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  1. Volkswagen News Blog
    A few years back, Volkswagen revealed a new 1.5L turbo engine that used the Miller Cycle to improve fuel consumption and low-end torque. Just a couple of weeks ago, we told you that the EA211 1.5L TSI Evo engine might be coming here. But what's the Miller Cycle? Isn't it that Ducati dealer down...
  2. Volkswagen News Blog
    With their second new model in two consecutive auto shows, Volkswagen unveiled the new Jetta GLI today at the Chicago Auto Show. With new looks, new limited-slip diff, the GTI's engine, and brakes from the Golf R, the new GLI looks like a stunner. Oh, and there's a 35th Anniversary edition that...
  3. Volkswagen News Blog
    This is the stuff of dreams. I've spent my whole career searching for hidden cars and on a Saturday afternoon in Wolfsburg, Germany, I’ve hit pay dirt. Not only has the location of a secret storage facility been revealed to me, I've been invited to visit it on Sunday morning. Somebody pinch me...
  4. Volkswagen News Blog
    It's the reason that Volkswagen Group might have to stockpile vehicles, and it's causing headaches for automakers across Europe. But what is WLTP, should you care, and how does it work? For decades, the European Union has used its own test cycle to measure vehicle emissions and set fuel economy...
  5. Volkswagen News Blog
    When it showed up at the New York Auto Show, people went nuts for the Tanoak. Our own Facebook posts about the pickup were so popular that we got as many likes that week as we get in some months. And it’s no wonder. It’s a design showcase from a powerful carmaker dipping its toes in unfamiliar...
  6. Volkswagen News Blog
    The New York Auto Show a surprising embarrassment of riches this year and among the most talked about vehicles was Volkswagen's pickup concept, the Tanoak. Based on the Atlas, the concept was meant to "show just what's possible" from the MQB chassis. That might cause some VW fans' brows to...
  7. Volkswagen News Blog
    The Beetle's days may (or may not) be numbered. As part of our Beetle Week, I reached out to a few VWVortex Beetle owners to find out what the car means to them. I've included my own story at the bottom. It's immensely evident past and present owners are passionate about their Bugs. Volkswagen...
  8. Volkswagen News Blog
    Well, we all knew this day was coming but it may finally be here: according to a report from Autocar , the Beetle will not return after the current generation fades away. The publication spoke to Volkswagen’s R&D boss, Frank Welsch, at the Geneva Motor Show this week, who said that the new...
  9. Volkswagen News Blog
    The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is all business, as buttoned down as a German civil servant and nearly as free of smiles. Unlike many other vehicles available today, this compact four-door lacks any whimsical touches. In recent years, automakers from FCA to Jaguar Land Rover have embraced the...
  10. Volkswagen News Blog
    Volkswagen took the wraps off the brand new upscale Jetta tonight ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Despite growing in every direction, introducing a bevy of new features, and moving onto a new chassis, the Mk7 Jetta will start at just $18,545—which the keen-eyed...
  11. Volkswagen News Blog
    The next Jetta promises a little more of everything (size, space, engine) thanks to its now familiar MQB platform. The last of the holdouts, the Jetta is joining its brethren on VW’s one-size-fits-all MQB chassis and sure enough, it fits. Shrouded in secrecy and under threat of multiple NDAs, a...
  12. Volkswagen News Blog
    We're a few weeks away from seeing Volkswagen's most important model for the North American market: the entirely new MQB-based MK7 Jetta. What better time than now to take a look back at the history of the most popular model in VW's lineup? Before we get into the history of the Jetta, it may be...
  13. Volkswagen News Blog
    If you ever find yourself at Volkswagen's Wolfsburg plant, you may be surprised to find Golf Rs in nearly every conceivable color. Fortunately, though, you don’t need to book a flight to Europe to see a Golf R in a funky factory color. You just need to head north of the border. That’s because...
  14. Volkswagen News Blog
    We’ve known for a long time that the GTI is just about the most useable sports car out there. So long, in fact, that generations of enthusiasts have been basking in its glory. Andrew Tucker, from the UK, says that the memories of being a little kid hanging out in his dad’s GTI are as big a part...
  15. Misc. Professional Racing
    Throughout 2017 there’s been an epic fight waging. This was a war between two men. Their battlefield consisted of dirt, asphalt, jumps, and a not-at-all-secret weapon: a shortcut called “the joker.” This was a battle of good and…also good. Unlike all great stories of conflict, this one lacks a...
  16. Volkswagen News Blog
    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...
  17. Volkswagen News Blog
    Synecdoche is the figure of speech in which a part comes to mean the whole. In product design, it means that you’ve created something so good that everybody agrees yours is the yardstick. You don’t ask for a tissue, you ask for a Kleenex. You don’t ask for hook and loop fasteners, you ask for...
  18. Volkswagen News Blog
    Both Ingolstadt and Borgo Panigale have confirmed Ducati will remain in Audi’s stable. A report from Italy has confirmed the Volkswagen Group has given up its pursuit to divest the Italian motorcycle brand after the German labor unions, who make up half of the VW Advisory Board, were opposed to...
  19. Volkswagen News Blog
    A fast MK 1 Golf is nothing new. But one as extreme as this sure is. It's a 2.0L turbocharged 16V that has a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system stuffed under the classic bodywork. The car, tuned and modified by Boba Motoring, makes over 1,000 hp. This was the car's first run, so it was taken down a...
  20. Volkswagen News Blog
    We just got a new batch of spy pictures of a Tiguan testing in Germany and despite the fact that there’s very little in the way of camouflage, this may be one of the Volkswagen Group’s most mysterious test cars. Whereas it usually goes for dazzle camo, VW has this time decided to go with...
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