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PostHeaderIcon Take a Look Back at VW’s Record-Breaking Run Up Pikes Peak: Video

This summer, Volkswagen conquered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race with their fantastic I.D. R prototype, which was driven by Romain Dumas up the mountain in a record time of 7:57.148, 16 seconds under Sebastien Loeb’s 5-year-old record.

Motorsport is still a relevant marketing tool and battle-scarred Volkswagen decided the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the perfect place to showcase its electric technology. The race, which has been going since 1916, sees competitors climb up the 12.42-mile-long course all the way to 14,000 feet. Nowadays, there’s no more dirt at Pikes Peak, but that doesn’t make the challenge itself any less daunting.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Prepares for I.D.-Range Production With An Updated All-Electric Facility

Every automaker is in the race to become the leader of the new revolution in the auto world known as electrification. While some are inculcating this into their current infrastructure, Volkswagen has gone a step ahead and is set to have an all-electric plant in Germany. Given how the Dieselgate scandal turned out for VAG, will this help them save face and reclaim the lost trust amongst its customers?

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo

Volkswagen is reviving the Type 2 Transporter Delivery Van of the ’60s with its new I.D. Cargo Buzz Concept which was presented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany. As a sibling to the I.D. Buzz it uses the same MEB platform and will come as early as 2021 with a variety of battery options to suit anyone and everyone’s needs.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Breaks Electric Record at Goodwood FOS

This weekend saw the 25th running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and with it, a host of impressive machinery came out to strut their stuff up the short hillclimb course. While there was certainly no shortage of fast cars on hand, one in particular stood out from the rest, as the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak managed to reset the record books for all-electric racers at the event.

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PostHeaderIcon Romain Dumas and the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Racer Shatter the Pikes Peak Time Attack Record

Volkswagen’s all-electric I.D. R hummed its way into Pikes Peak lore after smashing the International Hillclimb’s record with a time of 7:57.148, becoming the first-ever race car to complete the 12.42-mile course in under eight minutes. The record-setting run happened over the weekend, etching the car and its driver, Romain Dumas, into the Pike Peak International Hillclimb record books.

PostHeaderIcon VW Gears Up For Pikes Peak With I.D. R All-Electric Racer: Video

The 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is rapidly approaching, and Volkswagen will be there to challenge the standing course record with this – the I.D. R, an all-electric racer purpose-built for the job. The event is set to take place at the end of the month, but VW is already onsite in Colorado, prepping for the big day with a few test runs in an effort to sort out any lingering issues with the new racing machine. Chronicling the latest efforts is this 2-minute, 46-second teaser vid, which shows the I.D. R in action alongside an interview with its driver, Romain Dumas.

All told, the I.D. R certainly has the right specs for something like this. In addition to simply ludicrous aero, this carbon monster is powered by a dual-motor powertrain making 671 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel it to 60 mph in just 2.25 seconds.

That’s quick, but Mr. Dumas has the skills to make it work, boasting a resume that includes wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and 12 Hours of Sebring, not to mention outright victories at Pikes Peak in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

That said, even the best driver and car in the world won’t make this a cake walk. The Pikes Peak course is highly technical and extremely dangerous, composed of 156 turns spread over 12.42 miles, rising nearly 5,000 feet. The finish line towers above the surrounding landscape at 14,110 feet above sea level, which has a profound effect on cooling and aerodynamics, not to mention the driver’s mental state.

Will VW pull it off? Tune in June 24th to find out.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak

In case you hadn’t heard, Volkswagen is pivoting to a greener, more eco-friendly approach to building its cars, offering up plans to produce a host of new all-electric models over the next several years. Spearheading this new direction is a range of vehicles dubbed the I.D. family, which includes concepts like the Buzz minivan and Crozz four-door crossover. However, doesn’t think the I.D. range will be the death of go-fast VW’s – quite the opposite, in fact, as VW is also prepping a little something labeled I.D. for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado this June. It’s called the I.D. R, and it’s the company’s first-ever all-electric race car, purpose-built to tackle the Race to the Clouds. If ever there was a worthwhile application of VW’s EV tech, this is it. Mind the wing.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak.

