2011 Volkswagen Italdesign Giugiaro GO! Concept

On the first day of the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen kicked things off on the right foot with the debut of the two concept vehicles it co-designed with noted design firm, Italdesign Giugiaro : the Tex and the Go! Concepts.

Introduced as concept vehicles using the company’s new ’modular transverse architecture’ design language, the Tex and the Go! Concepts were designed to show the potential of what Volkswagen cars are going to look like in the future.

Whereas the Tex is a coupe sports car concept, The Go! Concept is a slightly bigger MPV vehicle that shares the same 2,700mm wheelbase as that of the Volkswagen Passat . Powered by the German manufacturer’s own Blue E-motion electric system, the Go! Concept can cover a distance of 149 miles on a single charge without emitting a single breath of CO2 emissions.

According to Giorgetto Giugiaro, Italdesign’s big boss, the "Go! is an MPV that continues that subject owing to its improved ergonomics and passenger room while keeping the smaller exterior size that has distinguished a large part of my career," said the firm’s chief Giorgetto Giugiaro in a press release.

Plans for a production version of the Go! Concept - and subsequently, the Tex - are still a long ways from coming to fruition with the German automaker pegging it around 2018. For now, any all thoughts of seeing a production version of these two models should be stored in the oven. Still, it should be noted that the two car’s ’modular transverse architecture’ design language is a good way for Volkswagen to introduce to the world the design of their future models.

Details on the Volkswagen Go! Concept after the jump.

Exterior

Volkswagen Italdesign Giugiaro GO! Concept

The Volkswagen Go! may be less than 4 meters long - 3.99 meters, to be exact - but according to Giorgetto Giugiaro, the man behind Italdesign Giugiaro, the Go! carries more passenger room than that of a large SUV.

The exterior of the Go! Concept comes with plenty of glass surfaces, similar to that of the Tex Concept. The abundant use of glass gives passengers a more enjoyable view of the scenery. Then there’s the car’s A-pillars, which in this case, are further forward than their standard position. The side windows of the Go also extend beneath the waistline, which draws on a method used by another Volkswagen prototype that was introduced back in the 80’s: the Asgard. The Go! Concept’s grille also shares a lot of similarities with the Tex Concept, including the huge Volkswagen badge that’s prominently displayed in the middle. Surrounding the grille on both sides are the front light clusters that uses both xenon and LED lights. The concept’s air intake is systematically located at the exact height of the fog lights, which not only horizontally splits the front spoiler, but also adjusts the air flow needed to cool cooling the vehicle’s front electric motors. As for the rear, the Go! Concept’s tailgate comes with the same theme of glass surfaces as that of the Tex Concept in that its interrupted by a longitudinal insert, which takes the theme of the car’s side while concealing both the windscreen wiper and rear cameras. Another unique feature of the Go! Concept is the tailgate, which can be operated electronically through a sensor that activates just by simply moving the foot just underneath the sensor.

Interior

Volkswagen Italdesign Giugiaro GO! Concept

Now that we’ve gotten to the interior of the Go!, it’s worth noting that Volkswagen designed this with an ergonomic state of mind. All four seats are electronically adjusted with the two rear seats capable of being folded down through an electronic adjustment mechanism. When these seats are lying as a single surface on the floor panel, the maximum loading capacity hits a volume of 525 liters. For this particular concept, Volkswagen paid careful attention to the control panel - and how it is "ergonomically" situated relative to the both the driver and passengers. For starters, all the pertinent information regarding the speed, fuel consumption, and fuel level of the vehicle is situated at the base of the windscreen, just right in the rear of the deep dashboard. Joining all these items on the base of the windscreen is the monitor for the aforementioned rear view cameras. Lastly, the car’s dashboard has a touchscreen monitor, which fits in all of the Go! Concept’s auxiliary controls, including the infotainment system and the satellite navigation system.

Performance

Volkswagen Italdesign Giugiaro GO! Concept

No specific details of the Go!’s powertrain were divulged except for word that it’s going to be equipped with Volkswagen’s own electrical Blue-e-motion system designed and developed exclusively by the German manufacturer. This particular system will allow the car to travel roughly 240 km - 149 miles - in the combined cycle without emitting CO2.

