Let me guess: it was just another bit of motor show frippery, never meant for production.
Nope. That didn’t mean it was smooth sailing into production, mind.
The story goes that VW execs said they’d gauge public response and decide whether the GX3 was worth putting a) into production and b) on sale for about 17,000 US dollars – about £8000 back in 2006 money. Yep. just imagine how many people would have signed up for a GX3, even if it were £10,000 or £15,000.
But, even though it’d be cheap to buy, run (it’d do 54mpg) and service (simple VW inline four and chain drive), the GX3 still didn’t get over the line. Rumour has it that the GX3 needed extensive work to shield VW from expensive liability lawsuits, which would jack up the price and ruin the entire point of the car in the process.
So, it’s our fault that we don’t have the affordable and entertaining GX3 – our penchant for offloading blame, our propensity for litigation and our acrimonious divorce with the notion of personal accountability. Oh, and maybe VW’s, for not being brave. So… well done, everyone.