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For those of you who have been waiting for the facelifted 2011 Volkswagen Passat to be unveiled, you’ll be happy to know that the Paris Motor Show organizers have confirmed the car’s attendance at this year’s event.

Even better, Volkswagen is bringing a sedan and an estate version of the Passat, which should bode even better for those who have been pining to see the re-tooled version of the car for a quite some time now.

While we haven’t seen the new Passat in all its glory, we’re expecting to see a wholesale of changes on the model, including some modifications to the front and rear end, a new hood grille, and redesigned front and tail lights that should give the facelifted Passat a refreshed aesthetic appeal. In addition to the exterior upgrades, the new Passat model will also undergo an interior metamorphosis that includes a newly installed navigation system.

We expect more information from Volkswagen and the new Passat on the days leading up to the Paris Motor Show so until then, sit tight, kids, we’ll send along new developments as soon as they come out.

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Have some cash to blow, but the wife, and/or husband, won’t let you buy a Porsche ? Well, as bad as that might be, mid-range crossovers won’t solve that pain. Instead, they’ll provide a luxury driving experience with the fun factor of getting stabbed.

Okay, so maybe it’s not that bad. As much as we don’t like crossovers, we do think they’re better than massive SUVs. Some can even be fun to drive now and again. For these tests we will be looking at style, image, standard equipment, interior space, and driving dynamics. Price will also be considered, but not as much as the other areas.

We will have to get a price cap to keep things in the mid-level, so we’ll set it at $45,000. That should be more than enough to get the lower end luxury models from Cadillac plus the German and Japanese car companies.

Hit the jump to see the list.

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Volkswagen of America Names Their New CEO

There is a new man in the front office of Volkswagen of America and his name is Jonathon Browning. The company officially announced the arrival of their new CEO at 11:00 AM this morning. He will take over on October 1st of this year.

Browning comes into his new job with a well-stocked portfolio. He was recently the manager of the national sales team of all the Volkswagen brands, including Audi and Lamborghini . Browning has also worked at General Motors and at Ford . He will try to push the company forward in the U.S as VW tries to become the world’s largest automaker by 2018 .

The automaker recently dumped a boatload of cash into the Chattanooga plant, $1 billion in fact. There will also be a new marketing campaign for the new Jetta on your TV screens very shortly. Congratulations Mr. Browning.

Hit the jump to see the press release.

It seems Je Design has a little of a crush on Volkswagen as they are constantly tuning models from the German marque. And since we have a new generation Touareg , it would only make sense that the German tuner would follow right behind with a new tuning package for it.

Making the Touareg even sportier than the SUV already is, Je Design has added a new sports radiator grill, front spoiler, front and back wheel arch kit, rear apron insert, roof spoiler, and rear hatch blend, all made in Polyurethane.

And like the excellent tuners they are, Je Design didn’t stop at the exterior modifications. After fiddling around with the engine using optimized engine management, the tuner was able to boost the performance of the 4.2-liter TDI-engine to 410 HP and 930 NM of torque. This increase provides the Volkswagen Touareg with a 0-60mph sprint time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 167mph.

Along with the engine modifications, Je Design has also provided the SUV with a pneumatic electronic suspension lowering module that can lower the SUV’s ride by 35 millimeters, dual exhaust pipes, and, of course, a new set of wheels.

Press release after the jump.

The Volkswagen R GmbH division is busy at work again, and this time they have taken on the Touareg in their attempt to reel in the profits that are being seen in BMW’s M-series and Mercedes’ AMG series . They have already created R (radical) versions of the Passat , the Golf , and the Scirocco , but they still have more being kept under wraps. Not only will Volkswagen be creating a speedier version of the Touareg, but there is also a possibility for a hybrid version for that same future R version. We can expect the official debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

The future Touareg R will feature enlarged air intakes with the R logo, an integrated front spoiler, bi-xenon headlights, a roof edge spoiler, a striking shining black diffuser, the chrome tailpipes on the dual exhaust system, and larger alloy wheels. Under the hood, Volkswagen will place a turbocharged V8 engine with an output of 450 HP borrowed from the Audi Q7.

As for the hybrid version, it will combine the same 500 HP turbo V8 engine with the electric motor found in the Touareg Hybrid . However, for the R version, Volkswagen will drop the older limitation of 47 HP in order to move a giant 2.2 tonnes.

More details to be revealed in the near future.