PostHeaderIcon The Upcoming Volkswagen ID Hatchback Will Carry Lots of Concept DNA

It looks like Volkswagen has learned from the past and will introduce the ID Hatchback with a look that is near identical to the 2016 I.D. Concept. Of course, there will be a few things changed here and there, but a new report from Autocar claims that it is essentially the concept. This is exciting news, and what won’t carry over is completely understandable. Keep reading to find out.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen looking to swallow Tesla’s market share

The EV segment is seeing a lot of entrants these days. Every automaker out there, from Ford to Bentley, wants a share of the pie. Arguably, it was Tesla who may have taken the EV market by storm, but the worst is yet to come. Reports suggest that Volkswagen has placed an order for battery cells that matches the entire market value of Tesla! Now, how’s that for competition?

PostHeaderIcon Volkwagen Will Roll Out the First ID Hatch Prototypes in April

Volkswagen’s ID revolution is about to begin when the first wave of ID hatchbacks roll off factory lines next month. Ok, so the cars being built aren’t exactly production models. They’re pre-production prototypes that will set the stage for VW engineers to begin the testing stage of the cars’ capabilities ahead of their eventual launch late next year.


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“When the cars are ready for production in November 2019, they’re going to be ready to roll with no hiccups whatsoever.”

Considering how much Volkswagen has invested in electrification and the propagation of its new ID line of electric vehicles, the arrival of these pre-production prototype models is a huge step for the German automaker in kick-starting its drive towards becoming one of the world’s biggest electric car manufacturers. The moment was not lost in the eyes of company boss Herbert Diess, who said that these prototypes will be used in an “intensive start-up phase” that will begin in September.

It’s no surprise that Volkswagen is laying out a long-term timetable for the development of the ID hatchback, especially when you consider that this model will be the first mainstream electric vehicle the company is developing for production. If anything, it’s important for Volkswagen to get the testing and development stages of this model right. There’s no going around it because once Volkswagen decided to go all-in on the electric market, it’s going to need to start on the right foot. Having a 17-month window to get that right is important for VW to make sure that when the cars are ready for production in November 2019, they’re going to be ready to roll with no hiccups whatsoever.


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“The production model won’t deviate too much away from the concept version.”

Say what you will about Volkswagen’s ambitions, but this is precisely the right move to make. There’s no reason to rush the development of such an important car. The German automaker needs to take its time to ensure that it leaves no stones unturned in developing the all-electric ID hatchback. It’s no secret that Volkswagen has a lot on the line here.

As far as the ID hatchback is concerned, we already saw what it could potentially look like when Volkswagen unveiled it in concept form at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It’s still unclear what the production version is going to look like, but earlier reports hinted that stylistically, the production model won’t deviate too much away from the concept version.


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“The ID hatchback is expected to use an electric motor that produces around 160 horsepower.”

In terms of power, the ID hatchback is expected to use an electric motor that produces around 160 horsepower. More importantly, the hatchback’s range has been benchmarked at 250 miles with the possibility of going all the way up to 373 miles. Even if VW only achieves 250 miles on a single charge, it would still be a massive improvement over the 186-mile range of the current Volkswagen e-Golf. On the performance side, it is said that the ID hatch will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than eight seconds before clocking in at a top speed of just 100 mph.

Once the car is out on the road, it would effectively usher in a new era for the German auto giant, which has admitted plans to sell one million all-electric cars per year by 2025. Well, if history remembers the ID line nicely, it could point back to April 2018 as the date when Volkswagen’s ID revolution officially kicked into gear.

