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It’s Official: 2019 VW Golf Mk8 Entering Production June Next Year 19
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
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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Volkswagen Adds New Powertrains To Select Golf Models 9
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, UK, VW, VW Golf on 01 9th, 2018

Volkswagen is starting the New Year with further revisions to the Golf, after updating it at the end of 2016.

One of them is the addition of a new BlueMotion model, which is offered in the hatch and estate variants of the Golf GT. It uses a 1.5-liter TSI petrol unit makes 130PS (128hp), and works together with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

In this flavor, the hatch needs 8.8sec for the 0-62mph (100km/h) acceleration, while the estate can do it in 9.2sec, with either transmission. Top speed stands at 130mph (209km/h) and 131mph (211km/h), respectively.

The engine, which is already offered in the SE and SE Navigation models, also features a full shut-down mode. This turns off all four cylinders temporarily, and starts them automatically once more power is needed. The automaker claims that “the driver barely notices the process other than the illumination of a small light on the dash panel to show the engine is in ‘Eco’ mode”.

Previously available with a 2.0-liter diesel engine, in two outputs: 150PS (148hp) and 184PS (181hp), the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack now gets a 1.8-liter TSI petrol option, rated at 180PS (177hp). Naught to 62mph (100km/h) takes 7.5sec, and top speed is 135mph (217km/h).

The car maintains its increased ride height, off-road-tuned suspension, and unique styling on the outside, and gets a 12.3-inch TFT screen in the cabin that replaces the traditional analog dials.

The updated Volkswagen Golf models can already be ordered in the United Kingdom, carrying a starting price of £23,435 ($31,721) for the 1.5-liter BlueMotion 3-door hatch, and £31,525 ($42,671) for the Alltrack.


Insane FWD VW Golf GTI Mk3 Runs 1/4 Mile In 8.53 Seconds 9
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Drag-Racing, Film, tuning, video, VW, VW Golf, VW Golf GTI, VW Videos on 01 9th, 2018

Remember when 10-second cars were exotics or heavily tuned Japanese models with all-wheel drive?

Well, things have changed, because this insanely-modified Volkswagen Golf GTI of the Mk3 generation, literally blew its front door off while running the quarter-mile in a blistering 8.53sec.

That’s faster than a Bugatti Veyron, but the time posted isn’t even close to what appears to be the 1/4 mile record for front-wheel drive cars, which was allegedly set by a Volkswagen Gol last year, in Brazil, after completing the run in 7.7 seconds, at 301km/h (187mph), or 19km/h (12mph) faster than this Golf GTI.

Nevertheless, an insane amount of work went into this old hot hatch and the owner was kind enough to pop the hood for a few brief seconds and talk about some of the upgrades.

These include a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, and plenty of effort put into the aerodynamic and weight distribution. New suspension was added too, along with better brakes, racing seats with six-point harness, and roll cage, in case things go bad.


Oettinger Built This One-Off VW Golf 400R Police Car 31
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ESSEN Show, Oettinger, Police Cars, tuning, VW, VW Golf, VW Golf R on 12 31st, 2017

Arguably more than most countries, the police in Germany need pursuit vehicles capable of chasing down monstrously fast and powerful vehicles down unrestricted stretches of autobahn. The trouble is that it doesn’t have the budget to buy fleets of Porsche 911s and Mercedes-AMG GTs. So what to do?

Here’s Oettinger’s answer. It’s a one-of-a-kind Volkswagen Golf R that was unveiled a few weeks back at the Essen Motor Show, decked out in police livery with special equipment.

That includes the flashing lights on the roof and in the air dam, and a foil wrap in blue, white, and neon yellow, emblazoned with the word “Polizei.”

It also includes a full aero kit, complete with front sp;itter, side skirts, rear apron, and roof spoiler. The hood is custom as well, there’s a four-pipe exhaust system with 90-mm tailpipes, and the whole thing rides on a set of 20-inch alloys wrapped in low-profile Hanhook rubber.

The real long arm of the law in this case, though, is what you can’t see: Oettinger has tuned the 2.0-liter turbo four from the standard 310 horsepower to a more prodigious 400, giving it a 0-62 time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph.

