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Volkswagen UK has added a new version to its Tiguan line-up. The new match version will replace the SE trim level and is on sale at a price starting from £22,110. This is the first time the Tiguan has seen the Match package even though the Polo, Golf, and Touran models have all been displayed under this name.

The new Match package will be available with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines: 150 HP 1.4-liter TSI, 170 HP 2.0-liter TSI engine and 140 or 170 HP 2.0-liter TDI.

The Match package adds Park Assist, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, climate control, a touchscreen DAB digital radio, and a leather multifunction steering wheel. This comes in addition to the existing standard specifications which include 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-disc CD autochanger, heat insulating glass from the B-pillar back, six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), and ABS.

Any fans of Volkswagen’s compact crossover will be happy to know that even with these additions, the Match package will only cost an additional £250.

Check out prices for the new Tiguan Match in the press release after the jump.

The second incarnation of the immortal Volkswagen Beetle - they call it the New Beetle, although at this point, there’s really nothing new about it - is set to ride of into the sunset. However, before it makes its final curtain call, VW is accepting final orders for the little bug before it completely ceases production in the near future.

This should pave the way for the highly-toute new version of the Beetle, which Volkswagen has reported to have given a thorough revision with more emphasis placed on the "New" Beetle’s tech specs rather than the overall aesthetics.

In any case, final orders for the current-generation New Beetle are being taken in anticipation of its eventual departure, which would then pave the way for the next-generation Beetle’s release sometime in the early part of next year.

Source: Volkswagen

Last year, Volkswagen brought out a black and white schemed White Night package for the Volkswagen Eos that focused more on the aesthetics of the vehicle as opposed to the actual operation. This year, Volkswagen did more of the same by unveiling the Exclusive Package for the Eos convertible. The new Exclusive Package will be available in Europe for all the engine variants and will go on sale for prices starting at 34,350€.

The new Eos Exclusive will be distinguished by chrome radiator grille ribs and a "Volkswagen Exclusive" badge. The vehicle is dropped 15mm thanks to the sports suspension and is finished off with a set of 18-inch alloy wheels and "Samarkand" and "Veracruz" both in sterling silver finish.

On the interior it will get a two-tone sports seat system covered in nappa leather. The black is contrasted with the customer’s choice of either cinnamon or corn silk beige in the center sections and side panels.

This package doesn’t add much to the Volkswagen Eos, but then again, the car doesn’t need much added. The Eos is a nice looking car with just enough of a luxury look to it to make anyone feel comfortable and stylish while cruising around in this convertible.

Press release after the jump.

Volkswagen’s newly established R department is in "all systems go" mode to produce R versions of Volkswagen’s already successful models. This department was set up to compete againstBMW’s M division , Mercedes-Benz’s AMG , and Audi’s Quattro . After the Scirocco R and Golf R were produced by this new and speedy division, Volkswagen announced plans for an R version for the Polo hatchback. According to the British magazine AutoCar, the Polo R will be revealed in 2012 and will be placed above the current Polo GTI that is expected to go on sale in August for about £18,000. The pictures we show here are of the 2011 Volkswagen GTI, but we figured it would give an idea of what the Polo R would look like except for the Polo R would apear as a smaller version of the GTI.

The 2012 Polo R will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, which is tipped to produce around 210bhp. However, unlike the Golf R, the Polo R will not be four-wheel drive as the Polo’s PQ25 platform can only accommodate front-wheel drive.

Like the other two R models, the Polo R is expected to carry the same R division marks: large air intake openings in the front bumper, integrated front spoiler, bi-xenon headlights, roof edge spoiler, a striking shining black diffuser, the chrome tailpipes of the dual exhaust system, and 18" alloy wheels.

Unfortunately, none of these R variants have been confirmed for U.S. sales, but, hey, what else is new?

Source: AutoCar
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Williams F1 wants to bring Volkswagen to Formula One

Volkswagen may want to delve into the world of Formula 1 , but not necessarily behind the wheel or by having "our own team like Mercedes". Hans-Joachim Stuck, a former grand prix driver and now the motor sport representative for VW stated, "We are waiting for the FIA’s decision in respect of the use of a world engine for formula one. If there is (a world engine) we will discuss whether to build it for formula one".

Formula One’s current choice for the engine would be a 1.5L turbocharged four cylinder engine with a debut about 2013. They are also anticipating it to have KERS technology although that will be mandatory in 2011. The decision to go to a “world engine” concept exists for the sole purpose of reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Follow the jump for the full story and press release.

The 2012 Volkswagen Polo - aka the Vento - looks to be in the initial stages of development after a couple of design sketches of the car made its way through the web. With the only discernable change coming in the presence of a trunk instead of a hatch that usually comes with previous Polo models, the 2012 incarnation looks to have been modified to be outfitted with a longer wheelbase, giving it more space inside the car.

Details surrounding the car’s technical specifications are still being kept under wraps although its highly likely that it would come in a variety of options including a 1.2-liter TSI, a 1.6-liter TDI, as well as naturally-aspirated 1.2 and 1.4-liter engines. Likewise, transmission options will also vary depending on the model of the car, ranging from a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual, and a seven-speed DSG.

