Concept Car Profile: Volkswagen eT Commercial Van

Volkswagen eT Concept

Could this Volkswagen eT Concept is the reincarnation of the famous T2 as Das Auto proposed an idea to resurrect the commercial van? It seems like it as the German automaker already developing the electric powertrain with semi automatically drive in the form of VW Transporter or the short name is eT which stands for electric Transporter.

Volkswagen eT Concept  interior

As we quoted from autoevolution.com, the Volkswagen eT Concept is pure electrically powered transporter which proposing the idea of systematically transfers the E-mobility to the area of commercial use. Dr. Rudolf Krebs, the Group Manager for Electric Traction at Volkswagen AG stated that the eT Concept van is intended as transport specialist which focuses on the automotive building block for an innovative and future-oriented logistics concept.

Volkswagen eT Concept rear view

Volkswagen doesn’t want the eT Concept to be the zero transporter only, but also provides optimum driving experience just like any ordinary vehicle. What makes the Volkswagen eT Concept is different from other van or transporter is lying on the vehicle’s interior space which offers more wide and more rooms for luggage.

Volkswagen eT Concept side view

On the technical sides, the Volkswagen eT Concept equips with electric wheel hub motors which the electricity has been generated from renewable energy sources. Will the eT stay as a concept transporter or will it be joining the production floor just like the Up hatchback? Das Auto has not give the official confirmation, what they say about the possibility on the production version of the eT Concept transporter is “this vehicle could become available very soon”.

2011 Frankfurt Auto Show Report: Official Photos of Volkswagen Up

Volkswagen UP

Let’s cut the chase as we introduce you to the official photos of Volkswagen Up from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. After teasers and photoshop photos, the Volkswagen Up compact hatchback is finally comes alive. As we have previously reported that the Volkswagen Up is intended to challenge the MINI, Citroen C1, and Fiat 500. We think the biggest competitors for the Volkswagen Up are the MINI and Fiat 500 as those two have been battling to be on top f hatchback share market in Europe.

Volkswagen UP - side view

At first, we thought that the engine of the Volkswagen Up is in the form of rear engine. But Das Auto stated that their Volkswagen Up is using the little three-cylinder engine. That frisky three-cylinder engine can be considered at the smallest engine on the entire Volkswagen line-up. Not only that, the three-cylinder engine on the Volkswagen Up compact hatchback is replacing the rear-wheel drive configuration which was equipped to the concept.

Volkswagen UP - interior

The Volkswagen Up compact hatchback offers two petrol units of 1.0L displacement that is able to give power output around 60 horsepower or 75 horsepower. So, what kind of Volkswagen Up is really about?

According to Das Auto, the Volkswagen Up compact hatchback is focusing to be daily city car which can put up with all the traffic congestion which usually happens on business hours. Traffic congestion means one thing: lavish petrol usage. Fear not, as the Volkswagen Up has excellent fuel consumption due to VW’s BlueMotion Technology. With that smart technology, both engine version scored fuel consumption at 100 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Volkswagen UP - rear view

Here is what Klaus Bischoff – the Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand said about the Volkswagen UP compact hatchback, “If the goal is to maximize space, the ideal form for a small car would be a rectangular box. In the Volkswagen Up, we were able to sculpt such a box with a clean and powerful design that does not lose sight of space utilization.”

No official price yet, but if das Auto wants the compact hatchback to be able to compete with MINI and Fiat 500, it means that the Volkswagen Up has to show up as an affordable city car.

US On-road Debut for 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Klasse

2012 Mercedes ML350 4MATIC

While the Germans at Daimler announced earlier this week they have started accepting orders for the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Klasse, the North American division of Mercedes-Benz revealed the luxury crossover has finally made its on-road debut in the United States.

Together with the R-Klasse and GL-Klasse, the third generation 2012 Mercedes M-Klasse luxury crossover is produced in the States at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which began production in 1997 with the first-generation M-Klasse.

Mercedes-Benz begins the 2012 model year with two 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Klasse luxury crossover models – the more powerful ML350 BlueTEC diesel (240 horsepower, 455 lb.-ft. of torque), and the ML350 4MATIC equipped with a brand new direct-injection V6 engine (302 hp, 273 lb.-ft.).

2012 Mercedes ML350 4MATIC - rear view

The all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Klasse luxury crossover received updates both inside and out. It sits about 3/4-inch lower than the previous model, it’s nearly an inch longer and a half-inch wider. Styling cues from other Mercedes-Benz models can also be distinguished: the CLS in the headlights, the E-Klasse in the taillights and the SLS AMG in the SUV’s grille.

Inside the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Klasse luxury crossover we find a sporty, four-spoke steering wheel frames a hooded twin-gauge instrument cluster as well as wood and aluminum elements with controls in a silver shadow finish and soothing ambient lighting.

2012 Mercedes ML350 4MATIC - interior

According to the manufacturer, the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Klasse luxury crossover is the most aerodynamically efficient SUV in its class. In terms of safety, with the huge amount of passive and active systems fitted on it, the M-Klasse is bound to receive the maximum rating from any car safety performance assessment program out there.
Prices for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Klasse luxury crossover  variants including ML350 4Matic start at $49,865 while the 2012 ML350 BlueTec 4Matic diesel starts at $51,365 (the prices include an $875 destination charge).