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion

The “Dieselgate” scandal of 2015 gave Volkswagen an awfully big headache, but it also prompted the German to take electrification a bit more seriously. In recent years, Volkswagen unleashed a series of EVs wearing the “I.D.” badge that preview upcoming production models. The fourth vehicle in this series is called the I.D. Vizzion and showcased Volkswagen’s vision of a spacious, fully electric, and autonomous four-door sedan at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

The German automaker’s lineup of I.D. concept models offers a glimpse at what Volkswagen has planned for the future. Three previous I.D. models have made their way across international stages, but this, the I.D. Vizzion Concept, is the first one designed to be fully autonomous. It doesn’t even have the option for human input. Yep, there is no steering wheel, pedals, or shifter – it’s all handled by the computer. Volkswagen calls this computer the “digital chauffeur.”

Simply plug in your destination, and the car takes care of the rest while passengers sit back and use their new free time for other tasks. The I.D. Vizzion is part of the company’s aggressive electric vehicle campaign, which includes 20 all-new EVs by 2025, so a production model is due to follow at some point. Until that happens, let’s see what this concept car is all about

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion.

Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Exterior

  • Notchback body layout
  • Futuristic design
  • Simple, yet muscular cues
  • LED lighting
  • Short overhangs
  • Large wheels
  • Symmetrical roofline

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“The Vizzion shares many features with other I.D. concept, including the clean, crisp body lines, the muscular fenders, and the thin light units”

Needless to say, the I.D. Vizzion looks significantly different than current Volkswagen production models, but this is far from surprising given that we’re looking at a concept. On the other hand, it shares many features with other I.D. concept, including the clean, crisp body lines, the muscular fenders, and the thin light units.

The I.D. Vizzion is a four-door sedan with roomy seating for four. The conventionally opening front door combined with rear-opening, suicide-style rear doors for an extremely open entrance into the Vizzion’s interior. The car has very short front overhang and nose, making the most of the car’s 16.7-foot length. It also has a short decklid, which gives it a notchback-style appearance. It seems that this body style is returning to popularity as more and more automakers are designing their concept cars this way.


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“The I.D. Vizzion’s overall design is futuristic, looking like something from Tron”

The I.D. Vizzion’s overall design is futuristic, looking like something from Tron. The headlamps are really thin and continue into the grille with thinner strips that surround the “VW” badge. The trapezoidal grille has slim horizontal slats and it’s painted in the same color as the body, leaving only small sections above and below in black. The front bumper is clean and simple, while the front hood is rather muscular with raised edges.

Large fanblade-style wheels with low-profile tires give the side view a cool look. The muscular fenders and the almost symmetrical roofline further add to the basic yet sporty appearance. The rear fascia is very similar to the front, with white LED strips surrounding the badge and equally thin red taillights. The trunklid opening is wide for proper access and the bumper is as simple as they get. There are no exhaust pipes, which makes sense given that the concept car is fully electric.

Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Interior

  • Driverless concept
  • Four seats
  • Lots of room for passengers
  • State-of-the-art tech
  • Gesture control
  • “Virtual host” feature

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“The seats and surrounding interior appear very comfortable and suitable for long rides across the country”

The futuristic feel continues inside the VW I.D. Vizzion Concept. Most noticeable is the missing driver controls. The dashboard is simply an accent piece mounted far away from the front occupants. The only controls are mounted on the center console. Both the front and rear seats have circular knobs glowing in a fluorescent teal color with what appears to be wood trim surrounding it.

Those who ride in the I.D. Vizzion will be happy it drives itself. The seats and surrounding interior appear very comfortable and suitable for long rides across the country. Legroom appears to be extremely generous, while elbow room is aided by the division between the seats. There won’t be anyone squished in the rear middle seat in the I.D. Vizzion.

Volkswagen makes an excellent point about the I.D. Vizzion and its self-driving capabilities: it opens travel to the population segment that cannot currently drive. This includes the elderly, the young, and the disabled. The “digital chauffeur” comes with many assistance systems and enables the vehicle to drive, steer and navigate autonomously in traffic. A virtual host, with which passengers communicate via voice and gesture control, knows the personal preferences of the vehicle guests thanks to complete embedding into the digital ecosystem. It also adapts to each of them individually.

Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Drivetrain

  • Two electric motors
  • 111-kWh lithium-ion battery
  • 225-kW output
  • 112-mph top speed
  • A total range of 413 miles

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“Total range is estimated at up to 413 miles when regenerative braking is factored in”

The I.D. Vizzion Concept gets its juice from a 111-kWh lithium-ion battery and a pair of electric motors that deliver 225 kW combined. That’s 302 horsepower, which is pretty good for an all-electric vehicle. No word on acceleration performance, but Volkswagen did say that the concept car will hit a top speed of 112 mph.

Total range is estimated at up to 413 miles when regenerative braking is factored in. That’s more than any other EV available at this point, but it remains to be seen if the production model will return something similar.

Naturally, without any input from a driver, the drivetrain becomes far less interesting. There’s no talk of manual transmissions, forced induction, or supercar-levels of grip to get excited about. Fully autonomous cars are basically fancy appliances that transport. They are not sources of entertainment as current vehicles can be – even the cheap ones not designed to be “fun.”
Nevertheless, the drivetrain’s range and charge time will become ever more important as the future becomes reality.

Conclusion


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The I.D. Vizzion Concept represents what Volkswagen wants to accomplish by 2025. In fact, VW is scheduled to begin building the Golf-sized I.D. hatchback by 2020 in the electric compact car class. Behind that will come an electric crossover based on the I.D. Crozz, followed shortly by the production version of the I.D. Buzz – the minivan-style vehicle inspired by the original VW Type 2 Bus. The production version of the I.D. Vizzion will follow after that. Beyond these I.D. models, Volkswagen says it wants more than 20 electric models by 2025. Volkswagen has a long way to go in less than seven years and it will be a tough road ahead. Thankfully, shared technology and chassis architecture will undoubtedly help VW achieve this goal while producing “different” models that suit different needs.

  • Leave it
    • * Just a concept
    • * Current legislation limiting full autonomy
    • * Will likely be expensive

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Will Get the Jump on Tesla By Making the Charging Process Seamless and More Powerful

Volkswagen will support its upcoming ID lineup be selling home EV charger boxes ahead of launching the first vehicle. Sales will commence by 2020, which means customers who pony up for the first EV, the ID Hatch, will be all set for home charging the day they take delivery. Furthermore, there are plans for 400 new fast-chargers that will be spread out across Europe – that’s right, it’s a global offensive.


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“Furthermore, there are plans for 400 new fast-chargers that will be spread out across Europe – that’s right, it’s a global offensive.”

Volkswagen Chairman, Herbert Diess, spoke at VW’s annual media conference, saying, “Our aim is to make driving electric vehicles as simple, comfortable and clean as possible. We will supply private households with charging solutions; our wallbox for home use at €300 [about $370 at current exchange rates] will be affordable for everyone. For the record, that’s $130 less than the basic wall connector offered by Tesla for the Model S, Model X, and Model 3.

As for the public charging network, it’s being rolled out through a partnership with BMW, Daimler, and Ford. They offer up to 350kWh of power, which is more than double that of Tesla’s fast-charging network right now. Of course, that’s not the only thing VW is doing to up the Pioneer of EV.

Diess went on to say, “We are making our IDs so intelligent that every vehicle will become a moving credit card. You will be able to recharge without thinking about paying. The vehicle will do it for you.” And, that’s where the privacy concern comes in.
With as easy as cars have been hacked in the past, and the seemly constant leaks of personal information – even the way thieves use skimmers to steal our banking information right in front of us – will VW have a system in place that offers ample security?


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“Looking to the future, expect the ID hatch to launch in 2020, which will then be followed by the ID Crozz by 2022”

It’s certainly a necessity in today’s world, and as cars become more and more connected, the risk of personal information, especially when stored in our vehicles, being expertly lifted from our vehicles is a very possible scenario. Let’s just hope that Volkswagen things that through by the time the public charging stations open up and our cars start paying all by themselves.

