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2009 Volkswagen Concept BlueSport

VW has proffered many two-seat sports cars in the past decade or so, even including one with just three wheels, but none seemed so likely to be produced, nor were any as immediately appealing, as this little diesel-powered bullet. The Concept BlueSport looks like fun, and it has a subliminal visual aura evoking VW Beetles and Karmann-Ghias, suggesting robust reliability and a satisfying driving experience. Sadly, it also looks to be moderately expensive to build, so the likelihood of it coming to America, whether as a finished product or something to make in VW's upcoming Tennessee factory, seems minimal. That's too bad, as Volkswagen and American drivers would both benefit were the Concept BlueSport made available here.

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