The Volkswagen Research Car - Auto 2000 830670

This paper describes the research project which led to the development of the Auto 2000. The purpose of the project was to develop a passenger car to meet the needs of the motoring public in the year 2000. Special attention was given to the reduction of fuel consumption with advanced aerodynamics and the use of alternate materials, improvements in vehicle safety, reduction of exterior noise and the use of the microcomputers in different areas. The research resulted in a passenger car with an aerodynamic drag factor of .25, two different engine concepts with superchargers, transmission options with unique energy management systems, all of which combine for good driving performance and fuel economy. In addition, safety and environmental factors were considered and the results indicate that this vehicle fulfills the transportation demands for the year 2000 and beyond.


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