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VW’s first EV – a hatchback -- will arrive by 2020, SUV and minibus will follow

The German automaker Volkswagen is now racing against time to come up with electric vehicles that will be able to pass Europe and China's stringent emission standard. The car company powerhouse set a timeline that by the year 2020, it should already have introduced the first line of I.D.-influenced electric cars to the worldwide market.

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess reiterated to the analysts present at the Volkswagen headquarters that even though their future plan seems “very tight” in nature, the said electric cars must be unveiled to the public to adhere with their fleet targets and urgency is set to high to be able to achieve the launch dates without delay. The automaker intends to give the green light for the design of the first electric vehicle around August this year. This flagship EV is based solely on MEB electric platform- this platform will also be used with a whole array of electric vehicles.

For those readers who don't have a clue on what MEB is, it is the German acronym for the Modular Electric Model line-up. The first EV will bear the design of a Golf-Sized hatchback based on the I.D. concept revealed at the Paris auto show last year. Production of the first EV MEB will possibly commence at the last quarter of 2019 and will be classified as a 2020 model vehicle.

Read the entire article VW’s first EV – a hatchback -- will arrive by 2020, SUV and minibus will follow

Ex-VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech’s 14.7% Porsche stake may soon be up for grabs

Porsche SE’s shareholders were rumored to be planning to oust former Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech from the company’s supervisory board in a future meeting scheduled on May 30, raising questions on how his large share in the company will be handled. A list of candidates will be finalized during the scheduled meeting. While Hans Michel Piech, Ferdinand Piech’s brother, and Wolfgang Porsche are among the candidates, Ferdinand Piech name is nowhere to be found, the German national Sunday newspaper Bild am Sontagg cited.

Nevertheless, the shareholders may not even have to vote on whether to boot Piech off as he is in talks of selling his 14.7 percent stake in Porsche SE that amounts to nearly €1.1 billion (about $1.2B) in shares. This move could likely have a negative impact to the future of the automobile powerhouse’s business. Although it is said that Porsche and Piech families were discussing who will purchase the said shares, it is still not finalized if a deal will push through in the near future.

Both families are the major shareholders and they account for 52 percent of the Volkswagen’s common stock through Porsche Automobil Holding SE. Furthermore, the two families will be given a right to first refusal to purchase the very crucial share that represents almost 7.35 percent of the economic state in Volkswagen respectively. A close informant familiar with deliberations indicated that Piech could possibly sell to an outsider if they fail to reach an agreement.

Read the entire article Ex-VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech’s 14.7% Porsche stake may soon be up for grabs

This render of a VW Arteon wagon creates buzz for new variant

Even as Volkswagen has just started taking orders for the VW Arteon in Germany. Arteon fanatics are already asking for a wagon variant of the Passat sedan. Some people actually prefer a long-roof version of it. It’s an awesome idea, if you ask us.

Luckily, the company admitted that they have thought of it already. In fact, as early as now, the people from Wolfsburg are referring to it as a “shooting brake”, but decided to just call it a wagon instead. Maybe so it doesn’t sound too old-school.

Don’t lose hope, guys! Elmar-Marius Licharz, Head of VW’s Full-Size Product Lines, did say that it is possible. However, from a business perspective, it will have to depend on the current Arteon’s success. If the sedan version becomes a hit, and receives a stamp of approval, then they will add the wagon to extend the lineup. So if you are reading this, then show some support if you want the wagon variant.

Read the entire article This render of a VW Arteon wagon creates buzz for new variant

VW releases first video with the new Arteon

Volkswagen fans have long waited for the introduction of the first VW Arteon at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. And just a few days after, the company launches its first promotional video that has got us wanting more.

In the promotional ad, the Arteon features a chrome grille and LED headlights, with advanced dynamic cornering light, and an easy open trunk with a 563 liter boot capacity that extends to 1,557 liter if the rear seats are folded down. It also comes with an active information display, ranging from a 6.5-inch to 9.2 inch display. In addition, it is equipped with the 3Zone “Air Care Climatronic” that provides users with the perfect temperature, while making sure that it gives off clean and healthy air. Plus, it changes the temperature depending on the conditions outside the car. It also offers predictive cruise control and self-steering emergency assist for a smoother, more efficient ride.