Looking to the future, expect the ID hatch to launch in 2020, which will then be followed by the ID Crozz by 2022. Both will connect to the aforementioned quick charging network and will be produced in mass amounts. According to Diess, the brand is expecting to produce as many as 1500 ID and ID Crozz per day, a figure that is based on the current demand for EV vehicles. That, of course, leads to the belief that customers are willing to switch to EV if the price is right.

Well, we shall see. Regardless of where you stand, however, EVs are coming.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz.


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PostHeaderIcon Volkwagen’s I.D. Vizzion Concept Proves V.W. Can Easily Take On Mercedes’ EQ Lineup

VW is gearing up to launch a bevy of new electric vehicles over the course of the next 10 years or so, and it’s bringing out a host of technology-stuffed concepts to preview all the good things to come. Dubbed the I.D. range, the German automaker has already introduced the eponymous five-door hatchback I.D., the I.D. Crozz SUV, and the I.D. Buzz van. The latest is a premium sedan that was just revealed at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show called the I.D. Vizzion, and it brings a glimpse of things to come by the year 2030, including enough technology to turn the four-door into a “mobile smart home of a new era.”

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

How Does It Look?


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“The design language is exactly what we’ve come to expect from the VW I.D. line, but this is the first time we’ve seen it applied to a four-door form.”

Outside, the VW I.D. Vizzion Concept has all the makings of a forward-thinking concept machine. The lines are angular and the shapes are geometric, while the proportions suggest oodles of space in the interior. The design language is exactly what we’ve come to expect from the VW I.D. line, but this is the first time we’ve seen it applied to a four-door form, and overall, we’re liking what we see.

Speaking of what we can see, Volkswagen says the headlights on the I.D. Vizzion Concept can even project things like zebra stripes to help protect pedestrians, an interesting feature that Mercedes is already playing around with on the Maybach-level S-Class.

You Said It Could Drive Itself?


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“VW touts the I.D. Vizzion as a robotic assistant capable of self-learning thanks to advanced AI technology.”

Like nearly all electric concepts these days, the I.D. Vizzion brings promises of autonomous tech to the table. However, Volkswagen is setting some pretty aggressive goals for itself when it comes to actually bringing these features to market, declaring it’ll be able to offer customers fully self-driving vehicles (that is, no driver required) by 2025. It’s also touting the I.D. Vizzion as a robotic assistant capable of self-learning thanks to advanced AI technology.

Volkswagen says that in the immediate future, its vehicles will get machine learning features that can analyze a given scenario and come up with novel solutions. For example, by utilizing inputs from sensors like visual cameras, radar, and lasers, the onboard algorithms will be able to identify a nearby passenger car, as opposed to a bike or a truck, and take the appropriate actions.

Following the machine learning capabilities will be a full-blown artificial intelligence, which promises features like independent decision making and adaptation based on a given “context and situation.”

For the time being, expect tech like lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control to find its way into all of VW’s models.

What’s I.D. Vission Like Inside?


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““The car’s communications technology has advanced to become a host, a virtual assistant which is capable of learning empathically,” VW explains.”

Tech galore. Voice and gesture control are used for the various features, while augmented reality tech through Microsoft HoloLens offers extra infotainment options. Connectivity is paramount here, with the Vizzion becoming a “smart device on wheels.”

“The car’s communications technology has advanced to become a host, a virtual assistant which is capable of learning empathically,” VW explains.

It’s also supremely comfortable, with users doing whatever they please in the cabin while the onboard systems take care of the task of driving. High levels of personalization tailor this “lounge” space to whatever your needs might be. Electrochemical tinting darkens the windows at a touch, while active noise cancellation keeps out unwanted wind and road noise. Onboard systems will use various biometric markers to adjust settings accordingly, such as turning on the A/C when you’re too warm.

