• May 19th 2009 at 1:28PM
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In a new (and very brief) report, UK's Channel4 reports that a production version of Volkswagen's comely BlueSport concept has been delayed.

While details are slim, Channel4 says that a company insider came clean to journalists about the diesel roadster's demise at a recent Australian press event, and according to said source, the reason for the model's mothballing is that the company believes that the dire global economy won't support niche products like the BlueSport.

The report stops short of saying that the company has axed the program altogether, but presumably, if the BlueSport is delayed or dead, so are rumored versions from Audi and Seat. There is no word on when the model might get a second chance at life, so for now, the BlueSport faces an uncertain future.

[Source: Channel4]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      What ashame! I was really looking forward for this sporty little TDI roadster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It gives me that Saturn feel.

      W. Kirk Crawford
      Tularosa, New Mexico
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shame. That looks like a nice piece of kit there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this car makes sense now more than ever, people still want to buy sports cars, so a new affordable, reliable, good looking, fuel sipping specimen like this one would still sell.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know why everybody is so surprised about this decision not to build this car. Volkswagen Group is only here to make sure Audi succedes.
      DeSilva was brought to VW from Audi to tone down the design and if there is anything that would make sense in selling to the american market they'll find an excuse not to bring it in because of the fear that would compete with Audi.
      Do you know of anybody who bought a VW instead of an Audi thinking he got the same kind of car?
      Volkswagen, continue on being afraid to bring the real thing to the US and you will put yourself out of business. In this country anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a surprise...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aw man! This was a VW I was REALLY looking forward to.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Porsche was supposed to get a version as well. I think the non merger of VW/Porsche
      probably has more to do with it. Porsche would have sold their version at a nice premium thus off setting the intial cost of the program.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do you mean the *next* next-generation Boxster? IIRC, the 2011 model has already been spied at the 'Ring, with appearances suggesting evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes. If you know otherwise, do tell.

        I've been waiting for a car like this for a while (specifically since 2002, when the MR2 Spyder died). I love my Miatas, but really prefer mid-engined to FR and I don't need the extra insurance and maintenance costs that come with a used Boxster.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm not so sure. VW just needs to cover a few costs here and there, most of the components are done and they would have sold it at a high enough price to hopefully offset those costs themselves. The problem is, that price, while reasonable in terms of performance and engine layout etc, would be hard to swallow even in today’s economy.

        With Porsche having indicated some quarters ago that the only significant sales drop they’ve seen in terms of numbers is their lowest models I find it highly unlikely they’d push for an even lower car, compromised even further, in a segment of their products which is contracting the most.

        As with the North American release of the Q5 TDI, i'm sad to see this placed on hold.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Alas but another VW...."vaporware" added to the dream list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The one VW that I was actually looking forward to buying and they cancel it. You're killing VW. This would have been my first VW too...
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whoo! New CAFE standards!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm curious what CAFE standards have to do with this car. If it made North American release it'd be more fuel efficent and polute less than the GTI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What do we care? Even if VW made it, they would claim that the United States isn't ready or interested in sporty fuel efficient vehicles, like they do for every new car that comes out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm curious what dearth of sporty and fuel efficient models you're talking about? European reviews of cars such as the diesel sirocco have indicated it’s hardly as sporty as the petrol.

        If we go outside of the VW brand to the 3.0TDI A5, et-al, that’s another story all together. I just can’t recollect a myriad of recent Europe only Sporty and Fuel efficient models.
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