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H&R Special Springs is no stranger to providing premium quality suspension components to a number of car models from different auto brands. To put it succinctly Quite simply, it’s what they do, and they’re pretty good at it too.

This time around, the tuning specialists went to work on a car that’s lauded for being a favorite in the auto world for having the best of both worlds: high quality performance without the wallet-burning price tag.

This, dear boys, is the Volkswagen Jetta .

Regarded as a car that comes with a blend of sophisticated styling and unparalleled German engineering, the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta was the perfect vehicle to use as a platform for H&R to showcase their unique abilities in demonstrating how a car as inherently capable as the Jetta can be tuned and styled into something that can turn it into a car worthy of recognition.

Details after the jump.

Source: HR Springs
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In the world of hot hatches and sedans, the Europeans get to have all the fun. Look at the Volkswagen Golf R and the Audi RS4 . These are just two of the vehicles that we would love to have in the United States, but chances are that day will never come. Now, there is a new hot German vehicle and this one might actually come to our shores.

The four-door Jetta sedan might receive a hot R version and while these are just rumors, we wanted to give you a little insight into what it might offer. The Jetta R hasn’t officially been announced, so most of the information we have provided is simply speculation, but hot Volkswagens don’t seem to change much.

There is a chance that the hot Jetta will be shown at the Los Angeles Motor Show, but nothing has been announced as of yet.

Hit the jump to see the R.

Source: Autocar

The auto industry’s resident Pac-Man, Volkswagen , is looking to gobble up a stake in another car brand after failing to get a piece of Alfa Romeo . The interesting part is that it’s a brand that’s considered the main rival of one of VW’s Lamborghini . Care to venture a guess, everyone?

Ferrari .

The rationale behind this seems a bit perplexing considering that, in addition to Lamborghini, Volkswagen already has a stable of supercar brands in their line-up, including Bugatti , Audi , and Porsche . Of course, it doesn’t look like Volkswagen seems to care about this wrinkle considering they’ve been trying to acquire brands left and right, especially considering that they’ve got so much money – about $27 billion - to spend.

Of course, for this whole thing to get any legs, Volkswagen needs to have Fiat’s sign-off, which, if you ask us, is a pretty tough shake especially when you take into account the fact that Ferrari Ferrari is Fiat’s meal ticket and cutting their gains by selling some of its stake doesn’t sound like a good business decision. But what do we know, right?

The rumors floating around have actually been contrary to what we think should happen given that there are whispers that Fiat is interested in selling stakes to the brand while maintaining a majority stake in Ferrari.

That being said, Volkswagen chief Ferdinand Piech is still openly interested in the Prancing Horse brand, even if it means just owning a small percentage in the company.

Source: Autoweek

Don’t look now, but if this report is accurate, Volkswagen’s long-awaited roadster, the BlueSport Concept , is being prepped for a 2013 debut.

According to Autocar, the roadster is going to use the MMB (Modulare Mittel Baukasten) platform while using suspension parts from the Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf in an effort to curb production costs. Likewise, the production version of the BlueSport Concept will share the platform with a new Porsche “baby Boxster” and a similarly new Audi Roadster, which could possibly be the R4 .

Details on what the car’s engine option is going to be is still up in the air, although there’s a chance that it could come with the new turbocharged 1.6 FSI engine that bumps up to 220 horsepower when used with a variable valve lift system from Audi. The car’s transmission has likewise been linked to either a standard six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG unit.

The production version of the Volkswagen BlueSport Concept is scheduled to debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, giving all of us at least two more years to salivate – and save up - on a Volkswagen Roadster.

Source: Autocar
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The Volkswagen Jetta has clearly been an afterthought since the first day it went on sale. Basically, it was just a Volkswagen Golf with a trunk and a bigger backseat. Yet, it’s been one of the company’s biggest sellers in the United States for thirty years. That being said, it doesn’t come close to the sales of the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla , but it was never going to now was it.

The people who buy these Japanese economy cars aren’t like the rest of us. They care more about price than they do European driving ability and build quality. They want interior room to haul their many kids, something which the Germans never thought of when they were in the design room. But this was the old Jetta, and times have changed with their latest creation. The sixth-generation Volkswagen Jetta, like it or not, has grown fatter, gotten cheaper, and now caters to Americans like never before.