Another cool feature is the facial recognition, which helps to identify the owner without the need for a key. VW also seems to be proposing new ownership models, either with a “sharing arrangement” or more traditional outright ownership

What About Under The Skin?


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Take away the body panels and you’ll find VW’s latest electric vehicle architecture, much like you would with the rest of the I.D. range. Propulsion comes courtesy of two electric motors (one in front and one in the rear, making for AWD), with 225 kW (301 horsepower) of output on tap. Not that you’d use any of it with the AI taking the wheel. Providing the juice is a 111-kWh battery, which offers upwards of 665 km (413 miles) of range. VW says all of these specs will be “part of the very near future.”

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept.


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PostHeaderIcon The Volkswagen I.D. VIZZION Showcases Futuristic Technology with a Modern Look

If autonomous driving technology really evolves into the future of the auto industry, the Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept is what a high-tech sedan could be like when that time comes. The German automaker’s latest concept is a full-blown preview of a self-driving car, right down to an interior that completely eliminates traditional controls in favor of going all-in on voice commands and gestures. The Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept is the future, ladies and gentlemen. That future is also on full display at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.


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“If you’re not prepared for a car that can drive by itself and can be controlled by voices and gestures, you can take comfort knowing that the car in question still looks like a car”

If you’re not prepared for a car that can drive by itself and can be controlled by voices and gestures, you can take comfort knowing that the car in question still looks like a car. Physically, the Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion still has all the physical characteristics of a four-wheeled ride. There’s nothing outwardly fancy about it. That said, the concept does benefit from some shared styling cues with the rest of the I.D. family. The front section, in particular, plays host to the end-to-end headlights design that we first saw on the I.D. Crozz. The sloping roofline also provides that sleek sedan styling that we’re all very familiar with. The Vizzion also carries a network of lasers, cameras, and radar sensors all over its body. They don’t manifest themselves physically, but this network serves as the eyes and ears behind the concept. That makes them very important.


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“To compensate for the loss of all those important elements, Volkswagen incorporated Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality system”

As traditional as the exterior of the I.D. Vizzion Concept is, the interior is world’s different. Sure, there are still traditional elements like the four captain’s chairs, the large windows, and glass roof. Volkswagen can even convince us that the thick floor carpets are traditional. Sure. But that’s where it ends. All other traditional elements of a car’s interior — a steering wheel, center console, physical controls — have been taken out and replaced with…a wrap-around dashboard. That’s it. To compensate for the loss of all those important elements, Volkswagen incorporated Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality system. This technology can project virtual displays in front of occupants. Combine that with the car’s artificial intelligence capabilities, and you’re going to feel like you’re living in a real-life Minority Report setting while sitting in a comfortable captain’s chair and your feet resting on a thick carpet.


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“There’s also a 111-kWh battery that provides 413 miles of range, more than enough to outpace any electric car on the road today.”

It’s an anti-climactic way to end this, but we also have to point out that the I.D. Vizier Concept has to run on something. That “something” is an electric powertrain that features two motors that combine to produce around 302 horsepower. There’s also a 111-kWh battery that provides 413 miles of range, more than enough to outpace any electric car on the road today.

The Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept isn’t the fanciest-looking concept in Geneva. It may not even be the most outlandish. But it may be the concept that we’re going to see on the road in a decade’s time as a full-scale production model that will run around the streets of the world by itself. Are your ready for that future?

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Teases the I.D. Vizzion With a Massive Glass Roof

The Volkswagen Vizzion Concept is shaping up to be a big reveal at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Volkswagen got the teasing ball rolling with a pair of short teaser videos showing the car’s headlamps and a hologram on the interior. They didn’t really reveal much, so to make up for it, the German automaker released two new teasers, this time in the form of images. Unfortunately, other than a birds-eye-view of the concept and an image of a woman sitting in a floating chair with a cup of espresso in her hands, they don’t reveal much either.


