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Choice Gear: All Safety- No Dance

posted by on 27 August 2015 in Choice Gear

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What will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone, our mk2 restoration has resulted in a car that’s beautiful, period-correct, nearly-original in terms of mechanical reliability, and yet still not in the top 1,000 list of ideal road trip vehicles. With our annual 2,000-mile fall road trip to H2o looming, we turned to the Volkswagen […] More…

Carbon Works Berlin Creates a Carbon Fiber Gas Tank for Mk1 Golf

posted by on 27 August 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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Ahh carbon fiber, you’re everywhere these days, aren’t you?  A full-blown tailoring industry has been molded around, well, molding, and the products it pumps out are limited only by imagination and budget.  Take the latest exercise from Carbon Works Berlin, a fuel tank done completely in carbon fiber. Now, we think it’s a safe assumption that […] More…

German Federal Minister Visits Volkswagen Group of America’s Silicon Valley Electronic Research Lab

posted by on 27 August 2015 in Volkswagen News

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Visit included a tour of the facility and test drive of piloted vehicle Belmont, Calif.  Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Andrea Nahles visited the Volkswagen Group of America Electronic Research Lab (ERL) in Belmont, Calif. today. Ewald Goessmann, executive director, ERL, provided Minister Nahles and Reiner Hoffmann, Chairman of the German Trade Union […] More…

Worldwide Deliveries From Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles up by 0.4 Per Cent in First Half 2015

posted by on 27 August 2015 in Volkswagen News

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered over 256,000 vehicles worldwide in first seven month of 2015 T-series saw growth of 6.1 percent from the same period in 2014 Crafter deliveries up by 3.9 percent on the same period in 2014 Hannover. By the end of July Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles had delivered 256,600 urban delivery vans, transport vehicles and […] More…

KERMATDi Becomes Exclusive US Distributor of Auto-Polar FIS

posted by on 27 August 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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Colorado-based KERMATDi has announced that they have secured distributorship of Auto-Polar FIS, a plug and play system that can display multiple vehicle parameters such as boost level, exhaust gas temperatures, and coolant temperature.  In total, more than 140 different parameters are visible on the center cluster with the Auto-Polar FIS installed, and at $299 it’s […] More…

New DSG / Automatic Shift Knob Pre-Order From Black Forest Industries

posted by on 27 August 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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Just because your car doesn’t have a third pedal, doesn’t mean you should be stuck with some goofy shifter. Until now options were limited to OEM and other less than ideal choices for those with DSG / Automatic cars. Fortunately with Black Forest Industries’  proprietary design you can ditch your stock shifter and switch to […] More…

New Škoda Superb GreenLine Goes More Than 1,100 Miles on a Single Tank

posted by on 26 August 2015 in Skoda News

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The ultra-efficient capabilities of TDI-powered Volkswagen Group vehicles is certainly nothing new, but the sheer amount of models in which the group employs this technology is nothing short of remarkable.  With the new Škoda Superb Greenline, the group’s 1.6 TDI is capable of achieving an incredible 76.4mpg, while emitting just 96g/km of CO2 emissions- allowing […] More…

Find of the Day: 1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

posted by on 26 August 2015 in Find Of the Day

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Around these parts, most anything with a 16-valve Volkswagen engine is looked upon quite fondly.  Examples that are in near-perfect condition really make our ears perk up, and this 1987 Scirocco certainly has done just that.  Without question, this Scirocco deserves to be our Find of the Day. Traveling a verified 66,500mi since new, this Tornado Red 5-speed example […] More…

034Motorsport Presents New Line of Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Inserts for Audi & Volkswagen

posted by on 26 August 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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034Motorsport is proud to announce the availability of a new line of Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Inserts for Audi & Volkswagen vehicles, including the 8J/8p/8V Audi TT/A3/S3 (MQB) and MkV/MkVI/MkVII Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/GTI/GLI/R32! These precision-machined inserts are designed to fill voids in the factory dogbone mount, and limit fore-aft movement of the engine and transmission under load, which […] More…

Super Trofeo: Antinucci, Piscopo Run Away from Field for Victory at VIR

posted by on 26 August 2015 in Motorsport News

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Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo North America stormed into Virginia International Raceway this past weekend, with the Lamborghini Beverly Hills/O’Gara Motorsport-backed Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo of Richard Antinucci and Edoardo Piscopo capturing victory at Round 6 of the North American championship.  The next round of Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America competition takes place in Austin, TX […] More…

WRC 2: Win at Rally Germany Makes it Three in a Row for Skoda

posted by on 26 August 2015 in Motorsport News

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Škoda Motorsport has continued their streak with an overall victory at Rally Germany, making it three in a row for the brand-new Fabia R5.  Making the victory just a bit more special, pilot Jan Kopecký drove the Fabia R5 to its first ever victory on asphalt, leading the WRC2 pack by more than four minutes […] More…

Volkswagen Group Delivers 5.83 Million Vehicles in Period to July

posted by on 26 August 2015 in Volkswagen News

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792,100 deliveries in July Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Patchy development in markets. Tailwind from Europe and North America.” From January to July this year, the Volkswagen Group delivered 5.83 (January to July 2014: 5.89; -1.0 percent) million vehicles. In July, the Group handed 792,100 (July 2014: 822,200; -3.7 percent) vehicles over to […] More…