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VW T-Cross Small SUV Coming This Year, Could Debut At The Paris Auto Show 20
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, Paris Auto Show, PHEV, Reports, SUV, VW on 01 20th, 2018


Following the introduction of the T-Roc last year, Volkswagen is now putting the final touches on an even smaller crossover, called the T-Cross.
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It’s Official: 2019 VW Golf Mk8 Entering Production June Next Year 19
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Geneva Motor Show, Reports, VW, VW Golf on 01 19th, 2018


Volkswagen has revealed that the eighth-generation Golf will roll off the assembly lines at the Wolfsburg plant in 75 weeks from now.
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It’s Official: 2019 VW Golf Mk8 Entering Production June Next Year 19
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Geneva Motor Show, Reports, VW, VW Golf on 01 19th, 2018


Volkswagen has revealed that the eighth-generation Golf will roll off the assembly lines at the Wolfsburg plant in 75 weeks from now.
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Here’s A Good Guess At What The New VW Jetta GLI Will Look Like 19
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Renderings, VW, VW Jetta on 01 19th, 2018


Volkswagen took the wraps off the all-new Jetta in Detroit this week. And that's all well and fine, but what enthusiasts want to know is what the performance variant will look like. And this is probably pretty close.
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2018 VW Golf R: Too User-Friendly For Its Own Good? 18
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, reviews, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 01 18th, 2018

Most motoring enthusiasts have always favored the Volkswagen Golf GTI over the competition, but in recent years the ante has been upped considerably to the point that 300 horsepower is now the admission ticket to the super hatch niche.

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VW Up! GTI Comes To The UK With A Starting Price Of £13,750 18
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, VW, VW Up on 01 18th, 2018


Volkswagen UK will start taking orders for their smallest hot hatch, the Up! GTI from February 6.
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VW Welcomes New Amarok Limited Edition To The Dark (Label) Side 18
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, UK, VW, VW Amarok on 01 18th, 2018


Volkswagen wants to get on the luxury band-wagon (Mercedes-Benz X-Class, we're talking about you) with a special edition of the Amarok named Dark Label.
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2018 VW Atlas Models Get Price Bump 17
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in prices, Reports, VW, VW Atlas on 01 17th, 2018


After making the Tiguan more affordable in the United States last week, Volkswagen has now done the exact opposite to the larger Atlas.
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2018 VW Passat GT Combines Sportier Styling With 280HP V6 For Under $30k 16
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, VW, VW Passat on 01 16th, 2018


An all-new Volkswagen Passat is coming to North America in 2019 but the company isn’t going to let the outgoing model sit idly by so they have introduced the new Passat GT.

Previewed by a concept at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the production model features a host of styling tweaks that give the family sedan a sportier appearance. The model is based on the Passat R-Line and features a honeycomb grille which sits between LED headlights. A closer inspection reveals black accents, a rear spoiler, and 19-inch alloy wheels with cover red brake calipers.

Since the model is living on borrowed time, interior changes are relatively minor and include black leatherette seats with Moonrock Gray inserts. Other touches include carbon fiber optic trim, piano black accents, and aluminum scuff plates with GT badging. The model also comes equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a 6.3-inch infotainment system.

Despite the sporty styling cues, the Passat GT is more show than added go. It features a sport-tuned suspension but the 3.6-liter VR6 engine carries over and continues to produce 280 hp (208 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. Volkswagen declined to release acceleration times but said the model has a six-speed automatic transmission which allows the sedan to return an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.

Pricing starts at $29,090 and the model is slated to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of 2018.

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2018 VW Passat GT Combines Sportier Styling With 280HP V6 For Under $30k 16
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, VW, VW Passat on 01 16th, 2018


An all-new Volkswagen Passat is coming to North America in 2019 but the company isn’t going to let the outgoing model sit idly by so they have introduced the new Passat GT.

Previewed by a concept at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the production model features a host of styling tweaks that give the family sedan a sportier appearance. The model is based on the Passat R-Line and features a honeycomb grille which sits between LED headlights. A closer inspection reveals black accents, a rear spoiler, and 19-inch alloy wheels with cover red brake calipers.

Since the model is living on borrowed time, interior changes are relatively minor and include black leatherette seats with Moonrock Gray inserts. Other touches include carbon fiber optic trim, piano black accents, and aluminum scuff plates with GT badging. The model also comes equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a 6.3-inch infotainment system.

