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VW and Bosch to pay at least $1.6B to customers over Dieselgate scandal

As the Dieselgate scandal continues its run, German carmaker Volkswagen AG and supplier Robert Bosch GmbH each reached a settlement agreement with owners of VW, Audi and Porsche diesel-powered vehicles found to be cheating emissions tests. The agreement, once approved, would entail a payment of at least $1.6 billion to accommodate specific actions – repair, buy back or compensation – meant to settle the companies’ differences with affected customers.

VW’s settlement agreement covers around 78,000 VW, Audi and Porsche vehicles powered by the group’s 3.0-liter TDI V6 diesel engine. This agreement became necessary because of the so-called Dieselgate scandal, which is basically a scheme implemented by VW to sell around 590,000 diesel-powered vehicles in the US – from model years 2009 to 2016 -- by making it seem that these units were cleaner than they actually were. Regulators have found out that VW employed a defeat device that helps these vehicles cheat on emissions tests.

Under the 3.0-liter TDI settlement program, Volkswagen would pay up to $1.2 billion in benefits assuming that 100 percent of affected customers take part; all eligible Generation 1 vehicles are bought back; and Generation 2 vehicles are fixed with an Emissions Compliant Repair to bring them to same emissions standards as they were certified.

Read the entire article VW and Bosch to pay at least $1.6B to customers over Dieselgate scandal

Volkswagen offers Bosch anti-drowsiness feature in Passat Alltrack

With the Bosch Driver Drowsiness Detection system, the early signs of fatigue will be detected while driving before a critical situation happens. Microsleep and fatigue at the steering wheel are two of the frequent causes of serious accidents. The system will monitor steering movements and advise the one behind the wheel to take a break.

This vital information is communicated by the steering angle sensor or by the electric power steering system of the vehicle. The steering angle sensor is part of the vehicle's ESP anti-skid system. This means that it would be cost-effective to fit the feature, which aids in further boosting road safety.

The Bosch Driver Drowsiness Detection is useable in light commercial vehicles and in passenger cars. It can also be combined with a range of control units in automobiles. In 2010, it was launched in the new Volkswagen Passat as a standard feature. The new Passat Alltrack is the latest vehicle to be fitted with the system.

Read the entire article Volkswagen offers Bosch anti-drowsiness feature in Passat Alltrack

VW T6 Multivan sales are halted in Germany due to high nitrogen oxide emissions

It has only been a few days since Oliver Schmidt, former Volkswagen executive, was handed a maximum possible sentence by US District Judge Sean Cox. He will have to spend seven years in prison and pay a fine of $400,000. And on December 8, Volkswagen has again been put on the spot. The German automaker urgently had to stop their sales of the T6 Multivan in Germany because it was discovered that the van emits way more nitrogen oxide than what is allowed by local emissions limits.

Der Spiegel magazine said that the findings have already been reported to the KBA, Germany’s motor transport authority. This had been quoted by Automotive News.

What happened is that Volkswagen set the “adjustment factor” too low when they submitted documents to the KBA to have the T6 Multivan’s sales approved, says the German publication. To defend their name, a Volkswagen spokesperson from the commercial vehicle division said that incorrect engine management software is ruled out as a possible reason for these uncertainties.

Read the entire article VW T6 Multivan sales are halted in Germany due to high nitrogen oxide emissions

VW reaffirms plans to offer I.D. Crozz-based electric crossover in the US by 2020

As part of its new electrification strategy, German carmaker Volkswagen is working to finalize the production version of the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz SUV concept and introduce the new vehicle to the United States in 2020. This goal was further confirmed when the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz – along with the I.D. Buzz concept -- made its North American debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Volkswagen first unveiled the I.D. Crozz Concept at the 2017 Auto Shanghai in China. The carmaker then updated the concept and took the wraps off it at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. As revealed, the I.D. Crozz features a size similar to the 2018 Tiguan but with the shape of a four-door coupe. The updated I.D. impresses both masculinity and dynamism thanks to its wide bonnet, cleanly contoured wings as well as a roof with a high-gloss black exterior finish.

