2010 Detroit Auto Show Top 10: #3
Volkswagen New Compact Coupe Concept
If Volkswagen made a Jetta Coupe Hybrid, this would be a sneak peek at the next generation. The New Compact Coupe (NCC) is fitted with a 1.4-liter direct-injected turbocharged gasoline engine that makes 148 horsepower, an electric motor/generator that contributes another 27 ponies and a seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), all of which allow the NCC to sprint from 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds, top out at 141 mph and return 45 mpg on the combined Euro cycle. The next frontier for compact hybrids? Style.