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2014 Volkswagen Touareg V6 R-Line Review & Test Drive 27
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, SUV, Test Drives, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Touareg on 02 27th, 2014
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In Volkswagen’s aim to be at the forefront of the automotive sales force around the world, the latest vehicles from the German automaker have taken on a new approach in agreeing with what consumers desire in their day-to-day transportation. Probably one of the overlooked changes within the Volkswagen line remains to be the Touareg, which entered into its 2nd generation for the 2011 model year and carries that basic design for the latest 2014 model. The new 2014 Volkswagen Touareg has embarked on a journey thought to have been overshadowed by predominant competitors in the crossover utility vehicle segment but still holds its own and some by offering many different trim levels and three engine choices with more of a focused task for on-road duties.

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The new 2014 Volkswagen Touareg receives a new R-Line trim, which is the choice for my test vehicle. Capturing the new face of Volkswagen is the signature grill embodying the VW emblem, chiseled front fascia and unique to the automaker rear tail lights, which all encase the ‘new look’ for easy recognition of the brand. The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is no different in sportier its R-Line trim featuring a unique body kit, sport-tuned suspension and LED taillights. My 2014 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line features the standard 3.6-liter V6 engine generating 280 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The use of the V6 engine with a 15-degree configuration (VR6), now just a 10.6-degree V, pays homage to the long line of well praised narrow-angle 6-cylinder engines from Volkswagen produced over many decades. The use of the V6 (VR6) aids in consistent power output through the rpm band and a good amount of torque surging through the drivetrain at a relatively low rpm initially maxing out at just 2,500 rpm.

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In terms of engine choices for the new Volkswagen Touareg aside from the standard V6, there remains the variety of a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel (TDI) with 204-horsepower and an abundance of torque at 406 lb-ft. In addition ,the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid gets its own supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine (333 hp/325 lbs-ft torque) paired with a 47 hp and 221 lbs-ft of torque electric motor for a total output of 380 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque, the obvious monster of the bunch but with a bit of extra weight (over 400 lbs. more than V6 R-Line trim). With the wide range of engine choices and a multitude of trim levels (Sport, Lux, R-Line, Executive and Hybrid), the new Volkswagen Touareg attempts to provide something to appease everyone in the premium crossover utility vehicle market. Moreover, the sporty R-Line trim can be had with the torque-monster TDI diesel engine.

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As far as the new 2014 Volkswagen Touareg V6 R-Line’s road-going mannerism, it is perceived to be an enjoyable experience over-all. The new Volkswagen Touareg R-Line hugs the road with its stylish 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in beefy 275/45 R20 Continental rubber. The retuned sport suspension of the Touareg R-Line takes a different approach from other trims providing a stiffer and more planted ride. The suspension damning is somewhat aggressive but not to the point of being overly harsh at cruising speeds. With the benefit of the Touareg R-Line’s sport suspension, the handling and confidence instilled in you as a driver is reassured the instant you navigate through paved roads with a nicely weighted steering wheel, decent power fed through all four wheels and excellent braking performance due to large 13-inch brake rotors on in all four corners while the fronts get 4-piston calipers and 2-piston rear.

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The 3.6-liter VR6 engine is nicely matched to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Together the power delivery is adequate with a surprising initial surge through first gear to really move all 4,711 pounds of German engineering forward. Through all 8 forward gears the Touareg pulls nicely but not with the consistency of the extra grunt it exerts through first gear. Basically, after hitting 2nd gear the Touareg plays catch up to finish what little bit of the extra momentum was expended through the short 1st gear. Though, the Touareg does give you some confidence in overtaking vehicles on the highway and having the ability to tow up to 7,000 pounds is also an added plus. Another surprising aspect of the new 2014 Touareg R-Line is its sport suspension’s ability to keep the body roll to a minimum for an SUV of this stature. The size of the new 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is not realized until you sit in the cabin, which is highly competitive in over-all space among its direct competition exhibiting only 2 rows of seats. On the flip side of things, the Touareg R-Line’s competent road characteristics virtually shrink the SUV to emit a slight dash of nimbleness. A dedicated off-road mode takes the 4Motion full-time all-wheel-drive system to a new level through the adaptive Torsen center Limited-Slip differential. In normal on-road mode the power split is 40% front and 60% rear. Off-road mode will allow the split to vary dependent on where slip is detected to rout additional power to the wheels with grip. Additionally, off-road mode displays a dedicated steering angle meter on the dashboard. On the road-going prowl, the new 2014 Volkswagen Touareg V6 gets an EPA estimated 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. Though those are not impressive figures, I was able to better the highway mileage to get almost 24 mpg with an average of 23.7 mpg over a 25 mile local highway trip. Though, at interstate speeds the mpg average declines quickly to about 22 mpg traveling just above 70 mph. Around the city I saw a steady 17.2 mpg to match the EPA estimate.

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The unique Touareg R-Line is a mid-level trim where it adds onto the V6 Lux trim tacking on brushed aluminum interior trim, LED taillights, 20-inch alloy wheels, Sport suspension, unique R-Line badging and a sport body kit. Other highlighted feature subsets within the V6 Lux trim, all included on my V6 R-Line Touareg, include a rearview camera, touchscreen navigation system, power-liftgate (R-Line takes away the hands-free foot-activation liftgate option), keyless access with push-button start, Bi-Xenon HID headlights with adaptive front lighting (turns headlights in direction of steering wheel angle), 12-way power adjustable heated front Vienna leather seats, heated and power-folding outside mirrors and a massively large tilting-and-sliding panoramic sunroof encompassing almost 85% of the roof with a power sunshade.

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The interior is nicely appointed with decent fit and finish and a good use of contrasting soft-touch plastics with the brushed aluminum trim. Much of the button layout is easy to access without much of a guessing game while a slight redundancy of controls through the touch-screen and physical buttons give the driver and front passenger a choice of operation for some features. The latest iteration of Volkswagen’s GPS navigation system and integration of infotainment controls operates smoothly with added detail to roads. Advanced dragging functions also aid in its ease of use through an abundance of menu sets for system settings and over-all operation. The seating areas are spacious and substantial for 5 adults with enough cargo to fill up just over 32-cubic-feet of space with all seats in place. Folding down the 60/40 split rear seat backs, either manually or using the power release at the rear of the vehicle, allows for 64 cubic-feet of storage.