As it stands, the 2012 Volkswagen Polo/Vento is expected to hit the Indian market in the coming months so you can, at the very least, expect the car to be launched sooner than later. Until then, these sketches should give you a basic idea of what the car is expected to look like.

Source: Leblogauto

Volkswagen unveiled today the first details on the Golf blue-e-motion concept car - an electric vehicle that will be launched as a production model in 2013. Volkswagen declared today that the company "wants to use bestsellers such as the Golf to take electric vehicles out of their niche model status and to become the market leader for a new type of sustainable mobility by 2018. This strategy coincides with planning by the German federal government, which would like to see about one million electric vehicles on the streets by 2020."

The Golf blue-e-motion concept car is powered by an electric motor integrated in the engine compartment in front that delivers a total of 113 HP. The car has an autonomy of 150 kilometers and can hit a top speed of 86 mph, while the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 11.8 seconds. The concept car will be undergoing tests in all conceivable weather conditions next year with the use of 500 test cars.

Volkswagen’s dedication to the environment does not end there, however. They are also moving forward with their hybrid line with the Touareg Hybrid that has already launched, a hybrid version of the Jetta due out in 2012, and in 2013, a Golf Hybrid and a Passat Hybrid.

Volkswagen is definitely making waves in terms of the electric car and hybrid car movement as we are sure eveyone will in the coming years. They are definitely not the first ones to tackle this feat, but they are surely not the last.

Press release after the jump.

Volkswagen announced today that they will release the new 3-cylinder TDI engine at the 31st International Vienna Motor Symposium either today or tomorrow. This engine will be utilized in the Polo BlueMotion first and will deliver a total of 75hp and 180Nm at 2,000 rpm.

The specifications for the new 3-cylinder TDI called for the greatest possible dynamic engine performance with reduced displacement, maximum acoustic comfort, and systematic weight reduction – without compromising the engine’s thermodynamic efficiency. All of the advantages of a reduced number of cylinders – primarily reduced weight and friction power loss - are being exploited as well.

The International Vienna Motor Symposium will feature Professor Dr. Wolfgang Steiger, Head of Future Technologies in Group Communication, as he "discusses the future technology for power-trains, engine technology, and environmental impact from combustion engines in the world." Audi has chosen this event to debut their 3-cylinder TDI engine to illustrate its seriousness in providing a better product to protect the environment, improve fuel economy, and be easier on the wallet. These issues are the main focus at this particular symposium.

Press release after the jump.

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A little late in the game, but here nonetheless, Volkswagen is now going to join the likes of Ford , Audi , Volvo , etc. in hyping up their infotainment systems. They, however, are the first who will be leaving it in the hands of the public. Volkswagen has announced the Open Innovation Contest, “App My Ride”, which allows users to collaborate with Volkswagen to create applications for their system while competing for prizes for creativity.

"Our aim is to invite the international developer community to take part in designing a future system," says Prof. Dr Jürgen Leohold, Head of the Volkswagen Group Research.

Changing the passive role of the user to a more involved one has worked in many cases such as for smartphones, video games, etc. and Volkswagen’s decision to involve the public is probably based on taking in a piece of that pie.

"A quiet revolution is taking place right now," explains Dr Johann Füller, CEO of the innovation agency partner to Volkswagen through the "App My Ride" competition, Hyve AG. "The customer-orientated culture of the internet places an enormous power in the hands of the users. Leading organisations are starting to harness this power to develop better solutions and increase their competitiveness." And I am sure a little (and by a little, we mean a lot) of it is based on making a little bit (again, a lot) of money and popularity.

Hit the jump for the press release and contest details.

Volkswagen has decided that out of the many markets available, they would choose China as the place to, not only introduce their electric vehicle, but to launch an e-mobility program. Sounds like a good decision to us. China is so grossly overpopulated that, based off of a 2008 census, one out of every five people in the world lives in China. So, the decision of many to introduce hybrids and electric vehicles to China isn’t a big shocker. Volkswagen’s choice is the E-Lavida which made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show as one of the first previews for the future Volkswagen’s strategy for e-mobility on the Chinese market. The first electric models on the Chinese market will be revealed between 2013 and 2014.

"The Volkswagen Group has its global strategy for the development of e-Mobility launched in March this year and will soon begin mass production in the e-mobility," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG, at the Auto Fair. "The heart of the brand will soon also beat electric. Our goal is market leadership in the e-Mobility 2018. China is the world’s most important market for the Volkswagen Group, and the success of e-mobility in China is crucial to the global implementation of e-mobility strategy."

The Volkswagen E-Lavida is based on a Golf MKIV platform and is powered by an electric motor and batteries, but there are no other details on it just yet.

"The e-mobility strategy for China is perfectly tailored to local needs. Volkswagen will provide its entire BlueMotion technology to the two Chinese joint ventures for local production. The Volkswagen Group China has a hundred percent committed to the aim of providing Chinese consumers with innovative, energy-saving and environmentally friendly technologies available to achieve sustainable development. We are confident that will develop the Volkswagen Group China through our commitment to the market leader for e-mobility technologies in China," said Winfried Vahland, CEO of Volkswagen Group China.

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