Pricing

Volkswagen Italdesign Giugiaro GO! Concept

We’ve already gone ad naseum about the similarities between the Go! and the Tex Concepts. Unfortunately, here’s another one: Volkswagen didn’t release any pricing information on the Go!. Seeing as it’s a concept and that production isn’t set - if ever - until 2018, any thought of putting a price tag on it would be a case of jumping the gun way too soon.

Competition

Volkswagen Italdesign Giugiaro GO! Concept

Hard to come up with a competitor for a concept of this nature, especially given the many question marks surrounding it, not the least of which is whether the car will ever make it to production.

Having said that, we’ll play the glass-half-full card and believe that someday it’s going to be out on the streets. In the case of the Go! Concept, we see it taking on crossovers like the MINI Countryman and the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 122 horsepower it comes with.

While we’re optimists most of the time, we’re going to play the realist card here and just tell you outright that while the Go! crossover looks awesome in concept form, the production version is far from a sure thing.

Volkswagen Italdesign Giugiaro GO! Concept
LOVE IT
  • Electric power shows future promise
  • Overwhelming glass features are a treat
  • Small car yet offers plenty of space
LEAVE IT
  • Production version still far from certain
  • Not a fan of the fascia
  • We’ll settle for something else

16 comments:

I love the dressed-up interior of it. It looks so cozy and comfortable on that! However, I noticed that for a concept vehicle it didn’t offer any of a latest technology which the other fancy cars have.

The interior of this vehicle is very classy about it, and I must say that I obviously see the unique combination of its exterior the serenity and excitement, and I just hope that it won’t stay as a concept only.

I love the design of its wheels. It looks so cool on that! I also noticed that its interior is looking very striking either. Well, I just only don’t like the fact that it is on an electric motor.

Despite of the fact that it is a concept I love the fact that it is so reliable on the road and still very practical to use in my everyday transportation.

Impressive concept, though it only had a simple platform, but I think it doesn’t need lots of exterior design to make it a stunning and awesome car because it is already looking so fabulous on its simplicity.

Well, I guess VW wants to know if there will be a possible dealer for this car. IMO, I think it would be better if they will canceled this concept and start making a more reliable vehicle that was powered with gasoline!

Just like the BMW EfficientDynamic concept, I think the privacy inside the passenger would be a problem in this car. I don’t believe that electric car have an impressive performance and its reliability is still doubtful to me. Sorry, but I will definitely don’t want to see myself driving around like this.

I haven’t seen any impressive design and styling on this concept car and I guess that normal for a green car. I’m afraid that this will be just a concept car for I think production of electric car is quite risky.

Well, if only this is already a production vehicle I would say that it going to win the ’best fuel economy vehicle’. For a small car, spacious interior is a big thing plus its a green car. However, too bad that I’m not a fan of electric car for I think they are unreliable.

What do I think of this one? Well, it kinda looks like the Golf to me. They could very well make this that car’s successor, or an entirely different line.

German Manufacturer did a great aspect of a model. A small car yet has many offers a plenty space with a sure satisfaction of its lot useful features. 

I actually liked this minivan concept a lot. Not only was it able to jam in a lot things in that small space, it actually did that in a rather beautiful way. This is definitely as good as a van can get.

Yup, this one is actually a nice city car concept, a really good follow up to the Golf line that Volkswagen has. Also hope that this one enters production.

Wow, this is a rather good concept. Volkswagen’s idea of a city car is certainly very reasonable. Sure hope that they would push through with a production version.

The only thing that I’m worried is The base model might provide for an electric-only range of 25 km (say) with optional battery pack(s) allowing greater electric-only ranges. That way, a buyer need only buy enough battery capacity to cover his typical daily trip in order to achieve very low reliance on petrol. For my lifestyle, living in a regional setting, 25 km electric-only range would cover over 90% of my outings without using a drop of petrol.
That’s a very attractive prospect!

The VW Tex and the VW Go! are both efficient small cars, less than four meters long, and born out of the design firms research into the potential future of VW.
The Go! is the collaboration of the VW and Italdesign, they envision the future of the small car of the company! Anyways, The Tex uses a hybrid drivetrain.Excellent..that is the way to go for VW..a 1.5 T would be great for this concept.

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