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The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is somewhat of an underdog in the full scheme of SUV offerings in its current segment. Being more focused on paved roads versus off-roading – more than it has ever been, places the Touareg in a position to go head-to-head with other midsized SUVs built to have the driving attitude of a car without taking too much away from the SUV versatility and ruggedness. As a luxury SUV, the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line provides more of a sportier side than many others in this class. The Touareg R-Line initially serves up sporty looks and ends with a unique over-all driving personality taken from the books of its German heritage.

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The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg starts at $44,570 for the base V6 Sport. My 2014 Touareg R-Line with the additional included equipment starts at $54,111 and gets an as-tested price of $55,021 with the $910 destination charge.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Touareg Sport V6 $45,480 / As-Tested Touareg R-Line V6 $55,021
  • Vehicle layout: Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, SUV
  • Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve (VR6 – 10.6-degree V) 280 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm / 266 ft-lbs. @ 2,500 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Curb weight: 4,711 lbs.
  • Wheelbase: 113.9 in
  • Length x width x height: 188.8 x 76.4 x 68.2 in.
  • Ground Clearance: 7.9 in.
  • Headroom: f/r-39.6 in./38.9 in.
  • Legroom: f/r-41.4 in./36.9 in.
  • 0-60 mph: 7.8 sec
  • EPA city/hwy fuel econ: 17 mpg / 23 mpg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 26.4 gallons


2014 Super Bowl XLVIII Big Game Automotive Commercials Roundup 2
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in audi, audi a3, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford, honda, Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, Jaguar, Jaguar F-Type, Kia, Kia K9, Kia K900, Maserati, Maserati Ghibli, Mazda, News, Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLVIII, Superbowl Commercial, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Tiguan on 02 2nd, 2014
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Super Bowl XLVIII has graced us with the most-watched entertainment of the year and automotive folks are all intrigued by the hilarious and stunning car commercials. We took the time to gather all of the car-related Super Bowl XLVIII commercials here in one spot for you to view once again, or for the first time for those who may have sneaked a snake or two during the commercial breaks. We just want to ask, which one was your favorite?

Audi Big Game Commercial: Doberhuahua – Featuring the new 2015 Audi A3 and a Doberman and Chihauahua.

2014 Chevy Super Bowl Commercial: “Romance” — 2015 Silverado HD

2014 Chevy Super Bowl Commercial: “Life” — #PurpleYourProfile | Chevrolet

OFFICIAL Chrysler and Bob Dylan Super Bowl Commercial 2014 – America’s Import

Ford Big Game: Griffin: Rob Riggle Talks Mythology (And Hybrids)

Ford “Nearly Double” Big Game Ad | Rob Riggle & James Franco

Honda 2014 Big Game: #hugfest

2014 Hyundai Elantra Big Game Ad: “Nice”

2015 Hyundai Genesis Big Game Ad: “Dad’s Sixth Sense”

Jaguar 2014 Big Game Teaser “Rendezvous: The Set Up”

Jaguar 2014 Big Game Teaser: World Domination with Sir Ben Kingsley

Jaguar 2014 Big Game Teaser: Business Associates with Tom Hiddleston

Jaguar 2014 Big Game Teaser: Absolute Power with Mark Strong

Jaguar 2014 Big Game Commercial: British Villains “Rendezvous”

Jeep® “Restless” 2014 SUPER BOWL OFFICIAL COMMERCIAL

2015 Kia K900 Big Game: “The Truth” with Morpheus

Official Maserati Super Bowl Spot | 2014 Ghibli – Strike

Big Game Trailer starring The Muppets: 2014 Toyota Highlander

Mazda – Mazda3 – Dare The Impossible

Big Game Ad Starring Terry Crews and the Muppets | 2014 Toyota Highlander

Volkswagen Game Day Teaser: German Engineers Create The Ultimate Game Day Commercial

2014 Volkswagen Game Day Commercial: Wings



2014 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium Review & Test Drive 14
Nov
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Passat, Test Drives, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Passat on 11 14th, 2013
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The new 2014 Volkswagen Passat continues its design into the new model year with the addition of a 1.8-liter Turbo engine replacing the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder in the SEL trim level but remaining available for base-level trims. With a wide range of configuration options, the new 2014 Passat tends to offer something for everyone in the scope of a mid-sized sedan known for its European styling wrapped up in a composed and economical package.

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The new 2014 Volkswagen Passat is offered in a series of 4 trim levels (S, Wolfsburg, SE, SEL). All trims, with the exception of the SEL (SEL available with 1.8-liter, TDI or V6), touts the availability of 4 different powertrains. The engines available start with the 2.5-liter 5-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 177 ft. lbs. of torque, the 1.8-liter turbo-4 with 170 horsepower and 184 ft. lbs. of torque, and then on to the 2.0-liter TDI 4-cylinder diesel engine with 140 horsepower and 236 ft. lbs. of torque featuring the best fuel economy of the bunch at 31 mpg city and 43 mpg highway. For the higher end of the power output spectrum the choice remains to be the Passat’s 3.6-liter V6 (15-degree-V VR6) engine, as found in my Passat V6 SEL Premium test vehicle, with 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 258 ft. lbs. of torque at 2,500 rpm.

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When it comes to the European driving aptitude of the new 2014 Passat, your choices are summarized in the powertrain selection. Having driven a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder variant of the Passat and now the V6, the contrast is pretty great. The Passat V6, mated to an automated manual 6-speed transmission, basically an automated dual-clutch DSG unit, proves the Passat is serious about its straight-line performance. Power directed through the dual-clutch transmission to the front wheels is at times overshadowing for the chassis. In other words, traction control, which cannot be disabled, has its work cut out for keeping ample wheelspin under control. Power is direct and the quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission, which shifts seamlessly without any power loss through each gear, kicks up a consistent pull at the mercy of the front tires’ grip. Fortunately, torque steer is not much of an issue.

