Published on 11-26-2011 03:43 AM
$19 billion is a lot of dough. It seems Volkswagen thinks it is worth putting this much money in China and intends to do so in between 2012 and 2016. The automaker expects the Chinese market to grow significantly even though it has cooled as of late. VW will launch 50 additional models in China by 2015. VW is on pace to sell 2 million cars in China this year and expects a steady increase of 15% per year. ...Published on 11-24-2011 03:11 AM
This is the new 2012 Passat Alltrack. Basically, it's a Passat wagon. The US market is not too fond of wagons so we understand Volkswagen's apprehension about bringing it here. The press release for the vehicle mentions 4 motor options in the UK and conveniently omits the USA which does not bode well for our chances. It is not too big of a deal in our opinions but we always hate when models are withheld from the US market. ...Published on 11-23-2011 02:32 AM
We really like what APR does. Their performance options for VW and Audi vehicles are well tuned and reliable. Lately they have been stepping it up taking the 2.0 TSI motor in VW's to 470 wheel horsepower on 100 octane. On 93 octane they hit a very respectable 423.8 wheel horsepower. The Stage III+ setup is available for sale and is a $2,999 upgrade from the Stage III. These are some very impressive results. Perhaps we will see 500+ whp from APR and the 2.0TSI in the near future. ...Published on 11-21-2011 05:10 PM
The 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline-5 was not all too popular and with pressure on improved MPG and emissions a smaller turbo 4 will be taking over. This engine has nothing in common with the old 1.8T other than the displacement and is a derivative of the current 2.0TSI motor. The motor puts out 158 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Going into entry level models we expect tuning of this motor to become very popular. The engine code is EA888 for those interested. ...Published on 11-21-2011 12:20 AM
Suzuki is officially terminating its partnership with Volkswagen and seeking a return of its shares in arbitration. Suzuki got a bit upset when Volkswagen stated in a report that it could significantly influence financial and operating decisions at Suzuki. Why Suzuki is upset over the truth we have no idea. Suzuki now states it was not given full access to VW technology that is expected. Suzki CEO and chairman Osamu Suzuki stated, “Today, Suzuki terminated the partnership with VW. Suzuki will be seeking the return of its shares from VW in arbitration. I am disappointed that we have to take this action but VW’s actions have left us no choice." ...Published on 11-19-2011 09:50 PM
Here is our coverage of Volkswagen from the 2011 LA Auto Show. There really was not anything all too exciting from VW. They had plenty of models to show off though and also brought the very cool looking Bettle R concept that we hope somehow makes it to production. They were also showing off a hybrid Touareg that had the first supercharged hybrid powertrain in the world. Not exciting from an enthusiast perspective but it is a world first. ...Published on 11-14-2011 11:40 PM
If you don't like this, you are on the wrong the site. Talk about a sleeper. This MKII Golf built by Boba Motoring runs the 1/4 mile in 9.3 seconds at 159 miles per hour. It uses a 1.8 liter diesel block with 16V heads and a Garrett GTX4202R. The fuel system runs E85. This is a 6 speed manual car with a 4 Motion all wheel drive system. Oh, and the engine also revs to an incredible 9500 rpm. Vehicles like this are the reason VWBoost or any of the sites on the network exist, simply awesome.
...Published on 11-07-2011 03:22 AM
Volkswagen decided to freshen up the CC for 2013. The car gets new front and rear styling for the 2013 model year which is not a huge departure but looks fresh. This would be a mid-life refresh as the current CC went on sale four years ago. Pricing starts at $29,335. The vehicle will be available for sale in Spring of 2012. We will bring you more photos of it as it will be revealed during the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show.
...Published on 10-26-2011 08:04 AM
Everyone knows GM (General Motors) was the biggest automaker for decades. The mighty fell (and needed loans, from taxpayers) as Toyota passed them by. Volkswagen is currently up 13% on its 2010 global sales and 8.1 million is the estimate for its 2011 sales. In second place is General Motors with an estimate of 7.55 dropping off after having led the first half of 2011 which is fairly impressive in a down economy. Toyota is down about 9% at this point and likely to end up in third place falling behind GM and VW. Impressive work by the VW group.
...Published on 10-08-2011 11:22 PM
JE Design released a new widebody kit for the Volkswagen Touareg. The body pieces are made up of polyurethane and fiber reinforced plastic. All components can be purchased seperately or the entire kit can be purchased together for 4,641 Euros. In addition to the body pieces (fenders, side skirts, bumpers, spoilers) a quad tip exhaust is available which fills out the diffuser nicely for 595 Euros. 22 inch wheels with spacers complete the look as if one goes for the widebody they definitely would likely want to have wheels that fit and fill the arches.
...Published on 10-06-2011 06:04 AM
Volkswagen has released the official pricing and specifications for what will be the most powerful Golf ever sold in the United States, the 2012 Golf R. Yes, the 2.0T in the Golf R even puts out more power than the R32 that was sold. The Golf R features Haldex all wheel drive and a 6 speed manual transmission. So that one does not have to choose between two or four doors, both styles will be offered in R trim. The car will be available for sale in early 2012.