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VW will have pWLAN as standard on most of its vehicles starting 2019

Volkswagen AG is taking vehicle-to-vehicle communications another step forward as the German carmaker plans to make pWLAN technology (Public Local Area Network) standard on most of its offerings starting 2019. According to the company, the move will make road travel safer and more efficient.

As intended by VW, pWLAN technology will serve as an additional communication technology – as a complement for mobile phone connectivity -- for exchanging certain traffic information between vehicles, even if produced by different carmakers. Thus, the installation of pWLAN technology should allow VW vehicles to exchange information with other vehicles (car to car), or with transport infrastructure (car to X).

pWLAN technology would allow the quick sharing of information – usually achieved within just milliseconds -- about the present traffic situation, or even accidents as well as other traffic conditions with the local environment, with other vehicles or infrastructure within a radius of around 500 meters. Information about the traffic warnings and even sensor data could also be shared with the local environment. By exchanging such important information, travelling on the road could be much safer as it could help reduce accidents or if such cannot be avoided, minimize their effects.

Read the entire article VW will have pWLAN as standard on most of its vehicles starting 2019

VW Atlas looks better with a set of 21-inch Vossen wheels

Some people like their food with extra spice, while some don’t. It’s similar to how some people are happy with a factory model car, but some just can’t get enough of what’s already there. Naples Speed recently fitted a set of VFS2 wheels on Volkswagen’s largest SUV ever built, the Atlas. And even with a set of 21-inch Vossen wheels, they look totally fine, and far from oversized.

If you look at it from afar, you would think that they are just regular wheels that the company itself has installed. The wheels have a classic multi-spoke design that just fits the design of the Atlas. Having said that, there will always be people who will disagree. For instance, the unnamed VW designer who said that it looked like a 2012 Ford seen at the LA Auto Show.

In America, Volkswagen is known to produce compact cars that are practical and economical. Their cars were either fun to drive or nice to look at. But the company felt that their strategy was not working, so they came out with the Atlas, their large, dull, and not so pretty SUV.

Read the entire article VW Atlas looks better with a set of 21-inch Vossen wheels

VW introduces 6th generation of the Polo

For those who think that the fifth generation of the Volkswagen Polo is a kinda small, here is very good news. The German carmaker is finally introducing the sixth generation of the VW Polo supermini, and customers would love the fact that it is larger to accommodate both passengers and their cargo.

More than being a bit more spacious, the new 2018 VW Polo features a whole design that is now dynamic. In addition, the new VW Polo is available with a more efficient engine as well as innovative driver assistance systems. With all these attributes, the sixth generation of the VW Polo is set to continue the success story of its predecessors, of which more than 14 million have been sold to date. That figure doesn’t include other versions of the Polo that had been sold around the world ever since the first generation of the supermini was introduced.

Compared to the fifth generation that was launched in 2009, the sixth-gen Polo has grown in terms of length (at 4,053 mm), width (at 1,751 mm) as well as wheelbase (at 2,564 mm). The sixth generation of the Polo, however, is slightly shorter in terms of height (at 1,446 mm). Despite its shorter height, the gen-6 Polo offers more head room both in the front cabin (1,019 mm) and in the rear cabin (964 mm). Amazingly, the newest iteration of the Polo offers 351 liters of trunk volume, around 71 liters more than in the previous generation. In addition, the front and rear tracks of the new Polo are also wider than in the previous model at 1,525 mm and 1,505 mm, respectively.

Read the entire article VW introduces 6th generation of the Polo

2018 VW Tiguan to arrive in the US this summer, priced as low as $25,345

For those who are excited to purchase the new 2018 VW Tiguan compact crossover, here is the good news. You can now start planning your budget for the 2018 VW Tiguan as it is set to arrive in dealerships in summer 2017, with four models to choose from: Tiguan S, Tiguan SE, Tiguan SEL and Tiguan SEL Premium.

Interested buyers with a tight budget could get the new VW Tiguan S. The front-wheel drive version of the Tiguan S – powered as standard by a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L TSI engine – has a starting price of $25,345. For those who prefer an all-wheel drive unit, the Tiguan TSI S 4Motion -- powered by the same engine -- is available starting at $26,645.

