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Volkswagen considering additional R models

October 10, 2014

RconceptIf you’re in the market for a German hot hatch and the GTI just won’t do it for you, Volkswagen offers the more potent Golf R as well. And if you live in markets that aren’t the United States, you can get your hands on the Scirocco R, too. But word has it that VW is keen to expand its flagship performance line further.

Australian auto news site cites VW powertrain chief Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser as saying that additional R models are both technically possible and under consideration. The Golf R 400 concept (pictured above) that was showcased in Beijing is one possibility, but Neusser hinted that R versions of the Polo and Passat were also under consideration. That is, at least, for the European and other markets where the Polo and Euro-spec Passat are sold. VW labels its rally machine as the Polo R WRC but has only offered a short run of roadgoing Polo Rs in Europe, and offered a similarly exclusive R32 version of the previous Passat with 300 horsepower.

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Volkswagen updates Polo GTI in time for Paris

September 25, 2014

Vvw-polo-gtiolkswagen uses a number of performance badges on different models. Depending on the market, buyers can get a Jetta GLI, a Scirocco R, a diesel Golf GTD and of course the most iconic hot hatch of them all, the GTI. And those are just the front-drive models. But though it’s the performance Golf that wears those letters exclusively in the US market, overseas it’s not the only one: So does the smaller Polo GTI, and now Volkswagen is introducing a new version.

Expected to debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, the new Polo GTI offers several changes compared to the existing model. For one, its 1.8-liter twin-charged four has been upgraded from 177 horsepower to 189, dropping the 0-62 time down from 6.9 seconds to 6.7. Previously available only with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, VW has apparently heard the cries of the purists and is now offering the Polo GTI with a six-speed manual as well.

The hot Polo’s appearance has also been updated with new bumpers front and rear, honeycomb grille with trademark red stripe and a dual exhaust poking out the back. Inside there’s a new flat-bottomed steering wheel, plaid upholstery, red stitching and gloss black trim. We’re still waiting on the official press release, but in the meantime you can take a look at some of the photographs here. 


September 17, 2014

Volkswagen of America (VWoA) today announced a collaboration with Funny Or Die to support the market introduction of the all-new 2015 Volkswagen Golf. The platform provides the leaders in automotive and humor an opportunity to come together in celebration of exceptional products and lighthearted fun.

The collaboration kicks off with “The Way Too Helpful Neighbor,” a hilarious video showcasing just how helpful a 2015 Volkswagen Golf can be. After the hero’s girlfriend springs a surprise visit from her parents on him, a way-too helpful neighbor takes the boyfriend on a shopping spree by driving a Golf through the aisles of a Target store that is truly a one-stop-shop. This comedic video highlights the versatility of the 2015 Golf and the modern, functional style of Target’s Room Essential home décor and storage products, all through the signature sense of humor that has made Funny Or Die the go-to place for laughs online.

The video was shot in an actual Target store in Texas and stars Rob Huebel, a Funny Or Die regular and comedic actor in TV and film. Rob starred in Alexander Payne’s Oscar winning film THE DESCENDANTS, opposite George Clooney and is currently recurring on Jill Soloway’s Amazon upcoming series TRANSPARENT and FX’s popular comedy series THE LEAGUE. Rob is known for his amazing improv comedy skills and has brought his irreverent brand of humor to one of Volkswagen’s most highly-acclaimed models.

“The  incredible versatile Golf gives our creative team free reign to come up with wild ideas,” said Vinay Shahani, Vice President, Brand Marketing, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “Funny or Die is one of the most recognized and sought after brands in comedy today so we knew they would be the perfect partner to amplify Volkswagen’s unique sense of humor.”

“This is our first time working with Volkswagen, and this was a very exciting opportunity for our team to partner with a brand known for some of the most interesting and innovative advertising campaigns of the last half-century,” said Chris Bruss, VP of Branded Entertainment, Funny or Die.

Funny Or Die and TBS viewers will get the full scoop on the new Volkswagen Golf when “The Way Too Helpful Neighbor” airs during CONAN and TBS movie breaks beginning September 11. Twenty-second sneak peeks of the branded comedy spot will also run adjacent to Big Bang Theory and TBS movies, driving fans to Funny Or Die for more. Volkswagen will have significant digital presence with promotional drivers across, and, as well as the TBS Big Bang Theory Sync App. Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales is the exclusive representative for advertising opportunities with Funny Or Die. The strategic partnership provides brands access to premium comedic content, while offering promotional scale with Turner’s portfolio of premium brands like TBS and Adult Swim.

The creative concept for the content was developed in collaboration with Volkswagen’s creative Agency of Record, Deutsch LA, and the media partnership with Turner was established by Mediacom, Volkswagen’s media Agency of Record.

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Tanner Foust checks out his new VW Beetle GRC rally car

September 12, 2014

Racing driver and Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust is a very busy guy. After all, he’s competing in rounds of both Global Rallycross series and FIA World Rallycross Championship, not to mention his TV duties. However, we probably shouldn’t feel too sorry for him, because his job puts him behind the wheel of some truly crazy machinery.

