VW Bluesport on hold

VW Concept Bluesport,
1 Oct, 2012 6:33pm Tom Phillips

Plans to build the Volkswagen Bluesport roadster are still on ice, but 50 XL1s will be built next year

Bad news for sports car fans: Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, VW’s board member for product development, has confirmed that the VW Concept Bluesport, revealed at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show is no closer to production.

“The car is fantastic, but the market does not give me the customers. It’s in the back of my garage – and if the market changes we can realise it [production] in two years.”

Although officially a concept, the Bluesport was built bearing the latest MQB chassis in mind. So while the concept was a mid-engined rear-wheel-drive car, the “expensive bits” - as Hackenberg put it - were considered in the two-seater roadster’s design.

However, Hackenberg did confirm that the VW XL1 will make production next year, although it’s not his number one priority. “We are waiting to choose the right location to launch the car. I drove it for 400 to 500 kilometres a few weeks ago and have never been photographed so many times.”

Prices are to be decided, but Hackenberg described it as “strategic”, so it will be based on what VW thinks it can get for the XL1. A run of 50 cars is planned, but Hackenberg added that “the technology has been made for 5,000 cars.”