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CNN Spotlights Volkswagen’s Dresden Plant

posted by on 30 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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24-hour news network CNN has come to be known for much more than just the stories they cover.  With recent miniseries like The Sixties and others, the network moves away from the the Breaking News headlines and opinion shows that we’ve come to expect from the 24 hour news cycle to simply place a spotlight […] More…

Volkswagen Group Records Robust Business Performance in First Nine Months

posted by on 30 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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Sales revenue rises to EUR 147.7 billion (EUR 145.7 billion) Operating profit improves to EUR 9.4 billion (EUR 8.6 billion) in ongoing difficult market environment Profit before tax up EUR 2.1 billion year-on-year at EUR 11.5 billion High net liquidity of EUR 16.8 billion in Automotive Division Outlook for 2014 confirmed Wolfsburg, October 30, 2014 […] More…

Event Coverage: DubRun to the Poconos

posted by on 29 October 2014 in Events Coverage

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Garden State Euro’s yearly end of October event in Tannersville, Pennsylvania is one of the more intimate events we’ve been to this year.  Starting off as a series of cruises from various areas around New Jersey and ending roughly two hours later at the Barley Creek Brewery, DubRun is more of a road rally and gathering […] More…

AWE Tuning Launches Mk7 Volkswagen GTI Exhaust Suite

posted by on 29 October 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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AWE Tuning has officially thrown their hat into the Mk7 GTI performance ring, with the release of their Track and Touring Edition exhaust systems and Performance Downpipe options.  As a full turbo back with their high flow catalyst down pipe fitted, the AWE Tuning system is good for 21hp and 24tq at the crank on […] More…

APR Releases Solid Shifter Cable Bracket

posted by on 29 October 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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APR is pleased to present the Solid Shifter Cable Bracket. Through countless years of professional racing, APR Motorsport identified the factory shifter cable bracket system as a source of sloppy shifts, missed gears, bracket and bushing failure and even transmission failure. The factory shifter cable bracket is made from plastic with rubber bushings. Over time […] More…

Video: 2015 Jetta Small Overlap Crash Test

posted by on 29 October 2014 in Videos

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The newly face-lifted Jetta has been called many things, but unsafe certainly isn’t one of them.  Recently, the IIHS uploaded a video of the Jetta undergoing the usually catastrophic “small overlap” crash test onto their highly entertaining YouTube channel.  See exactly how it fared in the video below. The small overlap looks terrible, as it […] More…

Volkswagen Launches Major Electric Offensive in China

posted by on 29 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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Volkswagen will launch a large electric-offensive on the Chinese market later this year, with the introduction of the e-up!  The e-Golf and plug-in hybrid Golf GTE will quickly follow in 2015, with a goal of over 20 green vehicles by 2018 said Jochen Heizmann, head of Volkswagen Group China. Heizmann said that now was the time […] More…

Bentley Adds Continental GT3-R to Ice Driving Experience

posted by on 29 October 2014 in Bentley News

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For the wealthier among us, manufacturers offer winter driving courses which work to improve the car control skills of each participant, and show off their most impressive metal in the process.  Bentley is no exception to this, with their own four-day course in northern Finland enabling drivers to work on their ice driving skills on […] More…

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez Visits Wolfsburg to Learn About Dual Vocational Training and Co-Determination at Volkswagen

posted by on 28 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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Board Member for Human Resources, Dr. Neumann: “Specialist knowledge, skills and employee involvement are prerequisites for economic success” Wolfsburg, October 28, 2014 – The United States Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, visited the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg on Tuesday to find out more about dual vocational training and co-determination in the Volkswagen Group. The Secretary […] More…

Video: Volkswagen at Rally Spain

posted by on 28 October 2014 in Videos

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Rally Spain was a big one for Volkswagen Motorsport, with the team of Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia clinching the Driver’s and Co-Driver’s Championships after their seventh overall win in just 12 events.  After each Rally, Volkswagen releases a recap video using a mix of footage shot by the WRC and Volkswagen themselves, and their […] More…

Find of the Day: 2004 Volkswagen R32

posted by on 28 October 2014 in Find Of the Day

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We’ve all seen the giant wings, tack on flares and racing seats gaining prevalence within the scene, because race car.  What about something that actually is a race car, with none of the “look at me” add-ons that just plain works?  Today’s Find of the Day is just that. Originally built for a customer by Nothing Leaves […] More…

The Volkswagen Phaeton Gains Popularity in China

posted by on 28 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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The Phaeton, manufactured in Dresden since 2002 is one of the most ambitious flagship models of Volkswagen supervisory board chief Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piech.  A car built to compete against the Mercedes S-Class and the BMW 7 Series, as well as in-house competition with the Audi A8.  A car that was not as successful as he hoped, if you do not […] More…