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As the focal point of the Worthersee car show, Volkswagen has a huge presence at the show. But for all the years that it’s been attending the event, VW has never brought a Golf Variant to the show. That all changed in 2014, as the Volkswagen Golf Variant made an appearance with the "Youngster 5000."

VW developed this showpiece as part of its talent program and the wagon itself was built with the help of six young apprentices. That’s making a real statement that the design pool inside Volkswagen isn’t drying up.

The "Youngster 5000" features a unique Arancio Argos Pearl finish that is complemented by transplanted components from the VW’s R GmbH range. The front and rear bumpers, the door sill package, and the seat system were all added to the Golf Variant, creating a more aesthetically pleasing appearance that fits in with all the other concepts and prototypes at Worthersee.

By the way, the "Youngster 5000" title of the Golf Variant takes its name from a unique addition to the cabin of the vehicle, a 5,000-watt sound system that Volkswagen mounted on skids in the rear that passengers can control using a customized iPad.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf Variant Youngster 5000.

The 33rd Worthersee meeting has come with its fair share of unique and attractive concepts. But the Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition stands on a level all its own. It’s special not because of its significance in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Golf , but because the people behind the development of the vehicle are 12 apprentice designers from Volkswagen and Sitech Sitztechnik, aged 18 to 23.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition is the brainchild of four women and eight men, each of whom, you can argue, has a bright future in the auto industry. Development of the car took nine months and it was far from easy too.

These budding designers spent all those hours planning, testing, and implementing all the ideas they learned while spending time with some of the finest designers in the industry, including project manager and instructor Holger Schülke. Under Schülke’s guidance, the designers created the Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition using a standard Golf GTI Performance.

From there, the designers went to work, putting all the knowledge they’ve learned into good use, thus creating a unique Golf GTI that not only looks as sexy as the past six apprentice GTI models to debut in Worthersee, but also showcases the immense design talent Volkswagen has developed on its own in recent years.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition.

The Subaru BRZ has been around since the 2013 model year and to this day, there’s still little evidence that Suby is prepared to make a more powerful version of the sports car . It’s latest special edition model, the BRZ Series.Blue, follows in what has become an increasingly frustrating trend for Subaru (Toyota and Scion , too, for that matter) enthusiasts. The aerodynamic upgrades are there, and the interior even looks real nice. But for all the upgrades the BRZ Series.Blue received, it still carries that same medicore 2.0-liter boxer that produces 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Care to bump that up a little, Subaru?

The likely answer we’ll get is "not as long as people keep buying it," but we’re still holding out hope that Subaru has some serious plans for the BRZ down the road. The rumored BRZ STi is one that we’re clearly holding on to, and we’re not letting that go until Subaru takes the idea to pasture, kills it and brings us its lifeless body.

The rumored output for the BRZ STi is 250 horsepower, which isn’t much, but still something to look forward to. The biggest thing is that we’d likely see that 151 pound-feet of torque climb to closer to the 250 pound-feet mark, giving the BRZ the ability to pull hard out of corners and from the line. But for now, we’re going to have to settle for the STi-badged BRZ Series.Blue. Only 1,000 models are being made so it does have "exclusivity" attached to it.

Take that for what it’s worth.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue.

Audi has rolled out a suit-and-tie-dressed A1 Sportback at Worthersee , highlighting the enormous customization potential the German automaker is putting on its Genuine Accessories lineup. This particular A1 with Audi Genuine Accessories successfully combines a nice shade of black with splashes of yellow trim, creating a distinct two-tone look we rarely see from the A1.

Audi traditionally rolls out these kinds of products at Worthersee and its nice to see that the German brand still understands the importance of being a major presence in the annual event. The customized hatchback also shines a nice light on what’s possible when customers use Audi Genuine Accessories on their vehicles.

That’s the real good thing about being able to have a say in what your car is going to look like. A1 owners get a number of colors to choose from and you can style and trim it any manner you see fit. There might be some misses along the way, but as Audi has shown with this A1 with Genuine Accessories, there’s a lot owners can work with by taking advantage of the company’s aesthetic personalization program.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A1 With Audi Genuine Accessories.

Left without a proper compact after discontinuing the Skylark in 1997, Buick made a comeback to the segment by launching the Verano sedan in 2011. The vehicle quickly joined the Encore and Enclave crossovers in helping Buick’s growth in both the United States and China. In 2013, the Verano accounted for 20 percent of Buick sales in the U.S.

Although the current Verano is only three years old, Buick is already working on a brand-new model. The redesigned vehicle sits atop the same Delta II platform underpinning the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze and the Euro-exclusive Opel Astra . Naturally, the new Verano shares many of its internals with the latter.

What the Verano doesn’t share with the Astra, however, is its styling. Slightly longer and wider than its Opel -badged brother, the Verano benefits from Buick’s trademark front grille — now wider for a more aggressive grin — and borrows a few cues from the larger LaCrosse model. The spy shots that arrived in our inbox straight from Germany suggest the sedan is keeping its sleek profile, while gaining a prettier rear end, with the taillights biting more into the fenders.

Things are changing under the hood as well, where an all-new, turbocharged, 1.5-liter four-pot replaces the old 2.4-liter Ecotec unit. Word has it General Motors is also looking to share the Chevrolet Cruze’s 2.0-liter turbodiesel mill with Buick. The latter delivers 151 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque, while returning up to 46 mpg on the highway.

