The futuristic interior concept of the CES Showcar 2016 received the “Interior Design of the Year” award. The award was presented at the “Automotive Interiors Expo 2016” in Stuttgart where the world’s finest designers, innovations and products in the automotive interiors arena are honored.
“The CES 2016 Showcar offers a fascinating insight into what Volkswagen may achieve in future. On this basis, we should all be excited about next-generation of Volkswagen interior technologies and developments”, said Graham Johnson explaining the jury’s reasoning. Graham Johnson is Managing Director of the exhibition organisers and is responsible for the Automotive Interior Awards. The judging panel comprises a total of 17 international leading motor and design journalists who cast their votes in six categories.
At the beginning of the year, Volkswagen showed a glimpse of what future electric cars from the Volkswagen brand may look like at Las Vegas with the innovative show car, the CES 2016. What is characteristic of the futuristic concept is the intuitive operation of the instrument and operating concept and the air of lightness which prevails in the interior. After making a gesticulation to open the sliding door, the driver enters an interior which is more evocative of a lounge than a car. For example, if the front passenger wants to talk to the rear passengers, he or she can swivel the seat around. In the rear, two conventional seats and one seat surface placed lengthwise are installed on a soft carpet. A large format 34-inch monitor is also integrated in the side wall of the Volkswagen car.
Volkswagen BUDD-e at 2016 CES
The new architecture for Volkswagen’s electric vehicles: A lot about the BUDD-e is different. It is the first concept car developed by the Volkswagen Group to be designed on the basis of the new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). This architecture heralds a fundamental change in electric motoring and thus for the car in general, because the MEB throws all fossil fuel ballast of the present overboard, having been designed specifically for electric cars. And this means that the body design, the interior design, the package and the drive characteristics of the electrically powered Volkswagen will change significantly.
The MEB results in a drivetrain architecture that is specifically tailored to the use of compact electric motors and high-performance batteries. The flat and space-saving battery, with an energy capacity of 92.4 kWh, is integrated into almost the entire vehicle floor of the BUDD-e. It powers two electric motors, which drive both of the axles. The front electric motor produces 100 kW and 200 Nm, while the rear motor produces 125 kW and 290 Nm; resulting in a mechanical system power of 225 kW. The concept car’s all-wheel drive system facilitates a top speed of 180 km/h.