Hardly a suitable consolation prize.
Unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show early last year, the Volkswagen Golf R400 was one of those concepts that you never really expected to see production. A bit like the old W12 GTI, this seemed like another relatively low cost way for VW to attract attention without having to go full concept. But now Hans-Jakob Neusser, VW's development chief, has told Automotive News that the car is being considered and he thinks it is very likely to be produced.
This isn't the usual "if there appears to be enough demand" and that could be good news. Of course, we we don't know if it will make it to the US, and we're a bit skeptical that it will. But one thing which we probably will be getting is a new van, although what sort we're not sure of. VW's partnership with Mercedes to produce the Crafter will expire next year, and if VW develops a new van platform to replace it, that platform could be used for other purposes. VW has certainly hinted at a resurgence of the classic Microbus in the past, and this could very well be the chance to do it. Of course, this is all just speculation.