Except for the wheels and the grille/logo, this German Volkswagen is all French. I was sure I had posted it in this blog already, it's one of my favorite all-time chops, but a quick skim of the labels list revealed I hadn't. Now I have.
C H O P — VW makes some of my favorite cars, always has, but I think their styling is, well, staid. It's tasteful, and thankfully they've never gone off the edge like BMW and Mercedes have on occasion, but I think they could at least begin to explore new options. To that end, I wanted to create a Volkswagen with very little VW to begin with, so for this chop I used French cars as the base images. The lower part of the body is a heavily revised Peugeot RCZ sports car stretched into a 4 door sedan. The window/cabin section, or greenhouse as it's called, is from a Citroën C5 midsize sedan.
Even I was shocked when I added the VW bits, the wheels and the grille/logo and saw how well it hung together. The Peugeot's fender bulges are evocative of the New Beetle when paired with the VW logo, almost becoming German in nature. No, it's nothing VW would EVER actually do, and they haven't had such a glassy greenhouse since Giurgiaro designed the original Passat/Dasher in the '70s, but I really, really like the way this car came out. I'd say it's one of my favorite chops of all time.
The name? VW has recently begun to refer to its future cars as the "New Midsize Sedan" or the "New Compact Sedan"so I thought "New Small Hybrid" was just about right. This car would be a true competitor to the Prius, with its bespoke body.