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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…

Two Distinctions for Volkswagen at German Design Awards

posted by on 28 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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Accolades for the pioneering design of the new Passat and the T-ROC concept car. ‘Discover, present and reward unique design trends’ – this is the maxim which the German Design Council applies every year when selecting recipients for the German Design Awards, and for 2015 these will include two Volkswagen models: the new Passat and […] More…

UroTuning.com Announces Fixxfest #11

posted by on 27 October 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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UroTuning.com has announced this year’s Fixxfest event, taking place at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida.  Now in its 11th year, the show is one of the largest in the southeast, with over 1500 cars anticipated and a full day of drag racing.  This year’s event will again host a cruise to the after party at Jimmy […] More…

Foust, Volkswagen Developing Beetle for 2015 GRC Championship

posted by on 27 October 2014 in Motorsport News

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We are now less than one week away from the Red Bull Global Rallycross finale in Las Vegas, Nevada, but Andretti Autosport is just beginning to learn the ins and outs of their new Volkswagen Beetle GRC cars.  With only three races under their belts in the specially developed platform, Tanner Foust and Scott Speed are […] More…

Video: Sights, Sounds and Slides of Rally Spain

posted by on 27 October 2014 in Videos

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The World Rally Championship does not receive the coverage that it deserves in the United States, and after watching this video, that fact becomes even more disappointing.  Driving at ten tenths down narrow strips of tarmac and dirt b-roads, rally drivers exhibit lightning quick reflexes and an almost superhuman level of car control at each […] More…

Volkswagen Motorsport International Newsletter

posted by on 27 October 2014 in Motorsport News

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With Volkswagen participating in so many forms of Motorsport around the world, it’s often difficult to keep track of their performance. Luckily for us, Volkswagen Motorsport goes through the trouble of rounding up all of the key information from their various race series, and puts it all in one press release. Let’s get started. Volkswagen […] More…