Volkswagen arrived at this year’s Paris Motor Show (October 1 to 16) fully charged and ready to change the future of mobility. ‘Think New’ was the theme, and the I.D. concept unveiled in Paris certainly lived up to that spirit.
The I.D. concept is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that signalled Volkswagen’s entry into a new era—a vehicle as revolutionary as the Beetle was seven decades ago, before it evolved into the world’s best-selling car of the century.
The concept will become the first Volkswagen to hit the market based on the new modular electrification kit (MEB), first previewed as part of the BUDD-e concept at the January 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. It promises a fully electric range of up to 600 km (372 miles), and takes just 30 minutes for an 80 percent charge. It will also be the first Volkswagen to be engineered for fully autonomous driving, available to customers from 2025.
The I.D. concept is planned for production in 2021. Volkswagen’s goal is to sell one million electric cars by 2025, and become the global market leader in electric cars. In fact, it’s the greatest change program in the company’s history—working towards a future that is smart, sustainable and affordable.
Though VW's newest electric vehicle was the talk of the show, Paris also saw the debut of the Tiguan R-Line. The R-Line is the perfect companion for an active lifestyle, and it’s packed with enough technology to make sure it’s ready for tomorrow. Look for innovative assistance systems such as Lane Assist, Semi- Automated Driving and Traffic Jam Assist for when you’re on the road, and Park Assist for when you’re not. It also offers seamless mobile phone integration and in-car Wi-Fi.
Be sure to keep an eye out for news and reviews from the LA Auto Show—there's plenty more big reveals to come. But you’ll have to wait until the next issue to get the full details.