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Volkswagen unveils C Coupé GTE plug-in hybrid concept at Auto Shanghai 2015

Over 5m in length, the concept is aimed at the Chinese market and, according to reports, will be on sale there in production form near the end of next year, based on the VW’s MLB platform for vehicles with longitudinal engine orientation.

The plug-in hybrid drive system comprises a 207bhp turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine (TSI) with four cylinders married up with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, a 122bhp electric motor integrated in the gearbox module and a lithium-ion battery integrated at the rear, which can be charged while driving or while parked. Total system power is 242bhp and torque of 369lb.ft.

In zero-emission mode, the C Coupé GTE can also be driven up to a speed of 81mph for a range of 31 miles. Official NEDC combined fuel consumption is 123mpg, with CO2 emissions of 55g/km.

Total driving range is over 497 miles with a 0 to 62mph time of 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 144mph.

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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