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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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Euro NCAP Announces 2017’s Safest Cars By Segment [w/Video] 14
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in EuroNCAP, Opel Crossland X, subaru impreza, Subaru XV, video, Volvo XC60, VW Arteon, VW Polo, VW T-Roc on 01 14th, 2018


As with every year, the Euro NCAP published the list with the safest new cars in their respective classes for 2017. The independent organization rates each model in four categories: Adult Occupant Safety, Child Occupant Safety, Pedestrian Safety and Safety Assist, with the three first being self-explanatory and the fourth assessing the active and passive systems that are available.


The European New Car Assessment Program says that its star ratings between different segments of models are not directly comparable. which leads us to their ‘Best In Class’ awards, showing which models have performed better than their direct competitors.

Euro NCAP has divided the car market into six segments: Executive, Large Off-Road, Small Off-Road, Supermini, Small MPV and Small Family Car. Let’s see then which new cars took the title of the safest model in their respective segments, and watch the relevant video that follows.

Executive: VW Arteon


Adult Occupant: 96% | Child Occupant: 85% | Pedestrian: 85% | Safety Assist: 82%

Large Off-Road: Volvo XC60


Adult Occupant: 98% | Child Occupant: 87% | Pedestrian: 76% | Safety Assist: 95%

Small Off-Road: VW T-Roc


Adult Occupant: 96% | Child Occupant: 87% | Pedestrian: 79% | Safety Assist: 71%

Supermini: VW Polo


Adult Occupant: 96% | Child Occupant: 85% | Pedestrian: 76% | Safety Assist: 59%

Small MPV: Opel Crossland X


Adult Occupant: 85% | Child Occupant: 84% | Pedestrian: 62% | Safety Assist: 57%

Small Family Car: Subaru XV & Subaru Impreza


XV| Adult Occupant: 94% | Child Occupant: 89% | Pedestrian: 84% | Safety Assist: 68%
Impreza| Adult Occupant: 94% | Child Occupant: 85% | Pedestrian: 82% | Safety Assist: 68%

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VW Arteon To Celebrate Its U.S. Debut In Chicago 21
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chicago Auto Show, Reports, VW, VW Arteon on 12 21st, 2017


A number of automakers are teasing their unveilings for the North American International Auto Show but a new report is suggesting the Volkswagen Arteon will make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February.

Originally unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the Arteon is a stylish flagship which will replace the slow-selling CC which was only bought by 3,237 people in the United States last year.

Detailed specifications haven’t been announced but Consumer Reports says the model will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 276 hp (205 kW). The engine will be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.

Like the 2019 Jetta, the Arteon will be underpinned by the MQB platform. That’s where the similarities end as the Arteon is a large and relatively luxurious vehicle that will slot above the Passat.

Pricing remains unconfirmed but the publication believes the model will cost around $34,500. That would make the Arteon significantly more expensive than the Passat which starts at $22,995. However, the Arteon should should come nicely equipped with power front seats, an infotainment system, and an assortment of other goodies.

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Volkswagen’s Working On A 400-Horsepower Arteon R 18
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Reports, VW, VW Arteon on 12 18th, 2017


If you looked at the new Volkswagen Arteon and thought it’d make a solid basis for a performance sedan, you’re not alone. In fact, according to reports, VW is working on just such a beast – with over 400 horsepower.

Speaking to Car Throttle at the media launch of the new Polo GTI, Volkswagen spokesman Martin Hube said that the company has a prototype for an Arteon R in the works.

The prototype reportedly packs a (likely twin-) turbocharged version of VW’s 3.0-liter VR6 engine, sending some 404 horsepower to all four wheels.

“I’m totally convinced that this combination is extremely nice,” said Hube. “We’ve combined it with the last version of the Haldex [four-wheel drive system], where you can provoke a bit of oversteer. This is a real agile, powerful car.”

Hube even went so far as to suggest that it’d be a hotter performer than the Porsche Panamera, base versions of which also employ a 3.0-liter turbo six to the tune of 325 horsepower (434 hp in 4S spec).