Its LED headlights generate an unmistakable light graphic and give the I.D. Crozz its own identity both day and night. The concept features an unusual door layout in which the front doors hinge and the rear ones slide back. The B-pillar has been removed to allow the doors to open wide and make it easier for passengers to access the cabin.

Read the entire article VW reaffirms plans to offer I.D. Crozz-based electric crossover in the US by 2020

Volkswagen Motorsport, the works rally team of German carmaker Volkswagen, is introducing its latest race car that is derived from the latest generation of the VW Polo GTI. Developed in collaboration with Skoda, the new 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 has taken off its virtual cloaks and has presented itself as the carmaker’s newest four-wheel drive rally car for customer sports.

According to VW Motorsport, the new Polo GTI R5 rally sports car was developed while employing its experience and expertise acquired in the process of winning four world titles in the World Rally Championships – considered as the peak of rallying -- from 2013 to 2016.

Since the Polo GTI R5 is derived from the new Polo GTI, these two cars have a number of similarities. For instance, both the new Polo GTI and the Polo GTI R5 are powered by a straight four-cylinder turbo engine employing direct fuel injection and as mounted transversely in front of the front axle. While the engine in the production model has a capacity of 2.0 liters, the mill inside the new rally car has been limited to a capacity of 1.6 liters in adherence to (International Automobile Federation) FIA regulations.

Read the entire article Rally-bound all-wheel drive 2018 VW Polo GTI R5 unveiled with 272 hp of potency

Drag races usually pit one vehicle against another to see which of them would cross the finish line first. This has become a popular type of motor racing and some even do it to determine which of the two cars is quicker. Somehow, a certain drag race had a new Volkswagen Arteon go up against an older BMW 5-Series (F10), and the action is all recorded on video.

The video – created by Odessa Drag – saw action between a gold-colored automatic VW Arteon R-Line powered by a 2.0-liter engine and a black-finished BMW 5 Series (F10) powered by a 3.0-liter petrol mill. As the race starts, the golden VW Arteon managed to pull away quickly from its opponent. The video is quite noisy – as if there’s a horde of mosquitoes in the area – as it was captured through a flying drone. Based from the video, the drag race appears like it might have occurred in the city of Odessa in Ukraine, Eastern Europe.

At the end, the BMW 5 Series never recovered and the VW Arteon proved to be the better vehicle between the two. However, the information provided by the uploader is so scant that it doesn’t provide a clear picture of the drama of the drag race. If you consider how loaded the model version is, the BMW 5 Series isn’t expected to easily lose against the VW Arteon. In fact, in some power matchups, the BMW 5 Series might have won.

Read the entire article VW Arteon goes up against BMW 5 Series F10 in intense drag race [w/video]

All is set for Volkswagen’s plans to enter the electric vehicle game, as prompted by the so-called Dieselgate scandal. In fact, the German carmaker has already made a commitment to offer at least five battery electric vehicles (BEV) in the next five years. However, Volkswagen is not intending to offer plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEV) in North America, and possibly also in Europe.

This was divulged by Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess in an interview with Car and Driver. The new plans were a contrast to the ones formulated under the former boss of Volkswagen Group of America Michael Horn. The initial plans entailed replacing the group’s diesel vehicles with clean PHEVs. But those plans have been scrapped. As per the interview, Diess remarked that the German carmaker could still make the VW Tiguan as the best-selling SUV even without offering it as a plug-in hybrid in North America and Europe. He noted that the EV incentive scheme in North America doesn’t include PHEVs, which means offering these clean vehicles won't make sense for the carmaker.