Case in point is his latest ride in Global Rallycross – the Volkswagen Beetle GRC. The German company claims that this all-wheel drive Bug makes around 540 horsepower from its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and can shoot to 60 in under 2 seconds. Plus, if this video is any indication, this Volkswagen sounds like a machine gun when throwing revs at idle, and it can do some wonderfully easy four-wheel drifts.

Previously, Foust was driving a VW Polo for Andretti Autosport in GRC, but the team unveiled the look of the Beetle GRC at the Chicago Auto Show. Now, Foust is finally getting to show off his new office to the public, and like VW’s tagline for the new car claims, it’s way hotter than Herbie.

2012 VW Passat commercial – An oldie but goodie!

September 3, 2014


August 27, 2014

Today, Volkswagen of America, Inc., announced pricing of its redesigned 2015 Jetta models, which feature a new turbocharged EA288 TDI® Clean Diesel engine, a refreshed exterior, and a host of newly-available driver assistance systems. The 2.0L base trim starts at $16,215 (plus $820 destination and handling), and is available as a factory order only. The well-equipped S model starts at $18,425 with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the entry-level 1.8T model, the SE, is priced from $18,995 with a five-speed manual transmission. The frugal TDI Clean Diesel model starts at $21,640 for the S trim.  

Expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the third quarter of 2014, the new Jetta lineup will offer the following gasoline, hybrid and Clean Diesel powertrains:

  • 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, as well as 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter versions of the turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine
  • 1.4-liter turbocharged hybrid unit
  • All-new 2.0-liter turbocharged EA288 TDI® Clean Diesel engine, one of the most fuel-efficient engines in its class, returning an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating of 46 mpg with the manual transmission

Key design elements of the 2015 Jetta include an extended wheelbase that stretches 104.4 inches; rear-seat legroom of 38.1 inches; gently arcing roofline that enables ample headroom of 37.1 inches for rear-seat passengers; 15.5 cubic feet of usable trunk space; and a new front bumper that helps to reduce air drag, improving aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

The 2015 Jetta S features the following standard equipment:

  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • One-touch auto up/down power windows
  • Power locks with keyless entry
  • Aux-in for the radio/CD player
  • Power heated exterior mirrors
  • Driver and front passenger front and side thorax airbags and Side Curtain Protection® airbags front and rear
  • Suite of advanced electronic safety features, including Anti-lock Braking (ABS), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)

The 2015 Jetta is offered in four trim levels—Base, S, SE, and SEL—with a total of 13 equipment levels.

At launch, Volkswagen will also offer a limited-edition Jetta Sport. Based on the 1.8T SE with Connectivity, this trim adds a sport suspension, front sport seats, RNS® 315 navigation with rearview camera, rear spoiler, and unique interior decor. When paired with a five-speed manual transmission, the Sport starts at $20,895 and costs $21,995 with a six-speed automatic transmission.


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How VW’s hyper-efficient XL1 will influence the next Golf

August 20, 2014

New 2015 VW Golf

In 2007, the European Union mandated fleet average CO2 emissions of 158.7 g/km. For 2015, that figure will drop to 130 g/km, and the target for 2020 is an ambitions 95 g/km. Thanks to some German politicking, that target will be phased in from 2020 to 2024, but it will still apply to 80 percent of passenger cars in that first year. In US miles per gallon, that’s the equivalent of going from about 35 mpg to 42 mpg to 57 mpg. The current Volkswagen Golf is rated from 85 g/km of CO2 to 190 g/km depending on model – and zero for the e-Golf, so for the next-generation MkVIII hatch due in 2019, to meet the goal, Volkswagen engineers will need to introduce a bunch of new tricks. According to a report in Autocar, VW be mining its hyper-efficient XL1 for some of them.

Predictions for the next Golf include a variable-compression engine, an electric flywheel and an electric turbo, along with taking greater advantage of coasting. Volkswagen could be getting help from Audi with the electric turbo and variable-compression engine and electric turbo, with Audi already having shown off the former and brand technical boss Ulrich Hackenberg confirming the VW Group is working on the latter. It’s possible the flywheel system could also have the mark of The Four Rings: Autocar mentions a British system that Volvo is testing, but the R18 e-tron Quattro racer has been using one for years.

The need for such features is because the company won’t be able to net enough future gains from just aerodynamic improvements and advanced materials. As price will be a factor (the regulations are expected to “add hundreds of euros to the cost of building a car”), adding much more aluminum or carbon fiber is an unlikely option. We’re told the next generation won’t be longer or wider than the current car, and being Europe’s most popular model, VW doesn’t want to make a big bet on futuristic aero, but the report says the MkVIII will “likely” have “the most aerodynamic treatment yet seen on a production vehicle,” the area where lessons learned from the XL1 will truly be seen.


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