect in 2011 if things go according to plan. Because a two-seat, mid-engine roadster is anything but a volume seller, however, this new sportster from VW could be in danger of being cut due to the ailing auto market in the U.S.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      What if Toyota resurrected the MR2 to compete?
      • 6 Years Ago
      interesting concept, but I wonder if it'll be the "everyman's roadster", similar to the GTI in pricing and market placement, or whether it'll be the "we desperately, desperately want to push our brand up-market so it'll be priced at $35,000" crap that they've experimented with in the past...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, a Porsche Boxter but with a reliable engine. I think Porsche might have something to say about that shortly...
      • 6 Years Ago
      This was one of the cars I was looking forward to seeing at the LA Auto Show. With more companies pushing new car debuts out of LA I am having second thoughts of going. I can stay home and read Autoblog's coverage.

      As for the delay it must not be ready. So Cal is the land of convertibles. Oh and VW please make it the everyman's roadster. Really I want to be able to afford a car that doesn't look like a bathtub on wheels, yeah I'm talking about you Miata.
      • 6 Years Ago
      styling is all wrong, this concept doesn't look enough like the Karmann Ghia. Back to the design studio, kidney grills and more curves please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That image is just someone's photoshop guess. We don't know what VW's concept car is going to look like, let alone the production car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Autoblog, there is no danger of this car being canceled. VW is building its new plant in Tennessee, which will produce what VW hopes is its highest volume car in America (100,000/yr). In order to sell that car, they will have to conquest almost all of their sales. For conquesting buyers on such a massive scale, VW will need a lot of draw. Thus, there will be several sporty models, including this one, and a halo car, probably a worked up Scirocco.

      To look at it another way, VW has lost money in US operations for over ten years. They did that because they wanted to maintain a brand presence so that one day they would hopefully enter the US market on a more serious level. That time happens to be now. While the rest of the automakers in the US are making cutbacks, VW is going to be using their massive profit from developing nations to muscle out some market share in the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "VW expects there to be more interest for the concept two-seater in Detroit than LA."

      Sounds more to me like they don't have it finished in time for the LA show. More interest at Detroit? lol!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, because if there's any place that is more interested in open-air cars than Los Angeles, the land of 70-degree winters and 350 days of sunshine, it's Detroit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Detroit is no more interested in a convertible than I am here in CA. in a snowplow...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Convertibles are quite popular in the rust belt. When they do get the rare nice day, it is quite wonderful to put the top down and drink in the great outdoors.