Concept Cars

This is the futuristic concept car Volkswagen is unveiling in a few weeks

This concept car will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

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You've seen the ID Buzz and the ID Buggy. Volkswagen is about to show off another concept car. All will be revealed the week before Thanksgiving at the Los Angels Auto Show but they've set the stage revealing a few facts ahead of time.

The ID Space Vizzion is Volkswagen's take on a zero-emissions vehicle. The company says that it's built for "a new era, new thinking, and new mobility" and that "is a crossover of tomorrow". Still, it looks much like a traditional wagon.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion VW This car is destined for the U.S. market.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"So far, with our ID. family, we have shown what is possible with electric vehicles in each known car category," said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design. "With the ID Space Vizzion we create a new, fully electric segment."

Volkswagen is touting the concept's ability to combine the aerodynamics of a grand touring car with the spaciousness of an SUV. With a five-door-like visual profile, the ID Space Vizzion is a more realistic look at the future of Volkswagen than what the ID Buggy offered, giving the markets a tangible look at the future of the company, which has been touting its future electrified powertrains and new platforms for the last few years.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion VW The five-door style is likely to be more popular in Europe than in the U.S. when the car goes into production.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The German automaker has built the car on its Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB). MEB is designed to allow for long driving ranges, dynamic performance, and digital networking.

VW has given the model 300 miles of range.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion VW The model seats four.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Its completely digitalized cockpit consists of appointments that are made from sustainable raw materials including AppleSkin, a vegan alternative to leather.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion VW VW filled the interior of this model with sustainable raw materials.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The ID Space Vizzion isn't just a concept. It's a look at a model that Volkswagen will mass produce, presumably under another name, in late 2021. It will make its way to North America, Europe, and China in different variations.

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Toyota's ready to make a big announcement.

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Auto Shanghai has another surprise in store. Toyota will debut an electrified vehicle next week and ahead of that moment, the company has leaked teaser photos and video featuring the model on its social media channels.

One of the posts, available on Twitter and Instagram, showcases the vehicle and a series of conceptual, perhaps inspirational, related items. A light shines as a reflection in an eye. A design on paper leads to a math equation. A laser, perhaps a plasma cutter, is focused on an object. Watch the see the rest.


It passes by quickly, but in there is the shape of a crossover. We've captured the moment in a still photo below so you can take a longer look. From the body design quickly shown here, the SUV is shaped more like the Toyota Venza than the Toyota RAV4. The key here is the rear side window, which is more triangular, like the Venza, than the squared-off RAV4''s.

202 The shape of the vehicle is similar to the Toyota Venza.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota Venza EV

The face of the vehicle, shown in another social media post (this time on Instagram) and at the top of this article, shows a pared back vehicle face. The height of the vehicle confirms that it's in fact a crossover body style.

We do know that Subaru and Toyota have been working on an electric SUV for a while. While Subaru is likely calling the vehicle "Evoltis" there's some indication that Toyota may be reviving the "Celica" name for the EV. Batteries, after all, are made up of cells.

As of right now, we have to take the wait-and-see approach. One thing's for sure. We'll know more next week.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale now.

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The all-electric range of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 has been confirmed. The model is the first modern electric Volkswagen to be sold in the U.S. and a model that the German automaker is resting a lot of hopes on for the future of sales in the country.

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro with all-wheel drive will achieve an EPA-estimated 260 miles of all-electric range on a full charge. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition, which have more features and equipment and therefore weigh more, achieve an estimated 250 miles of range.

The EPA-estimated fuel economy for ID.4 Pro RWD is 107 MPGe in the city; 91 MPGe on the highway, and 99 MPGe combined. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition does slightly worse achieving 104 MPGe in the city, 89 MPGe on the highway, and 97 MPGe combined.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Exterior The "1st" badging denotes the vehicle as a first edition model. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

These new numbers come as part of a second round of EPA testing. Original testing found that the model did not quite hit its target.

How does that compare to other EVs? The Nissan Leaf Plus offers 226 miles of all-electric power. The Hyundai Kona Electric delivers 258 miles. Volvo's XC40 Recharge has just 208 miles of all-electric range but the Tesla Model Y can go up to 326 miles on one full charge.

First out of the Volkswagen gate will be ID.4 models with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery and rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor. That system delivers 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque.

At a public DC fast-charging station with 125 kW charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes. With purchase, ID.4 owners receive three years of unlimited charging at Electrify America DC Fast Chargers at no additional cost.

The 2021 ID.4 is on sale now, with pricing for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro starting at $39,995 MSRP, before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500. The Pro S carries an MSRP of $44,495. The limited-run ID.4 1st Edition, which sold out the day the vehicle was launched, carried an MSRP of $43,995.

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