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Italdesign Guigiaro Volkswagen Go! Concept - Geneva Auto Show

By KBB.com Editors on March 9, 2011 3:36 PM
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A look at the possible direction VW might consider for a petite urban people mover, the Italdesign Giugiaro Volkswagen Go! Concept shares the same modular transverse architecture as the Tex but goes even greener courtesy of VW's Blue-e-motion EV system, a package that can let it travel up to 149 miles on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery packs which are positioned under the front and rear seats.   

Italdesign founder Giorgetto Giugiaro categorized the VW Go! Concept as "an MPV that offers that improved ergonomics and passenger room while keeping the smaller exterior size that has distinguished a large part of my career. It is a vehicle that is no more than four meters long, is eco-friendly, and is able to guarantee the utmost in terms of ergonomics and luxury, with an abundant loading volume."

The Volkswagen Go! Concept rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase (identical to the Passat (106.3 inches) and features a larger-than-normal greenhouse area highlighted by a full glass roof and a unique side-window configuration accented by the horizontal strake that serves as the upper margin of the power mini pane in each door. Conventional front and power-operated rear sliding doors give access to its four individual seats. All offer fore/aft adjustability and the rear pair can be folded to increase cargo space when necessary. To help a driver stay focused on the road ahead, Giugiaro gave the Go! Concept an innovative dash layout that places all of the main data readouts and monitors that replace conventional side-view mirrors at the base of the windshield -- further away but in a more direct line of sight. A large touch-screen monitor in the center of the dash handles all of the secondary functions as well as controls the infotainment system and navigation system.

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