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VWvortex Feature: Inside VW’s Driver Assistance Technology

posted by on 21 August 2008 in Technical Features

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Six of us have been put into a Volkswagen van and shuffled off through the German countryside, for a whole lot of we’re not sure what. We weren’t blindfolded and gagged first, so that’s a good start. On a nondescript back road, the driver pulls off for a checkpoint. There are two rows of high […] More…

Safe Happens Again: VW Tiguan Aces IIHS Crash Tests

posted by on 20 August 2008 in Volkswagen News

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Ed’s Note: Larger pictures are available by clicking the link to our message forums at the bottom of this page. ARLINGTON,VA-Automakers are improving the crashworthiness of their vehicles and quickly installing side airbags and electronic stability control, an important crash avoidance feature, on more models. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently completed front, side, […] More…

Donate Your Picture For a Chance to Become a Part of VW History

posted by on 4 August 2008 in Miscellaneous Features

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Volkswagen has packed up their digs in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and planted roots in Herndon, Virginia, and their new place is looking a bit barren. We were recently contacted by Crispin Porter + Bogusky, VW’s ad agency in the States, to see if Vortexers would like to contribute to a display that’s being built at […] More…

Project Turbunnium Part III: The Little Things That Count

posted by on 27 July 2008 in Technical Features

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You remember the commercials Volkswagen aired when the Rabbit first launched, showing them breeding like rabbits? They weren’t kidding — within a few months of bringing our Candy White ’07 Rabbit home from the dealership, the cars were everywhere. Which is why we had to differentiate Project Turbunnium from the thousands of other white Rabbits […] More…

Project Turbunnium Part II: Body Modifications

posted by on 14 July 2008 in Technical Features

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I first met the Thunder BunnyTM in a dimly lit corner of a display hall at Chicago’s McCormick Place in 2007. Designed and built at Volkswagen’s Design Center California in Santa Monica, the Thunder Bunny paid homage to the Neuspeed-modified 1981 Rabbit of the same name that foreshadowed the arrival of the 1983 GTI. The […] More…

Volkswagen Germany Launches New Line of 2008 Bikes

posted by on 3 July 2008 in Volkswagen News

02 July 2008 – Radiant sunshine, blowing air, the sweet smell of meadows and forests, and boundless freedom on two wheels: Outdoor fans, passionate cyclists and families alike all enjoy the feeling of exciting touring treks, relaxed family trips or laid-back shopping trips in the town center. The new Bike collection from Volkswagen Zubeör offers […] More…