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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

Teaser sketches of 2019 VW Touareg show sharper, more muscular form

Later next month, Volkswagen plans to finally reveal the third generation or 2019 model year Touareg at Beijing, China. This is actually earlier than the initial plan, which was to debut the car in April. A couple of months ago, we saw spy shots of the SUV without its camouflage, which suggest that these are probably what we should expect from the production model. And now, the automaker published a single sketch that looks pretty much like the vehicle we saw in the spy shots.

The automaker’s goal for the 2019 Touareg is for it to have a more expressive design with an “unmistakeable appearance” that also has a strong character, according to Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design.

According to Volkswagen, their plan for the Touareg is for it to be the automaker’s flagship product in terms of design, while offering cutting edge technology. Though the automaker does not share a lot of details regarding these systems, the sensors we see on the spy shots indicate that it will have a sophisticated suite of driver assistance aids. The automaker promises that the SUV will be boasting the largest digital instrument display in its class as well, and this will be called the Innovision Cockpit. The Touareg is supposed to highlight new features that we have never used before, with its new type of infotainment system.

Read the entire article Teaser sketches of 2019 VW Touareg show sharper, more muscular form

2019 VW Arteon debuts in Chicago, set to start selling in 3Q

For Volkswagen fans, we are sure that you know that the Arteon has been on sale overseas for quite some time now. And now, the automaker has good news for United States fans as the midsize sedan makes its debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. And speaking of the model, it is set to go on sale in the US during the third quarter of the year. The Arteon now has more cabin space, and is a better and more modern replacement for the VW CC.

The Arteon, a midsized sedan with a four-door coupe like roofline, is based on the same MQB modular platform, as models like the Golf, Tiguan, and the new Jetta. Similar to the CC that came before it, the Arteon is sleeker, and has better styling elements. In fact, it acts as a good alternative to the Passat sedan.

Though similar to the CC, the Arteon has a wheelbase that is five inches longer than the CC, making it longer and wider - meaning that it gives more space to the passengers. In contrary to that, it gets shorter overhangs that make it look extra sporty.

Read the entire article 2019 VW Arteon debuts in Chicago, set to start selling in 3Q

Hyundai revealed to the press that it doesn’t plan on breaking any kind of top speed records with its newest N performance line. That is because the brand mainly focuses on the comfort and pleasure of driving its two new hatchbacks. When it comes to fun, the VW Golf GTI may be the first thing that comes to mind but the Korean automaker boldly claims that they might have beaten the said hatchback.

Albert Biermann, former head of BMW’s M division and the current head of Hyundai’s M division, shared to Australian publication Car Advice some details regarding the brand’s first high performance hatchback, the i30 N. He mentioned that the goal of this car is to make sure it is fun to drive daily, despite it being track-focused.

The automaker’s plan for the i30 N was to have it be a closer fit for the track than a Golf GTI could ever be. He also said that many GTIs can be taken to the track, but a standard GTI isn’t the same. Furthermore, regular GTIs are not as fun to drive, at the same time, they don’t have as strong a character.

Read the entire article High-powered Hyundai i30N hatchback keeps the VW Golf GTI on its toes

Back in the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen showcased a Passat GT Concept at their booth. Though it has been a little over a year since that happened, the automaker has finally come up with the production model of the 2018 VW Passat GT and will bring it at the  2018 Detroit Auto Show. And all we can say is that it looks exactly like the 2016 concept. Just without the bold GT graphics on the sides.

So. What does the production model have to boast? Well, it definitely has a touch of sportiness. Both the exterior and interior also got over 20 visual enhancements. The front fascia comes with standard LED headlights as well as daytime running lamps, paired with the bumper from the R-Line. There is also a new black honeycomb grille that replaces the one on the stock unit, and is surrounded by red trim. After all, anything GT must have a hint of red.

There are also black accents all around the car, from the side mirrors, the door trim, to the subtle GT fender badges as well as the blacked out roof. In the rear, there is a new black spoiler with more black trim, paired with a set of LED headlights that had been darkened.