Here’s hoping that the bean-counters in Wolfsburg give it the green light, even if it’s almost entirely unlikely to make the transatlantic voyage to North American showrooms.

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VW Confirms A Passat GT And Two New Crossovers For America 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Reports, VW, VW Arteon, VW Jetta, VW Passat on 12 13th, 2017


Volkswagen of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken has revealed new details about the company’s future product lineup.

Speaking to Autoblog, Woebcken confirmed the automaker will launch two new crossovers and one of them will have coupe-like styling. That’s not much to go on but the other model will be an entry-level crossover which will slot beneath the Tiguan.

The models are expected to help increase sales in the United States but they’re still several years off as the first model isn’t expected to arrive until 2019 at the earliest.

Volkswagen is clearly focused on expanding its crossover lineup but the company isn’t shying away from sedans as 2018 will see the launch of the all-new Jetta as well as the U.S. debut of the Arteon.

We can also expect to see the new Passat GT sometime next year. The model was previewed by a concept a few years ago and reports have suggested the model will come equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp (208 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.

Further down the road, we can expect a redesigned Passat to arrive sometime between 2019 and 2021. Volkswagen also has plans to launch at least two vehicles a year through 2021.

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NSFW – VW Arteon’s Practicality Tested Using A Young Woman In Ukraine 26
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Offbeat News, reviews, Ukraine, video, VW, VW Arteon, VW Videos on 11 26th, 2017


Amateur car reviews never get old, even if they are in a foreign language that we might not understand, such as Russian.

Take this video, for example, which was shot by an enthusiastic Volkswagen Arteon driver, who went the extra mile trying to point out some of the strong things of his new temporary ride and found a way to attract viewers.

What he did was use his Ukrainian girlfriend, making her lie down in the trunk with the rear seats folded, proving that the cargo capacity of the CC’s successor is more than generous to haul a young brunette.

Throughout the 20-minute long clip, the man films his girlfriend in various ways next to the Arteon, some of which are quite spicy, so you may want to avoid hitting the play button at work.

The new Volkswagen Arteon doesn’t get shipped with a mail order bride, but it does carry a rather steep price of almost €50,000 in Germany, which equals to $58,850 at current exchange rates. That’s for the entry-level gasoline version, which is very close to premium territory, as a new Mercedes-Benz CLS starts at €54,800 ($64,499) in its homeland.

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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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You Ask, ABT Delivers: VW Arteon Is Now 25 Percent More Powerful 27
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ABT, new cars, tuning, VW, VW Arteon on 10 27th, 2017


ABT Sportsline has released what is likely to be the first power upgrade for the new Volkswagen Arteon.
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How Does The VW Arteon Fare Against The Audi A5 Sportback? 18
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi A5 Sportback, Audi Videos, reviews, video, VW, VW Arteon, VW Videos on 10 18th, 2017


If you're in the market for a premium four-door coupe, then the Audi A5 Sportback should definitely on your list.
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New VW Jetta To Debut In Detroit, Promises To Be “Super Modern” 16
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Reports, VW, VW Arteon, VW Jetta, VW Passat, VW T-Roc on 10 16th, 2017


The Volkswagen Jetta is one of the company's most important sedans and VW North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken has revealed some new details about the next-generation model.
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New VW Arteon Feels More Like A Premium Passat 11
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, reviews, video, VW, VW Arteon, VW Videos on 10 11th, 2017


These days, carmakers tend to make their new cars look like the ones they replace, but not Volkswagen, as the Arteon is all-new.
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Volkswagen Arteon Gets Modest Updates From ABT 29
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ABT, tuning, VW, VW Arteon, Wheels on 09 29th, 2017


ABT Sportsline has dropped its first aftermarket take on the Volkswagen CC's successor, the sexy looking Arteon.
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Volkswagen R Lineup Set To Grow, Four New Models Could Be In The Pipeline 30
Aug
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Reports, VW, VW Arteon, VW Golf R, VW T-Roc, VW Tiguan, VW Touareg on 08 30th, 2017


The Volkswagen R lineup is a shadow of its former self but that could soon be changing.
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