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Fuel economy from the 3.6-liter 15-degree-V VR6 (V6) engine comes in around 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg highway, though I was able to better the highway figure getting 29.1 mpg on average. Considering the engine’s eagerness to keep things entertaining, the fuel consumption is not too bad, especially compaired to the less-powerful 2.5-liter engine. Though, you would be in a better fuel consumption position selecting one of the many other powertrains made available within the Passat’s extensive trim level offerings.

Shifting of the DSG transmission is well suited for the robust and wide power band of the 3.6-liter V6 engine in the new Passat SEL. Shifts take place virtually behind the scenes in milliseconds from one cog to the next. Manual shifting mode, whether controlled by the gear selector or steering wheel mounted shift paddles, also takes place without any noticeable delay. The newest DSG unit is a marvel and exceeds expectations even when it comes to rev-match downshifts, which take place in a snap without any unwanted or abrupt deceleration from the drivetrain. 0-60 mph time comes in a short 6.4 seconds, a testament to the Passat V6’s engaging front-wheel-drive and DSG transmission setup.

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The new Volkswagen Passat V6’s ride has an initial European feel but tends to get lost in translation when going over bumps and wavy road surfaces. Basically, the ride becomes a wet sponge and sways far away from being sporty or firm when taxed. The soft dampening of the ride transmits into the Passat’s handling attributes where you get excessive body roll when you really push the Passat near its lateral limits. Most of the driving characteristics are aimed at safety and understeer but fail to push back with the performance that is met in some of the Passat’s midsized competition. Though, braking and straight-line acceleration remains to be the new Passat V6’s strong suit.

By the initial observation of the exterior, the 2014 Passat is inclined not to stand out in a crowd. Some of the sporty aspects that do gain attention within the exterior are the 18-inch alloy split 5-spoke wheels and front fascia. Most of the exterior design elements are kept conservative much like the Passat’s smaller Jetta sibling in lower to mid-level trims. Differentiating the two does become a task for some after a quick glance. Of course the Passat does exude most of its difference in styling with its larger size, mostly noted at close angles.

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The new 2014 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL’s interior is much more of a commonality in the VW family than its drivetrain. The interior is rather subdued by lackluster accenting much like the Passat’s exterior. However, the interior serves its expected duties with comfortable seating, slight bolstering in the front sport seats with suede-like inserts and ample space for front and rear occupants. Many styling traits carried down from older generations of the Passat can be found in the large padded dashboard along with VW-unique control layouts and instrumentation. The latest infotainment unit fed through a color touch screen is minimalistic in its feature sets and menus proving to have a short learning curve for most. Surprisingly the system is packed with a few hidden features such as the ability to drag and zoom via on-screen-touch gestures.

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At the forefront of safety, getting a 5-star overall vehicle safety score from the government, the new 2014 Passat does not disappoint in its expected duties. With a full list of standard features on the V6 SEL Premium trim, perceived as an exceptional value, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat receives several sought-after amenities as standard equipment in the top-level SEL Premium trim. The new Passat V6 SEL Premium gets the notable features of a Fender premium audio system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming, USB/iPod connectivity, dual-zone auto climate controls, leather-trimmed seats (sport heated seats up front), auto-dimming review mirror, auto on/off headlights with fog lights, 60/40 split folding rear seat backs and a GPS navigation system with voice commands.

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In terms of the new 2014 Volkswagen Passat’s practicality, it really shines bright and serves its endowed purpose for a mid-sized sedan that can even compete with the lower pricing scale of smaller less-equipped vehicles. Starting at just $21,665 for a base Passat S and moving up to the top of the scale for my 2014 Passat V6 SEL Premium for an as-tested price of $34,715 including an $820 destination charge, the Passat is an exceptional value that does not disappoint.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Passat S $21,665
  • Engine: 3.6 liter DOHC 6-cylinder VR6 (15-degree-V) 280 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm / 258 ft.lbs. of torque @ 2,500 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 110.4 inches
  • Total length: 191.6 inches
  • Total width: 72.2 inches
  • Total height: 58.5 inches
  • Track: f/r-62.1/61 inches
  • Ground clearance: 5.4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,481 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • Turning circle: 36.4 feet
  • Headroom: f/r-38.3/37.8 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-42.4/39.1 inches
  • EPA Mileage: 20 mpg/city and 28 mpg/highway
  • 0-60 mph: 6.4 seconds


2013 Volkswagen Passat S Review & Test Drive 25
Jun
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, Passat, Test Drives, Volkswagen on 06 25th, 2013
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The all-new 2012 VW Passat won Motor Trend Magazine’s ‘Car of the Year’ award.  They had good reason to award the new Passat the prestigious award because it is the only mid-size sedan that offers German engineering at an affordable price, a choice of three great engines, a 2.0 liter four-cylinder TDI clean diesel returning up to 43 mpg, a 2.5 liter five cylinder and a 3.6 liter VR6 cylinder engine, all mated to six-speed transmissions.  The Passat also comes with exceptional comfort in back with class-leading rear-seat legroom that makes this five-seat mid-size family sedan one of the best selections a new mid-size sedan consumer can make.  The trunk with a split folding 60/40 bench seat is also one of the largest in the segment.

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I didn’t have the opportunity to test the all-new 2012 model but was privileged to test the new 2013 Passat in the base S trim with the Appearance Package that comes standard with the 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine mated to the six-speed automatic with sequential shifter, 16X6.5 inch alloy wheels wrapped with Continental 215/60R16 inch Conti Contac high-performance all-season radial tires, and a rear pull-down center console with dual cupholders and storage bin.  The price is a very reasonable $22,945.00 for all of this plus a host of more comfort, convenient, connectivity, power, performance, safety and even several features only found on luxury sedans costing thousands of dollars more.

