Volkswagen is taking a new approach to compact SUVs with its latest concept vehicle known as the T-ROC, a two-door that combines the talents of an all-wheel drive SUV with the light summery air of a convertible. In addition, it boast a removable roof that consists of two halves, which can be removed easily and swiftly by hand, then stowed in the boot of the vehicle. If one were looking under the hood of the two-door SUV, they would discover a 135-kilowatt direct-injection turbo-diesel engine that comes equipped with three different operation modes: Street, Offroad and Snow. Each mode modifies the parameters of the 4Motion all-wheel drive system, engine, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, antilock brake system, hill start and hill descent assist systems. Reports are that the two-door does not shy away from rocky off-road trails, hint the “ROC” portion of its name. Also, it appears that Volkswagen has plans to introduce all of its SUVs, both current and future, by dotting the “i” and placing the “t”. The same “t” the T-ROC shares with the Taigun, Tiguan and Touareg. To learn more about the new Volkswagen T-ROC, click here!
Brand passion is one of Volkswagen’s biggest attributes, and Valentine’s week brought new recognition of that fact in a unique kind of honor for three VW models. Strategic Vision, a consumer-focused, research-based consultancy, has named the VW Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, and Passat to its “Most Loved” list for 2014. The Jetta and Passat were recognized in the mid-size car segment, while the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen was recognized as a multi-function vehicle. In its report, Strategic Vision posited that actual “love” for nameplates can be a powerful force with consumers. “Love creates vehicles that have a strong position in their markets and is ultimately expressed in being loyal,” Christopher Chaney, executive vice president of Strategic Vision, said in a release.
Volkswagen has rolled into Sochi with a trio of highly modified and incredibly badass pickups, and on the way there, the team set a world record for the longest off-road trek through a single country. To promote the Winter Olympics in more rural areas of Russia — some two-thirds of the gigantic country — VW built three Polar Expedition versions of its Amarok pickup. The outrageous trucks set the new Guinness World Record by traveling some 16,000 kilometers (9,942 miles) over 60 days between the Russian capital of Moscow and the Bering Sea city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky — one of the largest “cities” in the world without a road leading to it.
For this year’s Red Bull Global Rallycross series, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team plans to compete using suped up Volkswagen GRC Beetle models that sports all-wheel drive and more than 560 horsepower. The team’s drivers will be 2011 and 2012 GRC champion Tanner Foust along with ex-F1 and NASCAR star Scott Speed. Each of these drivers will be driving his own GRC Beetle, which will reportedly debut at the Summer X Games taking place in Austin, TX. Foust will be driving the Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle, while Speed will be driving the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team’s 7UP entry. Follow the link below to read the entire report.
In preparation for the release of the iconic Volkswagen Golf’s next incarnation, Volkswagen recently previewed the Golf 7 at the North American International Auto Show. While similar to its predecessor, the Golf 7 will offer even more standard equipment and features. By raising the bar, Volkswagen will further solidify the Golf’s standing in its segment. According to VW Vortex, there will be two Golf 7 models, as well as two GTI models in production. Plus, with production already in motion, you could start seeing new Golf 7 models as soon as the end of May 2014 with GTI models likely appearing around August, all under the 2015 model year. Reports indicate that Volkswagen will announce options and trim levels at the New York Auto Show in April. Follow the link below to read the entire report.
The e-Golf is Volkswagen’s first fully electric vehicle for the U.S., due to go on sale in select states in the fourth quarter of 2014. The new model is part of a structured powertrain strategy that will lead to the timely introduction of new and alternative drive systems, and is a part of Volkswagen’s holistic approach to sustainability, Think Blue. Volkswagen has stated that it aims to be the world leader in e-mobility among automakers by 2018. Although Volkswagen has sold more than 30 million Golf models worldwide, this is the first zero tailpipe emissions, fully electric version of the car that will be sold to the public. The e-Golf is available in five-door form only and is immediately recognizable by its unique aluminum-alloy wheels and by its LED headlights, the first time they have been used as standard on a U.S.-market Volkswagen.
Volkswagen opened the new season of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a dream result. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) produced an irresistible fightback and an outstanding driving display to secure victory on the first weekend of the 2014 season. The success at the “Monte” is their 17th victory in the WRC, and their tenth with Volkswagen. The win was the duo’s second at the rally classic, having previously won in 2009 when the event in the Mediterranean principality did not form part of the world championship. The sudden onset of winter in the French Maritime Alps and heavy rain in the valleys – the start of the Rally Monte Carlo literally caught everyone cold. Based on the weather data available, the Volkswagen drivers opted for virtually tread-free slicks for the first three special stages of the “Monte.”