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Passat BlueMotion Launches in the UK

posted by on 16 June 2015 in Volkswagen News

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Volkswagen has launched their ultra-efficient Passat BlueMotion and Passat BlueMotion Variant in the UK, which are capable of returning 76.3mpg.  While the models won’t win any speed records, they do maintain sportiness with lower suspension, unique bumpers front and rear, and unique headlights.  We’re not quite sure if the ‘stance’ achieved in the above press […] More…

Video: Rally Italy Recap from Volkswagen Motorsport

posted by on 16 June 2015 in Videos

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Post-game press releases are fun, but they’re just words on a page.  Thanks to the ‘too long/didn’t read’ culture fostered by years of internet (ab)use, our attention spans have dropped to record lows and we’re constantly looking for something a bit more stimulating that standard on-brand prose.  Luckily, Volkswagen Motorsport sees this as more of […] More…

APR Releases APR by Brembo Big Brake Kits

posted by on 16 June 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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Product Page After years of research, testing and competitive analysis, APR is pleased to announce a technical partnership with Brembo; the world’s foremost leader in upgraded brake systems! Brembo has consistently offered uncompromising solutions that harmoniously mesh with APR’s performance upgrades. Through decades of research, development and championship wins the world over, Brembo has created […] More…

WRC: Ogier on Top in Italy

posted by on 15 June 2015 in Motorsport News

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Fourth win of the season for Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia in Italy Sixth place for Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila earns Volkswagen valuable points Volkswagen one-two-three on the closing Power Stage A big step forward in the race for the World Championship: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) and Volkswagen made a big point with victory at the Rally Italy. […] More…

Volkswagen Motorsport International Newsletter

posted by on 15 June 2015 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. FIA […] More…

Sharan Launches in Europe with New Engines and Networking Features

posted by on 15 June 2015 in Volkswagen News

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TDI and TSI: new engines in the Sharan up to 14.3 per cent more efficient App-Connect: new infotainment systems bring Apple and Google on board Ten key facts about the new Sharan: 1. New TSI and TDI engines up to 14.3 per cen more fuel efficientt; the most efficient model consumes just 5.0 l/100 km. […] More…

Volkswagen Sponsors Rain Room Exhibit at YUZ Museum Shanghai

posted by on 15 June 2015 in Volkswagen News

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Opening in September 2015 at the YUZ Museum Shanghai China is an integral part of Volkswagen’s global cultural engagement The YUZ Museum Shanghai in partnership with Volkswagen Group China will present Rain Room, a large-scale interactive artwork created by the British-German artist group, Random International. One of the most extraordinary and popular art installations of recent […] More…

Volkswagen Group Announces Sales Figures for May

posted by on 12 June 2015 in Volkswagen News

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Sight increase of 0.3 percent in deliveries for first five months 858,000 vehicles handed over in May Group Board Member for Sales Christian Klingler: “Deliveries so far this year characterized by mixed market trends.” Wolfsburg, June 12, 2015 – The Volkswagen Group delivered 4.20 (January-May 2014: 4.19; +0.3 percent) million vehicles from January to May. […] More…

Review: Sleeping in a Bus up on the Mountain

posted by on 12 June 2015 in Choice Gear

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[Editor’s Note- On his way to Southern Worthersee, our own Bill Cho decided to troll us via social media.  As we also happen to be VWvortex forum admins, Director of Sales John Acton and I thought it fitting to slap him with a temporary ban from our cabin for the infraction.  He made out better than we’d envisioned. […] More…

Neste Attempts to Drive TDI-powered Car Across America on Single Tank of Renewable Diesel

posted by on 12 June 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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The automotive world has seen its fair share of cross country road trips, but never one quite like this.  Setting off from Jacksonville, Florida on June 21st in a CLP Superlite SLC with 1.9 TDI power and running on Neste’s NEXBTL renewable diesel fuel, a team of four individuals will aim to become the first to ever […] More…

Four UK Debuts for Volkswagen at Goodwood Festival of Speed

posted by on 12 June 2015 in Volkswagen News

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Volkswagen is preparing to delight automotive fans at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed on 26-28 June by showcasing four new cars, all of which are making their UK debuts.  These are the Sport Coupé GTE Concept, the XL Sport and the Golf R400, as well as the 2015 Polo R WRC rally car. The […] More…

Golf Alltrack – Quick Drive

posted by on 12 June 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

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We head to Austria to take a quick spin in Volkswagen’s Golf Alltrack a few months before it is available here. Is it good? Yup… More…