More than that, the Arteon has a simple but elegant design. It has got a horizontal air vent that stretches from one end of the dashboard to the other. With high-quality leather, six-way adjustable seats, and a legroom of about 1,016mm. The higher models even have options to choose from three interior themes - black, dark grey, and a combination of both colours (in different materials and textures), with heated chairs with massage functions, and a panoramic roof deck giving you a better view.

Read the entire article VW releases first video with the new Arteon

Building upon its highly successful racing stint in 2016, Volkswagen gives the Golf GTI TCR a new update. For this year, get ready to see Volkswagen’s Golf GTI touring car with better aerodynamics and upgraded performance.

According to Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets, the Golf GTI TCR’s first full season was “a great success”. During its first year, Liqui Moly Team Engstler and Leopard Racing won in the Asian TCR and international championships.

The hatchback now comes with bigger wheel arches, wider fenders and distinct air intakes while the redesigned diffusers provide the race car with optimum air flow. Eduard Weidi, TRC project leader said that the performance of the car has been further optimized with the new aerodynamics – this is done by increasing its overall downforce and by reducing aerodynamic drag.

Read the entire article Refreshed Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR ready to hit the tracks this 2017

After its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen is now taking orders for the Arteon in Germany---where price starts at 49,325 euros. In this case, the new five-seater coupe comes out more expensive than Passat’s Highline trim level with the same 280hp 2.0-liter TSI engine. What makes Arteon more special though is that it exudes a certain character of the Sport Coupe Concept GTE that was showcased in Geneva in the last couple of years.

For one, Volkswagen wishes to place the new Arteon in the same league as that of BMW’s 4-Series Grand Coupe. Standing at 56.2 inches tall with width up to 73.7 inches and 191.4 inches in length, the Arteon basically replaces the former Volkswagen Passat CC. Because of this, the Arteon now features a sleeker body style, a superior legroom and longer wheelbase with up to 563-liter space at the trunk. When the seats are completely folded, the cargo capacity boasts up to 1,557-liters.

Among its other features are Volkswagen’s latest 9.2inches infotainment system with gesture control, head-up display and all-digital instrument cluster. There is also the standard 6.5-inch display infotainment screen available for customers who are not into Discover Pro’s gesture control setup. The Arteon has also been equipped with the latest driver assistance technology including the new generation self-steering emergency assist as well as the new adaptive cruise control.

Read the entire article 2018 VW Arteon priced from €49,325 in Germany

It seems the highly successful Renault-Nissan Alliance has led to more partnerships between carmakers. Volkswagen and TATA Motors have reportedly inked a longtime partnership deal on Wednesday. The two companies have allegedly signed a Mou or Memorandum of Understanding towards the development of new technologies, products and platforms. According to Autocar India, it has been more than a year since the manufacturers have been talking about the agreement.

The German automaker has been eyeing the Indian manufacturer as potential partner in exploring new markets. Being the largest vehicle firm in India, Tata Motors is also looking to increase its sales margin within or outside its market range. Nevertheless, this new partnership will help Tata come out with more vehicle lineups by 2019. It should be noted though that Jaguar, Land Rover and TAMO (TATA’s sub-brands) are not part of the alliance.

TATA’s latest AMP (or Advanced Modular Platform) is probably the most feasible architecture for the new collaboration. After the AMP received the EDAG approval, Volkswagen has found a more affordable alternative to its existing MQB-A platform. The AMP offers flexible architecture as well as definite cost advantage. At the very least, this will allow them to produce more extensive model range.

Read the entire article VW AG and TATA Motors formed an alliance to develop new products

For the Volkswagen Group, the future of mobility will be automated driving and this is why at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, it has revealed its first ever self-driving car dubbed as the Sedric.

Not only will this be a self-driving model but it will have automated driving of Level 5, which is the highest stage when it comes to automation. In addition to being fully autonomous, this car is 100% connected and runs on pure electricity. With just the press of the OneButton, it can immediately move and then collect the passengers. Just to show how smart it is, it can independently perform all of the needed driving tasks. Being automated, it means there are no cockpit, pedals, or even, steering wheel.

Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller shared that the brand and Audi have been the pioneers when it comes to autonomous driving and the brand hopes to highlight this claim by having a more proactive role in forming the next evolutionary stage. He added that Volkswagen believes not only in the future of this technology but also of its long-term potential.

Read the entire article VW displays self-driving Sedric Concept at 2017 Geneva Show

The Dutch Volkswagen importer’s journey didn’t just end in Wolfsburg. In celebration of Volkswagen Bulli’s 70th anniversary, the German brand brought the VW Multivan special edition to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Known to many as the Volkswagen Kombi, the Bulli came into production in the 1950s. After seven long decades, Volkswagen is celebrating the utility vehicle’s anniversary with “70 Years of The Bulli”. A big celebration certainly awaits it after it was discovered by its founder seventy years ago in 1947.

The Kombi’s storied past begun when Ben Pon, a Volkswagen importer from Netherlands came to VW’s Wolfsburg plant for a visit. After he saw the plant’s runabout vehicle, the Plattenwagen soon became his inspiration to create the Transporter. The rest as they say is history.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is commemorating the founding of Ben Pon’s prodigious project at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland with the Bulli special edition Minivan. There, Volkswagen showcases a model based on the latest generation Transporter.

Read the entire article 2017 Geneva Motor Show stages Volkswagen’s 70 Years of the Bulli

The long wait is over for the newest offering from German carmaker Volkswagen – the new Volkswagen Arteon. This new four-door grand tourer (gran turismo) is making its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Subbing in for the Volkswagen CC four-door fastback, the new VW Arteon – in terms of size -- will be slotted above the VW Passat and below the China-only Phideon sedan. Its dimensions are 4,862 mm in length, 1,871 mm in width and 1,427 mm in height as well as a wheelbase of 2,841 mm. This means that the Arteon is around 9.4 cm longer, 4 cm wider and 2.8 cm lower than the Passat.

Its wheelbase is also 5 cm longer than that of the Passat. Although both the Passat and the Arteon are underpinned by the same platform -- Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) – the latter offers more legroom and more cabin space enough to comfortably accommodate up to five occupants.

Read the entire article VW unveils new Arteon gran turismo at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

The Volkswagen Tiguan is considered by many as the most successful SUV to come out of Germany. It is estimated that about half a million customers have chosen the Tiguan, which comes in either the all-wheel drive version or the front-wheel drive variety. Despite releasing the second generation model last year, Volkswagen is pushing out another version -- the Tiguan Allspace.

While this variant will be part of Volkswagen’s display during the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, it will not be the first time for customers to see this SUV. Indeed, it has been showcased not only in North America but also in China. However, this will be the first time it will be shown in Europe.

For many SUV customers, the main consideration is space and the Allspace does not disappoint. In fact, it has an overall length of 4,701 mm (an increase of 215 mm). In addition, the wheelbase is now 2,790 mm instead of the standard 2,681 mm, an addition of 190 mm. While this means that it is still shorter than the Touareg, the change in dimensions is enough to satisfy many SUV customers. As such, five passengers can sit in comfort inside and with the extra room, additional seats can be installed to increase the count to seven.

Read the entire article VW Tiguan Allspace is set to make European debut at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

More efficient, more power and longer range. This is how we could best describe the electric version of the Volkswagen Golf for the 2017 model year.

In terms of efficiency, the new 2017 VW e-Golf could boast of being one of the most efficient EVs, as the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) just rated the electric compact car as having fuel economy figures of 126 MPGe city, 111 MPGe highway and 119 MPGe combined. Yes, compared to the 2016 version, the 2017 VW e-Golf has a lot more to offer, thanks to a more dynamic electric motor as well as to a more powerful battery pack.

The electric motor serving as the core of the 2017 VW e-Golf has been upgraded to deliver a max output of 134 horsepower and maximum torque of 214 pound-feet. These numbers represent improvements of 19 hp (from 115 hp) in output and 15 lb.-ft. (from 199 lb.-ft.) in torque over the figures provided by the electric motor installed inside the 2016 VW e-Golf. This increase in power output and torque translates to a surge in top speed by around six miles per hour to 93 mph (from 87 mph).

Read the entire article 2017 VW e-Golf is EPA-rated to deliver 125 miles of range and 119 MPGe of combined driving

One of the executives at Volkswagen tagged in the so-called Dieselgate scandal has pleaded not guilty to a list of allegations surrounding the carmaker’s actions to cheat emissions regulations in the United States.