For now, Diess’ efforts focus on offering BEVs, 15 of which have already been decided for the group. Five of these 15 pure EVs are earmarked for the VW brand. All of these future BEVs will be underpinned by the new Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) platform, a battery electric architecture. According to Diess, the new MEB platform would result to economies of scale, allowing VW to unleash the potential of its electric vehicles. He believes that by switching into BEVs, VW would be able to save costs, including those related to development. This will allow the brand’s first BEV -- the new Volkswagen I.D. – to be in the same profit range as the VW Polo.

Read the entire article VW decides not to offer plug-in hybrids in North America

The Volkswagen Polo is one car that has made a major mark at the World Rally Championship (WRC). In just a few years, the Polo has scored over 40 wins, 38 podiums and 12 titles. And just the other day, Volkswagen again released a new version of the VW Polo that will be used for competition in WRC. Unlike Skoda, VW does not plan to run a factory team in WRC2, but iw will provide technical support and backup for its customers.

The new VW Polo GTI R5 is set to make its debut in the second half of 2018. Under the hood of the new hatchback is a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that carries out 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts). This engine is paired with a five speed sequential transmission. Though the company has not confirmed it yet, the factory team may compete next year. But this model will also be available for customer teams for the first time ever. The Polo GTI R5 is expected to go through tests in the next couple of weeks, before it goes out in the market by the second half of the year.

This project was made possible by Francois Xavier Demaison, VW Motorsport Technical Director and Gerard-Jan de Jongh who is the Senior Project Engineer. The Polo WRC began development at the start of 2017. These are the same people who are also responsible for the success of the previous Polo rally car.

Read the entire article VW Polo GTI R5 will make rally debut during second half of 2018

More than a week after Tesla Motors’ firing of hundreds of employees came into public’s attention, the top honcho of one of the world’s largest carmakers has some not-so-nice words for the Palo Alto, California-based electric vehicle company.

Matthias Muller, chief executive officer of Volkswagen AG, was invited to share a few words at a major event in Passau, Germany – the “Menschen in Europe.” This event, described as a forum for international understanding, with discussions covering a vast array of topic like politics, arts, culture and business. Being the head of one of the largest carmakers in the world, Muller’s invitation into the event was next to being guaranteed. Muller, however, took advantage of the forum to hit Tesla, a rising superstar in the automotive world, especially in the field of electrified offerings.

Muller’s words against Tesla focused on three issues: small volume sales, regular quarterly losses and the firing of hundreds of employees. He remarked that while there are carmakers – like VW – that have sales of 11 million this year and have profits of between EUR13 billion and EUR14 billion, there are also companies that don’t even sell 80,000 cars annually – obviously referring to Tesla. He also noted that every quarter, Tesla is posting losses in hundreds of millions of dollars. Muller also chided Tesla for “willy-nilly” firing its workers.

Read the entire article VW CEO Matthias Muller tells off Tesla Motors during forum in Germany

Can you imagine a car as small as Volkswagen Golf carry out as much as 400 horsepower? Well, you don’t have to imagine that anymore. Thanks to ABT Sportline, this was made possible in the Golf R. The best part about it is that it is road legal. Also, that is not all there is to the hot hatchback, as it had also been given some styling upgrades.

Most of the increase in the engine power comes from the engine tuning that ABT Sportline did. The tuner equipped the Golf R with a unique ABT Engine Control unit that maximizes the Golf’s turbocharged four cylinder that produces 310 horsepower up to a full 400 ponies. But it is not just the horsepower that benefits from this, because the torque also goes up to 368 pound-feet, and it is spread out to the all-wheel drive system.

The Golf R can be driven with only the power boost, but you can also get a suspension upgrade with new anti-roll bars and springs that ABT Sportline offers as an option. This lowers the hatchback by 20mm in front and 25mm in the rear. But there is also an option where the suspension’s height can be adjusted, dropping it as low as 45mm, making it look sweeter while being more handy when it comes to the handling department. This is paired with a six-piston brake upgrade that is capable of stopping a car with 400 horses.

