The Volkswagen BlueSport Concept that was unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year was well on its way to enter production in 2012. The concept, which is not far from a completed production version of the roadster, was already delayed since VW’s new transverse front-engined MQB platform won’t enter production until 2012. Well, it seems like we’re going to see an even longer delay.
According to Drive, Volkswagen is now reconsidering plans to launch a production version of the BlueSport Concept due to the… you guessed it – global economic crisis.
Speaking at the press launch of the new 2010 Polo in Australia, Volkswagen’s Communications Manager Christian Haacke said that the company is “calculating the viability of the niche car.”
“It is a niche product and especially in crisis times like this it will be a challenge to come up with a volume we could require to earn money with it,” Haacke said.
Power for the Volkswagen BlueSport Concept comes from a 2.0 TDI common-rail injection that makes a total of 180-hp. It runs from 0 to 62 in 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 140 mph.
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– By: Kap Shah