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2018 VW Atlas R-Line introduced

Months from now, Volkswagen will commence sales of its new Atlas SUV (2018 model year) in the United States. But as early as now, the German carmaker is making sure that it would be able to attract more customers for the new Atlas by disclosing that a performance-inspired R-Line package is up for grabs for its latest SUV.

This new trim will be available to the SE and SEL models of the 2018 VW Atlas, effectively enhancing their appearance both inside and out. The overall effect would be an Atlas that looks more dynamic and sportier than a typical model. Exterior enhancements packed in the R-Line trim include the fitment of distinct bumpers -- with integrated air intakes at the front bumper and a glossy black diffuser on the rear bumper.

Further exterior details include new side skirts, 20-inch aluminum-alloy twin-spoke wheels and R-Line badging. Interior improvements, meanwhile, come with an R-Line steering wheel clip as well as stainless-steel sport pedal covers. As soon as the driver starts up the SUV, the Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II) infotainment system lights up with R-Line logo.

The 2018 VW Atlas R-Line will be offered in two available powertrains: a turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TSI engine that offers 238 hp (177 kW) of max output and a 3.6-liter V6 engine capable of delivering up to 280 hp (208 kW) of output. Both are paired to an eight-speed transmission. The 4-cylinder powered Atlas with R-Line is only available in front-wheel drive while the V6-powered SUV with the same package could be availed in either front-wheel drive or the advanced 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

Basically, VW developed the Atlas to further penetrate the auto markets in the US and China (known as Teramont). While the carmaker is considering selling the new Atlas in some markets in Europe, it first needs to determine if it is the right SUV to offer in the region. VW will commence sales of the Atlas in the US in the spring of 2017, with the R-Line package to be made available later in the year.

Underpinned by VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix architecture, or MQB, the 2018 VW Atlas employs the brand’s current design language. It measures 198.3 inches in length, 77.9 inches in width and 69.6 inches in height – making it the largest SUV from the German carmaker to be built in the US.

The China-bound Teramont, meanwhile, will be offered with three powertrain options – two versions of 2.0-liter TFSI engine developing 186hp and 220hp of outputs, and a 2.5-liter V6 TFSI engine generating 299hp of output. The series production of the Atlas has already started at the carmaker’s Chattanooga facility in Tennessee. The German company has invested over $900 million to improve the site’s current facilities and expand the production space by at least 26 percent (or around 665,000 square feet).

Months from now, Volkswagen will commence sales of its new Atlas SUV (2018 model year) in the United States. But as early as now, the German carmaker is making sure that it would be able to attract more customers for the new Atlas by disclosing that a performance-inspired R-Line package is up for grabs for its latest SUV.

This new trim will be available to the SE and SEL models of the 2018 VW Atlas, effectively enhancing their appearance both inside and out. The overall effect would be an Atlas that looks more dynamic and sportier than a typical model. Exterior enhancements packed in the R-Line trim include the fitment of distinct bumpers -- with integrated air intakes at the front bumper and a glossy black diffuser on the rear bumper.

Further exterior details include new side skirts, 20-inch aluminum-alloy twin-spoke wheels and R-Line badging. Interior improvements, meanwhile, come with an R-Line steering wheel clip as well as stainless-steel sport pedal covers. As soon as the driver starts up the SUV, the Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II) infotainment system lights up with R-Line logo.

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2017 VW Golf gets sporty exterior with the R-Line trim package

Your 2017 Volkswagen Golf Facelift could get as sporty looking as the Golf R with the new R-Line packages. But without the sporty run and the premium price.

Set to arrive in the middle of the year, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf represents a mid-cycle update of the German carmaker’s hot-selling compact that is currently in its seventh generation. It features several design revisions like its new front and rear bumpers as well as full LED taillights. LED headlights are now offered for the Golf and Golf Variant while its in-cabin technology is also given an upgrade.

Truth be told, the 2017 Golf 7 Facelift is really good looking and appealing. However, no matter how you look at it, the appearance of the 2017 Golf Facelift is far from being sporty. The face-lifted version of the sporty looking and high-performance 2017 Golf R has yet to be announced. Moreover, there aremany customers who wanted to make 2017 Golf Facelift as sporty looking as the Golf R, but without its performance specs. After all, the Golf R does command a high premium over a standard version of the Golf.

We should be glad that Volkswagen is generous enough to offer customers with an optional package that could transform the exterior and interior appearances of the 2017 Golf Facelift (both the hatchback and wagon versions) into a Golf R-like style – the R-Line.

Basically, two new R-Line packages are available for the face-lifted versions of the Golf and the Golf Variant. First is the R-Line Exterior package. When availed, the R-Line exterior package endows the 2017 Golf Facelift with an R-Line front bumper, which has air intake screens that feature a honeycomb structure. These screens as well as the C signature are finished in high-gloss black.

Likewise, the package’s sill extensions are finished in high-gloss black. At the rear, the VW Golf Facelift is fitted with a rear bumper with a R-Line specific diffuser as well as trapezoidal chrome trims. An R-Line rear spoiler with aero flaps is also installed. To tell people that it an R-Line trim of the Golf, R-Line badges can be found on radiator grille and side panels.

The second package is a more intensive suite of R-Line elements. It includes all the features of the R-Line exterior package but with the addition of certain interior elements like R-Line sport seats in "Carbon Flag/San Remo" design. These seats could also be wrapped in perforated "Vienna" leather finished in Black-Crystal Grey. Additionally, the second package includes a leather-wrapped multifunction sport steering wheel with contrasting stitching and R-Line badge. Contrasting stitching is also found on the gear shift boot and floor mats.

Moreover, a Golf Facelift with this second R-Line package receives decorative "Dark Diamond Flag" inlays, black roof-lining as well as stainless steel door sill panels, foot rest and pedal caps. Interestingly, the R-Line logo appears on the display screen as the driver starts up the Golf. Furthermore, customers availing of the second R-Line package could choose from 17 or 18-inch "Sebring" alloy wheels, 17-inch "Singapore" alloy wheels or 18-inch "Marseille" alloy wheels.

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NAIAS 2017: Volkswagen unveils I.D. Buzz Concept

Since every car brand seems so be heading to an autonomous future, automakers like Volkswagen AG won’t want to be left out of the game. Just this week, Volkswagen’s much anticipated electric microbus concept was finally unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Imagine an all-wheel drive mini bus that seats eight passengers and comes with a 270-mile driving cycle. These are what Volkswagen designers had in mind when they penned the futuristic ID Buzz Concept. But to some, this idea is nothing new, especially if you could recall last year’s Volkswagen’s Budd-e concept.

First off, the futuristic ID Buzz has the original concept’s autonomous driving capabilities and all-electric powertrain. Since the two basically share more than a few similarities, the latest concept EV also bears the same 22-inch Galvano Gray Metallic alloy wheels, slim tail lamps, LED headlights as well as the all-glowing Volkswagen logo.

Surprisingly, the cabin is much roomier than what you would expect. VW ID Buzz is designed with shorter overhangs both for the front and back, therefore, maximizing the wheelbase to create a more spacious interior. Due to this, the ID Buzz has enough room for up to eight people.

Once the “Pilot mode” is activated, anyone on board (including the driver) could be a passenger. To enhance this experience, the steering wheel retracts on its own to provide more space at the driver’s side.

What’s even more exciting is that Volkswagen created a soft ambience for the cabin by including wooden floor panels and LED ambient lighting technology. It is also equipped with the most hi-tech head-up display, portable tablet and side cameras for the touch-sensitive steering wheel.

Power comes from a pair of electric motors wherein one is installed at the back and the other one is in front. This allows Volkswagen’s 369 hp all-wheel drive EV to run from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds as well as to reach a top speed of up to 99mph.

In addition, the ID Buzz is packed with a large 111-kWh battery pack that can last up to 600 kilometres based on the NEDC. Volkswagen, on the other hand, has estimated it to extend up to 270 miles. By using the fast charger, one can recharge the battery by up to 80% in as short as thirty minutes.

From the exterior, the minivan features a two-tone paint in “Cyber Yellow Pearl Effect” and “Metallic Silver”. Just by these, Volkswagen’s newest technological concept could be considered a work of art.