Read the entire article ABT Sportline gives the 2017 VW Golf R 400 horsepower

Volkswagen had been reluctant to offer info about its new race car but it seems to have gotten over some of its shyness as it published the first batch of teasers last October 18. The company plans to have this model participate in the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Club. When looking at it, one can assess how fast it will be, with its massive front splitter and a huge rear wing. As of now, the only images we have are of the EV’s silhouette. This alone is getting us excited about next year’s hill climb, which will take place on June 24.

The last time Volkswagen attended the challenging Pikes Peak event was over two decades ago, and some of us were not even born yet. It was a twin-engined Golf that the company brought to the event back in 1987, where one engine drive the front wheels, while the other powering the rear axle. Too bad the all-wheel drive creation was not able to finish the hill climb. Decades later, Volkswagen is getting ready for a rematch with what they have to reveal soon.

Volkswagen Motorsport is currently developing the fully electric race car, and based on the photos, it looks like it features a fighter jet-styled canopy on top of its curvaceous body. The automaker is currently working with their technical development center based in their hometown in Wolfsburg Germany. The biggest challenge these engineers will have to face is to create an EV that a skilled driver can drive to complete the hill climb in under 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds, that is needed by Rhys Millen and his e0 PP100 last year.

Read the entire article VW will attempt Pikes Peak record in 2018 with new fully electric race car

Today, manual transmissions have become rare in mainstream cars and are more commonly found in performance cars within the $20,000 to $40,000 range. However, the selection of affordable, three-pedal performance has shrunk, and now Volkswagen announces that the next generation Jetta GLI would not have a manual gearbox as well.

We have got some news regarding the 2018 VW Jetta GLI, thanks to Volkswagen for revealing that it will be losing its manual gearbox. Having said that, it will now exclusively be offered with a six-speed, dual clutch automatic gearbox.

In their official statement, and in an interview with CarsDirect, Volkswagen spokesman Mark Gilles confirmed the earlier reports. But they also added that less than 30 percent of the Jetta GLI sales were of the manual version. Unlike the company’s GTI five-door hatch Golf variant, both manual and automatic transmissions were pretty much popular.

Read the entire article 2018 VW Jetta GLI is exclusively offered with 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox

It may seem that Volkswagen this year has been working overtime for the preview of its upcoming electric models --- the ID Buzz and the ID Crozz but somewhere in between, the German automaker continues to make new versions of its current vehicle lineup.

Soon to launch is the eighth generation Volkswagen Golf which will come in sequence with the very exciting premiere of Volkswagen’s ID electric hatchback. Speaking with Drive earlier this week, Jurgen Stackman, VW board member and sales & marketing head, said that the premiere of the new Golf should be expected in early 2018 which will be succeeded by the unveiling of the ID hatch. Further, Stackman ensures that the upcoming Golf 8 will be an extremely strong one that it wouldn’t matter at all if it will launch almost at the same time as the ID as both could hold up their own.

The board member however went on by saying there will no longer be an all-electric Golf down the line. Rather, Volkswagen will only add some new plugin hybrid varieties, including both diesel and petrol. The ID hatch will likely fill that void which will be offered at nearly the same price as VW Golf’s diesel variant. While we’ll no longer see a new generation e-Golf, Stackman insisted that the company at least still has the Golf plugin hybrid.

Read the entire article VW Golf 8 (VIII) will be launched a few weeks ahead of ID electric car

Volkswagen today announces the official pricing of the e-Golf plus more details about the equipment for each trim available. The updated 2017 model year, which is set to go on sale today, will come with a base price of $31,315 including $820 destination charges. The trim levels are SE, Limited and SEL Premium. The higher-spec Limited Edition trim goes by the price of $33,795 while the SEL Premium sells for about $36,995. As before, purchasing a new Volkswagen e-Golf comes with up to $7,500 federal tax credit.

