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  1. Volkswagen News Blog
    It's Halloween week, so we combed the internet looking for spooky VWs. While that search came up short, we turned our search on orange cars. While you might think there are few orange cars, Volkswagen has offered the bright shade for decades, from aircooled Beetles to current Jettas and Tiguans...
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    This month, Volkswagen of Brazil (VW do Brasil) offered me an unprecedented opportunity to take my 1989 Volkswagen Saveiro project back to the factory that built it almost 30 years ago, before it heads off around the world. Founded in 1959, the Anchieta factory is particularly historic, as it...
  3. Volkswagen News Blog
    Following up on the weird neatness of the Tarok, Volkswagen released another South American concept yesterday: the Virtus GTS. Trading on some of the GTI’s design language the little sedan may look like something to envy Brazil for but worry not, because it’s a lot like that bowl of soup you...
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    By the late 1960s, it became clear to VW that if it wanted to hang onto the Brazilian market, it was going to have to make some models specifically for the country. Its first attempt was the Brasilia. Based on the Beetle platform, Volkswagen do Brazil wanted their new creation to be more...
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    When Ferdinand Porsche settled on the idea of making a rear-engine people's car, he was doubtless convinced that this was the best layout because of the mechanical efficiencies, the high grip, and the packaging advantages. It’s unlikely that he considered falling trees, though. After a recent...
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    So apparently there’s a thing called SEO and, sadly, we here at VW Vortex are not immune to its charms. Fortunately for you, we are wily and willing to steal a subversive format idea when we see one. So here, in the style of a CineFix Top Blank list , are the Top 5 Obscure VWs of all time. For...
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    America is a land of many great things: lakes, blue herons, Wolf Lodges, etc. But one area where we have soundly been outdone is in naming conventions for trim packages that add only the appearance of performance. Brazil is a place that knows its VWs. Since the early days of Volkswagen, Brazil...
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    World Endurance Championship racer and 2016 Formula E runner up, Lucas di Grassi, had a better birthday than you. That’s because for his birthday di Grassi shot his friends with paintball guns while racing go-karts. Either one of those activities fills me with overwhelming glee, but di Grassi...
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    The 2016 summer Olympics begin today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and to celebrate that fact (because dammit, someone has to celebrate these Olympics) we’re counting down our favorite Brazilian Volkswagens. Volkswagen do Brasil set up shop in 1953, producing the Beetle. Since then more than 20...
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    What’s sexier than Brazil? Brazil in the ‘70s. And that’s where today’s Find of the Day, the SP2, got its start. Way back in the day, VW do Brasil was bored. Trade restrictions prevented them from getting the Karmann Ghia, so there was nothing sporty available for the Brazilian people. A lack...
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