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Report: Volkswagen Bluesport gets the green light

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Report: Volkswagen Bluesport gets the green light

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Jul 1st 2010 at 1:29PM

Now this is interesting. Hot on the heels of rumored turmoil in the VW/Audi/Porsche house over the BlueSport roadster, AutoExpress is reporting that VW has given the droptop concept the green light for production. Color us skeptical. It's not that we don't want to believe that VW has told its squabbling children to cool their jets so that ze people's automaker can bring the world an efficient and entertaining ragtop, it's just that there's a noticeable lack of details baked into the AutoExpress piece. Specifically, which of the three automakers will get to build the thing.

An "unnamed source" has confirmed the car for production and given the publication a quick peek at the final version of the car. Lucky them. AutoExpress goes on to say that the BlueSport will come with a 178-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine as standard equipment, though a variety of other power plants will also be available. Those include the twin-charged 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine from the Polo GTI as well as a turbo 2.0-liter gasser from the Golf GTI.

It all sounds great as it floats around the vast vacuum of the internet, but until we see something from Volkswagen itself, we're not exactly ready to call this one a done deal.



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By Drew Johnson

Previously thought to be dead in the water, Volkswagen has reportedly given the green light to a production version of its Bluesport concept. The Bluesport project was believed to be stalled due to infighting within the VW Group.

According to Auto Express’ inside sources, VW brass has finally given the production nod to the Bluesport sports car. The VW Bluesport concept first debuted at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show.

Previous reports suggested the entire project was on hold as Porsche and Audi squabbled over which company should lead the Bluesport’s development. Auto Express’ report made no mention of which VW division was leading the charge, so it’s anyone’s guess at this point.

Whatever the case, the Bluesport is said to be primed for a 2013 market launch. Like its show car counterpart, the Bluesport will be available with a mid-mounted diesel powerplant, although VW’s 1.4L twin-charger four –cylinder and 2.0T engine could also be on offer.



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