As the German automaker continues to pursue bigger plans particularly for the upcoming “Together – Strategy 2025”, perhaps we will be seeing more of these concepts come true in real life. With this new ID concept “buzzing on its way”, it does look like there’s no stopping Volkswagen as its gets ready for an electrified, autonomous future.

Since every car brand seems so be heading to an autonomous future, automakers like Volkswagen AG won’t want to be left out of the game. Just this week, Volkswagen’s much anticipated electric microbus concept was finally unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Imagine an all-wheel drive mini bus that seats eight passengers and comes with a 270-mile driving cycle. These are what Volkswagen designers had in mind when they penned the futuristic ID Buzz Concept. But to some, this idea is nothing new, especially if you could recall last year’s Volkswagen’s Budd-e concept.

First off, the futuristic ID Buzz has the original concept’s autonomous driving capabilities and all-electric powertrain. Since the two basically share more than a few similarities, the latest concept EV also bears the same 22-inch Galvano Gray Metallic alloy wheels, slim tail lamps, LED headlights as well as the all-glowing Volkswagen logo.

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2018 VW Atlas price starts at $30,000 in the United States

Volkswagen revealed that in order to continue the success it has been facing in the U.S. market, it will need to focus more on sports utility vehicles and crossovers. This is, of course, in addition to exerting more effort to get the public to increase their trust in the brand. That said, the brand is expected to release to the U.S. the much-awaited Atlas this spring with the long-wheelbase Tiguan to follow later. Both models made their debuts at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

In line with this, Volkswagen disclosed that the base version of the Atlas will be priced at $30,000. This is the same variant that will be equipped with the turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter and have the front-wheel drive.

Officials at brand added, without revealing too much, that the top range of the Atlas is estimated to cost about $48,000. Most likely, this refers to the SEL version which comes with the all-wheel drive, fitted with the V6 engine, and equipped with a number of new features. Volkswagen, however, did not say whether this will also be the price for the R-Line trim, which like the two models mentioned earlier, was presented during the current Detroit Auto Show.

The R-Line brings with it new side skirts with the body placed on 20-inch wheels. Bumpers for both the front section and the rear end are now more distinct. However, for the interior, there have only been a few changes made like the small R placed on the steering wheel, and the R-Line logo that can be seen on its infotainment screen when starting, to name a few.

Once the Atlas is officially released to the U.S. market and the Tiguan after, the brand will then launch two additional SUVs to the market. The third model is likely the new Touareg.

While there is no word yet on what the fourth utility vehicle may be, car enthusiasts are prodicting that it will be smaller, likely just a level below the Tiguan. Regardless of what the two models may be, the brand hopes to have all four in the market by the year 2020.

Finally, the brand said as well that with regards to its plans for the U.S. market, electric vehicles will play a significant part. Initially, this will be for new models but it will eventually include both the SUV and crossover range in the future. Volkswagen has already given customers and fans alike an idea of what its electrification strategy is with the recent presentation of the I.D. Buzz Concept. The concept car is a futuristic version of the Microbus and while it does look excellent, it remains to be far from being feasible in terms of production.

Volkswagen revealed that in order to continue the success it has been facing in the U.S. market, it will need to focus more on sports utility vehicles and crossovers. This is, of course, in addition to exerting more effort to get the public to increase their trust in the brand. That said, the brand is expected to release to the U.S. the much-awaited Atlas this spring with the long-wheelbase Tiguan to follow later. Both models made their debuts at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

In line with this, Volkswagen disclosed that the base version of the Atlas will be priced at $30,000. This is the same variant that will be equipped with the turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter and have the front-wheel drive.

Officials at brand added, without revealing too much, that the top range of the Atlas is estimated to cost about $48,000. Most likely, this refers to the SEL version which comes with the all-wheel drive, fitted with the V6 engine, and equipped with a number of new features. Volkswagen, however, did not say whether this will also be the price for the R-Line trim, which like the two models mentioned earlier, was presented during the current Detroit Auto Show.

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Volkswagen has officially unveiled the new 2018 Tiguan long-wheelsbase during the 2017 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. This model marks a big step for the brand especially in the U.S. market.

The reason is that this model was developed by engineers at the brand, keeping American customers in mind. This means that it has the fun to drive quality of the present Tiguan but with an interior that offers more space and sophistication. There is also a host of new driver assistance technologies plus advanced infotainment and even flexible seating.

The Tiguan utilizes the brand’s very own Modular Transverse Matrix, or MQB, platform much like the Atlas. As already mentioned, the 2018 Tiguan has more space than the present version as it is longer by 10.7 inches with overall length at 185.2 inches.

It even offers cargo capacity that is larger by 57%. Wheelbase is even longer that the version in the Europe market measuring 109.9 inches, longer by 4.4 inches. This allows it to have sliding seats for the second row with an option to have a third row.

The exterior reveals that the new 2018 Tiguan continues to have the design language the brand is well-known for. Due to the MQB architecture, the stance of the vehicle is lower and wider. The design itself makes use of stronger, as well as sharper, character lines.

Meanwhile the interior has been redesigned as well with the base models revealing the cloth seats to have rhombus pattern, giving it that premium appearance. With the Volkswagen Car-Net system, occupants get a chance to make use of the wide range of connected services like the App-Connect technology which is compatible with Android AutoTM, Apple CarPlayTM, and even MirrorLink.

Speaking about the new 2018 Tiguan, Volkswagen North American Region CEO Hinrich J. Woebcken revealed that the new model is the brand’s way of showing customers in the U.S. a vehicle that has the versatility and usability they want but without compromising the signature driving dynamics or style of Volkswagen. Everything about this new model, he added, was developed for such customers particularly the convenience and the space.

All of these, continued Woebcken, are offered together with enhanced agility, performance, and of course, value. CEO Woebcken shared further that Volkswagen will be pricing the 2018 Tiguan competitively. Together with the new Atlas, there is no doubt that 2017 will be the year of Volkswagen’s SUV. Updates will be announced with #SUVW, he concluded.

Volkswagen has officially unveiled the new 2018 Tiguan long-wheelsbase during the 2017 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. This model marks a big step for the brand especially in the U.S. market.

The reason is that this model was developed by engineers at the brand, keeping American customers in mind. This means that it has the fun to drive quality of the present Tiguan but with an interior that offers more space and sophistication. There is also a host of new driver assistance technologies plus advanced infotainment and even flexible seating.

The Tiguan utilizes the brand’s very own Modular Transverse Matrix, or MQB, platform much like the Atlas. As already mentioned, the 2018 Tiguan has more space than the present version as it is longer by 10.7 inches with overall length at 185.2 inches.

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Volkswagen continues to provide more details and images of its much-awaited Volkswagen Golf R all-wheel drive flagship. Overall, the 2017 VW Golf R Facelift looks more handsome and more aggressive than its predecessors with power that is a bit higher.

Judging from the looks of the new VW Golf R, the flagship sports the same exterior update – like its revised radiator grille, redesigned bumper with larger openings as well as new LED headlamps. On the sides, the latest Golf R features new, double-five-spoke wheels. On the rear, the new 2017 VW Golf R features new taillights with a new LED pattern as well as larger lamps on its rear bumper.

Inside, there are no noticeable revisions on the cabin of the new 2017 VW Golf R – the interior remains almost the same visually as the 2016 model. However, the update comes in the form of technologies. For instance, the interior of the new 2017 VW Golf R comes with a 12.3-inch new fully digital instrument cluster that offers up to five different information profiles. It also features a new touchscreen that is fitted with gesture control technology.

In terms of power, the 2017 VW Golf R is a bit more powerful than its predecessor. In the 2016 Golf R, the carmaker’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers up to 300 PS of output and up to 380 Nm of torque. Now, VW has updated this four-cylinder engine to deliver 310 PS (plus 10 PS) of output and 400 Nm (plus 20 Nm) of torque. This means that the new 2017 VW Golf R could sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds, compared to 4.9 seconds needed by its predecessor. The new Golf R could go as fast as 155 mph.