The new price of the Jetta comes in at $15,995 for the base S trim, right around the price of the Civic and the Corolla. It would seem like that good old "German quality" will be lost at this new price point, but we’ll just have to drive it to find out.

Hit the jump to keep reading.

While we all swoon over the fastest and most powerful supercars on the planet, a market segment that’s becoming increasingly popular among car enthusiasts is that of the hot hatchback variety.

Despite not having the aesthetic styling of more touted sports cars, hot hatches have been given one that thing was only previously exclusive to sporties: high-powered engines. Add that to the growing fascination aftermarket companies have given to hatchbacks and it doesn’t seem surprising anymore that cars like the Volkswagen Golf R are being given some pretty sweet performance upticks, one of which, was done by MR Car Design.

Details after the jump.

With just a few days before the official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen has revealed the official details on the convertible version for their Golf model. The model will go on sale starting tomorrow, and in Germany the prices will start from 23.625 euro - or about $32,000 at the current exchange rates. All of the features offered in the classic, hard top Golf are also available in the new Golf Cabriolet.

The new Golf Cabrio will be offered with a choice of six gasoline engines, with power ranging from 105 to 210 HP. A diesel engine will also be offered combined with BlueMotion Technology.

The first distinctive feature is the car’s innovative soft top with an electro-hydraulic drive that opens the Golf’s top in just 9.5 seconds. It can be operate while driving at speeds of up to 30 km/h.

Hit the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf Cabrio.

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This is the ultimate bar room and barbecue debate that has been raging on for years and will no doubt persist for years to come. What makes a car cool? Is it cutting edge technology, timeless and sexy good looks, or ultra high performance?

We think it’s all of those features and then some. In addition to a combination of those factors, we’d like to think that a cool car can be defined as something that has influenced our attitude and thinking towards how we perceive what a car is and stands for. Some of them have an intangible quality that has captivated our hearts and minds.

Here then is our Top 50 coolest cars of all time. This is obviously a very subjective and contentious topic so feel free to leave your comments, criticisms, and additions at the bottom of the page.

Hit the jump for the hallowed list.

That was much ado about nothing, wasn’t it?

About a month ago, word leaked out that Volkswagen was looking into entering the world of Formula One in the future, possibly as early as 2013. The company even put some legs to this report when Volkswagen motor racing chief, Kris Nissen, remarked that one of Volkswagen’s brands could make its way to Formula One. "Within the group, for sure, it could be Audi, it could be Porsche and might also be Volkswagen," he said. Talks even escalated to the point that the company held a meeting to discuss the likelihood of Volkswagen entering Formula One.

Now it looks like those meetings are done and those optimistically hoping for VW to find its way into the most glamorous racing series in the world will be disappointed to know that the German auto giant has scuttled all plans of entering Formula One . Turns out, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the decision to drop the F1 plans came from the company chairman himself, Ferdinand Piech.

We don’t know what prompted Volkswagen to drop their F1 plans, especially since their entry would have generated a ton of interest both from casual fans and die-hards alike. As soon as we find more information, we’ll be sure to let all of you know.

The new generation Touareg made its world debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and next to the usual petrol and diesel versions, Volkswagen is also offering a new hybrid version. The Touareg Hybrid is on sale at a price of $61,385, that’s almost $15k more than a standard Touareg which is priced at $45,270.

We won’t talk much about the new design language since it mimics the design of the standard version Touareg, but we will focus on talking about the SUV’s hybrid drive system. This system combines a 333 HP supercharged V6 TSI engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission customized for hybrid, and a Hybrid Module integrated between the internal combustion engine and automatic transmission. The hybrid module includes a 46 HP E-motor and a disengagement clutch. The E-motor gets its power from a Nickel Metal-Hydride (Ni-MH) battery and allows the Touareg to drive in pure electric mode at speeds up to 50 km/h. The hybrid drive system helps improving the fuel consumption by up to 25% in city driving. These engine specification allow the Touareg to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 150 mph.

When it comes to hybrid SUVs, there aren’t too many choices on the market. So the decision you’re left with is why you want an SUV and what your expectations are. If you opt for luxury, then the Mercedes Mercedes and Lexus SUVs are no doubt the right choice for you. However, the Touareg is offering you more power with a hybrid system that has a combined output of almost 400 HP. This makes it faster than any other hybrid SUV on the market, so the choice is really about ultimate luxury or environmentally friendly speed. So, which is it?

More details in the press release after the jump.


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