The exterior styling is low and wide with smooth corners that all help to keep aerodynamic drag to a minimum.  The predominance of horizontal lines further enhances the low and wide stance.  Up front is the VW brand’s 3-horizontal chrome blade grille with honeycomb lower air intake.  Enhancing the look even further are the large headlight units forming a single unit.  Down below is a splitter and flat underside to help keep the front end down and stable when traveling at high speeds on the highways.

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From the side you’ll notice the swept-back windshield A-pillars and the muscular ridge in the sill area.  Powerfully sculpted wheel-arches emphasize the dynamic properties of the Passat.  These four wheel-arches have liners on the inside to keep noise from entering the cabin and to enhance aerodynamics.  To accentuate the aerodynamic styling of the Passat, the roof lines flow toward the back with a nearly coupe-like cut of the rear window.  Three side windows create luxury-class style with a long, extended glass surface.  Also on the side are bodycolor pull-out door handles and aerodynamic-styled/manual folding/turn-signal repeater sideview mirrors.

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The rear fascia is also dominated by horizontal lines.  The lines of the large taillights rise toward the side, underscoring the dynamics of the elegant rear styling.  Another unique feature here is the design of the two-part taillights that are integrated in the rear fender and trunk lid.  Down below is a diffuser to help manage rear airflow to further enhance high speed stability.  The all-new Passat cuts through the air with an outstanding 0.29 co-efficient of drag.

The Passat is a generously-proportioned four-door sedan perfect for any family.  Nose to tail it measures 191.6 inches and featured a stretched 110.4 inch wheelbase and 72.2 inch width, which allows for such an exceptional rear-seat space.

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The potent and refined 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine features a cast-iron block with aluminum heads, DOHC’s, four-valves per cylinder, chain driven with automatic tensioner, maintenance-free hydraulic lifters and variable intake timing.  It produces 170hp at 5,500 rpm and 177 lb.ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm.  It is mated to a smooth shifting five-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic with sequential shifting utilizing a dual-clutch that instantly engages and disengages gears without the need for a clutch pedal.  With a special computer controlling the process, one clutch is engages on the next gear, while the clutch from the previous gear is released.  This automatic also comes with a Sport setting that remaps the on-board computer to change gear quicker in automatic.  Either way each is great for a more spirited drive when you want to speed up your heartbeat.

The Passat has been designed to feature the kind of dynamic, involved handling and precise steering that you come to expect from a Volkswagen.  The new Passat may be a big car but it handles like a smaller sedan.  The unique fully independent suspension features a strut-type setup with lower control arms, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar.  The rear setup is a multi-link type with coil springs, telescopic dampers and an anti-roll bar.  For a front-wheel-drive sedan the car is very neutral when cutting through curving roads.  It is very well balanced and very stable at high speeds.  The rack & pinion, hydraulic power-assisted steering system gives you pin-point accuracy when cornering and a great feel for the road.  Standard electronic stability control and traction control keep you on track when taking the Passat to its cornering limits.

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Quickly and safely slowing the Passat S down from speed are large, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes.  Up front are 12.3 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers, and 10.7 inch solid discs clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  Control during hard braking on slick or wet surfaces is enhanced with standard ABS and electronic brake pressure distribution.

The powertrain, suspension and braking systems are definitely world-class in every way and give you and your family comfortable, easy and fun-to-drive experience whether just taking care of personal and family activities, plus plenty of room for long weekend getaways.

The Passat was designed and specifically tailored for American tastes and American lifestyles.  As a result the cabin of the Passat S delivers space and plenty of it.  There’s room for five adults to really stretch out in comfort and with four large wide-opening doors, getting in and out is easy.  Making it even easier is the four grab handles above each door.  The layout is simple yet elegant.  Nothing about the interior is trendy or over-done.  The lines flow in a style that’s easy on the eye, complemented by the highest quality materials applied with careful attention to detail.  The easy-to-see instrument panel is similar to the VW flagship model, the Touareg.   The instrument cluster features aluminum trimmed gauges with the easy-to-use trip computer readout box in the middle.  Aluminum trim is also found around the air vents, center stack, stick shift bezel, rotary light switch and all of the other dials, buttons and switches.  Wide aluminum colored plastic   trim is found on the dashboard and doors.  The parking brake handle also features an aluminum button.  The front bucket seats are very comfortable and supportive with excellent thigh support.  The driver’s-side adjusts eight-ways, including lumbar.  The cloth trimmed seats are very high quality.  The steering wheel is the perfect side and features manual tilt/telescopic for the perfect reach and angle.  It also includes buttons for the audio system and Bluetooth system surrounded by aluminum trim.  The center console features dual cupholders and a padded storage box that is wide and deep for extra security of your everyday needed items.  The glove box is locking and there is storage in each door bottom.  Beside the luxury of real aluminum trim surrounds, all four windows are express up/down, a feature only found on the most expensive luxury sedans.

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Standard features not mentioned above include: A/C, Hill hold control, central locking system, remote keyless entry, powered exterior mirrors, automatic headlights, 310-watt AM-FM-CD audio system with six speakers, dual map lights, sunglass holder, double pull-down inserts to make it easier to close the trunk, 60/40 split rear seat with trunk controls to fold each split flat, map pockets behind the front seatbacks, open storage underneath the center console, a pull-down rear armrest with dual cupholders/storage tray, remote trunk release, variable speed wipers/washers, cruise control and thick rubber floor mats for both rows of seats.

Standard safety features include driver/front passenger airbags, driver/front passenger side airbags, side-curtain airbags front/rear, 3-point safety belts for all five-seats, LATCH system for child seats, daytime running lamps, child safety rear door locks, tire pressure monitoring system and intelligent crash response system.  Also, the Passat features a specially-reinforced safety cage, complete with anti-intrusion side beams and forged steel roof B-pillars plus front/rear crumple zones.