In terms of efficiency, the 2017 VW Golf R consumes between 8.7 liters and 10.1 liters per 100 km in the urban cycle; between 6.0 liters and 6.6 liters per 100 km in the extra-urban settings; and between 7.0 liters and 7.9 liters per 100 in the combined cycle. In addition, the 2017 VW Golf R emits between 160 grams and 180 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. In Europe, the new VW Golf R has a starting price of around €40,675 (manual transmission).

On the other hand, Volkswagen has announced that it has commenced pre-selling the entry-level version of the Golf. The new Golf 1.0 TSI Trendline boasts of significantly enhanced features, with an engine that provides up to 85 PS (63 kW). Interested customers could now order the Golf 1.0 TSI Trendline at a starting price of €17,850. According to VW, this places it at the same price range as the 2016 previous model.

Volkswagen continues to provide more details and images of its much-awaited Volkswagen Golf R all-wheel drive flagship. Overall, the 2017 VW Golf R Facelift looks more handsome and more aggressive than its predecessors with power that is a bit higher.

Judging from the looks of the new VW Golf R, the flagship sports the same exterior update – like its revised radiator grille, redesigned bumper with larger openings as well as new LED headlamps. On the sides, the latest Golf R features new, double-five-spoke wheels. On the rear, the new 2017 VW Golf R features new taillights with a new LED pattern as well as larger lamps on its rear bumper.

Inside, there are no noticeable revisions on the cabin of the new 2017 VW Golf R – the interior remains almost the same visually as the 2016 model. However, the update comes in the form of technologies. For instance, the interior of the new 2017 VW Golf R comes with a 12.3-inch new fully digital instrument cluster that offers up to five different information profiles. It also features a new touchscreen that is fitted with gesture control technology.

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If you’re an owner of any Volkswagen diesel vehicle covered by the recent court-approved buyback program in the United States and is considering stripping down your unit before turning it over to the carmaker, perhaps you shouldn’t do so, for now.

As it turned out, Volkswagen seems to not be happy about stripped-down diesel cars being resold to them, and is not keen on buying these vehicles back. Earlier this month it was reported that some owners of affected diesel vehicles were taking advantage of the term “operable” as defined by the buyback program. The buyback program defines an operable vehicle as one that can be driven under its own 2.0-liter TDI engine power.

This simply means that vehicle’s 2.0-liter TDI engine should still be able to function and drive the unit. Not a few believed that this could mean that even if an affected vehicle has been stripped down, it is still eligible for the buyback program as long as it can still be driven by its diesel engine. There was a claim that a customer was able to cash in from the program even if he removed the front fascia and headlights of his Golf GTI. Similar claims have also surfaced.

However, it looks like VW is having some trouble in buying back stripped down diesel vehicles. Jalopnik reported on the case of Joe Mayer, who stripped down his 2010 VW Golf before going to his buyback appointment with the carmaker. Before his scheduled appointment, Mayer took pictures of his stripped-down Golf and posted it on his Instagram account. His post caught the attention of Jalopnik, which then ran his story.

But then, a representative from VW called Mayer and told him that his appointment had been postponed. Well, technically, VW didn’t say whether it would pay or would turn down Mayer. But, this clearly indicates the carmaker’s unwillingness to buy back a stripped down vehicle. According to Mayer, the representative told him that stripping down a car “wasn’t in the spirit of the buyback.”

Despite the debacle, Mayer still believes that a stripped down isn’t against the terms of the buyback program. VW hasn’t called him back yet.

In a statement to Jalopnik, Volkswagen noted that – pending regulatory approval of modifications that would allow these vehicles to comply with emissions standards -- the settlement allows the carmaker to modify some of the bought-back vehicles so these can be sold later.

Well, considering that Volkswagen is buying back these diesel vehicles, it really has no confirmed modification solutions that would make them regulations-compliant. There have been speculations that the vehicles that Volkswagen bought back would be sold to other markets where emissions standards are not as high.

If you’re an owner of any Volkswagen diesel vehicle covered by the recent court-approved buyback program in the United States and is considering stripping down your unit before turning it over to the carmaker, perhaps you shouldn’t do so, for now.

As it turned out, Volkswagen seems to not be happy about stripped-down diesel cars being resold to them, and is not keen on buying these vehicles back. Earlier this month it was reported that some owners of affected diesel vehicles were taking advantage of the term “operable” as defined by the buyback program. The buyback program defines an operable vehicle as one that can be driven under its own 2.0-liter TDI engine power.

This simply means that vehicle’s 2.0-liter TDI engine should still be able to function and drive the unit. Not a few believed that this could mean that even if an affected vehicle has been stripped down, it is still eligible for the buyback program as long as it can still be driven by its diesel engine. There was a claim that a customer was able to cash in from the program even if he removed the front fascia and headlights of his Golf GTI. Similar claims have also surfaced.

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It appears Volkswagen Group might be settling its way out of the so-called “Dieselgate scandal” in Canada – a similar path it has taken in the United States. This comes after the German carmaker agreed to settle nationwide consumer class claims covering 105,000 vehicles powered by its emissions-cheating 2.0-liter diesel engine in Canada.

Canada’s Competition Bureau launched an investigation and found that Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada did mislead its customers by promoting its vehicles – sold or leased in Canada – as powered by clean diesel engines with lower emission levels even cleaner than their gasoline counterpart. The Bureau found that certain diesel units from Volkswagen and Audi were able to pass applicable emissions tests thanks to installed software that could make it seem that these vehicles were emitting lower emission values during testing.

Audi and Volkswagen vehicles covered by the proposed settlement in Canada include: VW Jetta (model years 2009 to 2015); VW Jetta Wagon (MY 2009); VW Golf (MY 2010 to 2013, and MY 2015); VW Passat (MY 2012 to 2015); VW Beetle (MY 2013 to 2015); VW Golf Wagon (MY 2010 to 2014); VW Golf Sportwagon (MY 2015) and Audi A3 (MY 2010 to 2013, and 2015).

Owners and lessees of the 105,000 affected vehicles could get cash payments or opt to sell back their units to Volkswagen (buyback) or terminate their lease sans any penalty. Owners and lessees of the affected Volkswagen and Audi vehicles in Canada may opt to keep their units, have these undergo modifications at no extra charge and get an extended emissions warranty. An additional option would be trading in the affected vehicle with the fair market value applied.

However, the class settlement and agreement with Canada’s Commissioner of Competition do not mean an admission of liability by the Volkswagen Group. The class settlement and agreement don’t include proposed class actions currently underway and don’t apply to owners or lessees of 3.0-liter TDI V6 vehicles from Volkswagen and Audi. The class settlement and agreement are still subject to court approval. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto and the Superior Court of Quebec in Montreal have scheduled approval hearings for the proposed nationwide class settlement at the end of March 2017.

The settlements may cost the Volkswagen Group up to CAD$2.1 billion (US$1.6 billion), if all eligible class members take part in the settlement program, and if all those eligible for the buyback option decide to sell their vehicles back to the carmaker. In addition, Volkswagen Group would pay a civil administrative monetary penalty amounting to CAD$15 million (US$11.2 million).

It appears Volkswagen Group might be settling its way out of the so-called “Dieselgate scandal” in Canada – a similar path it has taken in the United States. This comes after the German carmaker agreed to settle nationwide consumer class claims covering 105,000 vehicles powered by its emissions-cheating 2.0-liter diesel engine in Canada.

Canada’s Competition Bureau launched an investigation and found that Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada did mislead its customers by promoting its vehicles – sold or leased in Canada – as powered by clean diesel engines with lower emission levels even cleaner than their gasoline counterpart. The Bureau found that certain diesel units from Volkswagen and Audi were able to pass applicable emissions tests thanks to installed software that could make it seem that these vehicles were emitting lower emission values during testing.

Audi and Volkswagen vehicles covered by the proposed settlement in Canada include: VW Jetta (model years 2009 to 2015); VW Jetta Wagon (MY 2009); VW Golf (MY 2010 to 2013, and MY 2015); VW Passat (MY 2012 to 2015); VW Beetle (MY 2013 to 2015); VW Golf Wagon (MY 2010 to 2014); VW Golf Sportwagon (MY 2015) and Audi A3 (MY 2010 to 2013, and 2015).

