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  • VW intros some fun new Beetles in New York

    Volkswagen has rolled out four new versions of the Beetle at the New York International Auto Show. Each of the new models has a different theme, meant to represent a different kind of lifestyle. The Beetle Cabriolet Denim for instance is all about the colour blue. The body color "Stonewashed Blue Metallic" and the soft top in dark blue with a special fabric texture both make a visual reference to jeans. The "Habanero Orange Metallic" Beetle Wave meanwhile is meant to reflect the American spirit on the East and West coast beaches of the USA. Volkswagen says this is...

  • Volkswagen’s 2017 Golf GTI will boast 10-speed dual-clutch gearbox

    How do you feel about changing gears? The recent trend in transmissions have usually involved multiple clutches -- allowing the gearbox to preselect the following gear, resulting in no drop in power -- and increasing the number of cogs. If you're interested in buying the next generation Volkswagen Golf GTI for instance, chances are you'll be getting 10 forward speeds. Auto Express suggests that the car will feature the 'box Volkswagen has mentioned in the past. The current VW Golf features a seven-speed DSG (dual-clutch) gearbox, so swapping cogs doesn't come with much surprise to the average driver. But notably, the forthcoming...

  • Volkswagen Golf R Wagon is a powerful but practical people mover

    After tearing up Arizona for the best part of the month, Volkswagen has officially unveiled its Golf R Wagon -- a long wheelbase version of the Golf R. And it's bonkers. The car will be unveiled at LA Motor Show this week, and will be coming to the market Stateside in the coming months. Probably. Whether it will come to South Africa, that's another matter, but the chances are high. Volkswagen tends to bring most of its range here, and it can't help that one of its African bases is housed here too. While a "Wagon" version of everyone's favourite hot hatch...

  • VW’s new 272-hp engine is the most powerful four-cylinder TDI ever built

    Volkswagen is such an underrated car company, and not just because it owns virtually all the brands we know and love. For one, it has made the humble, agriculturally-mannered diesel-fueled engine into something of a city car staple. But it doesn't stop there. At the company's Innovation workshop at its proving grounds in Wolfsburg, Germany, VW has unveiled a new 240-horsepower 2.0-litre engine, which makes it the world's most powerful four-cylinder TDI. What's more, the company claims that it can push horsepower up to 272 if it fancies. It's ridiculously impressive. Let me explain why. It seems like even Volkswagen has cottoned...

  • A VW XL1 powered by a superbike engine? Sure, why not?

    The VW XL1 is a modern marvel when it comes aerodynamic design efficiency, but it's not exactly what you'd call sporty. So what if you want something with the same futuristic looks and a little more oomph? Well then, Volkswagen would like you to meet the XL Sport. Featuring an engine ripped out of Ducatti superbike, the XL Sport certainly looks like the car it's based on, but with a top speed of 270km/h, you'd have a hard time believing it was from the same family. Like the XL1, which will only have a run of 200 cars, the Ducati 1199...

  • Everyone wins in VW’s BlackBerry R&D center buyout

    To most people, BlackBerry is the company that made those phones that were cool a few years back, before going into the kind of free-fall that would've been comic if there hadn't been so many jobs in play. What a lot of those people don't realise however is that BlackBerry made at least one sensible purchase on its way down, in the shape of QNX. The embedded OS pretty owns the in-car infotainment space at the moment, with the likes of BMW, Chrysler, and GM all using it. Add in the fact that that it place nicely with both...

  • VW fans delight: the Dune is coming in 2016

    When the VW Dune concept made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, pretty much every car journalist on the planet thought it would be madness for the German auto-giant not to build it. Thankfully, it actually listened. Yup, that's right, Volkswagen will actually be building the high-riding Beetle and you could be driving it by 2016. Interestingly, Volkswagen didn't confirm that the Dune would be going to production through a massive event or an overblown press release. Instead, it very quietly snuck the announcement into a promotional video for the car, shot on the German...

  • VW could make a lot of people happy, might just build Dune concept

    Automotive dreams don't often come true, but it looks like Volkswagen might be about to buck that trend by building the Dune concept it showed off in Detroit earlier this year. If it does so, it'll definitely put a massive smile on the face of every VW lover on the planet. According to Jalopnik, the German car giant has had a working model of the car driving around the town of Sylt and is making some pretty promising noises about taking the Dune from concept to fully functional road car. Here's what VW currently has to say about the...

  • VW sells its first XL1 ultra efficient hybrid for around $150 000

    Volkswagen, always on the edge of technology's tall cliff face, has sold its first example of what is the world's most efficient Batmobile, the XL1. We've covered the XL1 before, tracking it from concept to full blown production model. But the space age car is now available for an exclusive audience in Germany and Austria at a price that is unfortunately, nowhere as low as its fuel usage figures. The first of a batch of 250 cars has been sold in Germany for an estimated US$150 000 to a former test driver Dr Christian Malorny. This may sound like a ludicrous...

  • VW will build its crazy-ass 400bhp Golf

    This is awesome and just a little bit terrifying. Volkswagen is set to put the 400 horsepower Golf concept it debuted at the Beijing Auto Show into production. Yep, that's right, with the right amount of cash, you could soon be tearing up the road in 400bhp Golf. I'll say that one more time just so you grasp it: a 400bhp Golf. In a conversation with Car and Driver, VW research and development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser confirmed that the bonkers hatchback would indeed go into production. While the news is exciting, it's hardly surprising. When VW debuted the R 400,...

  • 10 great VW Golf ads from the past 40 years

    A little over 40 years ago, something very special happened: the first ever Golf rolled off the Volkswagen assembly line. Just as the iPad wasn't the first tablet, the Golf wasn't the first hatchback. Like the iPad however, it ignited and, for a very long time, defined the class as a whole. The fact that it could move the whole family in safety and comfort one day and a chest of drawers the next -- at a decent speed and with striking looks to boot -- was revolutionary. Small wonder then that VW's been able to ride that formula through...

  • VW unveils a parade of new Polos ahead of Geneva

    Look everyone, new VW Polos! If you're the kind of person who gets excited by small, economical hatchbacks then you'll probably be screaming something to that effect right about now. To be specific, Volkswagen has announced a new range of Polos, which will most likely make their debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Among the new models announced by the Wolfsburg-based marque are a Polo TSI BlueMotion, Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and CrossPolo. The unifying themes behind all of the models are increased fuel efficiency and the introduction of consumer tech usually reserved for higher-end VWs. The...

  • Could your next Golf GTI be a GTE? VW developing plug-in version of iconic hot hatch

    Plug-in hybrids are everywhere these days. What was once a ploy by car manufacturers to keep the anti-carbon lobby from baying for their blood has turned into a viable selling point. Thing is, most cars in the class are either about as exciting as going up an escalator (as is the case with the Honda Accord and Prius plug-in models) or are so far out of the reach of ordinary drivers as to be laughable (like the Merc S500 and the BMW i8). No one's really made something fun that we can all aspire to. Enter the Golf GTE....

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