Both versions of the Tiguan S feature -- as standard – feature halogen headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) as well as LED taillights. Riding on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, the Tiguan S is provided with a rearview camera, heated side mirrors and black roof rails. As standard, the interior of the Tiguan S is fitted with cloth seating with an upscale Rhombus pattern as well as a 6.5-inch Composition Color touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices. Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect for compatible devices is also standard.

Read the entire article 2018 VW Tiguan to arrive in the US this summer, priced as low as $25,345

If you are an avid follower of the World Rally Championship, you might be familiar with Jost Capito, the person who led Volkswagen to bag 3 successive titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. Now the German automaker recently announced that the German motorsport manager extraordinaire has returned and will lead the company's "R" performance division.

Jost Capito, a former Formula 1 driver, is appointed as the new Managing Director of Volkswagen R that will take effect on June 1. Volkswagen R GmbH is the competence center for design and performance based products, the Germans boast. Capito will also manage the VW Zubehor' s activities- Zubehor is the German automaker's department that produces and sells vehicle accessories in different parts of the world.

He will take the place of Ulrich Richter (58), who had been the managing director of VW R since 2009. But Richter will not be departing VW as he will continue to work for the German automaker as he is also the Plant Manager at Osnabruck as Speaker of the Management Board and Managing Director, Technical of VW Osnabruck since October 2016 even though the former Karmann facility doesn't produce that much.

Read the entire article Jost Capito returns to VW as Head of R GmbH, its performance arm

Commercial vehicles have always been late to the game when it comes to cutting-edge technologies in the automotive business compared to passenger vehicles. The American automaker, Ford, had an important breakthrough with its 13th-gen F150 by fitting it with second-row inflatable seat belts. However, we will not be talking about Ford, but instead we will be setting our sights on the brand new system offering of Volkswagen. The important tech is the Autonomous Emergency Braking feature that will be made available on the Caddy, Transporter and Crafter vans as standard equipment for orders that come in on June 1 of this year and onwards.

There’s no doubt that autonomous braking is really a very useful feature to avoid a vehicular collision but these systems are typically offered as an option. However, we applaud Volkswagen for making this move as it will be the first ever auto manufacturer to equip their commercial vans with autonomous emergency braking as standard. It's the latest in a series of steps to standardize the feature across the board.

The recent Euro NCAP crash test requires an effective AEB system to be able to score max points, and vehicles which don't have crash avoidance techs are fined. Due to this, it's uncommon for new vehicles to not be equipped with the system. Starting June 1st, those who will order a Caddy, Transporter or Crafter van units will be fitted with the aforementioned safety feature without needing to mark an option box. Sarah Cox, VW's head of marketing for commercial vehicles, indicated that producing safe, dependable vans has been at the heart of their company for over 60 years.

Read the entire article VW commercial vans will have autonomous emergency braking feature as standard

Does your 2017 VW e-Golf need a new styling treatment? Wait till you see what RevoZport has to offer. The Volkswagen Golf VII Razor 7E for e-Golf by RevoZport is now up for grabs. The new conversion kit comes with an aerodynamically enhanced RevoZport styling package specifically made for the VW e-Golf. This is offered with a new GT roof spoiler along with its newly designed rear diffuser, side skirts, dive planes and front splitter. Each component is made with carbon fiber as the design pays tribute to the world’s first ePrix car challenge held last year at the circuit of Formula E in Hong Kong.

Volkswagen’s show car comes in a clean white body paint with matching blue accents during the event. There are tinges of blue on VW e-Golf’s electric powertrain as well as on the headlights, front grille, roof spoiler, rear diffuser, front spoiler and side skirts.

It is of course an honour for RevoZport to become part of such major event. As the official supplier of aerodynamic kits for the e-Prix Car Challenge, they have been able to develop the first aerodynamics package specially designed for the VW e-Gold. That is to say, the “Razor7 E” provides the additional downforce required for the challenge.

Read the entire article RevoZport reveals VW Golf VII Razor 7E kit based on e-Golf

Volkswagen's yearly Worthersee affair that happens in Austria is considered a hotbed for all types of cars from the German company's long and renowned history. Most of the gathering features modified vehicles that have been crafted by its owners with much passion, but when the German automaker itself will join the modification game, it pretty much translates to interesting outputs. For this year, VW has finally divulged the anticipated details of the 2 cars that will be displayed at the said affair- an estate version of GTE hybrid and the over 400hp Golf GTI that bears the label "First Decade".