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After years of development and spending at least $900-million, Volkswagen’s Chattanooga factory will finally start the production of the much-awaited VW Atlas. Dubbed as the ”boldest vehicle“ sold in the US, the 2018 VW Atlas is in fact also the largest MQB-based model by Volkswagen. Above all, the 7-seater SUV will come with a starting price that is sure to threaten Toureg’s $49,495 pricetag.

The series production has started on Wednesday at VoA’s Tennessee factory. Volkswagen invested over $900-million to enhance the existing facilities and increase the production space by at least twenty six percent (or equivalent to 665,000 square foot). Since this expansion was basically intended for the Atlas, an additional workforce has been needed along the line.

From 2,400 employees, the Chattanooga factory now has 2,800 workers. VW also suggests that these numbers will likely increase as the level of production requires. Hinrich Woebcken, CEO for VW North America recounts how the Atlas has been designed for the US. He’s obviously delighted about the fact that the “big” SUV is now being manufactured locally.

Next year, the “Teramont” (a rebadged version) will also be built in China. Volkswagen has in fact announced its plan in introducing a diesel version of the Atlas, which will be exclusively sold in Russia.

We could also expect other European markets to be part of the plan. Just the same, the US-spec Atlas won’t come with a TDI engine. More or less this has something to do with VW’s diesel scandal. Due to this, the US market will only have two choices of gasoline-powered engines.

The entry level variant comes with a 238 hp 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged engine while the more powerful version boasts up to 280hp coming from its 3.6 litre, naturally aspirated V6 engine. Both are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission but the 6-cylinder may also come with the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

Meanwhile, the 2018 Atlas will be available in 5 trims and two engine options. Its safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control as well as Autonomous Emergency Braking.

In addition, Volkswagen’s Car Net service will also be integrated on Select trims. If you think the Atlas is too large for your small family, Volkswagen will be releasing a smaller SUV. The Tiguan can also seat up to 7 passengers since it has 3 rows but it’s basically the smaller version of the Atlas. But since the Tiguan is going to be assembled in Puebla Mexico, the only missing piece is perhaps the “Made in USA” label.

After years of development and spending at least $900-million, Volkswagen’s Chattanooga factory will finally start the production of the much-awaited VW Atlas. Dubbed as the ”boldest vehicle“ sold in the US, the 2018 VW Atlas is in fact also the largest MQB-based model by Volkswagen. Above all, the 7-seater SUV will come with a starting price that is sure to threaten Toureg’s $49,495 pricetag.

The series production has started on Wednesday at VoA’s Tennessee factory. Volkswagen invested over $900-million to enhance the existing facilities and increase the production space by at least twenty six percent (or equivalent to 665,000 square foot). Since this expansion was basically intended for the Atlas, an additional workforce has been needed along the line.

From 2,400 employees, the Chattanooga factory now has 2,800 workers. VW also suggests that these numbers will likely increase as the level of production requires. Hinrich Woebcken, CEO for VW North America recounts how the Atlas has been designed for the US. He’s obviously delighted about the fact that the “big” SUV is now being manufactured locally.

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With around three months before Volkswagen unveils the replacement model for its VW CC – the VW Arteon – the German carmaker is already considering a new version of its model. Even before VW finaly unveils the fastback at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March 2017, there are already reports indicating that the carmaker is already considering a shooting brake version of the Arteon.

Slated to arrive as an all-new vehicle for the 2018 model year, the new VW Arteon is expected to best the current VW CC in terms of styling – it would feature a more aggressive design, as indicated by sketches released by the German company. Essentially a renamed 2018 Volkswagen CC, the 2018 VW Arteon is seen as an effort by the carmaker to save the four-door fastback from dropping sales.

VW introduced the CC to the market in 2007, and the fastback instantly gained recognitions for its stylish and sleek interior as well as its comfortable and ergonomic interior. But it seems that the design of the current generation VW CC is growing old on its customers. In fact, its sales in the past few years haven’t been encouraging.

In 2015, sales of the VW CC in the United States failed to breach the 6,300 mark. Volskwagen could be wanting to get rid of this stigma related to the CC name and move on by starting the next generation with a new moniker – the Arteon. According to the carmaker, the Arteon moniker is based from 'Art' that defines its harmonious lines and emotionality as well as 'eon' that identifies this four-door fastback as a premium model positioned above the VW Passat.

It may not be for the 2018 model year, but the addition of a shooting brake version of the Arteon is possible, with the top men at Volkswagen seeking to add more sugar and spice to the German brand. Elmar-Marius Licharz, VW’s head of full-size product lines, told Autocar that a shooting brake version of the new VW Arteon could be viable, and should led to a further spawn of new derivatives. But first, the Arteon has to be launched and sold, VW’s big bosses keeping a close eye on how the market would react on this new product. Licharz quipped that a business case for a shooting brake variant of the Arteon has to be made first before the top management could approve such a project.

Whether the new Arteon could save the four-door fastback from its fallen state has yet to be seen. To take a good look at the new Arteon past the sketches, it might be necessary to see the VW Sport Coupé GTE Concept -- unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show — which is basically a preview of the next generation VW CC.

The Sport Coupe Concept GTE is defined by VW as an avant-garde model championing a new, progressive Volkswagen design language – sporting a new front end design with the radiator grille, headlights and VW badge merging into a single unit. While having a sports car look, the Sport Coupe Concept GTE features outstanding passenger headroom with a 480-liter cargo capacity.

With around three months before Volkswagen unveils the replacement model for its VW CC – the VW Arteon – the German carmaker is already considering a new version of its model. Even before VW finaly unveils the fastback at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March 2017, there are already reports indicating that the carmaker is already considering a shooting brake version of the Arteon.

Slated to arrive as an all-new vehicle for the 2018 model year, the new VW Arteon is expected to best the current VW CC in terms of styling – it would feature a more aggressive design, as indicated by sketches released by the German company. Essentially a renamed 2018 Volkswagen CC, the 2018 VW Arteon is seen as an effort by the carmaker to save the four-door fastback from dropping sales.

VW introduced the CC to the market in 2007, and the fastback instantly gained recognitions for its stylish and sleek interior as well as its comfortable and ergonomic interior. But it seems that the design of the current generation VW CC is growing old on its customers. In fact, its sales in the past few years haven’t been encouraging.

Read the entire article A shooting brake version of new 2018 VW Arteon is considered

Volkswagen has revealed that a new version of its Tiguan SUV will have its official debut during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to be held in Detroit this coming January 2017. Specifically, this variant of the Tiguan is expected to showcase a much longer wheelbase.

Dubbed as the Tiguan L or Allspace, the wheelbase is now longer by as much as 4.3 inches (11 cm) giving it overall length of around 181 inches (460 cm). With this new length plus the overhang in the rear made longer as well, it gives the Tiguan Allspace a bigger body. As such, it allows for an additional space to put in a new pair of seats and thus increase total passenger count to a maximum of seven. However like those of its competitors, for instance the Land Rover Discovery Sport, there is a high possibility that the new third-row seats will only appropriate fgor children.

In terms of design, an early look has revealed that compared to the previous version, the new model has a roofline that is flatter with the rear doors now longer. However there are still similarities like the rear section and even how the B-pillar also has the same forward style. This is because the XL Tiguan utilizes the same modular MQB chassis of the smaller version.

For the version set to be released in the Europe market, it will be equipped with a wide range of engines powered either by diesel and gas. That said, it will be paired to different dual-clutch gearbox or manual transmission, allowing for a variety of combinations. A front-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive will be offered as well much like what VW does with the standard Tiguan.

However for the variant to be sold in the U.S., there is the likelihood that the choices may be limited. If anything, the Tiguan L or Allspace will probably be fitted with the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with varying outputs and then mated to a DSG gearbox. While there is a chance a four-wheel drive version could be included, this could be set aside for those with higher output.

According to the brand, the XL Tiguan will be manufactured at its facility located in Puebla, Mexico. This is the same facility where the smaller version is made as well and is VW’s largest factory outside of Germany.