Oliver Schmidt is facing 11 felony counts in relation to VW’s efforts to deceive regulators in the US that its vehicles powered by its diesel engines were compliant with regulations. However, it was soon discovered that a cheat device was installed to hide the fact that the emissions levels of these vehicles were higher than certified. Schmidt is accused of knowingly taking in a conspiracy -- from May 2006 to September 2015 – to defraud the US and VW customers as well as to violate the Clean Air Act.

Filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the criminal complaint alleged that Schmidt knew that VW’s diesel vehicles released higher emissions levels when on the road than when undergoing emissions tests. The complaint added that Schmidt knew that discrepancy was caused by an intentional installation of software that could detect and cheat US emissions tests.

Read the entire article VW executive Oliver Schmidt pleads not guilty to Dieselgate scandal

Remember the Volkswagen e-Crafter van concept? It looks like its production version won’t bear the same moniker. Instead, VW could be planning to etch the term “e-Transporter” on the concept’s nameplate when it arrives as a production model sometime this year.

The possible change in name came as the German carmaker just recently trademarked four nameplates: e-Transporter, Allsider, Duomotion and Twin Motion. The Allsider moniker could be a new badge for the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Meanwhile the Duomotion and Twin Motion aliases could be suffixes to define the type of powertrain behind the company’s vehicles.

Volkswagen took the veils off the e-Crafter van concept at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany in September 2016. Boasting of zero emissions, the concept van is touted to be a perfect choice for delivery vehicles and logistics service providers. At its core is a built-in 100 kW electric motor that could provide 290 Nm of peak torque, allowing the VW e-Crafter to achieve a top speed of 80km/h. This electric motor derives its juice from 43-kWh battery pack that allows the e-Crafter to travel up to 200 km before needing to recharge. The battery e-Crafter could be recharged up to 80 percent of its energy capacity in less than an hour thanks to a 40 kW DC quick charger.

Read the entire article VW trademarks e-Transporter name as possible production moniker for e-Crafter Concept

Soon, we will be able see VW Group's new frugal turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine underneath the hood of the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift. This engine – the 1.5-liter TSI Evo powerplant --will be one of the five available engines for the 2017 Skoda Octavia Facelift.

When Skoda announced the face-lifted version of the Octavia in October 2016, it also disclosed that its power will be sourced from four available engines – two petrol and two diesel engines – in the United Kingdom. The petrol engines include a 1.0 TSI that delivers 115 PS and a 1.4 TSI that provides up to 150 PS. Meanwhile the diesel powerplants include a 1.6 TDI that generates 115 PS and a 2.0 TDI that develops max output of 150 PS. Available transmission systems include a manual gearbox and a DSG transmission with six or seven gears.

Now, the 1.5-liter TSI Evo petrol engine is not entirely a new powerplant. It is in fact, an evolution or an upgraded version of the 150-PS 1.4 TSI unit that is available as one of the cores for the 2017 Skoda Octavia. Featuring cylinder deactivation, this 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine is able to deliver 150 hp (110 kW) of max output and 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This means that the petrol versions of the new 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift will be available with either a 1.0 TSI with 115 PS or a 1.5 TSI Evo with 150 PS. As for the 1.4 TSI petrol engine in the Skoda Octavia, it will be gradually replaced with the evolved unit starting the second half of the year.

Read the entire article 2017 Skoda Octavia will feature VW's turbocharged 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine

The new Volkswagen Atlas SUV isn’t due to arrive at dealerships in the United States until spring of this year. Quite a number of people are also excited to get their hands on VW’s new three-row SUV, and that excitement has been further fueled by the special edition of the VW Atlas.

This special version of the Atlas -- the VW Atlas Weekend Edition – will be unveiled to the public at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. No, the Atlas Weekend Edition is not a new trim, but rather, it is a show car intended to highlight how customers could dress up their new Atlas SUVs with the new available accessories.

Of course, we won’t stop you from loving the Atlas Weekend Edition, but keep in mind that this version is pretty much achievable, especially if you have loads of cash from your account.