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For a base price of just $22,945.00 and an EPA rating of 22 mpg/city and 31 mpg/highway, I received a combined 29.6 mpg after driving more than 450 city and highway miles; there is nothing else on the market for the money.  The Passat S combines the best of world-renowned German engineering, innovation and safety that other mid-size sedans can only think of duplicating.  The ride is rock solid, the interior is quiet, very pleasing to the eyes and touch, plus the safety systems are one of the best.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Passat S $22,945
  • Engine: 2.5 liter DOHC 5-cylinder 170 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm / 177 lb.ft. of torque @ 4,250rpm
  • Wheelbase: 110.4 inches
  • Total length: 191.6 inches
  • Total width: 72.2 inches
  • Total height: 58.5 inches
  • Track: f/r-62.1/61 inches
  • Ground clearance: 5.4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,221 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • Turning circle: 36.4 feet
  • Headroom: f/r-38.3/37.8 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-42.4/39.1 inches
  • EPA Mileage: 22 mpg/city and 31 mpg/highway


2015 Volkswagen Golf R – Spy Shots 12
Jun
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Frankfurt Auto Show, Popular, Spy Shot, Volkswagen, VW Golf R on 06 12th, 2013

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Volkswagen are in the midst of tweaking at finishing touches for their seventh generation Golf R. Unfortunately, the cars won’t be on sale until the start of next year.

Volkswagen plans to be done with the development of the ultimate Golf, the all-wheel-drive Golf R, by that time.

As the world waits in anticipation for it’s official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, we have gotten our hands on some spy shots of the Golf R prototype:

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One can easily see that this is indeed a prototype for the Golf R by its quad-exhaust tailpipe arrangement and 18-inch wheels that resemble the set on the current Golf R. A blacked-out grille and larger air intakes round out the list of Golf R specs.

The interior reveals an instrument cluster with two large binnacles and a metallic finish. Of course, the interior is similar across the MkVII Golf lineup, so we can already imagine what we can expect in the Golf R from the regular Golf and GTI models.

Under the skin will be Volkswagen’s MQB platform, but with a Haldex all-wheel drive system able to send 100 percent of driving force to the rear wheels when needed. That driving force will be courtesy of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Another cool feature will be the electronic system. The system uses sensors to detect wheel slip, then brakes the slipping wheel to transfer torque the opposite site, ensuring maximum grip under all conditions.

A six-speed manual transmission should remain standard, although a dual-clutch, DSG unit may be offered this time around.

Check out this spy video of the 2015 Golf R:

The expected launch of the new Golf R is next year, shortly after the launch of the regular Golf and GTI.

Source: Motor Authority



2013 World Car Award Winner Named In New York 29
Mar
Posted by Kurt Ernst in auto show, Automotive, Jaguar, Kurt, New York auto show, News, porsche, Tesla, Volkswagen, World Car Awards on 03 29th, 2013
2015 VW Golf - image: Volkswagen
2015 VW Golf - image: Volkswagen

2015 VW Golf – image: Volkswagen

As the name implies, the World Car Awards are a global venture, with automotive journalists from all over the world selecting the most impressive vehicles in multiple categories. Proving that New York is a world city (and that the New York Auto Show has global significance), the awards are typically handed out in the lead-up to the Big Apple’s premier automotive event.

There are currently four categories awarded, including World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car. Since the competition is global, it’s possible that winning vehicles won’t be sold in the North American marketplace.

That’s not the case for 2013, since we’ll be able to (eventually) purchase all the winning vehicles on these shores. Taking top honors as the World Car of the Year was the redesigned Mark VII Volkswagen Golf, which has already launched in Europe but won’t be seen here until 2014.

2014 Porsche Cayman - image: Porsche

2014 Porsche Cayman – image: Porsche

The win marks the second in a row for the German automaker, whose Volkswagen Up! took the top prize in 2012. The new VW Golf beat out some impressive challengers, including the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Porsche Boxster / Cayman and the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86.

Don’t feel bad for the Porsche Boxster / Cayman, however, as it took top honors in the World Performance Car category, beating the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 in the process.

2014 Jaguar F-Type - image: Jaguar

2014 Jaguar F-Type – image: Jaguar

2013 Tesla Model S - image: Tesla

2013 Tesla Model S – image: Tesla

The Jaguar F-Type was chosen as the World Car Design of the Year, over the new Mazda6 and the Aston Martin Vanquish, while the Tesla Model S took first place in the World Green Car category, beating the Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.



2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review & Test Drive 22
Mar
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, convertible, Test Drives, Volkswagen, VW Beetle on 03 22nd, 2013
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2013 VW Beetle Convertible Beauty Right HAW Done Small

There’s just something about the new VW Beetle convertible that evokes instant response from people who come into contact with the all-new convertible model in the Beetle lineup.  When parked I had youngsters, teenagers, seniors, all bug-eyed over the new car.  It just sparks positive comments.  It’s really not cute, it’s a Beetle!  It’s the third-generation of the iconic VW ragtop and like its predecessors-the type 15 from 1949, and the 2003 Beetle convertible-the curvaceous styled convertible offers the perfect combination of sun-on-your-face and wind-in-your-hair fun for four persons.