We expect the new Verano to break cover in late 2015 and go on sale for the 2016 model year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Buick Verano.

Spanish automaker Seat isn’t particularly known for developing eye-catching concepts , so please excuse us for doing a double-take on the Cupster Concept it unveiled at the 2014 Worthersee event. The concept, developed to celebrate the Ibiza’s 30th anniversary, is pretty innovative in its own right, which is a testament to what Seat is capable of if it puts its all into building cars that are out of its wheelhouse. The Cupster Concept is based on the Ibiza Cupra , which really doesn’t say much because most of the details in the concept roadster are things we’ve never seen Seat do in the past. The lowered stance gives it racing appeal and the absence of a traditional front windscreen puts the car in a concept level all its own.

In place of the typical windscreen, Seat opted to use a wraparound window that extends horizontally from one rear section all the way to other, wrapping the Cupster in somewhat of a glass encasing that looks pretty cool if you’re into a design quirk like this.

Seat has made no indication on whether it plans to sell the Cupster Concept as a production model. For what it’s worth, we’d take a long look at it before putting down the money to buy one. That wraparound window design is a definite eye-catcher, even though that feature would never find its way into showrooms.

Good work on this concept, though, Seat. Rare is the time when you get attention for a concept car, but this one really did the job.

Click past the jump to read more about the Seat Ibiza Cupster Concept.

Unlike the Ford Mustang , which has been produced continuously since its initial introduction in 1964, the Chevrolet Camaro took a seven-year-long break from 2003 through 2009. It took GM a couple of years to realize the importance of a muscle car in its lineup, but it finally launched the fifth-generation Camaro in 2010.

Underpinned by the Zeta platform developed by Holden , the new Camaro rolled out with a range of V-6 and V-8 engines, which was just enough to compete with its long-standing Detroit rivals — the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger .

Mildly updated with each model year, the fifth-gen Camaro received its highly anticipated facelift in 2014, gaining new fascias, redesigned headlamps and taillights, and enhanced interior features. Despite the refreshed body is only going into its second model year in 2015, the sixth-generation model will step in to take center stage in 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Camaro.

Launched in 2012 as Hyundai ’s first compact with a turbocharged engine, the Veloster Turbo is being facelifted for the 2015 model year, with a camouflaged prototype already stretching its wheels around the company’s research and development center in Germany .

Although details are scarce and the vehicle is hidden under a thick wrap, it’s more than obvious that the Veloster Turbo is getting the same Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 treatment as the company’s larger, premium cars.

The update will begin with a new, larger front grille and will continue with a revised front bumper and headlamps. Round back, the rear bumper and the taillights will also change shape.

What we can see in these spy shots is a set of new wheels, which come in a twin five-spoke format and are finished in a bi-color pattern. A great improvement over the fan-like, cheap-looking rims offered on the current compact .

Some interior updates are likely to be implemented as well, beginning with a revised Supervision Cluster and ending with more soft-touch surfaces and other amenities that keep a cabin modern.

Engine-wise, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Hyundai keeping the 1.6-liter four-pot at 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. A small improvement in fuel economy — now standing at 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway — is likely though.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Facelift.

The Volkswagen Passat may be one of the company’s most popular offerings in America, but, despite being slightly larger and cheaper than its rivals, the midsize sedan is far behind the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in terms of sales.

Aware that in order to become the world’s biggest automaker by 2018 they have to be more than just a niche player in the U.S., the Germans are struggling to up the ante with new or refreshed products such as the 2015 Jetta . Vehicles aside, they’ve also appointed Michael Horn as the new CEO for Volkswagen of America.

As it usually happens, a change in leadership is set to cause some strategy adjustments, but it’s a bit too early to draw any conclusions. However, when Mr. Horn sat down for a chat with the folks over at Motor Trend in New York last week, he revealed that the Volkswagen Passat is in for a major refresh for the 2016 model year.

The executive, who has already seen some of the facelift’s developments, claims the 2016 Passat will represent "a big step" in the sedan’s recent history. Specifically, while referring to the newly-unveiled Jetta, he stressed that VW’s design team is taking things up a notch for a "very strong" end result.

Well, I do hope Mr. Horn knows what he’s talking about, because the Passat has been America’s boring midsize sedan for quite some time now. Maybe not exactly as dull as the Toyota Camry, but the Japanese came up with a much more attractive design for 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Volkswagen Passat.

Source: MotorTrend

In New York, Mini has just finished introducing us to the 2015 Countryman . Not one to limit its attendance to just one major auto show, Mini decided to spread its new models out evenly by opting to introduce the equally refreshed 2015 Paceman in Beijing .

Ok, maybe ’refreshed’ isn’t the right word to describe the 2015 Paceman because, well, there aren’t too many changes to begin with. It does adopt some of the changes made to the Countryman, but that’s not saying a lot.

So, in essence, the 2015 Paceman’s biggest change is its a new model year.

But it’s not the Paceman’s fault, nor is it Minis, for that matter. The Paceman, after all, was only introduced a few years ago, so a major refresh probably still isn’t in the cards until next year. More importantly, with the company’s expansion plans in full effect, Mini’s new-found lineup versatility has given rise to more choices for its customers.


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