Despite the sporty styling cues, the Passat GT is more show than added go. It features a sport-tuned suspension but the 3.6-liter VR6 engine carries over and continues to produce 280 hp (208 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. Volkswagen declined to release acceleration times but said the model has a six-speed automatic transmission which allows the sedan to return an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.

Pricing starts at $29,090 and the model is slated to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of 2018.

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For $100 Less, VW’s New Jetta Gives You More Room, Tech And MQB Platform 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, VW, VW Jetta on 01 15th, 2018


Volkswagen has updated all of cars in its US lineup except for the Passat, which continues to be offered with the same outdated styling and platform since 2011.

Now, consumers can opt for the bigger and more modern in many ways Jetta, which unlike its North American Passat sibling, rides on the VW Group’s lauded MQB architecture that underpins a boat load of models, including several Audis.

Presented in front of the international media at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Jetta has a larger footprint riding on a 105.7 inch wheelbase (vs 104.4 before), more attractive styling on the outside, and a modern cabin that offers pretty much everything one would want from a car in this class, including a digital display instead of the analogue dials on better-equipped models.

Motivation comes from the same 1.4-liter four-banger of its predecessor, which continues to develop 148hp (150PS) and 184lb-ft (249Nm) of torque, married to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. Those who would rather have an automatic will be glad to know that a new and more efficient 8-speed unit replaces the old 6-speed DSG.

By sharing its platform with the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3, and TT models, the new Jetta has the potential to offer some excitement on the road with the right (powerful) engine and chassis tune, though we’ll have to wait for a higher performance model.

For now, US consumers should know that the order books for the new Jetta will open this spring. Prices will start from $18,545 without the destination charge, which makes it $100 more affordable than its predecessor, and $4,450 more economic than the slightly larger Passat.

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VW Confirms All-New North American Passat For 2019 15
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, VW, VW Arteon, VW Passat on 01 15th, 2018


Volkswagen has used the North American International Auto Show to reveal major investments in the United States and its goal to become a major player in one of the most important automotive markets in the world.

Speaking in Detroit, Volkswagen brand boss Dr. Herbert Diess said “By 2020, we will offer at least two new U.S. models annually, covering key segments in the United States.” Besides the all-new Jetta, the company will introduce will introduce the Arteon later this year. It will be followed by the redesigned Passat in 2019 and two crossovers based on the MQB platform.

Volkswagen’s MEB-based electric vehicle will arrive in the United States in 2020. It will be a crossover and it will pave the way for future electric vehicles.

2020 is also the year that Volkswagen hopes to “break-even” in the North American market. This is an uphill battle so the automaker will invest more than $3.3 billion into North America over the next three years. Approximately $1.2 billion of this will go directly toward projects in the United States.

Volkswagen even talked about the elephant in the room, the dieselgate scandal, by saying the company has made “considerable progress” in dealing with the issue and has retrofitted or bought back more than 80 percent of the 540,000 vehicles affected by the emissions cheating scandal.

Note: Current generation Passat pictured

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VW Confirms All-New North American Passat For 2019 15
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, VW, VW Arteon, VW Passat on 01 15th, 2018


Volkswagen has used the North American International Auto Show to reveal major investments in the United States and its goal to become a major player in one of the most important automotive markets in the world.

Speaking in Detroit, Volkswagen brand boss Dr. Herbert Diess said “By 2020, we will offer at least two new U.S. models annually, covering key segments in the United States.” Besides the all-new Jetta, the company will introduce will introduce the Arteon later this year. It will be followed by the redesigned Passat in 2019 and two crossovers based on the MQB platform.

Volkswagen’s MEB-based electric vehicle will arrive in the United States in 2020. It will be a crossover and it will pave the way for future electric vehicles.

2020 is also the year that Volkswagen hopes to “break-even” in the North American market. This is an uphill battle so the automaker will invest more than $3.3 billion into North America over the next three years. Approximately $1.2 billion of this will go directly toward projects in the United States.

Volkswagen even talked about the elephant in the room, the dieselgate scandal, by saying the company has made “considerable progress” in dealing with the issue and has retrofitted or bought back more than 80 percent of the 540,000 vehicles affected by the emissions cheating scandal.