While the five-seater Tiguan is already available in Europe, it remains to be unavailable not only in the U.S. but in China as well. However for the Tiguan L, which will officially be on sale starting in summer of 2017, it will be sold in Europe, North America, and China. For the version to be released in the Europe market, it will be called as the Tiguan Allspace. On the other markets, it will simply be called as the Tiguan.

Volkswagen has revealed that a new version of its Tiguan SUV will have its official debut during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to be held in Detroit this coming January 2017. Specifically, this variant of the Tiguan is expected to showcase a much longer wheelbase.

Dubbed as the Tiguan L or Allspace, the wheelbase is now longer by as much as 4.3 inches (11 cm) giving it overall length of around 181 inches (460 cm). With this new length plus the overhang in the rear made longer as well, it gives the Tiguan Allspace a bigger body. As such, it allows for an additional space to put in a new pair of seats and thus increase total passenger count to a maximum of seven. However like those of its competitors, for instance the Land Rover Discovery Sport, there is a high possibility that the new third-row seats will only appropriate fgor children.

In terms of design, an early look has revealed that compared to the previous version, the new model has a roofline that is flatter with the rear doors now longer. However there are still similarities like the rear section and even how the B-pillar also has the same forward style. This is because the XL Tiguan utilizes the same modular MQB chassis of the smaller version.

Read the entire article VW to unveil Tiguan Allspace this January at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

The Volkswagen Atlas is yet to be sold in the US but it does look like the company is already preparing to expand its client base. As earlier reported, Volkswagen of America will be exporting the big SUV to Russia and will be using an exclusive 2.0 litre 4-cylinder diesel for its engine. This was revealed during the press interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show with Juergen Stackmann. When asked to comment whether the Atlas is going to be sold in Western Europe, Stackmann stated that the company has been eyeing Russia.

At the same event, Volkswagen’s head for Sales and Marketing also mentioned that they are considering other countries. But no other country has been specifically named afterwards. Instead, the Atlas will also be available in China beginning next year under the name Teramont. It is also believed that the Teramont will be slightly modified for its market. Considering this, Volkswagen has already confirmed that the particular model will be assembled locally in China and will not come from the US.

The Atlas was actually inspired by the CrossBlue concept three years before. Like this, it was created with Volkswagen’s MQB modular design platform. In fact, Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf have been using the same platform as well. All these years, Volkswagen has picked out names that start with the letter T for its mid-size SUVs.

Apart from Touareg, there’s also the VW Tiguan crossover vehicle. The Atlas meanwhile has been named Teramont but only for China.

There are no reports yet if the model bound for Russia will be offered with just one engine variant. The US version as we know will be powered by 3.6 litre naturally aspirated V6 gasoline and 2.0 litre turbocharged engines. The exclusive-for-China SUV or the Teramont, which was only introduced last month in Beijing will come with 2.5 litre V6 and 2.0 litre petrol engines.

Stackmann described the Atlas as the longest three-row SUV that they have ever developed. The Atlas (or Teramont) measures 5.03 metres long or 198.3 inches to be exact. He went on to say that the “bold” SUV has already captured the American market this early. The 7-seater SUV is 1.5 inches wider and about ten inches longer than the Volkswagen Touareg.

Volkswagen will build the new Atlas at the Chattanooga factory in the US and had invested around nine million dollars to manufacture the new SUV together with Passat. Since the company is further reinforcing its SUV segment in the country, a longer wheelbase of its Tiguan SUV will be exported next year from Mexico.

The Volkswagen Atlas is yet to be sold in the US but it does look like the company is already preparing to expand its client base. As earlier reported, Volkswagen of America will be exporting the big SUV to Russia and will be using an exclusive 2.0 litre 4-cylinder diesel for its engine. This was revealed during the press interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show with Juergen Stackmann. When asked to comment whether the Atlas is going to be sold in Western Europe, Stackmann stated that the company has been eyeing Russia.

At the same event, Volkswagen’s head for Sales and Marketing also mentioned that they are considering other countries. But no other country has been specifically named afterwards. Instead, the Atlas will also be available in China beginning next year under the name Teramont. It is also believed that the Teramont will be slightly modified for its market. Considering this, Volkswagen has already confirmed that the particular model will be assembled locally in China and will not come from the US.

The Atlas was actually inspired by the CrossBlue concept three years before. Like this, it was created with Volkswagen’s MQB modular design platform. In fact, Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf have been using the same platform as well. All these years, Volkswagen has picked out names that start with the letter T for its mid-size SUVs.

Read the entire article VW to export Atlas to Russia with exclusive 2.0 litre diesel engine

While Volkswagen is now on a steam to buy back models powered by its emissions-cheating diesel engine in the United States, owners of these vehicles were also trying to get back at the German carmaker. More likely, VW car owners are trying to get more of their money back.

In October this year, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California green-lighted an agreement settling the differences between the carmaker and private plaintiffs. Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and certain affiliates entered in April into an agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and regulatory agencies to compensate vehicle owners whose units were affected by the so-called dieselgate scandal in 2015.

The agreement meant that owners could opt for either a buyback or a modification subject to government approval. Moreover, customers whose VW cars are leased could cancel the lease and return their units to the carmaker. Around 500,000 VW cars powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine in the US are affected. It was late 2015 when VW was found out to have been employing software that helps it evade emissions testing process and make its diesel engines seem cleaner than they actually are. The settlement is expected to cost the carmaker around $14.7 billion, of which around $10.33 billion will be used to buy back affected vehicles in the US.

VW’s current action to buy back affected vehicles in the US is based on the carmaker’s Buyback, Lease Termination, and Vehicle Modification Recall Program, which objective is to remove 2.0-liter VW vehicles emitting nitrogen oxides (NOx) in excess of applicable standards from the streets. In buying back the affected vehicles, an eligible owner will return an eligible vehicle to VW in exchange for a payment equaling or exceeding the car’s retail replacement value. According to the program, an eligible vehicle is any 2.0-liter vehicle that: is a model listed by the scheme; registered with a state Department of Motor Vehicles and located in the US as of June 28, 2016; and is operable when brought in for the buyback.

Now, some owners of these affected vehicles are taking advantage of the term “operable” as defined by the program. The buyback program defines an operable vehicle as one that can be driven under its own 2.0-liter TDI engine power. It is not operable if it has been marked “assembled,” “dismantled,” “flood,” “junk,” “rebuilt,” “reconstructed,” or “salvaged” as of September 18, 2015. This simply means that that vehicle’s 2.0-liter TDI engine is still able to function and drive the unit. This could also mean that even if owners strip down their VW vehicles, it is still eligible for the buyback program so as long as it can still be driven by its own diesel engine.

One Reddit user claimed that he removed the front fascia and headlights of his Golf GTI before bringing it in for the buyback. Luckily, – as this man claims – VW accepted his Golf GTI and he was issued a check for $21,436. Many others have reportedly done a similar thing.

Theoretically, there are quite a number of removable parts inside a VW car that could be sold off for extra cash. Yes, aside from the compensation from VW, it looked like owners could also get their money back by selling off removed parts, which could include headlights, floor mats, seats, mirrors, jacks and even visors. After all, even when these parts are stripped off, a VW vehicle could still run, provided that its 2.0-liter diesel engine is still installed and functional.

However, while this is theoretically possible, there has been discussion over the ethics of doing so. But if you look on what VW did to present its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles as eco-friendly units, it seemed like the German carmaker also did an unethical thing. So for those who felt like cheated by the Dieselgate scandal, stripping off their vehicles before returning them for the buyback is a way to get back at Volkswagen.

Nonetheless, it seems VW is not really concerned whether a returned vehicle is stripped off its parts, as it is more concerned about taking affected models and their cheating diesel engines off the roads and highways in the US.

While Volkswagen is now on a steam to buy back models powered by its emissions-cheating diesel engine in the United States, owners of these vehicles were also trying to get back at the German carmaker. More likely, VW car owners are trying to get more of their money back.

