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VW Arteon Makes Drag Racing Debut Against BMW 5er In Confusing Manner 23
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, video, VW, VW Arteon, VW Videos on 11 23rd, 2017


Going head to head in this standing start drag race is a VW Arteon R-Line powered by a 2.0-liter engine, and an old BMW 5-Series F10, powered by a 3.0-liter petrol unit.

Unfortunately that’s all the information we get as we’re left to interpret exactly what cars are being raced against each other.

Now, since this event takes place somewhere in Eastern Europe, we can safely assume that the 3.0-liter petrol-powered 5-Series is either a 535i (less likely), a 530i, a 528i or a 523i. Meanwhile, the Arteon is either the 280 PS flagship or the 190 PS TSI model.

Another way to figure out which versions we’re looking at is by interpreting the results. Without giving anything away, we’ll say that if the Arteon is indeed the 280 PS turbocharged model, then that F10 5-Series can only be a 530i (272 PS) or a 528i (258 PS).

If it’s the 190 PS Arteon, then the presence of a 523i (204 PS) could also explain the outcome of the race if you factor in how the F10 BMW 5-Series is a slightly heavier car than the much-newer VW Arteon.

Note: Best to turn the volume down on your speakers for this one. The race was filmed with an extremely noisy drone

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VW Arteon Makes Drag Racing Debut Against BMW 5er In Confusing Manner 23
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, video, VW, VW Arteon, VW Videos on 11 23rd, 2017


Going head to head in this standing start drag race is a VW Arteon R-Line powered by a 2.0-liter engine, and an old BMW 5-Series F10, powered by a 3.0-liter petrol unit.

Unfortunately that’s all the information we get as we’re left to interpret exactly what cars are being raced against each other.

Now, since this event takes place somewhere in Eastern Europe, we can safely assume that the 3.0-liter petrol-powered 5-Series is either a 535i (less likely), a 530i, a 528i or a 523i. Meanwhile, the Arteon is either the 280 PS flagship or the 190 PS TSI model.

Another way to figure out which versions we’re looking at is by interpreting the results. Without giving anything away, we’ll say that if the Arteon is indeed the 280 PS turbocharged model, then that F10 5-Series can only be a 530i (272 PS) or a 528i (258 PS).

If it’s the 190 PS Arteon, then the presence of a 523i (204 PS) could also explain the outcome of the race if you factor in how the F10 BMW 5-Series is a slightly heavier car than the much-newer VW Arteon.

Note: Best to turn the volume down on your speakers for this one. The race was filmed with an extremely noisy drone

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Flower Power VW Microbus Could Fetch More Than $200,000 At Auction 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in auction, Classics, Galleries, used cars, VW, VW Microbus on 11 23rd, 2017


There are a few good reasons as to why this Volkswagen Microbus Deluxe could sell for more than the price of a new Audi R8 V10 Plus.

First, it’s the highly-collectible 23-window version equipped with the canvas ‘Samba’ sunroof and other options, and second, it was fully restored to its factory specification using all original parts.

Clearly, the restorer has paid lots of attention to detail, as the Microbus features a gorgeous two-tone paint job, correct wheels and tires, leather seats, speedometer in miles-per-hour, and basic yet cozy cabin that can take up to 8 passengers alongside the driver.

All of these, combined helped it win various West Coast concours events, including the Hillsborough in 2014, and it also brought it various awards at every event it entered.

Details surrounding its exact mileage haven’t been released by RMSothebys, which have the classic listed for their New York City auction, which will take place on December 6.

However, they do say that it was originally shipped to Los Angeles, California, back in 1960, and that it’s offered with a proper tool roll, a classic Volkswagen logo ignition key, and another key used to open the engine and gas doors.

The Microbus will be offered without reserve, though the auction house estimates it will fetch between $150,000 and $225,000.

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VW Tiguan Accessories Concept Is For The Dogs 22
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, VW, VW Concepts, VW Tiguan on 11 22nd, 2017


Volkswagen has unveiled the new Tiguan Accessories concept at the Wags, Wheels and Waffles charity event in California.

Since the event is focused on raising funds to help find homes for rescued animals, the Tiguan Accessories concept is an pet-friendly crossover which is based on the seven-seat Tiguan SEL Premium.

Starting with the exterior, the concept has been equipped with 19-inch Victoria Falls wheels which have a custom anthracite gray finish. The crossover also features an Urban Loader cargo box which can hold up to 17.7 cubic feet (501.2 liters) of luggage. Rounding out the exterior changes are aluminum side steps and side window deflectors.