Read the entire article Detroit Auto Show: 2018 VW Passat GT production model has arrived

In today’s world, it is not unusual to have smart phones or other electronics that could recognize their owner’s faces. Actually, in the near future, it will likely be a standard feature in all personal gadgets. Having said that, even the automotive industry is looking into this technology - how cool is that?

We applaud Volkswagen for developing this idea and eventually offering it in its vehicles. We could certainly all benefit from using sophisticated forms of autonomous technology on the road. In fact, VW has recently announced a new partnership with Nvidia. At the 2018 CES, the automaker talked about the next-generation technology on the upcoming I.D. Buzz concept. The automaker believes that this van is the perfect model for showcasing the technologies it has been working on.

Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, said during the announcement of the partnership that after a few years, most, if not all, vehicles will have AI assistants for voice, gesture, and facial recognition, along with augmented reality. He then said that by working with Volkswagen, they are beginning to create a generation of safer and more enjoyable vehicles that will soon be accessible to everyone, something that they have not seen before.

Read the entire article Upcoming VW Buzz will use facial recognition tech

Volkswagen recently launched a teaser video of what they will be launching in the next 12 months. And one of the models they featured was the T-Cross. This confirms that the production version of the model will finally be able to join us later this year as the automaker’s smallest crossover to date.

Here is the thing, the video is merely a brief teaser of each of their upcoming cars and that they did not provide specific details about when or where the T-Cross could make an official debut. However, based on the latest speculations, it might come out sometime earlier in the year. We might actually be able to see it debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March. If you remember, it was back in 2016 that VW first premiered the T-Cross Breeze concept as a preview for their smallest crossover.

However, unlike the concept that we saw two years ago, the production version will not be a droptop. And from the spy shots we saw earlier, the road-going variant has been going through tests in the snow. The vehicle looks like a smaller version of the Tiguan, the automaker’s existing SUV. While it does share the same MQB platform as the polo, it is a shorter version of it.

Read the entire article Expect VW T-Cross to arrive in Europe dealerships in 2018 and in the US by 2019

Aren’t aftermarket tuners just the coolest guys? Not just because they can modify your car, but because they can make your already nice car, way cooler and personalised to your style. This time, we are referring to Oettinger, but before we move on to that, let us first discuss why this particular car has been introduced in Germany.

Police enforcers need to be fast enough to be able to chase down fast vehicles along various stretches. However, police officers cannot be provided with their own Porsche 911s or Mercedes AMG GTs, because that will cost too much.

This is where Oettinger enters the picture. During the Essen Motor Show a couple of weeks ago, the aftermarket tuner revealed a unique Volkswagen Golf R dressed in police livery with special equipment. And when we say special equipment, we mean flashing lights attached on the roof as well as in the air dam. The police kit is completed with a foil wrap in blue, white and neon yellow, and a huge word that spells “Polizei.”

Read the entire article Oettinger VW Golf 400R police car concept is presented under Germany safety campaign

It appears that the Volkswagen e-Golf is doing really well. A couple of weeks ago, they announced that the production of the e-Golf with increased range will have to be doubled because of its strong demand. One major factor is the move by several automakers to offer rebates for drivers who get rid of their old cars in exchange for environmentally friendly cars, which is a good move - not just for the car manufacturer, but also for the environment.

To meet the rising demand, the German automaker will have to switch from single-shift operation to 2 shifts at their Transparent Factory Dresden so that output can be increased from 35 units per day to 70 cars daily. If you add that up, that will give you a total of 2,100 per month as opposed to the original figure of 1,050 only. The increase is said to be gradual with the additional shift to begin only in March 2018.

The e-Golf, as we know, comes equipped with a 35.8 kWh battery that is capable of reaching 125 miles (201 kilometers) EPA. That is a huge improvement (83 miles / 134 kilometers) from the previous version that comes with a 24.2 kWh battery.