In October this year, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California green-lighted an agreement settling the differences between the carmaker and private plaintiffs. Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and certain affiliates entered in April into an agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and regulatory agencies to compensate vehicle owners whose units were affected by the so-called dieselgate scandal in 2015.

The agreement meant that owners could opt for either a buyback or a modification subject to government approval. Moreover, customers whose VW cars are leased could cancel the lease and return their units to the carmaker. Around 500,000 VW cars powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine in the US are affected. It was late 2015 when VW was found out to have been employing software that helps it evade emissions testing process and make its diesel engines seem cleaner than they actually are. The settlement is expected to cost the carmaker around $14.7 billion, of which around $10.33 billion will be used to buy back affected vehicles in the US.

Read the entire article Owners strip off VW Dieselgate cars before bringing them in for the buyback program

Boring. This was how a designer from German carmaker Volkswagen described one of its newest offerings – the new Volkswagen Atlas SUV. VW unveiled the Atlas at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, saying that this new mid-size crossover – slotted between the compact Tiguan and upmarket Touareg – is created and designed to appease customers in the United States. Would that really be the case?

In a conversation with The Truth About Cars during the LA Auto Show, this unnamed VW designer quipped that the VW Atlas is visually boring, with a design that is four years old. He also compared the new Atlas to a Ford vehicle from the 2012 model year.

Visually, the 2018 VW Atlas has its own appeal. Apparently, VW doesn’t want its new SUV to be too aggressive in terms of design. Rather, the VW Atlas, as head of VW Design Klaus Bischoff out it, should look substantial, with a styling that would age well and would go out of fashion in the next two to three years. But for this certain VW designer at the LA Auto Show, the design of the Atlas has been out of style for four years. If there is anything that VW could really be targeting, it could the tendency of American buyers to opt for vehicles offering generous interior space.

In terms of design, the 2018 VW Atlas employs VW’s current design language and is underpinned by the brand’s Modular Transverse Matrix architecture, or MQB. With dimensions of 198.3 inches in length, 77.9 inches in width and 69.6 inches in height, the Atlas is larger (plus 121 mm longer, 38 mm wider and 35 mm taller) than the Touareg. With these measurements, the 2018 VW Atlas is the largest SUV from the carmaker to be built in the US. However, Licharz noted that the new Atlas might be too big to be parked in many European garages.

The new 2018 Atlas is part of VW’s is part of Volkswagen’s plans to establish itself as an expert in all-wheel-drive capability and to further penetrate the US market. This new SUV will also be offered in China as the VW Teramont. Upon launch in the US, the 2018 Atlas will be offered with two powertrains: a turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TSI engine offering up to 238 hp (177 kW) of output and a 3.6-liter VR6 engine delivering up to 280 hp (208 kW) of output.

Both engines are paired to an eight-speed transmission. The Teramont, meanwhile, will be available with three powertrain options – two versions of 2.0-liter TFSI engine (186hp and 220hp of outputs) and a 2.5-liter V6 TFSI engine providing 299 hp of output. All Teramont engines are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Boring. This was how a designer from German carmaker Volkswagen described one of its newest offerings – the new Volkswagen Atlas SUV. VW unveiled the Atlas at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, saying that this new mid-size crossover – slotted between the compact Tiguan and upmarket Touareg – is created and designed to appease customers in the United States. Would that really be the case?

In a conversation with The Truth About Cars during the LA Auto Show, this unnamed VW designer quipped that the VW Atlas is visually boring, with a design that is four years old. He also compared the new Atlas to a Ford vehicle from the 2012 model year.

Visually, the 2018 VW Atlas has its own appeal. Apparently, VW doesn’t want its new SUV to be too aggressive in terms of design. Rather, the VW Atlas, as head of VW Design Klaus Bischoff out it, should look substantial, with a styling that would age well and would go out of fashion in the next two to three years. But for this certain VW designer at the LA Auto Show, the design of the Atlas has been out of style for four years. If there is anything that VW could really be targeting, it could the tendency of American buyers to opt for vehicles offering generous interior space.

Read the entire article VW designer refers to design of Atlas as boring, a '2012 Ford whatever'

Volkswagen last April brought its GTI Clubsport S to Nordschleife and finished with a 7:47.21 lap time -- beating Honda Civic Type R’s front wheel drive track record by 1.4 seconds. Earlier this year, the brand had broken the record for a production front-wheel-drive car. But VW pushes its own boundaries once more by bringing back the same GTI Clubsport S for another round at the “Green Hell”.

The record-breaking stunt happened last 26th of October and took an impressive 7:47.19 seconds. Considering its 8º C and 46ºF climate, VW had no problem keeping the vehicle’s tyres and engine in tip-top shape. But then the Clubsport S as we all know is not your average GTI.

Equipped with a 310 hp 2.0 litre turbo four engine, the VW Golf’s back seats were replaced by a lightweight battery with sub-frame made of aluminium. All these including the pair of race seats in lightweight materials help reduce its curb weight by as much as 66lbs.

To prove what really happened in Nordschleife, Volkswagen recorded the lap time and uploaded it faster than any Honda Civic Type R or BMW M2 could reach a finish line. Skeptic people will probably enjoy watching the video as it was recorded complete with all the details.

For the record, its closest competitors are the latest Honda Civic Type R with 7:50.63, BMW M2 with 7:58, Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R with 7:54.36 and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren with 7:52.

The VW GTI Clubsport S has a total weight of only 2,832lbs. That weight of course wouldn’t be possible if Volkswagen hadn’t removed some of the car’s insulation materials, hood damping, parcel shelves, floor mats or even the luggage compartment’s flooring.

Other than the race spec suspension, the VW Golf also dons a 19-inch Pretoria wheels fitted with Michelin’s Sport Cup 2 “high performance” tyres. Nothing could be more perfect for Nurburgring’s hellish track. The 3-door hatchback also takes advantage of its new chassis that reduces understeer while improving its stability.

You won’t likely see as many of these on the road since VW only built a total of 400 Golf GTI Clubsport units. It was earlier reported that the vehicle was already sold out in the UK three months after it was introduced --- with one hundred units already allotted exclusively for Germany.

Even so, the “not-so-available” VW Golf GTI Clubsport will come in three choices of colors which include Tornado Red, Pure White and Black Pearl Effect. For the sake of knowing things, Volkswagen’s sporty bodykit will consist of tinted rear windows, daytime running lights in LED, bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels and Michelin Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Volkswagen last April brought its GTI Clubsport S to Nordschleife and finished with a 7:47.21 lap time -- beating Honda Civic Type R’s front wheel drive track record by 1.4 seconds. Earlier this year, the brand had broken the record for a production front-wheel-drive car. But VW pushes its own boundaries once more by bringing back the same GTI Clubsport S for another round at the “Green Hell”.

The record-breaking stunt happened last 26th of October and took an impressive 7:47.19 seconds. Considering its 8º C and 46ºF climate, VW had no problem keeping the vehicle’s tyres and engine in tip-top shape. But then the Clubsport S as we all know is not your average GTI.

Equipped with a 310 hp 2.0 litre turbo four engine, the VW Golf’s back seats were replaced by a lightweight battery with sub-frame made of aluminium. All these including the pair of race seats in lightweight materials help reduce its curb weight by as much as 66lbs.

Read the entire article VW Golf GTI Clubsport S beats own record on Nurburgring

After we caught a glimpse of the revamped Amarok, VW Australia once again wants to give its ute a sinister look inspired by the Mad Max movie franchise. The “Korama” as they call it is a special edition SUV made entirely to promote the new Amarok.

Decked in military camouflage, the concept vehicle was designed by the same guy behind the cars featured in the sci-fi fantasy film. Its Mad Max: Fury Road-inspired get-up is built to encourage Aussie customers to buy the new model.

The extraordinary Amarok concept seems to be wearing a complete battle gear with its new body. The folks at Volkswagen Australia made sure that it gets all the attention after the extreme facelift that lasted for only five weeks. They assigned professional drivers to man the vehicle and take it to different places, which eventually piqued the interests of the onlookers.

It quickly became viral since Volkswagen’s unique ad campaign has also sparked the curiosity of the local media. In connection to this, Volkswagen Australia also provided test drives to further impress its audience and to see what the “wolf in another wolf’s clothing” has in store for them.