Volkswagen didn’t release interior photos but the company said the concept has all-season floor mats, custom seat covers, and a Kurgo Tru-Fit dog car harness. There’s also a heavy-duty trunk liner and a WeatherTech PetSTEP ramp. Last but not least, the model has a universal tablet mount in the second row that can be used to hold a variety of tablets.

The concept is powered by a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder engine that produces 184 hp (137 kW) and 221 lb-ft (299 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

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VW Amarok Gains Cheaper Three-Pedal Option For Manual-Labor Fans 21
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in new cars, Trucks, UK, VW, VW Amarok on 11 21st, 2017


Volkswagen UK has expanded the Amarok range with the addition of a cheaper manual gearbox option in combination with the 201hp diesel engine.

This brings down the entry price of the VW Amarok by over £650 to £25,600 (excluding VAT and other fees). The new base model is available in Trendline trim and selectable all-wheel drive system.

The new manual VW Amarok remains rear-driven until the driver decides to engage the front axle at the touch of a button. The manual gearbox also enabled VW to add a low-range option too, which allows the German pickup truck to perform better off-road.

The 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine produces 201hp (204PS) between 3,000 and 4,500rpm, as well as a maximum torque of 368lb-ft (500Nm) between 1,250 and 2,750rpm. Fuel economy is a combined 32.5mpg UK while CO2 emissions are rated at 229g/km.

The addition of a manual gearbox also made the Amarok a bit quicker off the line, with 0-62mph (100km/h) coming in 8.4 seconds against the 9.1 of the automatic counterpart while top speed is set at 119mph.

Volkswagen UK will also add an even cheaper manual Amarok to the range with a 163PS diesel engine early next year. First deliveries of the new manual Amarok V6 are expected in February 2018.

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850HP Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 Is Pure Madness On Wheels 19
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Drag-Racing, tuning, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 11 19th, 2017


The hot hatch kings, namely the Audi RS3 Sportback and Mercedes-AMG A45, pale next to this heavily tuned sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf R.

To explain just how powerful it is, one would need to throw in a modern day supercar to challenge it, and even then, there’s a good chance that the German hot hatch would come out on top.

Filmed during a Race1000 event in Germany, which has brought forward several magnificent machines over these past few months, this Golf R is said to pack as much as 850 horsepower. Its stock 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was reportedly swapped with a 3.6-liter bi-turbo unit, and it appears that it’s also fitted with additional upgrades, including a tuned suspension and improved brakes.

Its owner added a roll cage and a pair of bucket seats inside, but except for these, the rest of the car appears to be untouched.

The tuned Golf R was raced against the clock during the event, and it eventually ran down the half mile in 17 seconds, at a top speed of 255km/h (155mph).

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2018 VW Virtus Is A Polo Sedan For South America 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Brazil, new cars, South America, VW, VW Polo, VW Virtus on 11 17th, 2017


After a number of leaks and a revealing teaser, the 2018 VW Virtus has just premiered in Brazil.

Essentially a sedan version of the Polo that will be sold exclusively in South America, the Virtus will directly rival the likes of the Honda City, Toyota Yaris Sedan, Fiat Cronos and Chevrolet Prisma.

Like the Polo, the 2018 Virtus is underpinned by the carmaker’s MQB-A0 platform and should be available with the same selection of powertrains. As it stands, VW’s South American arm has confirmed just one model, the 200 TSI. It utilizes a 1.0-liter TSI three-cylinder turbo engine delivering 128 hp with ethanol and 115 hp with petrol. Both fuels deliver the same 147 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 9.9 seconds and a 194 km/h (120 mph) top speed. Additional variants are expected to be announced shortly.

As expected, the exterior design of the Virtus is a mish-mash of the Polo hatch at the front and the Jetta sedan at the rear. More impressively, the sedan’s interior utilizes a 10.25-inch screen for the gauge cluster and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirrorlink.

Discussing the car, President and chief executive of Volkswagen South America Region and Brazil, Pable Di So, said the Virtus is an important model in the brand’s updated local range.

“We are advancing in South America – and are renewing our model range in Brazil step-by-step. Following the presentation of the new Volkswagen Polo a few weeks ago, the Virtus is a further key element in our drive to take Volkswagen back to the lead in the region.”

Prices have yet to be announced.

