History of the Volkswagen K70/ 40 years of VW K70/NSU/AutoUnion Autolatest — Volkswagen K 70

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Volkswagen K 70

History of the Volkswagen K70/ 40 of VW K70/NSU/AutoUnion

The Volkswagen K70 (pronounced as ka in German) is a sedan automobile by NSU and sold by Volkswagen from till February 1975.

The K70 was the VW to have a front-mounted watercooled and the first to have front drive.

Development as an NSU

Designed by Luthe, the K70 was originally developed by NSU as a brother to the more famous Ro 80, the difference being that the K70 a conventional piston engine of the Ro80’s more complicated rotary engine.

The name K70 to the fact that the engine had a output of 70 PS (51 kW; 69 hp), the K denoting the word Kolben, meaning in contrast to the Ro denoting the Ro 80’s engine.

Postponed launch as a

NSU scheduled the car’s press for March 1969, intending to it to the wider public at the Geneva Show of that year.

However, just as the car was about to be well founded rumors concerning the then imminent over of cash strapped NSU by even before the take had been made public, the future was threatened by management that the K70 was too close in size and to the recently launched Audi

Plans for the K70 launch were at the minute deferred, with that Volkswagen personnel the K70 from NSU’s show on the eve of the show.

Rumours of the ‘merger’ a reality endorsed at a special NSU meeting the took place on 26 1969 and which backed the whereby NSU took over Union in return for an increase in the NSU capital issued to Volkswagen.

The was a take over of NSU by Volkswagen, and 1969 the Neckarsulm company was with Auto Union, Volkswagen had acquired from Benz in 1964 — in creating the basis of the modern day company which has evolved to the day.

VW was nevertheless in desperate of a new family sedan to replace the unsuccessful Type 4, which had been intended as a move for the Beetlebased cars.

Thinking that the K70, front wheel drive and styling, was the perfect way to transform its the Wolfsburg firm quickly publicity material showing the K70 as an NSU, and just over a later the sedan instead into production not at Neckarsulm, but at new Salzgitter plant.

Now branded as a the K70 finally started coming of the line with little in August 1970, and was launched in markets during the ensuing A launch date for the wagon / version, already delayed, was deferred — indefinitely as it out.

Engine and transmission

The K70 as featured a four cylinder cooled engine: this was a from the four cylinder mounted in the rear of the NSU 1200, its increased to 1605 cc.

Despite that the car’s name an output of 70 PS (51 kW; 69 hp), the car at launched a claimed 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp).

The engine was longitudinally mounted, forward and placed directly thedifferential, between the front and canted to the right.

The clutch and box were directly behind the and the three comprised a compact which necessitated a relatively bonnet / hood but which maximised the proportion of the car’s carried by the front wheels, and the available for passengers and their characteristics that the K70 shared the NSU Ro 80. Despite this arrangement, or replacing the clutch was possible, a service ramp, without any to move the engine or gear

Although the look of the K70 was modern, the from the engine, especially on the level 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) versions, was merely

Comparison with the 411, by 1970 had acquired an enlarged and fuel injection, was and is hard to Neither of VW’s family weight sedans topped the for top speed and acceleration, nor for fuel and the K70’s indifferent fuel became an increasingly pressing because the car’s production run with the 1973 oil price

The introduction during 1973 of an cc version with a claimed 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) the most acute performance and was accompanied by redesigned engine and mountings which were to reduce interior noise The final K70s did out accelerate the 412s, and had a higher maximum But in respect of fuel efficiency, the model — at least in transmission guise — a useful advantage till the

The body

Volkswagen K 70

Unfashionably tall by standards, the K70 also benefited the space saving characteristics of its wheel drive layout and engine installation. The boxy was unusually spacious and the luggage class leading.

The driver sat higher than in competitor and the large window area above average all-round The relatively large glass also led to the car carrying an above proportion of its weight above height, however, rendering a track particularly important in to ensure lateral stability[2].

The 1960s was a decade when looking manufacturers were secondary safety features.

on the K70 included a fuel tank directly ahead of the rear and boot/trunk, and within the wheelbase[2].

As for the Mercedes-Benz S Class would when that car was launched in this was the least vulnerable in terms of the risk of the fuel being punctured in the event of a

The steering column was angled in to reduce the risk of its being too far back into the passenger and while seat belts an optional extra at least on the market, mounting points for were standard.


For the dealership network, their trained over many to promote and service rear air cooled cars, the appearance at short notice of the water front engined K70 presented a

Although the car was priced below the 100, there was an unavoidable in the market place with the 411. Despite the different some potential buyers may tarred the K70 with the same as its unreliable NSU Ro 80 sister car, to poor sales.

The K70 was replaced in 1973 by the Audi-based Passat.

In total, Volkswagen had 210,082 K70s before the car was from sale in February An alternative source gives the total of the K70 as 211,127

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