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The styling of the new Beetle convertible harkens back to the original 1949 ragtop rather than the 1998 new Beetle.  It respects the past but looks forward to the future.  The new Beetle convertible breaks free of the design geometry defined by three semi-circles-front fender, rear fender and domed roof above it.  The roof profile actually runs distinctly lower and can be considered a development of the Ragster concept car shown in Detroit in 2005.  The new model is bolder and more masculine.  It is characterized by a clean and dominant sportiness feeling.  The car is not only lower in profile, it is also substantially wider, the front hood is longer, the front windshield is shifted further back and has a much steeper rake.  Up front is a squared-off jaw bumper, oval halogen headlamp clusters with a lower black contracting wide air-intake and LED daytime running lights at each end.   At the side are pronounced flared fenders, pull-out door handles, heated/power-remote sideview mirrors, a full-perimeter chrome strip and another chrome strip under the doors giving it off a luxury touch.  The rear features angular LED lamp clusters, a round bumper, the VW badge that flip up to open the trunk, dual exhaust tips gathered together under the left side of the bumper, while up top is a wide spoiler to help increase downforce at highway speeds.  Volkswagen decided to stick with a traditional soft-top rather than incorporate a folding hardtop as seen on the VW EOS.  When the top is down, it lays flat, giving good rear visibility.  Although the top looks compact when furled, it’s actually wide and long when in place, an action that takes a little over 10 seconds at the touch of a button.  The soft-top outer shell itself is made from three layers: an outer one of polyacrylic women fabric, a middle layer of synthetic rubber, and an inner lining of polyester.  Underneath, there’s a three-layer design for the insulation, made from polyester nonwoven fabric, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) insulating fleece, and polyester spunboard.  The headliner is made from a foam-laminated fabric resulting in a snug top that yields remarkably low levels of wind noise.  Top options include a boot and a noise blocker that fits just behind the front passenger seats.

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Since this vehicle is open, the body needed reinforcements so that cowl shake would be kept at a minimum.  These reinforcements include the use of body reinforcements and sheetmetal with greater strength such as the A-pillar’s interior bar is 0.5mm thicker and made of ultra-high-strength hot-formed steel instead of cold-formed metal.  There is also reinforcement in the ‘bend area’.  The front crossmember has an additional central plate.  There is additional tubing made of ultra-high-strength (hot formed) steel between the B-pillars as well as a stronger heel plate.  There is more sheetmetal in the lower body sidemembers and an extra rear panel that integrates the Automatic Rollover Support System is made of high-strength steel.  As a result of the new materials and laser welding of selected parts, the body stiffness was increased by 20% over the last Beetle convertible and torsional rigidity is now 17.8Hz.

You can easily reach highway speeds with the 2.5 liter, inline-5-cylinder, 20-valve, engine with variable intake timing.  This advanced engine generates 170hp at 5,700rpm and 177lb.ft. of torque at 4,250rpm.  Other engine options include the 2.0 liter Turbo and the 2.0 liter turbo diesel.  My test Beetle convertible came with the 2.5 liter I-5.

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This potent engine was mated to the slick shifting 6-speed automatic with sequential shifting including a Sport mode for even quicker acceleration.  Fuel economy values have been improved by up to 10% over the previous 2.5 liter models when equipped with the six-speed automatic.  EPA estimated fuel economy rating is now 22mpg/city and 29mpg/highway.

The fun-to-drive attitude of the new Beetle convertible is attributable to its front strut suspension system with how control arms, coil springs, telescopic dampers and a 22mm anti-roll bar for quick turn-in and flat cornering capabilities.  The rear features a torsion beam axle, coil springs and telescopic dampers to help keep the rear inline when driving through curving roads and added stability at highway speeds.  The hydraulic power-assisted rack & pinion steering gives a good feel for the road with excellent response to your inputs.

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Slowing the new Beetle convertible down from speed are power-assisted steel disc brakes.  Up front are 11.3 inch vented discs and 10.7 inch solid discs in the rear.  Each disc is clamped with single-piston calipers.  Standard ABS, EBD and ESC help keep you in control during severe braking situations on slick or wet pavement, plus keeping you from skidding off the road when taking the Beetle through curves at higher than posted speed limits.

My test Beetle convertible rode on 215/55R17 inch all-season radials wrapped around unique black painted with signature VW chrome hub caps for a signature VW look at rest.

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Inside, the new Beetle convertible retains the design cues that have made the latest Beetle such a hit with a body-color dashboard.  The leather bucket seats in my test Beetle had carbon fiber weaving at the sides.  Three round gauges are surrounded by an aluminum trim and provide key information at a glance.  The multifunction display is integrated in the speedometer, which is housed in the central position in the binnacle.  The leather wrapped/tilt/telescopic steering wheel feels great in your hands and contains redundant buttons for the audio system, Bluetooth and cruise-control.  Framed by two air-vents, the audio/navigation system in my test Beetle is optimally located in your field of vision on the dashboard.  Within easy reach, the climate controls are situated just below.  Similar to the original Beetle, the new car has an extra glovebox integrated into the upper dashboard-the kaeferfach or ‘Beetle bin’.  The lid folds upward, while the standard glovebox opens downward.  Even though the ‘cathedral ceiling’ dome roof of the new Beetle has been replaced with a sleek and sporty roofline, front and rear passenger headroom remains plentiful.  The longer roof section results in 0.4 inches more rear-seat headroom.  Front legroom is improved also, by 1.9 inches, and front shoulder room grows by 2.5 inches.

My test Beetle convertible came equipped with the awesome Fender system with its concert-quality audio.  It is the result of Panasonic speaker technology which cuts through noise and its dual-voice coil speakers that faithfully reproduce the sound of a live performance.  The sound system consists of a 10-channel amplifier making 400-watts of power, to four Fender Deluxe tweeters, two Fender Twin speakers, two Fender rear speakers and one Fender Bassman subwoofer in the trunk.  This unique sound system is a pleasure to listen to with the top open or closed.

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Standard equipment not mentioned above include one touch up/down windows/door locks, dual cup holder/storage bin up front with a single cupholder in the rear, storage pockets in the door, keyless entry with push-button start/stop, leather-wrapped shifter surround by a chrome bezel, AM-FM-CD/MP3/Sirius satellite radio with iPod input jack, A/C, trip computer, dual map lights and front/rear floor mats.

Standard safety features include three-point safety belts for four seats with front pretensioners/load limiters, two rollover bars are concealed behind the rear bench seatback activated by the computer that deploys the airbags in the case of a crash, front and head-thorax airbags, steel beams in each door, front and rear crumple zones.