The Touareg isn’t the only Volkswagen getting a little bit of rally flavor. The Volkswagen Scirocco has also received a rally car makeover in the form of the new Scirocco R Bio Power Rally Car. This new rally car was used as an opening car for the 2010 Germany Rally and was driven by WRC returnee Carlos Sainz (Spain) and Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatar) and the co-drivers Lucas Cruz (Spain) and Timo Gottschalk (Germany).

While the standard version Scirocco R is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0 l TSI engine that delivers 265 PS and 350 NM of torque, the rally car is powered by a 2.0-liter engine that delivers a total of 275 hp and emits 80% less CO2 in comparison to a standard car. The sprint from 0 to 62 mph will be made in about 6.5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph. The rally car also features a roll cage, racing tires, and a larger rear wing. In addition to these modifications, underbody protection was fitted for rally use.

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A German news organization is reporting that automotive giant, Volkswagen, has a strong interest in Alfa Romeo . That would mean that Fiat would have to sell Alfa to the Germans, something that they don’t seem to want to do.

Volkswagen has already said that they plan to become the world’s largest car company before 2018 and, in order to accomplish that goal, the company has set aside a $22.3 billion rainy day fund, in case they need to acquire a new company.

Automobilwoche is reporting that Volkswagen has a strong interest in the Italian brand. One VW official was quoted as saying, “If such a treasure could be had, we must not hesitate … too long.”

VW has wanted Alfa for quite some time, because their rival brand Seat , has not been able to sell well outside of its home market. VW believes that they could solve this problem with a historic brand such as Alfa Romeo, but they will need to find a way to get Fiat to sell.

“As already said by (Fiat CEO Sergio) Marchionne, there is no plan to sell the Alfa Romeo brand,” a Fiat spokesman told Reuters on Monday.

We hope that Volkswagen doesn’t get Alfa, because part of the reason why we love them so much is down to their Italian flair and design. Their passionate and soulful engineering is what has made automotive journalists love them so much.

Source: Rueters

With a crummy teaser photo displayed for us last month, now is the time to finally get to see the new Race Touareg 3! Following successes in the Dakar Rally in both 2009 and 2010, the Touareg 3 promises to be faster and more efficient than its successor. Its official debut will be made at the 2011 Dakar Rally.

The new Volkswagen Touareg 3 comes with a new carbon fiber and Kevlar bodywork that allows the Touareg to achieve maximum performance in any and all terrain the Rally may throw at it. The exterior of the rally car will also get a fresh look consisting of new LED lights, a new grille, window line, rear clamshell, and wheels.

Under the hood there is a revised twin-turbocharged 2.5-liter TDI engine mated to an upgraded five-speed sequential gearbox and a ZF-Sachs three-plate ceramic clutch. This combination produces 300 HP and 442 lbs ft of torque. The result is a sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 117 mph.

Press release after the jump.

The Golf R is the most powerful Golf in Volkswagen’s line-up, but even the most powerful vehicle can be improved, right? Take Mcchip DKR’s package for example. This package allows the quick little hatchback to get a 45hp jump thanks to a little reprogramming.

The program includes a software optimization kit and the results in an impressive output of 315 HP and 440 Nm of torque instead of the 270 HP and 350 Nm that came standard. Not only did the engine get a boost, but the tuner also provided a set of H&R lowering springs. Mcchip did not reveal any details on how these changes affected the car’s performances, but we expect to get a removal of the top speed limiter and a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5.7 seconds.

The car comes painted in an amazing white and sits on 19 inch OZ Ultraleggera alloys wrapped in high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

The price for the whole package is 4440 euro.

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The problem with a lot of solar powered vehicles is that they don’t look all that good. Remember two years ago when the University of Michigan won the Solar Car Challenge ? That car was hideous and not something anyone would want to ride around in; even if it is better for the environment.

Well, Peter Wilkins believes his vehicle can not only be powered by the sun, but also look good while doing it. His solar powered Volkswagen supercar is an entry in the 2010 Swansea Metropolitan University Degree Show in automotive design. It has integrated photovoltaic cells that are positioned on the upper external surface of the vehicle. These cells harvest solar energy and provide power for the mid-mounted hydrogen fuel cell stack. The four wheels will each be driven by an independent electric motor.

The best part about his creation is that it looks the part of a supercar. We don’t know anything about the car’s performances, but we do know a little about the design. The supercar borrows design elements from the Volkswagen Scirocco such as the forward pitching nose, side features, and the dominant front grill.

Since the Volkswagen concept is a luxury supercar, it will only be built in a limited number of 200 units. It was designed to be able to cruise around in the year 2020.

Source: AutoMotto

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