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Volkswagen Group of America Supports Exhibition in New York’s Museum of Modern Art

posted by on 10 April 2014 in Volkswagen News

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Volkswagen Group of America has announced support of “Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010″, a large exhibition featuring Sigmar Polke’s post-war work.  The collection is comprised of some of sculptures, films, prints glass objects and other art created by Polke, and runs from April 19th through August 3rd. Check out the full Press Release below. VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF […] More…

Find of the Day: Re-Skinned Rabbit

posted by on 10 April 2014 in Find Of the Day

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Whereas yesterday’s Find of the Day was a great example of OEM cool, today’s started life as something relatively common.  Over its 6 year life, this 2008 Rabbit has been transformed through extensive bodywork including a color change to what looks like Audi’s Ipanema Brown, BBS CH style wheels, and Air Lift suspension.  Personal opinions […] More…

BBS Declares War on Brand Pirates

posted by on 9 April 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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Piracy knows no bounds.  Whether it’s Sunglasses, Clothing or in this case Wheels, it seems that the marketplace is constantly flooded with counterfeit goods sold to unknowing (or willing in some cases) consumers for what is perceived to be a ‘good deal’.  Aside from cutting into the profits companies use to develop new products, these […] More…

APR Releases V 3.0 Software for EA888 Gen 1 Turbocharger System

posted by on 9 April 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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APR is pleased to present the 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 1 K04 Turbocharger System! For the budget minded individual, APR is pleased to offer software and hardware utilizing an APR proprietary customized version of the factory Borg Warner K04-64 turbocharger. Originally equipped on VAG’s high output models, such as the Golf R and S3, the […] More…

GTI Performance Arrives in Australia

posted by on 9 April 2014 in Volkswagen News

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The Mk7 GTI Performance has officially landed in Australia.  Differentiating it from the standard GTI, the Performance includes the first electronically controlled mechanical locking front differential fitted to a front-wheel drive production car, upgraded brake discs measuring 340mm up front and 310mm in the rear, and engine output increased to 169kW (227hp). Aesthetic changes come […] More…

Find of the Day: Unicorn Passat W8 4Motion 6 Speed

posted by on 9 April 2014 in Find Of the Day

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Back in the early 2000s, Volkswagen decided to stuff their 4.0L W8 power plant and 4Motion all-wheel-drive system into a Passat. To further spice things up, they also gave buyers the option of rowing their own gears with an available 6 Speed Manual transmission.  While this may be a bit of an unorthodox combination, some […] More…

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Records 3.9 Percent Increase in Deliveries During First Quarter

posted by on 8 April 2014 in Volkswagen News

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Volkswagen has recorded an increase of 3.9% in total deliveries during the first quarter of 2014 over last year.  The increase stems from a record 13.3% growth in the Asian-Pacific market and a strong performance in the overall European market.  While the Asian-Pacific and European markets are growing, Volkswagen has seen deliveries decrease in India […] More…

APR Releases EA888 Gen 1 Stage III GTX Turbocharger System

posted by on 8 April 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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APR is pleased to present the 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 1 Stage III GTX Turbocharger System! In 2008, shortly after the worldwide release of the 2.0 TSI engine, Volkswagen of America commissioned APR to build the Stage III GT Turbocharger System for their SEMA concept cars. Successes of these concept cars lead to the first […] More…

Event: Techno Classica

posted by on 8 April 2014 in Events Coverage

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Essen, Germany – Held indoors at Messe Essen and boasting official presence from 27 different brands, Techno Classica could be considered a Concours for the auto industry.  In addition to manufacturer displays, Techno Classica is also a great place to buy and sell classic cars.  This year, organizers state that more than 2,500 classic automobiles […] More…

Volkswagen Makes it Four in a Row with Win in Portugal

posted by on 7 April 2014 in Motorsport News

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Volkswagen achieved its fourth overall victory of the season with Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia’s win at Rally de Portugal, bringing Volkswagen’s win streak to a record-tying eight in a row.  The pair’s third overall victory of this season, and 19th overall victory of their career, was a hard fought battle seeing three different […] More…

KW Releases Coilover Kits for MK7 Golf R

posted by on 7 April 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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KW Suspensions has released coilovers specific for the new seventh-generation Golf R, including their popular Variant 1, 2, and 3 coilover kits as well as their Dynamic Dampening Control (DDC) and Clubsport kits.  The KW DDC kit is designed to work with cars fitted with Volkswagen’s Adaptive Chassis Control and can be further adjusted via […] More…

‘Kombi Last Wishes’ a Fitting Sendoff for Iconic Model

posted by on 4 April 2014 in Volkswagen News

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Created by Ben Pon in the 1940s, the Volkswagen Type 2 has gained a cult following due to its outright practicality and the role it played in the counter-culture movement of the 1960s.  Production of the Type 2 finally ended on December 31st, and the video below is sort of an “in memoriam” piece created […] More…