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Paris Spotlight: Polo GTI

posted by on 10 October 2014 in Events Coverage

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The automotive grass is always greener in Europe, isn’t it?  We can now add the new Polo GTI to the list of lustworthy transportation that the North American market won’t get, which is a shame, because it looks like a segment leader. The Polo GTI is powered by a 1.8 TFSI producing roughly 190hp and […] More…

Best of H2O International- Mk3

posted by on 10 October 2014 in Events Coverage

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H2O International has come and gone, bringing the Northeast’s traditional show season to a close.  We’re taking a fond look back at the cars, people and atmosphere which made this year’s H2O International one of the best ever.  Let’s keep it going with what we feel were the best Mk3s of the event. With its […] More…

Paris Spotlight: Volkswagen Phaeton Exclusive

posted by on 10 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been about 10 years since the first Volkswagen Phaeton was introduced. Built using the same corporate steel chassis D platform that underpins the Bentley Continental, the car even did a short stint in the USA before ending its stateside run in 2006. It’s since undergone a facelift and remained […] More…

Paris Spotlight: New Volkswagen Touareg R-Design

posted by on 10 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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Launched in 2011 as an all-new generation in 2011, the Volkswagen Touareg is now enjoying its mid-lifecycle facelift. As you might expect being mid-way through its run, changes are subtle, but do their part to enhance the already handsome looks of Volkswagen’s top-of-the-line SUV. Volkswagen’s sole display car at Paris was a nicely kitted Touareg […] More…

ECS Tuning Releases Billet Aluminum Oil Filter Housing for Gen3 1.8T/2.0T VAG Applications

posted by on 9 October 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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VW has once again utilized a cost-cutting plastic oil filter housing. These fragile housings on previous VW/Audi models have shown to be prone to stripping during removal, and cracking during over-tightening. A damaged filter housing presents the very real possibility of losing significant amounts of oil, putting critical engine components in serious risk of permanent […] More…

Paris Spotlight: New Passat Range

posted by on 9 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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While the new Passat was first shown in July, the Paris Motor Show marked the first time that we were able to see one in person.  In being around the car, it becomes quite clear that this Passat is more technology-driven than previous generations.  We haven’t had the chance to drive the car just yet, […] More…

Best of H2O International- Mk2

posted by on 9 October 2014 in Events Coverage

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H2O International has come and gone, bringing the Northeast’s traditional show season to a close.  We’re taking a fond look back at the cars, people and atmosphere which made this year’s H2O International one of the best ever.  Let’s keep it going with what we feel were the best Mk2s of the event. Unix Performance […] More…

China’s Minister of Education Tours Vocational Training Program at Volkswagen

posted by on 9 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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Board Member for Human Resources, Dr. Neumann: “Specialist knowledge and skills are basic prerequisites for economic success” Talks on cooperation in vocational training The Chinese Minister of Education, Prof. Guiren Yuan, visited the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg on Thursday to find out more about dual vocational training at the company. The Minister was welcomed by […] More…

Video: Volkswagen Rolls Out Ad Campaign for New Touareg

posted by on 9 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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The advertising campaign for the new Touareg centers on the likelihood of the seemingly impossible actually occurring. The motto of the campaign is “Ready for whatever.”, and the message is: Whatever happens, however impossible the situation may seem – anyone driving the new Touareg can sit back and relax. The pan-European print campaign is flanked […] More…

Report: Volkswagen Planning More R Models

posted by on 8 October 2014 in Volkswagen News

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In a recent sit-down with various media outlets, Motoring.com.au reports that Volkswagen’s Head of Powertrain Development Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neuser hinted that additional R models are currently under consideration, due in part to the success of the Golf R.  When pressed further on which models were under consideration, Dr. Nuessen commented specifically on the Golf, Polo […] More…

Find of the Day: 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup

posted by on 8 October 2014 in Find Of the Day

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It never fails.  Each year, I get back from Ocean City and immediately begin searching for that perfect Rabbit Pickup.  Some years they are fairly available at reasonable prices, but unfortunately, this is not one of those years.  It seems that Rabbit Pickups are either going up in value, or simply becoming more sought after.  Case […] More…

62 Blocks of Chaos- Is This The End of H2Oi As We Know It?

posted by on 8 October 2014 in Columns

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Billed as “the story of a gang of hot-riding hot-heads who ride into, terrorize, and take over a town”, 1953’s “The Wild One” is likely the best film representation of how many Ocean City residents, casual observers and cynics see the yearly gathering of car enthusiasts on Maryland’s coast, which runs concurrent with H2O International.  While we see […] More…