Volkswagen wowed Detroit show goers in 2009 with its Concept Bluesport and this year it also stole many of the press day plaudits with its New Compact Coupe, based on the latest Golf.
Reports suggest that the NCC could be in production at VW’s Tennessee factory within two years.
The NCC is powered by a 148bhp direct injection and turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI engine, which drives the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG gearbox.
But there’s also a 20kW electric motor which is used to boost acceleration or enable zero-emissions running. VW is claiming a top speed of 141mph and 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds. Even more impressive is the claimed 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 98g/km helped by a stop-start system.