Note: Current generation Passat pictured

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A New VW Jetta Arrives To Win You Back After Dieselgate 15
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, MQB, new cars, VW, VW Jetta on 01 15th, 2018


The Volkswagen Jetta is one of the automaker’s most successful vehicles in the brand’s lineup and the new one carries a rap sheet that’s better in every single way. The 2019 Jetta made its debut today at the Detroit Auto Show and the vehicle sports some upgrades that should increase its popularity.

The seventh-generation of the Jetta now sits on VW’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, which gives the sedan better everything, claims the automaker: more interior space, better fuel-efficiency figures, the ability to wear a more modern design, and the opportunity to tack on more high-tech features.

On the outside, the 2019 Jetta sports a look that’s not as mundane as the previous model, but it’s not radically different. A new enlarged grille dominates the front fascia that’s flanked by C-shaped LED headlights. The creased hood is also a nice touch at the front. Along the side, the sloped roof gives the sedan a coupe-like silhouette – again, it’s nothing crazy – while the changes to the rear end are much more minor: new taillights, exhaust outlets, and a chiseled rear fascia.

Moving to the MQB platform has given the Jetta new dimensions, as well. It’s longer, wider, and taller than before. The front overhang is shorter, while the overhang at the back has grown, which one would expect would allow the sedan to carry more stuff, but cargo capacity remains the same. The growth in overall size, though, has allowed Volkswagen to create a more spacious cabin, which has also been redesigned.

The Jetta’s cabin has gone from clinical to more upscale thanks to higher-quality materials, 10-color ambient lighting that wraps around the interior, and funky trapezoidal design pieces – like the vents. The redesigned center stack now features a larger screen – exact dimensions haven’t been released yet – that’s angled towards the driver and perched higher up on the dash. VW’s new, highly-configurable Digital Cockpit replaces the sedan’s regular instrument cluster on high-end trims.

Despite the coupe-like roofline, VW claims the Jetta offers more room on the inside. Head room, knee room, and shoulder room have all increased from the previous model. In addition to the more spacious interior, the Jetta’s list of safety features has grown too. Things like autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear-traffic alert, and a lane keeping system are all available.

While the Jetta sports a new look and a classier interior, the engine under the creased hood goes unchanged. Power for the sedan comes from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The old sedan’s six-speed automatic gearbox has been ditched in favor of an eight-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission is standard.

In spite of all the changes, the Jetta’s price tag has decreased, though not substantially. The 2019 Jetta, which will go on sale in the United States in the second quarter of the year, will start at $18,545 before destination. That’s $100 less than the outgoing model. The vehicle will be available in six different trims when it goes on sale: S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and R-Line.

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Reports Of Diesel Engine’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated 13
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in diesel, Reports, VW on 01 13th, 2018


It is no secret that Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal has negatively affected demand for diesel vehicles, particularly in Europe. Take a deeper look at the figures, however, and you’ll see that demand for diesel-powered vehicles has risen and fallen multiple times throughout the past 30 years.

In statistics published by Euro News, it is revealed that in Europe, diesels reached their peak popularity in 2008 when 8,211,709 examples were sold across the continent. In the same year, petrol vehicle sales peaked at 7,233,662.

However, since 2008, demand for diesel (and petrol) vehicles has declined significantly. In fact, from a peak of over 8.2 million in 2008, diesel sales plummeted to just 4,913,025 in 2014, before the dieselgate scandal broke. Similarly, petrol sales fell to their lowest figure in over 30 years, scoring just 3,915,268 sales. Both of these figures were gathered before the dieselgate.

As of 2015, 52 per cent of cars in Europe were still fueled by petrol, with diesels accounting for 37.29 per cent and ‘Others’ (we guess that means hybrids and all-electric) at 10.78 per cent.

In a handful of countries, diesel remains the preferred option. For example, the share of new diesel registrations in Sweden has soared from 0.9 per cent in 1992 to 59 per cent in 2015.

In France, however, diesels have dramatically fallen out of favor. In the early 1990s, the country accounted for 45 per cent of all new diesel car registrations in Europe, but by 2015, that figure had dropped to just 16 per cent and the market for new cars has reversed in favor of those powered by petrol engines while diesel ones experienced a 16 per cent decline since 2005.

Despite what many believe, the decline in popularity of diesels hasn’t been driven entirely by Volkswagen’s cheating practices. Instead, demand for such vehicles has been dropping for much of the past decade. Nonetheless, diesels still account for a sizable share of the car market and are not expected to disappear anytime soon.

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