Read the entire article VW e-Golf production volume will double this March

Volkswagen proves just how big of an automotive company it is as it is celebrating a very important milestone on the last day of the year. It is set to roll out its 6 millionth car on Sunday, the 31st of December. Most of the cars that were built this year were familiar nameplates, but of course, new members of the family like the T-Roc, Tiguan Allspace, and Atlas also played an important role as their production numbers have increased significantly as well. It should be mentioned though that for this calculation, the Arteon has been excluded because it is considered as the CC’s successor.

As mentioned earlier, it was the more popular models like the Polo, Golf, Jetta and Passat that took up the majority of the percentage of cars produced this year. Alongside those models, the Santana that is available in several versions in China, had an impact too.

The automaker has a total of about 60 models in their lineup globally, and this will still increase as models like the T-Cross and the Phaeton are currently being developed. Apart from all that, Volkswagen also has plans of expanding their current electric vehicle lineup, so we wouldn’t be surprised if they easily break the 6 million record by next year.

Read the entire article VW breaks own production record with 6 million units built in 2017

Volkswagen has finally revealed the long-awaited Arteon in Europe, after it made its debut earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. As known by many, the Arteon will serve as a replacement to the sleek CC model. Luckily for the European market, they can already get behind the wheel of this model. We have yet to see this sedan in North America, but the good news is that we do not have to wait much longer.

If our sources are right, the new VW Arteon will make an appearance in the US soil at the upcoming 2018 Chicago Auto Show in February 2018. It will then go on sale a few months after that. For those who are considering getting this car, expect the 2019 Arteon to have an asking price of $34,500 in the United States, similar to the price range of the outgoing CC. For European buyers, the Arteon will be priced at £34,305.

Similar to models like the Golf, Atlas and the upcoming Jetta, among other upcoming models, the US-spec Arteon will be riding on the same VW Group’s MQB platform. So under its hood will be a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-four engine that can also be found in the European model.

Read the entire article Expect to see the VW Arteon at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show

As coupe-styled sports utility vehicles gain a following among customers around the world, carmakers are also racing to offer sports activity coupes (SAC), as these vehicles are called. While the Volkswagen Tiguan is currently becoming one of the best-sellers in the world, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if the German carmaker adds a coupe variant of the VW Tiguan.

Just recently, German automotive magazine Auto Bild published a report saying that VW is indeed planning to sport a coupe version of the Tiguan SUV. Auto Bild added that the VW could launch the Tiguan coupe-SUV as early as next year (2018). The magazine quipped that the German carmaker is seeing an opportunity to introduce the coupe-SUV version after it launched a now larger Tiguan, which is capable of accommodating an optional third-row seat.

The coupe-SUV version would mean that the Tiguan could now cater to more groups of potential customers. For instance, the coupe-SUV version of the Tiguan would be a great proposition to customers who don’t need the extra space offered by the now-larger SUV. These customers are willing to give up the extra room for the sake of driving a Tiguan that looks more chic and stylish. Featuring a smaller interior, the coupe-SUV variant of the VW Tiguan would also be less practical and less utilitarian. Its chic and stylish exterior would be matched by a premium-looking trim while its rear bench would be replaced by two more luxurious seats.

Read the entire article VW to offer coupe version of Tiguan SUV, says German magazine

Volkswagen strong sellers like the Golf and the Passat have their Alltrack versions, which offer a sportier driving experience with an all-terrain capability and rugged looks. But another VW strong seller, the Polo supermini, doesn’t have an Alltrack version. Nonetheless, a Brazilian automotive designer is providing Polo fans an idea of how an Alltrack version of the supermini might look like.

Essentially, VW employs the Alltrack moniker to identify derivative models that cater to urban customers with active lifestyles. These customers are people who spend the weekdays in the city, and the weekend off the road. This is why all of VW’s Alltrack models are fitted with an all-wheel drive system. VW distinguishes the Alltrack versions from their base vehicles by making them appear rugged.

Here comes a detailed rendering of the VW Polo Alltrack, as created by Kleber Silva of Sao Paulo, Brazil. This isn't the first time an Alltrack version of the Polo has been rendered visually, but Silva’s work is certainly worth considering.

Read the entire article Brazilian designer renders 2018 VW Polo Alltrack to suit the outdoor lifestyle

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

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
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