Hybrid vehicles seem to be the main course for Volkswagen at the Worthersee event, as after displaying the electrified GTI First Decade and Golf FTE Estate ImpulsE creation, the guys from Wolfsburg also showed the Golf GTE Concept. The one-off version will show off a solid paint based on the currently modified production model, and it have a rather unique name.

Dubbed the Electric White Mother of Pearl Effect, this look is further highlighted by its black and blue finish. It also boasts of 2 tone 19-inch Pretoria alloy wheels that have an identical black and blue motif, further supported with bulky 17-inch perforated discs fitted with calipers that has been painted in GTE Blue. The diffuser and the twin exhaust tips were procured from the GTI hot hatch, and the roof-mounted rear spoiler was from the hotter Golf GTI Clubsport.

Read the entire article VW Golf GTE Concept featured at 2017 Worthersee Tour

Volkswagen of America has a nice surprise for potential customers of the new VW Tiguan (2018 model year). The latest iteration of the Tiguan – set to arrive in the United States this summer -- will be the first VW model to be fitted with the new advanced version of the German carmaker’s EA888 four-cylinder gasoline engine.

This new engine is a revised yet improved version of VW’s third-generation (Generation 3) EA888 that boasts of a displacement of 1.8 liters. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged and direct-injection EA888 Gen 3 engine (1.8 TSI) is still what powers current models of the VW Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat. VW has made certain updates to its four-stroke cycle to improve not only its levels of power and efficiency, but also its responsiveness, resulting to the creation of the 2.0-liter EA888 Gen 3B engine (2.0 TSI).

Updates implemented on the EA888 Gen 3 engine include using a longer piston stroke, a tweak which was responsible for the increase in the updated mill’s displacement. The piston stroke on the 1.8 TSI is 84.1 mm while on the 2.0 TSI, it is 92.8 mm. VW also modified the engine’s piston crown and combustion chamber, resulting to a higher compression ratio of 11.7:1.

Read the entire article 2018 VW Tiguan receives new 2.0-liter TSI engine

At this year’s Worthersee gathering, Volkswagen will be revealing a total of four vehicles: two of which are apprentice-designed GTI and GTE concepts, while the other two are unique VW cars of the company itself. These are the sweet Golf GTI and the hot Golf R.

Oettinger, a German based tuning company,sharpens the Golf MKVII GTI’s current look with a unique aerodynamic body kit. The kit comes with a new front spoiler, front splitter, side skirts, a quad tailpipe just by the diffuser, and a roof-mounted spoiler with open racing flaps.

Under the hood is a standard 2.0 liter engine, or the 2.0 liter diesel engine for the GTD, that works with the added quad exhaust system. For an engine upgrade, Oettinger can do the work for you and maximize the engine power to 380 horsepower (283 kilowatts) for an extra cost. This is a huge jump from the standard which only produces 210 horsepower (156 kilowatts).

Read the entire article Here are the VW Golf GTI and Golf R, as tuned by Oettinger, presented at Worthersee

Volkswagen intends to leave the crowd in awe at the Worthersee Meeting (Wortherseetreffen) – the largest VW and Audi car show in Europe – with its new GTI Worthersee concept.

It has been 10 years since VW started its famed show car projects at Worthersee. To celebrate those 10 years, the 10th and latest GTI Worthersee concept was promptly named VW Golf GTI First Decade. This is the first GTI to feature a hybrid drive system – a combination of a conventional engine and an electric motor.

A petrol mill delivers 410 PS (300 kW) of power output to the front wheels while a 48-volt electric motor provides 12 kW of propulsive power to the rear wheels. Interestingly, these two drive systems could operate separately, which means the new VW Golf GTI First Decade could be driven conventionally, or in pure electric mode. Of course, the engine and electric could operate together for an all-wheel drive experience.

Read the entire article VW Golf GTI First Decade with hybrid system revealed at the 2017 Worthersee Meeting

German carmaker Volkswagen AG is now on the verge of closing the final chapters of its Dieselgate saga after Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted final approval to a settlement agreement between the company and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) as well as regulatory agencies compensate customers affected by the group’s 3.0-liter TDI diesel engines linked to the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal in 2015.

This agreement became necessary because of the so-called Dieselgate scandal, which is a scheme executed by VW to sell around 590,000 diesel-powered vehicles in the US – covering model years 2009 to 2016 -- by making it appear 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. The latest settlement agreement is more or less similar to the one relating to VW’s 2.0-liter TDI engines.