That’s mighty fast – for a Golf especially – but don’t expect to see one of these patrolling the autobahn anytime soon. The concept car was created as part of the Tune It! Safe! campaign, supported by the federal transport ministry and by industry members.

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VW Golf Production Exceeds 34 Million In Four Decades, Including 1 Million In 2017 31
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Reports, VW, VW Golf, VW Tiguan, VW Touran on 12 31st, 2017

Since its birth in 1974, the Golf has been an undisputed success for Volkswagen, and from the fourth generation until today, the benchmark against which any newcomer must measure itself.

Proof, if any was needed, is the impressive production number that exceeds 34 million examples in total for the hatchback, estate and Sportsvan, including almost 1 million put together this year alone.

“The Golf hatchback retained a commanding lead in its segment in Germany and Europe. The Golf estate recorded the strongest growth in the Golf family, at 11+ percent, compared with the previous year”, Volkswagen said.

However, the German car brand’s strongest growth in 2017 came from the Tiguan, whose sales rose by 40 percent compared to last year. In total, 730,000 units of the SUV were shipped to customers worldwide, with most orders coming from China and Germany.

Retaining a commanding lead in the MPV segment in Germany is the Touran. The minivan is quite popular in other European markets as well, and it brought important revenue for the Group in 2017 with approximately 150,000 units being shipped to customers worldwide.

The Volkswagen Group has yet to release their annual sales and revenue numbers, so it remains to be seen whether they can retain their dominant position, or if the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance will grab first place, as it did in the first six months of 2017.


AutoTrader Reveals Its Top 10 Most Searched Cars For 2017 30
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi a3, BMW 1-Series, BMW 3-series, BMW 5-Series, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Mercedes C-Class, Mercedes E-Class, Opel Astra, Reports, VW Golf on 12 30th, 2017

Britain’s largest online marketplace for new and used cars, AutoTrader, has revealed the 10 most searched cars this year.

Retaining the number 1 position in the United Kingdom is the BMW 3-Series, which was favored by most internet users with a diesel powertrain, followed by the Volkswagen Golf and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Ford’s Focus comes in 4th place, whereas BMW follows it from the 5th and 6th positions with the 1-Series and 5-Series, respectively. Another Ford, this time the Fiesta, sits on the 7th spot, right in front of the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Vauhxall/Opel Astra completes the Top 10 list.

The diesel searches were topped by the BMW 3-Series, Volkswagen Golf, and BMW 5-Series, whereas the most favored petrol powered cars were the Volkswagen Golf, BMW 3-Series, and Ford Focus.

For hybrids, Toyota holds on to the first two positions with the Auris and Prius, followed by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, while the electric ‘crown’ goes to the Nissan Leaf, which turned out to be more popular than the BMW i3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

“The results show that British car buyers are very keen on spoiling themselves, with premium manufacturers featuring very heavily in our list of most searched-for cars”, commented AutoTrader’s road test editor, Ivan Aistrop.


VW Celebrates Record Year With More Than Six Million Vehicles Produced 30
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, VW, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Passat, VW Polo on 12 30th, 2017

It appears that 2017 will be a record year for Volkswagen, as the core brand of the VW Group will, for the first time ever, have manufactured more than six million vehicles by year’s end.

VW’s success was driven mainly by its long-standing best-sellers, namely the Jetta, Golf, Passat and Polo, as well as the popularity of the Santana in China and the growing demand for its newer models like the Tiguan, the T-Roc and the Arteon.

“More than six million vehicles produced in 12 months – there is one thing that this shows above all: our plants and employees are continually improving their production competence,” said Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen. “We have top teams in production which successfully master growing demand from customers.”

The VW brand has more than 50 plants in 14 countries, and its global product portfolio now including over 60 models.

In 2017, VW launched more than 10 new models globally and is expected to renew its entire product range within the next few years. By 2020, it will offer 19 SUVs around the world, with the share of SUVs and crossovers in its overall range to be increased to around 40 percent.

