Volkswagen may be closer to satisfying fans crying for a production version of its BlueSport concept, with support inside the company gaining strength.
Revealed in 2009, the perky BlueSport is a mid-engined roadster that has struggled to get traction on VW's production schedule, although its styling has guided the look of the brand's newer models.
The convertible has remained popular since its unveiling however, and reports this week suggest the top brass at Volkswagen could finally give the BlueSport its ticket.
Speaking with Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, Volkswagen Group design boss Walter de Silva confirmed his desire for a new small roadster.
"I'm not the only Volkswagen employee who is convinced that a roadster is a good idea for the company," de Silva said.
"This is a vehicle we are particularly fond of, and we haven't forgotten about it."
Whether the production BlueSport would keep its mid-engined and rear-wheel-drive layout is unclear, however.
With the brand's MQB platform a possible candidate for underpinning the roadster, its configuration could change to front-engined and front-wheel-drive - with all-wheel-drive an option in top performance models.
However, with Porsche a possible 'partner' in developing the new model, a mid-engined rear-wheel-drive layout could be preferred.
But, like BMW's upcoming 1 Series GT, the potential for a new front-wheel-drive entry-level Porsche cannot be ruled out.
The new MINI Coupe and Roadster twins, along with the turbocharged Hyundai Veloster, Honda's CR-Z and the Volkswagen Scirocco R also stand as examples of the growing interest in affordable sports cars.