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  1. Volkswagen News Blog
    The littlest GTI has returned to the VW lineup. In the UK, at least, where the Up! GTI is a return to its tiny hot hatch form along with the same refreshes as the rest of the Up! line. Volkswagen's Up! is it's smallest car, but also it's most awarded, at least in the UK, with accolades...
  2. Misc. Professional Racing
    Over the weekend, one of the world's most storied motor races - the Mille Miglia - took place in Italy, but with a twist: all the cars participating were alternative-fuel vehicles. This year was the first for the "Mille Miglia Green," which saw the historic 1,000-mile open-road endurance race...
  3. Volkswagen News Blog
    Since the Up! was announced, nearly, it was compared to the MkI Golf thanks to its diminutive size and its equally diminutive power figures. But the MkII Golf is also a fair comparison point. The 8 valve GTI made round 110 hp and weighed in at a just 2,000 lbs (give or take a golden retriever)...
  4. Volkswagen News Blog
    Looking for a little more up in your Up! GTI? German performance builder B&B Automobiltechnik has you covered. It starts with a stage one tune that adds a B&B tune. That boosts the 136 hp Up! from 115 to 125 hp. Not massive numbers, but 26 hp and 30 lb-ft of torque (up to 177) is nothing to...
  5. Volkswagen News Blog
    Our personal biases frequently lead us to condemn any number of advanced automotive technologies. That’s partly because we’re dinosaurs who fetishize vintage automobiles that, in reality, are actually far worse than we like to pretend. But it’s also because most modern-day tech sucks harder than...
  6. Volkswagen News Blog
    What happens when an Up! GTI, a Polo GTI, a Golf GTI, and a Golf GTI Clubsport S go head to head? This may seem like a foregone conclusion.  The biggest one, making the most horsepower--the Clubsport S--should always win. But if you have a DSG going up against someone with bad reaction times in...
  7. Volkswagen News Blog
    The Up! GTI is the smallest GTI since the original and so has mostly been compared to the Mk1 Golf—the figures are pretty staggeringly similar, after all. But it’s easy to forget that it has actual competition. The Renault Twingo GT is perfect competition for the Up! in a lot of ways. Both cars...
  8. Volkswagen News Blog
    Gaaaaaaah I want one, I want one, I want one, I want one. Last week the worst continent in the world was allowed to drive the Up! GTI, a car whose desirability ranks somewhere between "keeping me up at night" and "looking for employment in Europe" (you know, the universal scale for these...
  9. Volkswagen News Blog
    Top Gear is getting ready to declare a Performance Car of the Year, but before it can do that it needs to thoroughly examine the cars on offer. Among the supercars and the hypercars, there’s one contender that you’d struggle to even call a sports car: the Up! GTI. Yes, the Up! GTI with its...
  10. Volkswagen News Blog
    The global auto industry is not a place in which small car production is as straightforward as it was a decade or two ago. Brought closer to home, Americans are buying roughly 30-percent fewer subcompact cars now than they were just three years ago. With next to no fuel economy advantages...
  11. Volkswagen News Blog
    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...
  12. Volkswagen News Blog
    The Up! GTI just became the latest hatchback to join the proud tradition of performance at Volkswagen, but for the foreseeable future, it will be the last. That’s according to a report from England’s Autocar  that quotes brand boss Herbert Diess as saying that the brand is satisfied with the...
  13. Volkswagen News Blog
      Volkswagen is adding another member to the GTI family. Not solely the preserve of Golfs anymore, the Up! GTI made its global debut Thursday on the banks of Lake Wörth in Austria. The lake is the home to the GTI Treffen, a get together of mammoth proportion for lovers of all things...
  14. Volkswagen News Blog
    There`s a new addition to the GTI family, the Up! GTI, and it`s set to make its public debut at the only place it possibly could, the GTI-treffen, on lake Wörthersee in Austria. The world`s largest gathering of VW enthusiasts has been gathering since 1982, when the Mk1 was the only GTI, and...
  15. Volkswagen News Blog
    Germany’s Auto Bild has seen fit to bestow its All-wheel Drive Car of the Year 2017 award to Volkswagen’s new Tiguan in the under €30,000 category. The Tiguan launched in Europe last year, growing in both space and power. It will be joined by the Tiguan Allspace (the lengthened version of the...
  16. Volkswagen News Blog
    Volkswagen is going to make like Elvis Costello and pump its Up! Ill-conceived allusions aside, the Up! is getting the GTI treatment next year, and will get 114 hp out of its 1.0-liter TSI engine. Thanks to its scale and low weight (just 2,200 lbs) the Up! GTI is expected to hit 62 mph in fewer...
  17. Volkswagen News Blog
    The ink paper version of Top Gear has named the Golf and the Up! in its annual “Top Gear Magazine Best Cars in the World” issue. The magazine gave the Golf the “All the Car You’ll Ever Need” award, while the Up! gets the “Best First Wheels” title. “A Golf. Short of needing seven seats or some...
  18. Volkswagen News Blog
    The history of Volkswagen is littered with great cars and even greater ads. For every brilliant model, there was a brilliant, funny, self-aware ad to sell it. Lists are exclusionary at the best of times, but when it comes to this one, it’s especially so. Still, even an incomplete list of great...
  19. Volkswagen News Blog
    Although it’s classified as a compact, the Golf is—there’s no other word for it—enormous. Like the Mini and the 500, and every other car on the market, the Golf has grown to gargantuan proportions, a victim of a crass public that can’t tell the difference between useful figures and bigger...
  20. Volkswagen News Blog
    While in Germany for the Beetle Sunshine Tour, I managed to sneak away from the press area and walk among the Germans of the northern port town of Travemünde. Perhaps unsurprisingly, German people drive a lot of German cars. As previously noted, Wolfsburg is somewhat surreally Volkswagen...
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