From 2020 onwards, the brand plans to build a family of all-electric models based on a new bespoke architecture, including the I.D., the I.D. Crozz and the I.D. Buzz. VW expects to have sold one million electric vehicles by 2025.


Volkswagen To Double E-Golf Production Following Strong Demand 29
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Reports, VW, VW Golf on 12 29th, 2017

Volkswagen is doubling production of the e-Golf on the back of strong demand for the EV.

InsideEVs reports that the German automaker will change the Transparent Factory Dresden responsible for producing the e-Golf from a single-shift operation to a two-shift one, increasing production from 35 to 70 cars a day.

Over a month, this will mean production reaches 2100 vehicles compared to the current 1050. Production of the e-Golf will increase gradually, staring in March 2018.

In its most recent guise, the VW e-Golf is powered by a 35.8 kWh battery, a significantly jump from the 24.2 kWh battery used by pre-2017 models. The EPA lists the e-Golf’s range between 83-125 miles (134-201 km). The electric motor powering the e-Golf delivers 134 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque, a 19 hp and 15 lb-ft gain over earlier versions.


2019 VW Golf Will Reportedly Have Bolder Styling And More Efficient Engines 26
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Reports, VW, VW Golf on 12 26th, 2017

The Golf is one of Volkswagen’s most important models and we’re starting to learn more about the next-generation hatchback which is due in 2019.

According to Auto Motor und Sport, the next Golf will have a bolder design with slightly altered proportions. The car is also slated to feature more distinctive headlights and improved aerodynamics to help increase fuel efficiency.

Speaking of the latter, the Golf will ride on an updated version of the MQB platform and this is expected to enable the model to weigh approximately 110 lbs (50 kg) less than its predecessor. Besides the weight reduction, the Golf is expected to have a new EA 211 evo engine family that promises improved performance and reduced fuel consumption thanks to a turbocharger with a variable geometry and the use of the Miller combustion cycle.

Specifics are light at the moment but the report suggests we can expect mild hybrid variants, cleaner diesel engines, and gasoline models with particulate filters. The e-Golf will reportedly be dropped but we can expect a natural gas variant.

Besides becoming more eco-friendly, the 2019 Golf is slated to come with high-tech features such as adaptive cruise control and a head-up display. We can also expected improved infotainment systems as well as an assortment of driver assistance features.

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VW Golf Mk1 With 455HP Proves Old-Timers Still Have What It Takes 20
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Classics, Film, tuning, video, VW, VW Golf, VW Videos on 12 20th, 2017

They do say that classics never die; that applies to the automotive industry as well, and the first-gen Volkswagen Golf is on that list, especially in GTI guise.

However, this isn’t a range-topping GTI, but a GLS, as the badge on the tailgate shows, which has received a number of important upgrades.

The most important lies in the engine bay, as it produces 455 horses from what is believed to be a swapped powertrain. We don’t know what powerplant it has, but if the number is real, then its output exceeds that of a new Ford Focus RS by some 100hp.

The bigger brakes take care of the much-deserved improved stopping power along with large rims and there’s a roll cage added to the cockpit, but if not for these parts you’d easily mistake it for a well-preserved Golf Mk1.

Its driver, and probably the person behind these mods, still has to figure it out how to put that impressive power to the tarmac, because it appears to struggle for grip, especially in first and second gears, as you can see in the video posted below .


2018 VW Golf Sportsvan Arrives In The UK With New Face And Features 8
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, UK, VW, VW Golf, VW Golf Sportsvan on 12 8th, 2017

Volkswagen has launched the facelifted Golf Sportsvan in the United Kingdom, where it carries a £20,475 ($27,425) starting price.

Offered in four grades, S, SE, SE Nav, and GT, the compact MPV can be ordered with full-LED headlamps, two new colors called Cranberry Red and Reflex Silver, four new alloy wheel designs and a Discovery Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch display and gesture control.

The revised Golf Sportsvan comes as standard with the Front Assist and Predictive Pedestrian Monitoring, alongside the optional Emergency Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Park Assist, ‘Security & Service’ package, and others, which make it safer than ever.

