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    Published on 06-01-2012 07:11 AM
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    VW Canada states that the Amarok pickup is being "evaluated" for the Canadian market. We hate to butt in here but there is a much bigger market than Canada that LOVES the pick up truck. There also is plenty of room in this sector as there is not a single mid-size diesel options we can think of. A fuel efficient mid-size with a diesel putting out 177 horses and 310 pound-feet of torque? What is there to debate really, this is a big hole in the market. ...
    Published on 05-29-2012 11:35 PM
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    The Golf R is definitely a cool little hatch that attempts to fill the void left by the absence of the R32. The car has a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4 with a horsepower boost to 256. It also gets all wheel drive and a 6-speed manual. The 3407 pound curb weight is not terrible and the all wheel drive is not a huge weight penalty adding roughly 100 pounds. 14.4@97.2 by Insideline for the manual version is certainly respectable but a DSG would be quicker. We wish VW would offer the trans in the USA with the Golf R already. ...
    Published on 05-14-2012 05:31 AM
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    This is a bit of disappointing news. Volkswagen has decided against entering Formula 1 for the 2014 season. The new VW Motorsport director Jost Capito stated, "I've got my hands full with the WRC right now and we have to focus on that. This is the very much the main motorsport programme for us and the board is watching it very closely. I think that's what we have to deliver." ...
    Published on 04-28-2012 01:31 AM
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    APR has released a new exhaust option for the MKVI Golf R called RSC (reflective noise cancellation). The exhaust is designed to eliminate drone while still giving maximum performance. There is no cutting required with this exhaust. The exhaust is available as a full turbo back, catback, or downpipe only. Pricing respectively is $1799.00, $1041.30, and $755.10. Gains stock with just the full exhaust are 10 horses or up to 25 horses with the APR tune. ...
    Published on 04-27-2012 12:12 AM
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    The VW group continues right along making money hand over fist. Results beat analysts expectations thanks to higher profits from Audi. How much higher? Well, a 10% increase from last year with profits getting up to 3.21 billions Euros from 2.91 billions Euros at this same point last year. Shares rose more than have in 5 months and despite all of Europe's economic problems the VW group continues to thrive. ...
    Published on 04-25-2012 12:52 AM
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    We love what APR does, really, we do. Well designed and tested products with solid reliability. Recently the development car for their K04 turbo software in the UK was able to put down some impressive times turning low 12's at Santa Pod Raceway in the UK and also hitting high 11's on a VBOX. We do not consider VBOX times the equivalent of a timeslip but clearly the APR software and associated mods are capable of powering a car into the 11's in better conditions (wet out when the runs were made). Good stuff continues to come from APR. ...
    Published on 03-28-2012 04:38 AM
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    This is some very, very nice power available for the 2.0 TSI motors as shown in this MKVI Golf. 405.6 horsepower at the wheels on 93 octane pump gas certainly is impressive. Especially when put in context of the stock horsepower numbers which are 200.4 at the wheels. The factory horsepower was more than doubled by the APR Stage III+ kit. Dyno courtesy of AP Tuning. ...
    Published on 03-27-2012 04:31 PM
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    This whole VW and Porsche saga just keeps getting more and more confusing. Porsche is facing numerous lawsuits that Volkswagen does not want a part of due to the financial liability that would be involved. Deutsche bank analyst Jochen Gehrke stated that a meeting between the parties, “confirmed our view that a merger of Porsche and VW is not possible." So the merger is off but the manufacturing ties will continue and become more involved. Yes, this is all confusing and who knows what will happen. ...
    Published on 03-19-2012 11:41 PM
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    It is no secret Volkswagen wants to improve its model share and creating another model is a good way to do that. VW sees the opportunity to create an entry level four-door coupe done in the same style as the CC but based on the cheaper Jetta platform (instead of the Passat like the CC). This car would be a natural competitor to the upcoming Mercedes CLC which itself is a cheaper, entry level version of the CLS. ...
    Published on 03-14-2012 02:41 AM
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    It is a good time to be an executive as the Volkswagen Group. $23 million is a lot of dough and we can argue about if it is warranted. Martin Winterkorn is the CEO and his 2011 salary was about $12 million. His 2012 salary? Almost double at $23 million thanks to bonuses and incentives. Winterkorn sure is making an incentive laden contract look good and we would love to know the deals as to what bonuses he gets for what goals. Regardless, all board members have earned a 94.2% pay increase since 2010, wow. ...
    Published on 03-06-2012 11:40 PM
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    A Volkswagen off-road pickup? Don't like the idea? Well, we think it is pretty sweet indeed. Introducing the Amarok Canyon concept truck. The standard Amarok is a truck produced by VW commercial vehicles designed mostly as a mid-size work truck. The Canyon concept takes the basic Amarok and adds a lift kit with off-road suspension. Tread plates that are electronically actuated are added as well as 275/65 tires designed for off-road use. A 2.0 liter TDI Diesel powers the vehicle producing 178 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Too bad we will never get it as this is pretty damn cool. ...
    Published on 02-28-2012 05:34 AM
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    Well Volkswagen sure looks in position to meet their goal of world domination. VW exceeded all predictions by industry analysts considerable with a total of $20.5 billion in revenue for 2011. This more than doubles up on their impressive $9.1 billion in 2010. So where did this extra revenue come from? Well, sales went up 15% but the Porsche merger is also factored into these earnings. We will see what happens as the merger gets finalized in 2012, especially with the pending lawsuits against Porsche. ...
    Published on 02-25-2012 02:14 AM
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    Introducing the Revosport Razor R titanium exhaust for the MKVI Golf R. As we all know titanium offers considerable weight savings. This exhaust weighs only 4.9 kilograms or 10.8 pounds. Additionally, the blue tips just plain look cool. In addition to the titanium rear section, a downpipe is available although it is not made of titanium. No dynos were provided (vendors need to get out of this habit) but claimed gains are 10 horsepower at the crank for the rear section and 15 at the crank with the downpipe. ...
    Published on 02-11-2012 01:13 AM
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    A convertible Golf? Kind of cool. Volkswagen released a Golf GTI cabrio concept last year but we did not think we would actually see a production version. VW intends to now actually build this concept. A GTI is a given but a Golf R cabriolet may also be built which would be sweet indeed. This would likely be the last MKVI GTI model before the upcoming MKVII. Expect to see the official thing next month at Geneva. ...
    Published on 02-05-2012 04:21 AM
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    Here is one company that realizes the United States is not averse to diesels. Revealed ahead of the Chicago Auto Show here is the 2013 Beetle TDI. No surprises, it shares the same 2.0 liter diesel that the Jetta TDI and Passat TDI have. The motor is good for 39 MPG on the highway and 29 in the city, very nice. Horsepower is at 140 and torque 236 pound-feet. This is available mated to either a 6 speed manual or a dual clutch DSG transmission. ...

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