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

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

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

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

VW releases 2017 e-Golf with boosted range but with higher price tag

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

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

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

Finally, a compact crossover from Volkswagen. That is the T-Roc, a CUV that finds itself just below the Tiguan in the company’s lineup. Speaking of compact vehicles and size, the T-Roc is 166.7 inches (4,234 millimeters) in length, with a 102.5-inch (2,603 millimeters) wheelbase.

That makes it 9.9 inches (252 mm) shorter than a Tiguan. As for the cargo space, it can be expanded from a minimum of 15.72 cubic feet (445 liters) to a maximum space of 45.56 cubic feet (1,290 liters) when the seats are folded.

The T-Roc will be released in Europe first in 2018, before it heads to North America for the next model year. Furthermore, the US market will probably not get as many engine options. The T-Roc will be making its first appearance during the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

Read the entire article VW T-Roc is finally entering the compact crossover segment in Europe

Volkswagen has been around for many decades, and for a company so popular, they seem to not have a lot of crossovers and SUVs in their product lineup - but not anymore. This year, VW announced their plans to come out with a T-Roc, which will be placed below the Tiguan in terms of size, height, as well as pricing. The T-Roc is said to be released in Europe before the year ends, but it will take a little longer for the United States market.

As part of its marketing campaign, the company came out with two sketch designs of the T-Roc, following its reveal on August 23 before it gets transported to the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The T-Roc is not really a secret that Volkswagen has been hiding. In fact, we already know that it will be part of the MQB platform, which also means that it won’t be that difficult to guess its technical specifications. We actually do think that the T-Roc will stand out from the other models considering the fact that it is the first model that will be using a mild hybrid system.

Read the entire article VW releases another preview of the T-Roc

A few months ago, the United States Department of Justice charged several Volkswagen executives for the emissions cheating scandal, and one of the men was Oliver Schmidt. He was arrested back in January before his flight to Germany, and since then had been detained in US soil.

Schmidt was the former person-in-charge of the company’s regulatory compliance office. The case was filed against six other executives. On Friday, August 4, he finally pleaded guilty in the US District Court in Detroit for breaking emission laws and misleading the U.S. Government. He pleaded to a single count of “conspiracy to defraud the US to commit wire fraud and violate the Clean Air Act”.

By doing so, Schmidt could be fined between $40,000 and $400,000, while facing up to seven years in prison, before being deported back to Germany. Seven years might sound like a long time but it is a much lighter sentence than he should have faced. All in all, he was charged with 11 felony counts, and that is equivalent to a total of 169 years in prison, in other words, he will be given a lifetime sentence in prison. As expected, the 48-year-old German native took a plea deal.

Read the entire article Oliver Schmidt of VW pleads guilty in Dieselgate emissions case

When Volkswagen released the 2017 VW Golf R, quite a number of people got excited about its increased power and more aggressive looks. However, some people weren’t that impressed about the Golf R. It seems VW has heard these qualms and is now moving to make the Golf R more impressive than before.

To make the Golf R hotter than before, the German carmaker has decided to offer a number of performance upgrades. Installing these upgrades would allow the Golf R to become an essentially better performer. These include the installation of a new exhaust and new brakes as well as semi-slick tires for track use.

In the case of the new exhaust, VW chose to tap Akrapovic, a Slovenian maker of premium exhaust systems for high performance cars and bikes. Since the performance exhaust system for the VW Golf R is made from titanium, it is lighter than the standard tailpipes. When installed, these tailpipes from Akrapovic help give the VW Golf R a set of “completely new acoustics.”

Read the entire article VW offers performance upgrades for 2017 Golf R hot hatch

2018 Volkswagen Atlas is proving to be one of the German carmaker’s best-selling vehicles in the United States after having recently logged a full month of sales in the market. And that’s despite the fact that even some of its own designers weren’t really satisfied with its supposed boring blocky design.

But now, the US consumers have spoken and seemingly vouch for the appeal of the new 2018 VW Atlas. For the month of June 2017 alone, VW sold 27,377 vehicles in the US. That number may seem small, but it already exceeded the 23,809 units sold by VW in the same month in 2016. Of the 27,377 vehicles that VW sold in the US, 2,413 units were of the new Atlas. That means nearly one of 11 vehicles (8.8 percent) that the carmaker has delivered to customers in the country is an Atlas SUV.

To note, June 2017 marks the first full month of sales for the 2018 VW Atlas. This implies that it could be too early to determine whether the new Atlas would have a definite impact on VW’s falling SUV sales in the US. Although signs for the Atlas are positive, VW’s other SUV offerings aren’t performing well in terms of sales. In fact, only 14 percent of VW’s total sales in the first half of 2017 were utility vehicles, which should be weird considering that SUVs are now in high demand in this part of the world.

Read the entire article 2018 VW Atlas kicks off first-month sales in US and the numbers are impressive

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

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

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

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
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