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Porsche 918 Spyder Named Robb Report’s Car of the Year

posted by on 16 January 2015 in Porsche News

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Porsche’s 918 Spyder was named Robb Report’s Car of the Year after securing the largest margin of victory in the award’s 22 year history.  The vehicle was crowned due to its combination of performance, technology and efficiency, beating out 12 other competitors.  The 918 Spyder will be featured on the cover of Robb Report’s awards […] More…

Volkswagen’s Modular Infotainment System Receives Award at CES

posted by on 16 January 2015 in Volkswagen News

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Volkswagen’s Modular Infotainment System (MIB II) received the “2015 Editors’ Choice Award” at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  The jury put additional emphasis on the smartphone interface “AppConnect”, which is the first and only system that customers can connect smartphones via MirrorLink as well as Android and Apple car CarPlay. Positive ratings resulted from the familiar interface, […] More…

Graffiti Artist Gives New Škoda Fabia the ‘Art Car’ Treatment

posted by on 16 January 2015 in Skoda News

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ŠKODA has revealed a collaboration with Graffiti artist Armando Jorge Aires da Costa Gomes, resulting in the Fabia Street Art design concept.  Taking a page from BMW’s playbook, Gomes applied an interpretive design to the vehicle, creating a finished product that is not only eye catching, but also will serve to help launch the new […] More…

Volkswagen Golf GTE Goes On Sale in UK

posted by on 15 January 2015 in Volkswagen News

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New plug-in hybrid Golf GTE combines benefits of e-mobility with GTI dynamics GTE available to order now with first deliveries expected in March Golf becomes the only car to be available with five powertrain types (four in UK) Combines petrol and electric motor to produce 204 PS and range of up to 580 miles The […] More…

Video: Volkswagen Press Conference From NAIAS

posted by on 15 January 2015 in Videos

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If you weren’t able to make it to Detroit’s Cobo Center for this year’s North American International Auto Show, don’t fret.  The Volkswagen Group has uploaded Volkswagen’s Press Conference in its entirety.  This means that you can watch it from the comfort of your own home, not having to worry about finding a vantage point […] More…

Find of the Day: 1965 Volkswagen Bus

posted by on 15 January 2015 in Find Of the Day

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Today’s Find of the Day is a bit of an oddity.  It checks all the right boxes when it comes to what most look for in a vintage Bus- bright two-tone paint job, safari windows, and white wall tires.  It also happens to be a limousine, which the seller claims is the only 33-window bus in […] More…

Volkswagen Polo R WRC Gets New Livery for 2015

posted by on 15 January 2015 in Motorsport News

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World premiere of the 318-hp Polo R WRC in Wolfsburg Member of the Board, Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, launches title defence WRC kicks off with the iconic Rally Monte Carlo from 22–25 January In top form, both technically and visually: Volkswagen presented the second generation of the Polo R WRC in Autostadt, Wolfsburg. The works team from […] More…

Bentley Announces Name of Upcoming SUV in Detroit

posted by on 15 January 2015 in Bentley News

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Quite a lot about Bentley’s upcoming SUV has been speculated upon, but after the brand’s press conference in Detroit earlier this week we finally have a name for the vehicle: Bentayga.  The name comes from a large mountain peak on Spain’s Grand Canary Island, which offers climbers amazing views of the landscape below.  This announcement also […] More…

Video: Jari-Matti Latvala Tests Ahead of Rally Monte Carlo

posted by on 14 January 2015 in Videos

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We’re now just eight days away from the kickoff of the 2015 World Rally Championship in Monaco, and the crew at Volkswagen Motorsport are hard at work doing final testing and adjustments.  This means that Polo R WRCs are flying down closed dirt roads high up in the Alps, able to be seen by any […] More…

APR Releases Software Upgrade for 1.2 TSI/TFSI Engines

posted by on 14 January 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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APR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the 1.2 TSI / TFSI engine! APR’s ECU upgrade is available in octane-specific variations and is conveniently flashed to the vehicle’s factory ECU through the OBD-II port without any physical modification to the factory ECU. The ECU’s Continental SIMOS 10.x engine management […] More…

NAIAS 2015: Event Gallery Now Live

posted by on 14 January 2015 in Volkswagen News

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While not the largest event on their show calendar, Volkswagen used their time and effort in Detroit wisely, premiering the Cross Coupe GTE concept car, collecting the North American Car of the Year award for Golf, and filling booth space with quite a few interesting vehicles.  Beginning with Volkswagen Group night on Sunday evening, Volkswagen made it […] More…

Lamborghini Deliveries Increase for Fourth Straight Year to 2,530 Units

posted by on 14 January 2015 in Lamborghini News

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Lamborghini is the latest manufacturer under the Volkswagen Group umbrella to release sales data from this past year, announcing the deliveries of more than 2,500 vehicles.  Strong sales numbers were led by the successful Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, with 1,137 units delivered, followed closely by the Aventador (1,128 coupes and roadsters delivered in total) and […] More…