The new version now gets a boosted range of around 83 to 125m from the new 35.8kWh battery pack instead of the 24.2-kWh from the previous e-Golf. Additionally, the 7.2kW charger now comes as standard on the SE, which will only take less than 6 hours to recharge with the use of a 240V charging station. Otherwise, customers can also have the optionally available DC fast charging unit (on the SE variant) for an additional price of $995. Within one hour, the DC fast charger can replenish the EV's battery by up to 80%.

While the previous model can offer highly efficient fuel returns, with the new battery’s increased energy capacity and improved battery chemistry, the new e-Golf now also has better fuel economy. To compare, the 2017 VW e-Golf’s fuel returns are now 126 mpg for the city, 111 mpg for the highway and 119 mpg for the combined cycle. The 2016 MY e-Golf on the other hand only puts a total of 126 mpg, 105 mpg and 116 mpg in the same order.

Read the entire article VW releases 2017 e-Golf with boosted range but with higher price tag

At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen revealed the all-electric I.D. Crozz II Concept as a way to tell the audience that they are pushing through with electrification in 2020. At first glance, the design of this concept will remind you of the earlier I.D. Crozz. The compact crossover picks up design cues from it, but is more stylish and eye-catching with its two-tone colour scheme. The one we are seeing live is finished in a Hibiscus Red Metallic paint and a silver roof.

Herbert Diess, Volkswagen CEO said in his statement that their company focuses on making technology more accessible to people. He also said that the Golf of the future must still be the people’s car.

Better than the first concept, the Crozz II aesthetically looks better with its new and cleaner headlights, getting rid of the louver-like strips of LED lights. The contrast that the two-tone paint gives really helped with the vehicle’s design, especially from the rear three-quarters perspective. There is a nice balance between the silver roof and the red body, making it really stand out from the crowd.

Read the entire article VW I.D. Crozz II Concept looks more stylish than the previous electric crossover concept

The upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will be setting the stage for two of Volkswagen’s most exciting show cars of the year. By next week, VW Amarok will be posing as the Aventura Exclusive Concept perhaps side by side with its special edition double cab, the Amarok Dark Label.

Notably, all variants of Dark Label conform to the Euro 6 emission standards and are fitted with BlueMotion Technology that offers low rolling resistance tires, brake energy recuperation and start stop system for better fuel savings.

Read the entire article VW set to unleash the Amarok Dark Label and Aventura Exclusive Concept at IAA

Volkswagen recently revealed their first ever compact crossover, namely the T-Roc. This model goes right below the Tiguan in the company’s lineup, as its smallest subcompact ever. This model is like a hybrid of an SUV and a compact hatchback, and what we know is that it will be sold in Europe before the year ends. The CUV will make its first public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

When the T-Roc becomes available in Germany and the rest of Europe, customers will be able to choose from a number of engine options - for both gasoline and diesel. This includes a 1.0 liter, a 1.5 liter, and 2.0 liter TSI units, with 114 horsepower (85 kilowatts), 148 horsepower (110 kW), and 188 horsepower (140 kW), respectively. The first two can be had with six speed manual giving power to the front wheels, while a seven-speed dual clutch can be an option for the 1.5 liter unit. The 2.0, on the other hand can be paired with the dual-clutch box. For those who prefer driving a diesel, the T-Roc will be available in a 1.6 liter or a 2.0 liter TDI motor with the same output as the gasoline engines. For the T-Roc, entry-level models will be available in front-wheel drive, while larger engines can get an all-wheel drive option.

Initially, the company considered a plan to bring the model to the United States after the European release, but it seems like the company has changed their mind. Because now, reports say that the model will only be limited to Europe and China, and that piece of tidbit apparently came from VW insiders. This means that the United States will only be limited to the Tiguan if they want a compact model. But even with this statement, US fans should not lose hope at all, as there is still chance for a US-spec T-Roc, said Automobile Magazine. It is just a matter of when we will see one. Who knows, maybe the T-Roc’s future successor will head to North America.