The one-off Korama is among Volkswagen’s marketing campaign for its so-called V6 Amarok facelift. At least seven thousand customers have already placed their orders before the new Amarok becomes available at the Australian dealerships.

The Amarok features a 224 hp 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel engine and boasts up to 406lb-ft of torque. On top of that, the new model comes with a 20hp overboost function.

Following the “Naked Ute” campaign’s successful online launch, the “Mad Max-treated” Amarok was also seen first in social media. The “teasers” that surfaced on the Internet are of course part of the marketing scheme. Apparently, the Korama was promoted under the same agency in Sydney that promoted the Naked ute.

As expected, speculations arose regarding the nature of the SUV. Some even thought it came from China and labelled it as another rip-off vehicle of some sort. While others have thought that it’s the latest Prado model.

Nevertheless, we think they did a great job by coming up with a sequel to the very successful Naked Ute campaign. Obviously, they’ve spent a lot of money for this advertising strategy to work. And boy they did it so well. But still, we think they couldn’t have done it without the man from the Mad Max behind the scene.

After we caught a glimpse of the revamped Amarok, VW Australia once again wants to give its ute a sinister look inspired by the Mad Max movie franchise. The “Korama” as they call it is a special edition SUV made entirely to promote the new Amarok.

Decked in military camouflage, the concept vehicle was designed by the same guy behind the cars featured in the sci-fi fantasy film. Its Mad Max: Fury Road-inspired get-up is built to encourage Aussie customers to buy the new model.

The extraordinary Amarok concept seems to be wearing a complete battle gear with its new body. The folks at Volkswagen Australia made sure that it gets all the attention after the extreme facelift that lasted for only five weeks. They assigned professional drivers to man the vehicle and take it to different places, which eventually piqued the interests of the onlookers.

Read the entire article VW reveals Mad Max Korama costume for its new Amarok

When Volkswagen unveiled the VW Atlas, it declared that this SUV is being developed for the United States and is set to arrive as a 2018 model. It also unveiled its Chinese version – the VW Teramont. Essentially, VW developed the Atlas to further penetrate the auto markets in the US and China. But now, it seems VW is seriously considering selling the new SUV in some markets in Europe.

To note, the German carmaker has already disclosed it would sell the Atlas – powered by a diesel engine -- in Russia, confident that this SUV would be popular in the country. However, selling the Atlas in other parts of Europe is another thing. Before doing so, VW has to carefully study first if bringing the Atlas to European markets is worth it. Elmar-Marius Licharz, the chief for full-size product lines at VW, told Autocar that the smaller Touareg SUV might be a better product offering for most of the markets in Europe because of its size.

Underpinned by VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix architecture, or MQB, the 2018 VW Atlas employs the brand’s current design language. It measures 198.3 inches in length, 77.9 inches in width and 69.6 inches in height – making it much larger (plus 121 mm longer, 38 mm wider and 35 mm taller) than the Touareg. In fact, the 2018 VW Atlas is the largest SUV from the company to be built in the US. However, Licharz noted that the new Atlas might be too big to be parked in many European garages. Because of its large size, there is a need to determine first if there would be any demand for the Touareg in certain markets in Europe.

Upon launch in the US, the 2018 Atlas will be offered in two available powertrains. The first is the turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TSI engine that offers 238 hp (177 kW) of max output, while the second is the 3.6-liter VR6 engine capable of developing up to 280 hp (208 kW) of output. Both are paired to an eight-speed transmission. Meanwhile, the China-bound Teramont will be offered with three powertrain options – two versions of 2.0-liter TFSI engine that develop 186hp and 220hp of outputs and 2.5-liter V6 TFSI engine that delivers 299hp of output. All Teramont engines are paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

As for the possible European version of the Atlas, Licharz told Autocar that it could be powered by a diesel engine. VW had already tried installing a 2.0 TDI engine that could deliver around 188 hp. Licharz also said that if the European version of the VW Atlas receives the green light, the carmaker could manufacture the large SUV at its Chattanooga production facility in Tennessee, as the site still has idle capacity to accommodate this model.

When Volkswagen unveiled the VW Atlas, it declared that this SUV is being developed for the United States and is set to arrive as a 2018 model. It also unveiled its Chinese version – the VW Teramont. Essentially, VW developed the Atlas to further penetrate the auto markets in the US and China. But now, it seems VW is seriously considering selling the new SUV in some markets in Europe.

To note, the German carmaker has already disclosed it would sell the Atlas – powered by a diesel engine -- in Russia, confident that this SUV would be popular in the country. However, selling the Atlas in other parts of Europe is another thing. Before doing so, VW has to carefully study first if bringing the Atlas to European markets is worth it. Elmar-Marius Licharz, the chief for full-size product lines at VW, told Autocar that the smaller Touareg SUV might be a better product offering for most of the markets in Europe because of its size.

Underpinned by VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix architecture, or MQB, the 2018 VW Atlas employs the brand’s current design language. It measures 198.3 inches in length, 77.9 inches in width and 69.6 inches in height – making it much larger (plus 121 mm longer, 38 mm wider and 35 mm taller) than the Touareg. In fact, the 2018 VW Atlas is the largest SUV from the company to be built in the US. However, Licharz noted that the new Atlas might be too big to be parked in many European garages. Because of its large size, there is a need to determine first if there would be any demand for the Touareg in certain markets in Europe.

Read the entire article VW may bring seven-seater Atlas SUV to Europe

Four main automakers have entered a Memorandum of Understanding to develop what may be Europe’s highest-powered charging network. The four main brands hope that this will signal the start of the move for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to have a more mass-market appeal. This is because under the agreement, the brands will build a good number of charging stations to ensure that BEVs will have a longer travel range. The four companies are Ford Motor Company, Daimler AG, BMW Group, and the Volkswagen Group representing both the Audi and the Porsche.

With construction slated to being in 2017, the charging network is not only expected to offer a maximum of 350 kW in terms of power levels, but to also allow for faster charging. Though there will be 400 initial sites to be set-up across Europe, the group hopes that by 2020, BEV drivers will be able to recharge on a selection of thousands of charging stations. Another goal is to allow long-distance travel using open-network of charging stations placed on major roads and highways. At the present, this has not been seen to be feasible for many BEV drivers. The end goal is of course to make recharging as easy as refueling at standard gas stations.

The entire network will utilize the Combined Charging System standard technology with the infrastructure projected to eventually use the current AC and DC technical standards. Battery electric vehicles developed to allow for full charge at these stations will be able to recharge as well at brand-independent stations but at a faster rate. To ensure that BEV will have a strong acceptance in Europe, the group will make sure that the network will able to recharge all vehicles that are equipped with CCS.

According to BMW AG’s Chairman of the Board of Management Harald Krüger, the high-power charging network being proposed will serve as a strong argument for the shift to electric mobility. While BMW has long been introducing a number of public charging station projects for many years, this joint agreement presents an important milestone considering that different companies are collaborating to increase appreciation for electric mobility, he added.

Ford Motor Company President and CEO Mark Fields meanwhile shared that for mass consumers to adopt electric driving, there has to be a fast and reliable charging structure in place. He continued by saying that since Ford is committed to providing technologies and vehicles that improve the lives of people, this network will make it both practical and easier especially for customers in Europe.

On the other hand, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, who is Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG as well as the Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, revealed that the success of electric mobility hinges on two factors which are to offer convincing vehicles as well build a wide-range comprehensive infrastructure. The launch of the EQ, he continued, marked the start of its electric product focus and hopes that by 2025, it will be able to offer at least ten electric passenger models. He added that by having high-power charging stations, long distance travel by BEVs will be possible. This will likely convince more customers to drive BEVs.

Oliver Blume, the current Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, shared that for them, the two important factors are ultra-fast charging as well as having charging stations at the right locations. By having these two factors, he continued, consumers who drive BEVs will be able to travel long distances much like standard combustion-engine vehicles.

