Volkswagen Viseo | Competition For the Roadster?

viseo vw 01 Volkswagen Viseo | Competition For the Roadster?

It’s too bad Volkswagen retired the term “Fahrvergnügen”. Back in the 1989, when this strange word blared loudly from the auto manufacturer’s TV and print ads, a German acquaintance told me it loosely translated to “fun driving”. (He also told me I was mispronouncing my German surname, but my Americanized ancestors are to blame for that.)

Of all the great VWs out there, the one that looks the most fun to drive is the new Viseo. Design-wise, this sports car runs the Roadster right off the road. Or rather, it would – if it existed beyond the concept stage.

On the heels of an internship at Volkswagen, German design student Marc Kirsch created this coupe for his diploma project at Braunschweig University of Arts. “Expect something unexpected,” is Kirsch’s answer when I ask him to describe his creation.

Unexpected, yes. In fact, the forward-thinking electric three-seater, inspired by the works of internationally renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, is an aesthetic marvel. “The target,” Kirsch says, “was to create a visionary concept car, shaped and based on the Calatravian motto of ‘dynamic balance’. I was very much inspired by his main conceptional and visual influence.”

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Volkswagen Westfalia Verdier Solar Powered Mobile Micro Home

vwbus hybrid02 Volkswagen Westfalia Verdier Solar Powered Mobile Micro Home

I’ve always wanted a Volkswagen bus. Long before I was able to drive, I had a fantasy of living down-and-out in a VW camper, aimlessly meandering it along isolated roads far from civilization and parking it along the beach or deep in the woods in order to catch some sleep and gather supplies.

My fantasy never came true and it never will. Turns out I’m not a down-and-out sort; my idea of roughing it is downgrading to a three-star hotel. But luckily for me, there’s nothing rough about the new Volkswagen Westfalia Verdier Solar Powered Mobile Micro Home.

Micro Homes are the way of the future. At least that’s what the design team at Verdier Solar Power thinks, as well as the Jury at Germany’s Caravan Salon Dusseldorf, who awarded the company a Special Design Award for their inspired VW redesign.

The coming together of the Westfalia, long a symbol of the hippy culture, and the green energy technology of Verdier takes the camper experience and turns it on its head, transforming the simple VW bus into a modern, self-sufficient driving/living machine with a smooth design and the coolest features this side of a high-end fifth wheel. Verdier set out to enhance the “light recreational vehicle” and make the Westfalia traveling experience more luxurious and autonomous. And the result is one of the tightest designs I’ve seen.

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