Parties in the agreement include Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, US DOJ, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the State of California, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Attorney General.

Read the entire article Judge approves settlement deal for VW 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine scandal

Herbert Diess, Volkswagen brand chief, revealed the VW's future plan for the next decade at the press conference in Volkswagen's "Markenhochhaus", the totally rebuilt brick tower at the Wolfsburg factory. Hoping to put the "Dieselgate" scandal behind them, the German automaker is planning a new vision for the company. The plan? Plain and simple, VW will put their efforts into manufacturing more SUVs and EVs. Now that's what we call a solid plan.

The aftermath of the Dieselgate is somehow still felt and the German automaker is making an effort to make us forget the TDI ever happened. Around November of 2016, VW disclosed that they will make the largest change process in VW's history and is now announcing that they are seeking to become the world's leading automotive market when it comes to e-mobility.

This is a strong statement coming from the German company, and VW has a 20/20 vision on how they will execute their plan- by selling no less than 1 million electric cars every year by 2025. This plan will ensue in 2020, when the VW's first ever electric vehicle from the I.D. range will be released to the public. Three more vehicles will join the line-up in the next 5 years, following the Zwickau-produced unit.

Read the entire article VW aims to become e-mobility leader, sets goal to sell 1 million EVs annually by 2025

When most of us are asked what the most recognizable Volkswagen vehicle is in history, probably the first thing that we would think of is the iconic Beetle. With around 21.5 M units distributed worldwide, there's no denying that the classic Beetle is considered one of the most popular vehicles in history.

However, all good things must come to an end, as the hard top Beetle variant is now being considered to be put on the chopping block due to the poor sales. Not only is the hardtop Beetle is loomed to be retired, but the Scirocco may also soon disappear from the brand's lineup.

Due to the slow sales of the senior models, the time has probably come to end the Beetle and the Scirocco lineage. Volkswagen board member Arno Antlitz disclosed to Autocar that the Beetle and Scirocco are considered to be solid models of an emotional and charismatic class of automobiles, but it is not always about extending cars from one gen to the next. If rumours are to be true, then the Beetle Convertible will be at least happy, as the talks say that it will be given a slim reprieve due to the fact that is more sellable compared to its hardtop variant.

Read the entire article VW Scirocco and Beetle rumored to get axed

Earlier this month, Volkswagen’s annual meeting took place at its hometown in Wolfsburg, Germany. This year’s meeting was focused on the company’s business plan they call “Transform 2025+”. This plan is solely based on hybrid and electric vehicles.

Aside from providing updates on its hybrid and electric vehicles, Volkswagen also addressed what their agenda is when it comes to new models arriving in the next couple of months. And it seems like they have a handful of models arriving sooner than we thought. For instance, they just reconfirmed that the company will begin production of the all-new Polo next month, meaning that in the next coming weeks, photos of the supermini will probably be circulating around the web.

That’s just one of the few models VW will put in production. The T-Roc compact crossover, which is based on the Golf, will also hit the assembly line for the EU market as early as August. So in the next few months, we will finally see the brand new T-Roc with its covers off. The company also said that the compact crossover will be sold in the United States by 2019. The factory to build the T-Roc will be based in Palmela, Portugal.

Read the entire article VW announces production dates for the Polo, T-Roc and Touareg this year

German carmaker Volkswagen has launched a new media control application that should allow all occupants of certain VW vehicles to operate the installed media system.

Controlling media inside the vehicle usually lies in the hands of the driver, or with the front passenger. Those who are sitting in the rear cabin can’t help but be in the mercy of the front occupants when dealing with in-vehicle entertainment. Rear occupants usually have to adjust to the media preferences of the driver or the front passengers.

This isn’t the case with new VW cars ordered from May 3, 2017 and feature – as standard or as an option – the latest Discover Navigation or Discover Navigation Pro infotainment systems. These infotainment systems include, as standard, the carmaker’s new Media Control app. This new app extends the control of the media to all passengers inside the cabin of compatible VW vehicles, as long as their smartphones are linked to the Discover Navigation or Discover Navigation Pro infotainment systems through a WLAN connection. Volkswagen’s new Media Control app is compatible with smartphones and tablets powered by iOS or Android operating systems.