Customers can choose between four turbocharged petrol units for the 2018 Sportsvan, with outputs ranging from 85PS (84hp) to 150PS (148hp), and two diesels, a 1.6-liter with 115PS (113hp) and a 2.0-liter with 150PS (148hp). Depending on the engine, it can be had with a five- or six-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG.

The most affordable DSG model uses the 110PS (108hp) 1.0-liter engine and starts from £22,230 ($29,775), whereas the range-topping GT that’s powered by the 150PS (148hp) 2.0-liter diesel is priced from £28,595 ($38,300).


VW To Spend $3.5 Billion On Factory Upgrades For Next-Gen Golf 30
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, VW, VW Golf on 11 30th, 2017

Volkswagen will invest 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) at its Wolfsburg production facility in preparation for its eighth-generation Golf.

In a statement, the automaker said the investment will be funnelled towards re-tooling the factory and constructing a new design center in the technical development area.

VW made the announcement on the eve of the annual works meeting in Wolfsburg. According to chairman of the Group and General Works Council, Bernd Osterloh, the investment will help secure the company’s long-term future.

“The Supervisory Board has approved billions in investment for the Volkswagen brand in new products and in our plants. This means our future is secure – regardless of whether it is under electric or conventional propulsion. We will hold our own in the vanguard of the automotive industry,” he said.

The new VW Golf will probably launch in 2019 and be underpinned by a modified version of the MQB platform used by the current car. More importantly, the car will adopt electrification, potentially even in GTI guise. Consequently, the new car won’t only be more powerful than the outgoing model but also promises to be more fuel efficient and emit fewer emissions.


After 43 Years, The VW Golf Is Still The Prototypical Hatchback 28
Posted by Carscoops Staff in video, VW, VW Golf, VW Videos on 11 28th, 2017

There are few automotive nameplates that have been around as long – or sold as many – as the Volkswagen Golf. That makes it a prime candidate for the Evolution treatment from Donut Media, and that’s just what we have here.

VW’s best-selling model and one of the most produced automobiles in the world, the Golf was originally introduced way back in 1974 as the more conventional replacement to the Beetle.

Conventional, we should say, as we now think of it, because the Golf was one of the pioneers of the hatchback bodystyle – arriving just two years after the original Honda Civic hit the scene.

Of course the Golf also gave us the GTI, hands down the progenitor of the modern hot hatch and the standard by which all others are compared. Even that’s been upstaged by the Golf R, but those are just a couple of the variants we’ve seen over the years.

These days you’ll find Golfs with three doors or five, chopped into a convertible, and stretched into a wagon. The Jetta sedan is closely related, as is the neo-retro Beetle the Golf originally replaced – not to mention the Audi A3 in all its many flavors.

The influence of the VW Golf on the industry, then, can hardly be overstated. And you can watch it all evolve in front of your eyes in this latest clip.


VW Group Planning A Host Of Hybrid Hot Hatches 3
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hot Hatch, Hybrids, Reports, Skoda, Skoda Fabia, VW, VW Golf, VW Golf GTI on 11 3rd, 2017

Aware that it will take many years for all-electric vehicles to become commonplace, the Volkswagen Group intends on launching a selection of hybrid hot hatches early next decade as it continues its introduction of electrified models.

It is reported that senior executives at the automaker believe these hybrid hatchbacks will prove to be a valuable stepping stone towards full electrification and help to win over car enthusiasts about the benefits of electric propulsion.

Speaking to Autocar, an unnamed source said it is important to move step by step into the EV future.

“We are not just flicking a switch and expecting people to move to fully electric cars – it is a process that will take decades, and we must help take people through the transition step by step by showing what the possibilities are.”

It seems likely that one of the first hot hatches within the VW Group to receive hybrid power could be the next-generation Skoda Fabia vRS. Despite being a number of years away from being introduced, Skoda chief executive Bernhard Maier said it would make sense to electrify the model.

At the start of this year, it emerged that the next-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI could also use a hybrid powertrain. If current rumors hold true, that would mean a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine complemented by a 48V electrical system and integrated starter motor.