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Find of the Day: BMW 2002

posted by on 23 October 2014 in Find Of the Day

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Yes, this is a BMW 2002, which has at no point in time ever been made by Volkswagen or any of its subsidiaries.  So why are we featuring it?  Well, the answer to that question is currently lurking beneath this unassuming 2002’s hood. Yes, that’s an AEB code 1.8T mounted longitudinally between the BMW’s front […] More…

Volkswagen E-Golf Recognized as Most Efficient Compact EV

posted by on 23 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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116 combined MPGe puts e-Golf at head of compact electric vehicle (EV) class MPGe announcement reinforces e-Golf position as a fun-to-drive, no-compromise plug-in vehicle Fully equipped e-Golf starts at $35,445 Standard fast charging capability can allow 80 percent battery charge within 30 minutes Herndon, VA –  Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that the compact, […] More…

Event Coverage: First Class Fitment

posted by on 23 October 2014 in Events Coverage

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(Photos by Denis Podmarkov, Denis Podmarkov Photography) Now in its fifth year at the Princeton Airport, Canibeat’s First Class Fitment is an intimate gathering of cars that push the boundaries of wheel fitment.  Priding itself on “quality over quantity”, the event’s show field is not nearly as packed as many of the events we cover, […] More…

WRC: Volkswagen Retains Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen for 2015

posted by on 23 October 2014 in Motorsport News

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Volkswagen continues to work with the top three in the WRC Continuity the key for 2013 and 2014 World Championship winning team 20 victories and 18 podiums from just 24 WRC rallies to date Volkswagen Motorsport, Sébastien Ogier (F), Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen (N) are set to continue their successful cooperation: Volkswagen has […] More…

Volkswagen Group Honors Top Apprentices

posted by on 23 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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“Best Apprentice Award 2014″ for 43 young talents from 18 countries Apprentices from the USA, India and a dealership owned by the Group honored for the first time The Volkswagen Group today presented its “Best Apprentice Awards 2014″ to young top achievers from all over the world at Group headquarters in Wolfsburg. The awards went […] More…

‘Avengers Age of Ultron’ Trailer Wages War with Volkswagen Group Products

posted by on 23 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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We all know that, at least when he’s not saving the world as Iron Man, Tony Stark rolls in an Audi R8 and sometimes an R8 e-tron. Tie-ins between the Volkswagen Group and Iron Man have been a great way for Wolfsburg to emphasize its engineering theme, and cars like the R8 and also Audi’s S5, S7 and A8 […] More…

Formula 3: Victories Round off Strong Season for Volkswagen Drivers

posted by on 22 October 2014 in Motorsport News

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With two victories and a further four podium spots at the season finale in Hockenheim, the Volkswagen drivers rounded off a successful season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Max Verstappen (NL), the 17-year-old with exceptional talent, and Tom Blomqvist (GB), two of this season’s outstanding drivers, were among the winners once again. This […] More…

Video: HGP’s Volkswagen Golf R 3.6 Bi-Turbo Takes Down Ferrari 458 Speciale

posted by on 22 October 2014 in Videos

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HGP’s 3.6L Bi-Turbo Golf R is an angry little machine.  With roughly 700hp on tap, the car has become somewhat of a YouTube celebrity, drag racing (and beating) numerous unsuspecting super cars across Europe.  For the latest video, the Golf has set its sights on the Ferrari 458 Speciale. In the clip above, the 458 Speciale […] More…

Updated Scirocco R Lands in Australia

posted by on 22 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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40 years after Volkswagen’s original Scirocco sports coupé made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the revised version of the third generation range-topping Scirocco R has now arrived in Australia. Positioned between the five-door Golf GTI and five-door Golf R, the Scirocco R offers another distinctive and emotive design within the Volkswagen performance car […] More…

Double Victory: Two Volkswagens Win Golden Classic Steering Wheel

posted by on 22 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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A total of 20,054 Auto Bild Klassik Magazine readers chose the VW Transporter T3 and the Golf I “Classics of the Year 2014″ in a recent online poll put on by the publication. The Golden Steering Wheel was awarded in five categories, made up of vehicles that celebrate an anniversary this year. The award ceremony took place at […] More…

Golf R SportWagen Spied Again at Nurburgring

posted by on 22 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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It seems that the Golf R SportWagen feels quite at home lapping the Nürburgring, as it has been spotted there several times in various states of camouflage throughout the development process.  Yesterday, Car and Driver published perhaps the most clear shots yet of the vehicle yet, once again putting in track time at the legendary circuit. […] More…

Autocar Names Golf R Best Performance Car in the Wet

posted by on 22 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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Britain’s Autocar Magazine recently tested seven of the most popular performance cars currently available in Britain to see how they stack up in the wet.  Through a series of tests including braking, acceleration lap times and others, Volkswagen’s Golf R was able to top the Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 Carrera 4S and other fierce competitors […] More…