“The Volkswagen Vizzion Concept has all sorts of promise and potential, at least that’s what we think based on what we know about it”

The Volkswagen Vizzion Concept has all sorts of promise and potential, at least that’s what we think based on what we know about it. Sadly, Volkswagen has done a good job keeping details about the concept under wraps, revealing only a few notable elements that will drive up the buzz surrounding the car. On that end, good job, Volkswagen.

The new teaser images tell us a few things. First, there’s the overhead photo of the cabin, which shows ambient LED lighting that appears to wrap around the shoulder lines of the concept. A separate lighting fixture can be seen from inside the car. Look closely, and you’ll notice that the two ends wrap around the same circular buttons that we see in one of the teaser videos for the concept. A smaller, triangular LED light fixture can also be seen, though we have no idea at this point as to what that’s highlighting exactly.


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“The Vizzion Concept is all about a future that probably won’t arrive for a long time.”

The second teaser image is a bit more straightforward. It shows the back of one of the concept’s floating chairs. It also shows a woman sitting on the floating chair with a cup of espresso in one hand. While I’m convinced that the Geneva-bound concept will not have an actual woman inside the car, I get why this was used as a teaser image. This image is representative of what passengers can do when they’re onboard the Vizzion Concept. Whether it’s sipping a cup of espresso with those pinkies extended or it’s dozing off into dreamland, the concept’s stature as a fully automated, AI-enhanced concept makes it possible for passengers to do all sorts of things without having to worry about driving the car.

The Vizzion Concept is all about a future that probably won’t arrive for a long time. That’s not to say that the automaker can’t make it happen. For now, though, we’ll have to settle for waiting for production versions of the I.D. hatchback, the I.D. Crozz SUV, and I.D. Buzz Microbus. Once they’re all out — if they’re all out — maybe we can start dreaming of seeing the Vizzion Concept come to life.

Until then, we’re not getting our hopes up anytime soon.

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Trademarks more I.D. Names: Freeler and Cruiser

Volkswagen’s future I.D. range of electric vehicles is beginning to take shape. We’ve already seen concept versions of the I.D. Buzz and I.D. Crozz make their debuts in the last few years. Now we can expect a few more to hit the stage after the German automaker announced the trademark of a couple of new names that are attached to the I.D. range — I.D. Freeler and I.D. Cruiser


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“Volkswagen didn’t specify how they plan to use these new I.D. names, but the best guess is that they’ll be used on concept vehicles similar to the I.D. Buzz and I.D. Crozz concepts”

Volkswagen didn’t specify how they plan to use these new I.D. names, but the best guess is that they’ll be used on concept vehicles similar to the I.D. Buzz and I.D. Crozz concepts. There’s already been a groundswell of anticipation surrounding Volkswagen’s plans for its new all-electric range, particularly as it relates to production versions of the I.D. Buzz and I.D. Crozz concepts.

Volkswagen design boss Klaus Bischoff has already gone on record saying that two I.D. SUVs will launch by 2020, one of which will be the production version of the I.D. Crozz concept. The identity of the other I.D. SUV is still unknown so there’s a chance that it could carry one of the two new names that VW has just trademarked. The I.D. Cruiser sounds like a good name for a concept crossover or SUV while the I.D. Freeler fits into the mold of an all-electric concept sedan, something that VW is reportedly keen on doing with the intention of eventually offering it in the Chinese market where electric cars are booming.


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“Volkswagen design boss Klaus Bischoff has already gone on record saying that two I.D. SUVs will launch by 2020, one of which will be the production version of the I.D. Crozz concept”

In the meantime, all we can do is wait for Volkswagen and see how it plans to use these two new trademarks. Both names obviously point to new models under the I.D. range, so expect a major announcement — or two — in the coming months. Who knows, Volkswagen could switch things up and use the I.D. Cruiser name on the production version of the I.D. Buzz Concept. We can dream, right?

References

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