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From the Armchair: Suggesting a Nostalgia Shift from Bugs to Bunny

posted by on 11 December 2014 in Columns

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Nostalgia plays are a tough move. Ford does it with the Mustang, MINI does it with the… well… MINI, and Volkswagen does it with the Beetle. While not the boom segment it was during the era of the PT Cruiser or Ford Thunderbird, the nostalgia segment has been weened to mainly sustainable icon-inspired models. Even […] More…

Essen 2014: Ronal with Polished R10 and R50 Aero

posted by on 4 December 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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Long associated with Audi since the earliest quattro rallying era, German wheel manufacturer Ronal was a presence at this year’s Essen Motor Show with a highlight on its new R10 and R50 Aero. The Ronal line of alloy wheels ranges from 14 to 22 inches and with a wide variety of designs. The emphasis at Essen was with […] More…

SEMA 2015: TSW Alloy Volkswagen Passat

posted by on 14 November 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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You have to hand it to the bag scene and their aesthetic. To the common guy on the street, the ant high (or less) resting ride height may seem impossibly low, but the aesthetic that goes along with that look is more-often-than-not incredibly tasteful. This Chattanooga-built Passat sedan is a great example of that. Unfortunately […] More…

SEMA 2014: H&R Volkswagen Golf 7 Sportwagen

posted by on 12 November 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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There’s a coy side to Roland Graef, head of H&R suspensions in the U.S. The guy’s got probably the best display location at the gargantuan SEMA Show and, on top of that, he always has cars built from unobtainium… like this Golf 7 Sportwagen. Whereas the outgoing Jetta Sportwagen was a must-have due to its […] More…

Akrapovič Launches New Concept System for Lamborghini Aventador

posted by on 11 November 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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Akrapovič has developed a fantastic new concept Slip-On Line exhaust system for the already outstanding Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 that will further enhance the performance and reputation of this already exemplary machine. This beautiful precision-crafted titanium system has benefitted from intensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations by Akrapovič engineers to create the optimum system for this […] More…

SEMA 2014: Toyo Tires Jetta Mk2 Coupe

posted by on 11 November 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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Funny thing about the SEMA Show. It may be the nation’s and maybe the world’s largest aftermarket industry trade show filled with truly impressive and insane builds, but we so rarely see the amazingly built earlier water-cooled Volkswagens on display… cars like Matt Vincent’s 1.8T-swapped Mk2 Jetta coupe. Maybe the reason for the lack of […] More…