Read the entire article 2018 VW T-Roc will be exclusive to Europe and China, not in the United States

Volkswagen recently just announced their first compact crossover for Europe, that is the stylish T-Roc. However, they also made it clear that only the Polo and Golf hatchbacks will be getting the GTI treatment. This means that we should not expect the Passat or Touareg in a Grand Touring Injection variant. With that being said, you cannot stop artists from rendering what they’ve imagined, and this time, it is a T-Roc GTI. That was quick considering that the CUV only made its world premiere a few days ago.

Without a doubt, the sporty version of the T-Roc will get the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine from the Golf GTI that can produce as much as 245 horsepower. The GTI Performance upgrade is currently available in Europe. But just because VW is not planning a GTI treatment for the T-Roc doesn’t mean it will not have any other variants. And sources say that there may be a chance for a T-Roc R that is a little more powerful with 310 horsepower engine just like the Golf R.

This was because Herbert Diess, VW chairman, said a few months ago that he would like to consider a more powerful all-wheel-drive T-Roc R. To further support this statement, sources that are close to Wolfsburg have told Autocar that the company’s head asked his engineers to build a development car. If Diess sends the go signal, then expect the T-Roc R to go on production, and it should be ready after the Tiguan R’s release. The Tiguan R is another hot AWD that a lot of us are expecting to see, with a five-cylinder 2.5 liter engine just like the Audi RS3 supposedly.

Read the entire article Check out this VW T-Roc GTI on but don't get your hopes up

The Volkswagen Kombi is out, and something bigger and better is in - that is the VW California XXL Concept. We saw a sneak preview of it this month, and we know that is based on the Crafter, and now, there are more images and details of it that VW has shared.

This weekend, the California XXL will make its public debut at the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf. But what’s more important is the fact that this will make sure that passengers will feel at home wherever they are. In fact, it might even be better than your studio. Just like any camper, the most important factor is the cabin - how much space it has, how homey it is, and what features it has.

Starting off with the kitchen area. It comes standard with a sink, gas hob, and a few fridges. But what’s also great is the fact that the Crafter has a higher roof, so there is no need to worry about hitting your head while cooking when the vehicle is on the go. Moving on to the back area, the XXL has a lot of space for you to move around, it has alcoves for two children and more than enough space for sleeping. In the back, there are a lot of windows - one that has a wide opening, plus there is a massive panoramic roof that’s perfect for star gazing or checking out the northern lights on winter nights, while you are in the comfort of your own van. When the sun rises and you want more space, the beds can easily be stowed in a compartment in the middle section of the camper.

Read the entire article VW California XXL Concept is the future of campers

Volkswagen’s Microbus has already gained an iconic status thanks to the free spirit that it has come to symbolize. Since 2001, the German carmaker has been introducing different Microbus concepts. The latest of these concepts was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show – the Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept. Featuring a full electric drive sending power to all four wheels as well as an electric range of 270 miles (US driving cycle), the VW ID Buzz Concept was a study that was hard to ignore.

Now, VW can no longer ignore the appeal of and the enticing proposition by the ID Buzz Concept. Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess remarked during the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance event in Pebble Beach, California, following presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit, Michigan and in Geneva, Switzerland, that the carmaker has been receiving a large number of letters and e-mails from customers urging the German company to bring the ID Buzz Concept into production,

During the event, the German carmaker announced that it has decided to go beyond the Microbus concept and bring the ID Buzz Concept into production. The announcement – made by Diess (who also serves as chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand) and Eckhard Scholz (sitting as chair of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand) – doesn’t mean that the production version of the ID Buzz Concept is coming soon though, as interested customers would have to wait half a decade later to get a piece of this futuristic iteration of the Microbus in 2022.

Read the entire article VW to bring ID Buzz Concept into production with market release set in 2022
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