Volkswagen Auriga Concept

New Designers 11 Dec 2012
Volkswagen Auriga Concept

The Auriga Concept is a study of a futuristic land yacht vehicle that reinterprets a concept envisioned by Simon Stevin in the XVII Century. It was created by Oliver Hubertus at the Braunschweig University of Art.


This is the first in a series of upcoming articles presenting transportation design projects developed at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK – Hochschule für Bildende Künste), based in Braunschweig, Germany.

Volkswagen Auriga Concept

Developed in 2008 in cooperation with Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg Design Center and under the supervision of Prof. Erich Kruse and Dipl.-Des. Andres Meyer, the Auriga project is based on the idea of creating a vehicle for cruising wide, impressive landscapes.

Volkswagen Auriga Concept Design Sketches

Volkswagen Auriga Concept Design Sketches

The main concept is based on the wind chariot or land yacht (Zeilwagen) designed between the XVI and XVII Century by Simon Stevin for Prince Maurice of Orange.

Wind chariot by Simon Stevin (Engraving by Jacques de Gheyn -

Wind chariot by Simon Stevin (Engraving by Jacques de Gheyn) – Source: Wikipedia

The Auriga is built for 20 passengers plus one pilot and is separated into two decks. The lower deck is closed and has panoramic windows for passengers who like to travel safely, and the upper one is open for those who like to fully enjoy the experience.

Volkswagen Auriga Concept Scale Model Volkswagen Auriga Concept Scale Model Volkswagen Auriga Concept Scale Model

For the design, Oliver Hubertus combined a very fluent and wind-like shape with strong technical structures.

Volkswagen Auriga Concept Design Sketches Volkswagen Auriga Concept Design Sketches

(Image Courtesy: Braunschweig University of Art for Car Body Design)

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