Read the entire article VW's new Media Control app allows any connected passenger to access infotainment system

Motorcycle maker Ducati might soon find itself under a new owner. This comes as its current parent, the Volkswagen Group, is reportedly mulling selling the Italian company to obtain funds needed to finance unprecedented costs, like those related to the so-called Dieselgate scandal.

As reported by Reuters, citing two sources privy with the matter, Ducati’s sale is being considered as VW is embarking on a strategic overhaul following the Dieselgate scandal. VW has been trapped in billions of dollars of fines and taxes after the scandal. Likewise, the group is now shifting its focus to electric cars and new mobility services. These have prompted the German company to streamline its operations, with the effect of limiting spending across the group. For instance, the VW brand is cutting thousands of jobs to save more money and thus create more funds for its future projects.

Of course, VW is still looking for more options to acquire more funds. Thus, according to Reuters, it has tapped Evercore, an investment banking boutique, to evaluate more options – including the possible divestment of the Ducati brand. Bologna, Italy-based Ducati has been owned by German premium carmaker Audi, which is part of the VW Group, since 2012. However, there had been concerns that Audi’s acquisition of Ducati was just a reflection of the passion of former VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech for the biker maker’s vaunted expertise on design and light engines. In actuality, the acquisition – worth EUR860 million ($935 million) in 2012 – was seen to having no economic logic or even industrial reason. In fact, Ducati is considered as one of VW’s non-core businesses, so selling the Italian company wouldn’t hurt the group in the long term.

Read the entire article VW mulls selling Ducati to increase cash coffers following Dieselgate scandal

Not a few agree that the Volkswagen Polo news a styling overhaul. While this supermini still looks good as it is now, the latest facelift was around three years. With rumors and speculations that Volkswagen is primed to replace the current Polo with a new generation in 2018, several visual artists took their sweet time trying to render the looks of the next generation of VW’s smallest car.’

One of these visual artists is Kleber Silva of Sao Paulo Brazil. As an automotive designer, Silva had rendered a number of cars and concepts like a pickup version of the Mini Cooper S Countryman and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan. His visual artworks were published at Behance, a Web site that allows designers to showcase their works and for companies to discover them.

Silva’s rendering of the new VW Polo represents an evolution, if not a revolution, of the design of supermini. Its overall looks are very far removed from the current iteration of the Polo. However, there is one current or new VW model that the rendered VW Polo is taking inspiration from in terms of design – the new VW Arteon.

Read the entire article Rumored new VW Polo rendered with looks derived from Arteon

Volkswagen gives us a preview of what may be our future cars in the next decade or two. Their latest concept, the I.D. Crozz, is an electric crossover that the automaker unveiled after introducing the hatchback and minivan versions of the I.D.

From the looks of it, the car has a minimalistic design. The curves and creases of the body paired with sleek headlights and illuminated VW badges add to its futuristic design. A pair of all-LED taillights that extend to the rear fenders then give it a unique touch.

The engineers are really focusing on autonomous driving. When “I.D. Pilot” mode is activated, the computers will analyze everything in the car. The adaptive LED headlights will be activated, along with the interior and exterior ambient lighting. The fully autonomous mode will even retract the steering wheel into the dashboard for more cabin space.

Read the entire article VW reveals an I.D. Crozz Concept which looks pretty cool

This week, Volkswagen will be introducing a whole family of 2018 VW Golfs at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The models range from the base Golf, Alltrack, SportWagen, e-Golf, Golf GTI and the Golf R. These updated models are set to release this summer.

It’s easy to spot a 2018 Golf range from its exterior updates. The new look comes with new automatic headlights, LED taillights, LED daytime running lights, and a chrome grille. The SE trim will be equipped with 16-inch wheels, whereas the SEL trim can be installed with optional 17-inch alloys. The standard safety features from their predecessor will be passed on to the new models including lane assist, park assist, and park distance control.

All models are equipped with a 1.8 liter TSI engine that yields 170 horsepower (126 kilowatts) and 199 pound feet (269 Newton-metres) of torque. For the interior of the base model, there will be a 6.5 inch screen that includes the VW Car-Net App-Connect feature, while there will be an eight-inch touchscreen system that is installed at the center front of the SE trim and higher models with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Read the entire article VW to display family of 2018 Golf models at the 2017 New York Auto Show
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