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ECS Tuning Releases Aluminum Street Shield for Multiple VAG Applications

posted by on 27 October 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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Protection of your undercarriage and oil pan is vital. Between giant potholes, speed bumps and bumpy terrain your vehicle is exposed to a variety of impacts that can ruin your oil pan or other critical components. With the VAG enthusiast community in mind, and knowing the lower you go the higher your risk, ECS Tuning’s […] More…

Vossen Wheels Photo Shoot Features CVT Wheel on Beetle Turbo

posted by on 24 October 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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With the ability to design handsomely styled wheels and cover the industry in a way few can, Vossen Wheels have carved out quite the niche for themselves within the industry.  In a recent photoshoot, Vossen has placed the spotlight on their CVT wheel design using a Beetle Turbo show it off. Vossen’s 10-spoke CVT is a […] More…

WRC: Ogier, Latvala One-Two in Spain After Day One

posted by on 24 October 2014 in Motorsport News

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A class of their own: First place for Ogier/Ingrassia after first third of the rally Thick dust defied: Latvala/Anttila closest followers In fourth right in the middle of the three-way battle for second place: Mikkelsen/Fløene One nil in the Spanish showdown for the drivers’ and co-drivers’ world championship: Leaders of the standings Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia […] More…

Video: Autocar Pits Golf R Against the Seat Leon Cupra 280

posted by on 24 October 2014 in Videos

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On paper, the Golf R and Seat Leon Cupra 280 are extremely similar.  After all, they’re both on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, and feature power from the same 2.0 TFSI engine.  The key difference between the two models then (aside from interior and exterior styling), is the Seat’s lack of all-wheel-drive and the weight that […] More…

Find of the Day: 2002 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon

posted by on 24 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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All of this talk about Golf Variants (specifically the Golf Alltrack and Golf R SportWagen) has us thinking back to the days where you could walk into your local Volkswagen dealership and order a VR6 or 1.8T Jetta Wagon.  The thought of a performance wagon is something that’s always interested us, but not to the […] More…

WRC: Bright Start for Volkswagen in Spain

posted by on 24 October 2014 in Motorsport News

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Grand backdrop for opener: Barcelona gives rally elite a worthy reception Andreas Mikkelsen first, Sébastien Ogier second, Jari-Matti Latvala fourth Short, sweet, skilful: Volkswagen made a good start to the Rally Spain. At the foot of the famous Montjuïc hill in Barcelona, Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N) clocked the fastest time on the only special stage […] More…

Garden State Euros Presents DubRun to the Poconos

posted by on 24 October 2014 in Events Coverage

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New Jersey-based club Garden State Euros will be hosting their annual DubRun to the Poconos event tomorrow, October 25th at Barley Creek Brewery in Tannersville, Pa.  The day includes much more than just a show at the Brewery, though.  Many attendees will cruise from Butler, NJ at 11am and cruise for about two hours through the […] More…

Find of the Day: BMW 2002

posted by on 23 October 2014 in Find Of the Day

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Yes, this is a BMW 2002, which has at no point in time ever been made by Volkswagen or any of its subsidiaries.  So why are we featuring it?  Well, the answer to that question is currently lurking beneath this unassuming 2002’s hood. Yes, that’s an AEB code 1.8T mounted longitudinally between the BMW’s front […] More…

Volkswagen E-Golf Recognized as Most Efficient Compact EV

posted by on 23 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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116 combined MPGe puts e-Golf at head of compact electric vehicle (EV) class MPGe announcement reinforces e-Golf position as a fun-to-drive, no-compromise plug-in vehicle Fully equipped e-Golf starts at $35,445 Standard fast charging capability can allow 80 percent battery charge within 30 minutes Herndon, VA –  Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that the compact, […] More…

Event Coverage: First Class Fitment

posted by on 23 October 2014 in Events Coverage

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(Photos by Denis Podmarkov, Denis Podmarkov Photography) Now in its fifth year at the Princeton Airport, Canibeat’s First Class Fitment is an intimate gathering of cars that push the boundaries of wheel fitment.  Priding itself on “quality over quantity”, the event’s show field is not nearly as packed as many of the events we cover, […] More…

WRC: Volkswagen Retains Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen for 2015

posted by on 23 October 2014 in Motorsport News

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Volkswagen continues to work with the top three in the WRC Continuity the key for 2013 and 2014 World Championship winning team 20 victories and 18 podiums from just 24 WRC rallies to date Volkswagen Motorsport, Sébastien Ogier (F), Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) and Andreas Mikkelsen (N) are set to continue their successful cooperation: Volkswagen has […] More…

Volkswagen Group Honors Top Apprentices

posted by on 23 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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“Best Apprentice Award 2014″ for 43 young talents from 18 countries Apprentices from the USA, India and a dealership owned by the Group honored for the first time The Volkswagen Group today presented its “Best Apprentice Awards 2014″ to young top achievers from all over the world at Group headquarters in Wolfsburg. The awards went […] More…