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Volkswagen To Invest $12 Billion For EVs In China 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Reports, VW on 11 16th, 2017


Volkswagen has announced that it will invest over 10 billion euros ($12 billion) on a fleet of new-energy vehicles in China.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, VW China head Jochem Heizmann revealed that by 2025, the investments will result in the introduction of 40 locally-produced vehicles, created in collaboration with local joint venture Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motor).

Bloomberg reports that VW intends on introducing 15 models based on its MQB platform while the remaining vehicles will use a selection of new platforms.

The automaker’s ambitious China plans come just a couple of months after the country revealed its cap-and-trade policy. These new regulations will require automakers to obtain a new-energy vehicle score (zero- and low-emission vehicles) of at least 10 per cent in 2019 and rising to 12 per cent in 2020.

According to Heizmann, the selection of new vehicles will allow VW to meet these requirements. However, he admitted that it will be difficult to achieve a fleet-wide average fuel consumption level of 5 liters per 100 km (62 miles) in China by 2020.

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Volkswagen To Invest $12 Billion For EVs In China 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Reports, VW on 11 16th, 2017


Volkswagen has announced that it will invest over 10 billion euros ($12 billion) on a fleet of new-energy vehicles in China.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, VW China head Jochem Heizmann revealed that by 2025, the investments will result in the introduction of 40 locally-produced vehicles, created in collaboration with local joint venture Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motor).

Bloomberg reports that VW intends on introducing 15 models based on its MQB platform while the remaining vehicles will use a selection of new platforms.

The automaker’s ambitious China plans come just a couple of months after the country revealed its cap-and-trade policy. These new regulations will require automakers to obtain a new-energy vehicle score (zero- and low-emission vehicles) of at least 10 per cent in 2019 and rising to 12 per cent in 2020.

According to Heizmann, the selection of new vehicles will allow VW to meet these requirements. However, he admitted that it will be difficult to achieve a fleet-wide average fuel consumption level of 5 liters per 100 km (62 miles) in China by 2020.

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We Wouldn’t Be Surprised If Some Tuner Made A VW Amarok 6×6 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Renderings, VW, VW Amarok on 11 15th, 2017


The Volkswagen Amarok remained largely the same from its introduction in 2010 right up until last year, when it received an update for the 2017MY, but what would make it even more special?

An all-new second generation is the obvious answer, although this probably won’t appear any time soon. How about a six-wheel version in the likes of the Mercedes-AMG 6×6, Kahn Flying Huntsman 6×6 and Hennessey’s new VelociRaptor 6×6?

Needless to say, Volkswagen aren’t even contemplating such a project (at least as far as we know), but if they did, then it would probably look close to this rendering posted by Spdesignsest, which gets not only an additional axle at the rear, but also widened fenders, roof-mounted off-road lights and some other touches.

The artist has also given the Touareg 6×6 a ‘V8’ badge on the grille, which could remind some of MTM’s Amarok V8 Passion Desert and its tuned 4.2-liter TDI V8 that makes 410hp and 930Nm (685lb-ft) of torque.

However, the new 4.0-liter TDI that debuted in the Audi SQ7 would be a stronger candidate, as it makes 429hp and 900Nm (664lb-ft) of torque, and also gets the world’s first electric powered compressor, thus eliminating turbo lag.

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VW Confirms New South American SUV And $653M Plant Investment 13
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, South America, SUV, VW on 11 13th, 2017


Volkswagen has announced a 560 million-euro ($653 million) investment that will lead to the creation of a new SUV for the South American market.

In the coming five years, the investment will be made at the firm’s Pacheco, Argentina production facility. Construction of the new SUV is expected to commence in 2020.

In a statement, Volkswagen revealed that the SUV will be based on its MQB architecture aimed specifically at suiting the requirements and desires of customers across South America. No confirmation has been provided as to what powertrains will be on offer to customers but early reports cite a 1.4-liter TSI and 1.5-liter TSI with cylinder deactivation as two likely candidates.

“We are laying the foundations for the brand’s growth on international markets with Volkswagen’s Transform 2025+ strategy,” VW brand chief executive Herbert Diess said. “South America and Argentina play an important role in this regard. Key elements of the growth strategy are the biggest model offensive in the history of the brand and the systematic regionalization of our business.”

The new SUV will be one of 20 new models set to be introduced by VW before the end of the decade.

Note: VW T-Prime Concept GTE pictured

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VW Up! Slated To Go EV Only, Could Gain Crossover Variant 11
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Seat, Seat Mii, Skoda, Skoda Citigo, VW, VW Up on 11 11th, 2017


Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Volkswagen was considering pulling the plug on the pint-sized Up!. However, it appears the model might have been given a reprieve.