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Classy and classic, more dynamic, more powerful, more convenient with the latest in infotainment systems to keep you in touch as you drive with the sun in your face and the wind in your hair.  It’s pure fun!  Prices start at $24,995.00.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base VW Beetle Convertible 2.5 $24,995
  • Fuel tank: 14.5 gallons
  • Turning circle: 35.4 ft.
  • Passenger volume: 81.4 cu.ft.
  • Cargo volume: 7.1 cu.ft.
  • Headroom: f/r-39.3/37.6 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-41.3/31.4 inches
  • Wheelbase: 100 inches
  • Track: f/r-62.1/61.2 inches
  • Total length: 168.4 inches
  • Total width: 71.2 inches
  • Total height: 56 inches
  • Ground clearance: 5.6 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,206 pounds


Volkswagen To Debut Mk VII GTI In Geneva 27
Feb
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Volkswagen GTI, auto show, Automotive, Geneva Auto Show, Kurt, News, Volkswagen on 02 27th, 2013
The Mk VII VW GTI, in European trim - image: Volkswagen
The Mk VII VW GTI, in European trim - image: Volkswagen

The Mk VII VW GTI, in European trim – image: Volkswagen

If you’re a fan of hot hatchbacks, here’s some good news: the world will see the introduction of the Mk VII VW GTI at the Geneva Motor Show, with European sales beginning this May.

Buyers across the pond can opt for the “normal” 2.0-liter engine, which will make 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, or they can check the box next to the “Performance Pack” option which bumps output to 230 hp. The Performance Pack also includes bigger brakes and a torque-sensing limited-slip differential, and we’re fairly certain that Volkswagen will allow less-litigation-happy European customers the ability to deactivate the stability control system for track day fun.

The Mk VII VW GTI, in European trim - image: Volkswagen

The Mk VII VW GTI, in European trim – image: Volkswagen

The GTI will again be offered with a six-speed manual transmission or the six-speed, dual-clutch DSG unit. Either is a superb choice, and it really comes down to how much of a purist the buyer is. The six-speed manual will return better fuel economy, but the DSG gearbox will result in quicker lap times.

The Mk VII VW GTI, in European trim - image: Volkswagen

The Mk VII VW GTI, in European trim – image: Volkswagen

Outside, the new GTI’s sleeker styling is enhanced by narrower headlights and taillights, 17-inch “Brooklyn” wheels (though 18-inch wheels will probably be offered here) and a body kit that includes side skirts, a roof spoiler and a rear diffuser. Inside, plaid cloth is back on base models (and that’s a good thing), but it looks like VW has modified what used to be the best steering wheel in the entire automotive industry. Look for the new GTI to get red accent stitching, a unique instrument cluster and stainless steel pedals, too.

The Mk VII VW GTI, in European trim - image: Volkswagen

The Mk VII VW GTI, in European trim – image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen claims a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 153 mph on standard models, with the Performance Pack shaving 1/10 of a second to 60 mph and adding 2 mph to the top speed. While these are European specifications, you can likely expect similar performance from U.S. spec cars.

The Mk VII VW GTI, in European trim - image: Volkswagen

The Mk VII VW GTI, in European trim – image: Volkswagen

And that’s where the bad news comes in. Since VW will build North America GTIs in Mexico, we’ve still got a while to wait on these shores. There’s no definitive word on when the new GTI will go on sale here, but we expect it won’t hit U.S. dealers before 2014.



Volkswagen To Debut New Golf GTD In Geneva 21
Feb
Posted by Kurt Ernst in auto show, Automotive, Geneva Motor Show, Kurt, News, Volkswagen, Volkswagen GTD on 02 21st, 2013
Volkswagen Golf GTD - image: Volkswagen
Volkswagen Golf GTD - image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf GTD – image: Volkswagen

Do you love the performance of the Volkswagen GTI, but long for the fuel efficiency of the Golf TDI? Would you shop a car that gives you the GTI’s nimble handling, while serving up fuel economy of up to 56 mpg combined in Euro-cycle testing? If you answered yes to these questions, we have good news (of sorts) for you: Volkswagen will debut the new Golf GTD at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.

Popular in Europe, the Golf GTD is the offspring of a GTI and a Golf TDI. Its 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine produces 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, which is good enough to get the car from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 143 mph. That’s on par with the gasoline-powered GTI, which makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque to yield a a comparable 7.3 second run from 0-60 mph.

Volkswagen Golf GTD - image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf GTD – image: Volkswagen

Its fuel economy, however, is closer to the Golf TDI’s numbers of 34 mpg combined (30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway). Since Euro cycle testing differs dramatically from our own EPA testing regimen, we can expect to see the GTD get a combined rating in the neighborhood of 39 mpg, if it’s sold here.

Volkswagen Golf GTD - image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf GTD – image: Volkswagen

The GTD borrows from the GTI’s good looks, too. Outside, it wears a lowered suspension with unique 17-inch wheels, side skirts, a rear spoiler and smoked LED taillights. Inside, it gets “Clark” plaid upholstery, a model specific instrument cluster, a black headliner, stainless steel pedals and a sport steering wheel (shared with the GTI) that we think is the best on the market, bar none.

For now, the GTD is forbidden fruit, available to customers across the pond only, beginning in June. Will we see it on this side of the Atlantic? The answer, for now anyway, is “we certainly hope so.”



2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR Is Retro ‘Schnell’ 7
Feb
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR, auto show, Automotive, Chicago Auto Show, Kurt, News, Volkswagen on 02 7th, 2013
2014 VW Beetle GSR - image: Volkswagen
2014 VW Beetle GSR - image: Volkswagen

2014 VW Beetle GSR – image: Volkswagen

While the original Volkswagen Beetle isn’t a car that most people associate with speed or driving excitement, VW still built the car in several popular limited editions. In 1972, the German automaker released a special-edition Beetle called the “Gelb-Schwartz Renner” (Yellow-Black Racer), or simply the Beetle GSR. Production was limited to just 3,500 units, and sales were restricted to Germany; in two months, the edition was sold out.

At this week’s Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen is introducing a new Beetle GSR, based on the 2014 VW Beetle Turbo in Sunroof and Sound trim. The GSR package gets buyers a 10 horsepower bump in output (to 210 hp), 19-inch “Tornado” aluminum wheels, a gauge package with clock, stopwatch and boost pressure readouts and R-Line bumpers.