Read the entire article VW unfurls Atlas Weekend Edition at 2017 Chicago Auto Show

It’s like building a Volkswagen with your own hands. Happening this week at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen travels back and forth between the past and the future with its miniature cityscape. With up to 20,000 pieces of Lego bricks specially built for the event, the company wishes to take its audience on a brief, yet sentimental journey.

Since the scale models are meant to showcase the brand’s evolution of design, the German automaker arrives at the event with a custom-built 2-ft x 3.5 ft Lego diorama featuring the vintage Microbus as well as the latest 7-seater Atlas crossover.

With a nice city as its backdrop, the scale models will surely catch the attention of children and adults that are attending the auto show. The diorama consists of road, modern buildings and trees ---representing “The Volkswagen Journey” throughout the decades.

Read the entire article VW comes to Chicago with a big set of Lego blocks in tow

So, it will be goodbye for Volkswagen’s 1.5-liter TDI engine that was intended to replace the carmaker’s current 1.6-liter TDI unit. This comes as the German carmaker has decided not to continue the development of a replacement diesel unit that could have made its debut in the new generation of the VW Polo.

This was revealed by Frank Welsch, the chief of research and development at VW, to Autocar during a recent international media launching event for the carmaker’s new Golf in Spain. Welsch disclosed that VW is now abandoning its small diesel engine strategy due to many factors and will instead pursue a new venue to power its compact vehicles. Aside from stopping the development of its 1.5-liter TDI engine, VW is also halting its turbocharged 1.4-liter three-cylinder diesel engine. This smaller diesel engine is currently available for the present generation of the Polo.

The scrapped 1.5-liter TDI engine is an aluminum block high-pressure common rail powerplant intended to become a vital part of the German carmaker’s new small engine offensive. It will go in tandem with VW’s newly unfurled turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine that is found in the seventh-generation Golf facelift.

Read the entire article VW scraps new 1.5-liter TDI diesel engine in favor of small hybrid powertrains

Have you seen a shooting brake (wagon) that could be transformed into a pickup, and vice-versa? Well, if you have been to Australia or to New Zealand, it is high likely that you have seen the so-called “ute,” which is basically a passenger car with an integrated cargo bed. In other words, an ute is a low-lying two-door coupe pickup.

Now, exterior designer Valentin Fuchs and visualization designer Pierre Joveneaux – both design interns at Volkswagen – have posted their own take of the ute – the VW Varok. Designed for the Australian market, the VW Varok is an innovative ute concept that could be used either as a three-passenger high-utility low-lying pickup or as a five-passenger shooting brake with ample space for some cargo. With this capability, the VW Varok concept should be a no-compromise ute boasting of everyday utility.

Fuchs and Joveneaux posted their work on Behance, an online platform that allows creative professionals across different industries and companies to showcase as well as discover creative work. Fuchs remarked that the goal of the Varok project was to imagine how the German carmaker could enter in the Australian market with an ute vehicle.

Read the entire article Design interns create revolutionary VW Varok coupe-pickup concept

As the Dieselgate saga continues to be told, the stripping down chapter remains unfinished. Just very recently, the man who stripped down his 2010 Volkswagen Golf had his hatchback driven by an editor at Jalopnik. We don’t know exactly what the stunt that the man -- named Joe Mayer of Cincinnati – and Jalopnik wants to pull off, but it seems they are eager to show that the affected Golf subject to a buyback is indeed operable.

Here is how it started. Some owners were bragging about stripping down their Golf vehicles before taking them to VW for the buyback program, taking advantage of the term “operable” as defined by the program. Before going to his buyback appointment with Volkswagen, Mayer decided to strip down his 2010 VW Golf, took pictures of it and then posted it on his Instagram account.

His post caught the attention of Jalopnik, which then ran his own Diesel-gate strip-down story. Seeing the post, VW had a representative call Mayer and tell him that his appointment had been postponed. The representative didn’t say whether the carmaker would pay or would turn down Mayer for his stripped-down Golf. However, VW’s actions indicate its clear unwillingness to buy back a stripped-down vehicle. As Mayer said, the VW representative told him that stripping down of his Golf “wasn’t in the spirit of the buyback.”

Read the entire article Diesel VW Golf owner drives stripped-down car through town to show that it still runs
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