Automobile is reporting the company was initially considering more exciting variants based on the existing PQ architecture or transitioning the model to the newer MQB platform. Volkswagen’s passenger car boss, Dr. Herbert Diess, reportedly rejected both ideas as he thought the first plan would just result in the status quo while the MQB route would simply be too expensive.

Instead, the executive reportedly suggested an alternative which would see the Up! and its siblings become available exclusively as electric vehicles. The new models will reportedly be positioned as a Smart competitor and be loosely based on the existing e-Up!.

The decision to base the model on the existing EV will cut costs and the car will reportedly benefit from knowledge learned during the development of the MEB platform that will underpin models such as the ID Buzz, ID Crozz, and ID Hatch.

Both three- and five-door models are expected to return and they could eventually be joined by a crossover-inspired variant.

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Next VW Beetle To Be Reinvented As An Electric Rear-Drive Model 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Reports, VW, VW Beetle on 11 10th, 2017


Volkswagen is thinking about reintroducing the iconic Beetle to the public as a battery-electric rear-wheel drive model based on their MEB platform, according to the company’s chairman Herbert Diess.

If the project gets the green light, the new Beetle EV will be a sister model to the upcoming electric VW Bus that was previewed by the ID Buzz concept at the last Detroit Motor Show.

So far the idea of an electric Beetle is still a proposal among others that are planned to be put before VW’s board members but the odds look pretty good. “The next decision on electric cars will be what kind of emotional concepts we need,” said Diess to Autocar.

“If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive,” he adds. Having the electric-only MEB platform also makes it a lot easier for VW to build one. “We have a very flexible platform. We can do nice things: rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive.”

VW’s first battery-electric model, which was previewed by the ID hatchback concept last year, will also come with a rear-drive, rear-engine layout, utilizing a 168hp electric motor that’s mounted within the rear axle assembly.

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Ferdinand Piëch Gives Up Most His Stake In Porsche SE, Will Resign From Board In December 9
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in porsche, Reports, VW on 11 9th, 2017


Ferdinand Piëch resigned as Volkswagen Group chairman following a power struggle in 2015 but he remained a powerful force behind the scenes as he retained a 14.7 percent stake in Porsche Automobil Holding SE which controls Volkswagen.

However, the automotive icon is finally relinquishing control as Porsche SE has announced the Piëch and Porsche families have successfully completed a “change in the shareholder structures within the family as agreed contractually in April of this year.”

As part of this change, a number of foundations tied to Ferdinand Piëch have “assigned the major part of their indirectly held ordinary voting shares in Porsche Automobil Holding SE to other members of the Porsche and Piëch families.” Ferdinand Piëch also agreed to resign from the Supervisory Board of Porsche SE on December 8th.

The news is likely a bittersweet moment for Piëch as he was instrumental in transforming Volkswagen and Audi into the automakers they are today. The company was also extremely important to him as Automotive News Europe noted he one said the three most important things in his life were “Volkswagen, family, and money – in that order.”

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New Performance Pack For 2018 VW Golf R Pushes Top Speed Up To 168MPH 9
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, UK, VW, VW Golf R on 11 9th, 2017


Volkswagen has launched a new Performance Pack for the UK market 2018 Golf R, which not only de-restricts top speed, but also shaves some pounds and adds a few extras.

Available as an option for the DSG versions of the Golf R hatch and estate, it includes an upgraded braking system that shaves 2 kilograms (4.4 lbs), 19-inch Spielberg alloy wheels that replace the stock 18-inch Cadiz rims, and in the case of the hatch, a new tailgate-mounted spoiler.

Moreover, specifying the Performance Pack to the latest iteration Volkswagen Golf R means that top speed will increase in both hatch and wagon variants of the vehicle, from 155mph (250km/h), to 166mph (267km/h) and 168mph (270km/h), respectively.

Pricing of the Performance Pack stars at £2,300 ($3,020) in the United Kingdom, where the Golf R can be had from £32,710 ($42,949) with a manual or £33,995 ($44,636) with an automatic gearbox, and the Estate costs at least £35,700 ($46,875) and comes exclusively with a DSG transmission.

Customers looking for an additional extra can select the new exhaust system that complements the Pack. Developed by Akrapovic, it costs £2,975 ($3,906) and drops another 7kg or 15.4 lbs. It features round tailpipes rather than oval, and valve control technology that’s said to enhance the deep sound of the car.

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