2014 VW Beetle GSR - image: Volkswagen

2014 VW Beetle GSR – image: Volkswagen

As you’d guess, the GSR wears yellow paint accented with black, and the same color theme spills over into the interior. Black leather seats are trimmed with yellow accent stitching, and the handbrake lever gets the same detailing. A steering-wheel mounted emblem identifies the car as one of just 3,500 built, same as with the original Beetle GSR.

2014 VW Beetle GSR - image: Volkswagen

2014 VW Beetle GSR – image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen says the 2014 Beetle GSR is capable of a 0-60 mph time of 6.6 seconds, which is quite an improvement on the original’s 0-60 mph time of around 19 seconds. If you want more thrust, higher output is just a phone call to your local APR dealer away.

2014 VW Beetle GSR

Unlike the original, the U.S. will get production of this GSR variant (though not all 3,500). Look for pricing to be published closer to the car’s third-quarter 2013 introduction.



Volkswagen “Gets Happy” With New Beetle Super Bowl XLVII Commercial: Video 28
Jan
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Editorial, Super Bowl, Super Bowl Ads, Superbowl Commercial, video, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Beetle on 01 28th, 2013
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With Automotive manufacturers now making up nearly a majority of Super Bowl commercials, there is no shortage of laughs and complete silliness when it comes to marketing their latest and greatest automobile. Thanks to Volkswagen, there is just one more ‘off the scale’ Super Bowl commercial to get all giddy about in the new “Get Happy” VW Game-Day commercial featuring the all-new Beetle below. Though you may not fully understand the commercial at first, it will surely get your attention while you are enjoying the big game come this Sunday.



Volkswagen “Gets Happy” With New Beetle Super Bowl XLVII Commercial: Video 28
Jan
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Editorial, Super Bowl, Super Bowl Ads, Superbowl Commercial, video, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Beetle on 01 28th, 2013
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With Automotive manufacturers now making up nearly a majority of Super Bowl commercials, there is no shortage of laughs and complete silliness when it comes to marketing their latest and greatest automobile. Thanks to Volkswagen, there is just one more ‘off the scale’ Super Bowl commercial to get all giddy about in the new “Get Happy” VW Game-Day commercial featuring the all-new Beetle below. Though you may not fully understand the commercial at first, it will surely get your attention while you are enjoying the big game come this Sunday.



Seven-passenger VW Taigun CUV 31
Dec
Posted by admin in Concept Cars, crossover, Design/Style, Misc. Auto Shows, Passenger Cars, South America, Volkswagen, VOLKSWAGEN, VW, World Cars on 12 31st, 2012

Seven-passenger VW CUV last week, we also mentioned the possibility of a new sub-Tiguan crossover, and we may have gotten our first look at such a vehicle courtesy of this Volkswagen Taigun Concept that is debuting at the São Paulo motor show.

VW shows Taigun small CUV

Although the Taigun Concept suggests that VW has all but given up on imbuing its new vehicles with comprehensible names, this new softroader also looks to balance practicality and fuel economy. With a slightly smaller footprint than the current Golf, the Taigun actually has more interior space (including more front headroom), but it’s the powertrain that could really make this B-segment CUV standout if it sees production. Using a small gasoline 1.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged three-cylinder under the hood, the Taigun Concept still has pretty respectable small car numbers, generating 108 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. However, the true beauty of this engine is that VW puts its fuel economy numbers at 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers – around 50 miles per gallon on the EU cycle.

Even the styling of the Taigun shows that VW’s current design language looks good on just about any size, with its boxy shape and short overhangs, but the automaker says that it is using Brazil’s emerging auto show to gauge interest for such a vehicle before making any decisions as to whether or not to put it into production.



Volkswagen brings Buggy Up! concept 22
Dec
Posted by admin in Buggy Up, Concept Cars, convertible, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Off-Road, Passenger Cars, Volkswagen, VOLKSWAGEN, VW on 12 22nd, 2012

Typically an automaker releases information on its latest concept cars. But when you get this Volkswagen have a few surprises up its sleeve that were neither previewed beforehand nor unveiled at the VW Group event the night before the Messe opened its doors to the gathered press.

Volkswagen brings Buggy Up! concept

Not only did Volkswagen unveil the new production Up! city car, it also showcased a whole mess of Up-based concept cars as well. Drawing its inspiration from the iconic Meyers Manx and other such Beetle-based beach buggies, the Buggy Up! concept takes the new urban hatchback’s mechanical bits and covers them in a new shape that has no doors. Instead, there’s a waterproof cockpit with two neoprene bucket seats, drain holes, a grab-handle for the passenger, a removable infotainment module and a fabric roof. The hatchback, meanwhile, has been replaced with a trunklid that splits to fold up and down for easy access.



Volkswagen Shows Off The Golf R Convertible: Video 21
Dec
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, video, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet on 12 21st, 2012

At Volkswagen’s Wörthersee uber-fest in 2011, the automaker wowed gathered fans by showing off a topless Golf R concept. Reception was so positive that VW made the decision to put the car into production, and it’s due to make its world premier at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Those of us on this side of the Atlantic shouldn’t get too excited, as it’s highly unlikely the car will land on these shores. Blame VW’s strategy of emphasizing the new Beetle as its primary convertible, coupled with the relatively low demand for hard-top Golf R models. Still, we’d bet this topless Golf R would be serious fun on the right roads, in the right weather. Like Volkswagen says, adrenaline now comes in open top form.

VW isn’t releasing details on the Golf R Cabriolet just yet, but we’d expect it to come with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter engine used in the standard Golf R. That’s good for 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, and it comes bolted only to a six-speed manual transmission. The stock Golf R can reel off 0-60 runs in just over six seconds (before you have it tuned, that is), and we’d guess that the cabriolet will add a few pounds and a few tenths to this time.

Expect more details as we get closer to the Geneva show, scheduled for March 7-17, 2013.







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