Finally Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG Rupert Stadler confirmed that the network will also allow for recharging while the customer takes a coffee break. In order to convince customers to purchase electric vehicles, fast and reliable charging is needed, he continued. Through this agreement, Stadler revealed, the company will help in increasing the market appeal of such vehicles and thus ensure for faster change to an emission-free drive.

The founding partners also revealed that while the act puts them as equals under the agreement, they continue to offer other automakers the chance to participate in this network.

Four main automakers have entered a Memorandum of Understanding to develop what may be Europe’s highest-powered charging network. The four main brands hope that this will signal the start of the move for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to have a more mass-market appeal. This is because under the agreement, the brands will build a good number of charging stations to ensure that BEVs will have a longer travel range. The four companies are Ford Motor Company, Daimler AG, BMW Group, and the Volkswagen Group representing both the Audi and the Porsche.

With construction slated to being in 2017, the charging network is not only expected to offer a maximum of 350 kW in terms of power levels, but to also allow for faster charging. Though there will be 400 initial sites to be set-up across Europe, the group hopes that by 2020, BEV drivers will be able to recharge on a selection of thousands of charging stations. Another goal is to allow long-distance travel using open-network of charging stations placed on major roads and highways. At the present, this has not been seen to be feasible for many BEV drivers. The end goal is of course to make recharging as easy as refueling at standard gas stations.

The entire network will utilize the Combined Charging System standard technology with the infrastructure projected to eventually use the current AC and DC technical standards. Battery electric vehicles developed to allow for full charge at these stations will be able to recharge as well at brand-independent stations but at a faster rate. To ensure that BEV will have a strong acceptance in Europe, the group will make sure that the network will able to recharge all vehicles that are equipped with CCS.

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With the Volkswagen CC on its way out, the automotive world is saying hello to its replacement – the Volkswagen Arteon. Due to arrive as an all-new vehicle for the 2018 model year, the new VW Arteon is expected to be a better version of the current VW CC. While the actual unveiling of the new VW Arteon is pegged to occur in March 2017 at the next Geneva Motor Show, the German carmaker is already providing an early glimpse into the new model.

The 2018 VW Arteon is basically a renamed 2018 VW CC. Volkswagen’s decision to drop the name could be an effort to save the four-door fastback from falling sales. The German carmaker launched the VW CC on the market in 2007, receiving praise for its sleek exterior and ergonomic interior. However, sales of the VW CC in the recent years haven’t been encouraging. For instance, the automaker only sold fewer than 6,300 units of the VW CC in the United States in 2015. Disappointing indeed!

Whether the new Arteon could save VW’s four-door fastback’s from fallen grace remains to be seen. But meanwhile, we could feast on the teaser of the new VW Arteon provided by the German carmaker less than four months into the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But if we couldn’t wait for March 2017 to come, we could take a review of the Volkswagen Sport Coupé GTE Concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE is basically a preview of the VW CC; and with the CC gone (by name), it previews the new Arteon.

VW referred to this as the Sport Coupe Concept GTE and as an avant-garde model that champions a new, progressive Volkswagen design language. This Arteon preview is provided with a new front end design – with the radiator grille, headlights and VW badge merging into a single unit. Its roofline extends like a flattened curve from the A-pillar and into the rear body. Despite having a sports car appearance, the Sport Coupe Concept GTE boasts of excellent passenger headroom with a 480-liter cargo capacity.

VW has confirmed that the Arteon will still feature such styling and has revealed further details about this four-door fastback. For instance, the new VW Arteon features doors with frameless windows as well as top-hinged and wide-opening tailgate – details that differentiate it from the current VW CC. Volkswagen Exterior Designer Tobias Sühlmann remarked that while the Arteon comes with an expressive exterior design, it also boasts of practical values.

According to VW, the Arteon is derived from 'Art' which defines its harmonious lines and emotionality and 'eon' that identifies this four-door fastback as a premium model. It will be VW’s new top model positioned above the Passat.

With the Volkswagen CC on its way out, the automotive world is saying hello to its replacement – the Volkswagen Arteon. Due to arrive as an all-new vehicle for the 2018 model year, the new VW Arteon is expected to be a better version of the current VW CC. While the actual unveiling of the new VW Arteon is pegged to occur in March 2017 at the next Geneva Motor Show, the German carmaker is already providing an early glimpse into the new model.

The 2018 VW Arteon is basically a renamed 2018 VW CC. Volkswagen’s decision to drop the name could be an effort to save the four-door fastback from falling sales. The German carmaker launched the VW CC on the market in 2007, receiving praise for its sleek exterior and ergonomic interior. However, sales of the VW CC in the recent years haven’t been encouraging. For instance, the automaker only sold fewer than 6,300 units of the VW CC in the United States in 2015. Disappointing indeed!

Whether the new Arteon could save VW’s four-door fastback’s from fallen grace remains to be seen. But meanwhile, we could feast on the teaser of the new VW Arteon provided by the German carmaker less than four months into the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But if we couldn’t wait for March 2017 to come, we could take a review of the Volkswagen Sport Coupé GTE Concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE is basically a preview of the VW CC; and with the CC gone (by name), it previews the new Arteon.

Read the entire article Volkswagen junks CC to usher in new Arteon four-door fastback

Back in September of 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the Germany-based Volkswagen Group was in violation of the Clean Air Act. While most automakers would typically slow down while resolving the issue, the brand said that it will continue to have a presence in the U.S. market. In fact, Volkswagen stated that it is planning to bring the Amarok pickup to the United States.

According to Car and Driver, it was Hinrich Woebcken, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group of America, who shared that the brand is looking into its B-segment pickup as a possible contender to other longstanding models in the likes of the Toyota Tacoma or even the Chevrolet Colorado.

While Woebcken did not reveal specific details as to how the company intends to move forward with this, he admitted that it is not a priority at the present. This is because the brand wants to put much of its attention to the SUV and crossover segments. Proof of this is the seven-seater Atlas which was designed with the North American market in mind.

Still, should VW go through with this plan, it can be seen as a practical undertaking as not only is the Amarok still not available in the U.S. market, Americans themselves love to drive pickup trucks.

Volkswagen in May had revealed that it was fitting the 2017 Volkswagen Amarok with the 2.-liter V6 diesel engine with three tunings. The first will offer output at 161 hp (163 PS) with the second being 201 hp (204 PS) and the highest at 221 hp (224 PS). For the lower versions, the brand said that it will come with a rear-wheel drive and will give customers the choice between pairing the engine with either an automatic 8-speed gearbox or a manual transmission. Customers who are willing to spend a little extra can get the 4Motion all-wheel drive system, larger set of brake discs, and lighter Servotronic.

The engine is not the only thing new in this modified version as it also comes with refreshed exterior features as well like the alloy wheels, redesigned front bumper, and the improved headlights. Even the inside has experienced changes with the inclusion of ergonomic seats and the dashboard redesigned as well.

Meanwhile for the cargo compartment, the brand will be offering as well various coating, styling bars, covers, and hardtops. The cargo compartment itself can carry a Euro-pallet that has been loaded sideways. In terms of payload capacity, maximum amount is at 2,205 lbs. (1 ton). For the towing capacity, the redesigned model can now tow 7,716 lbs. (3.5 tons), an increase from the 7,055 lbs. (3.2 tons) of the base model. The redesigned 2017 Amarok was slated for official release in September with the most powerful version to be released first.

Back in September of 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the Germany-based Volkswagen Group was in violation of the Clean Air Act. While most automakers would typically slow down while resolving the issue, the brand said that it will continue to have a presence in the U.S. market. In fact, Volkswagen stated that it is planning to bring the Amarok pickup to the United States.

According to Car and Driver, it was Hinrich Woebcken, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group of America, who shared that the brand is looking into its B-segment pickup as a possible contender to other longstanding models in the likes of the Toyota Tacoma or even the Chevrolet Colorado.

While Woebcken did not reveal specific details as to how the company intends to move forward with this, he admitted that it is not a priority at the present. This is because the brand wants to put much of its attention to the SUV and crossover segments. Proof of this is the seven-seater Atlas which was designed with the North American market in mind.

Read the entire article VW reveals possible plan to release Amarok pickup in the US
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