The Volkswagen Golf is easily one of the most popular hot hatches on the market today, the German automaker has used the compact hatchback platform to create everything from high performance GTIs to the more affordable and equally fun to drive Rabbit and even an estate or two. Following suit from their upscale four ringed cousins at Audi, VW has announced that they too will offer a set of stylish LED lit tail lamps on a few of their classic two box hatchbacks.
Not only will the top of the line turbocharged Golf R wear a set of the bright new tail lights, but the more economical GTI and even more efficient Golf GTD diesel will now come equipped with LED rear clusters standard. The lens covers have a dark smoked tint to further distinguish the lamps even when the light emitting diodes aren’t shining through. Underneath the ominous lenses resides of two curved right angles made up of eleven LEDs each, with a distinctive LED center dot, not much unlike traditional tail lamps. With a total of 48 diodes, the Golf is adopting a bit of Audi’s light signature making their most iconic members of the Golf family a little bit more distinguishable.
Volkswagen has just announced that they are now taking orders for their premium full size sports inspired Passat CC R-Line for a 2,200 Euro premium when combined with the Passat CC 2.0 TDI version. The R-Line package includes more aggressive exterior bodywork including a deeper front spoiler and side skirts, R-Line logos and smoked rear lights out back. Rounding out the R-Line design are a set of 17 inch "Mallory" alloy wheels, with 18 inch R-Line rollers available as an option. Upgrading the Comfort Coupe’s luxurious interior, Volkswagen has added a host of customized aluminum kick plates complete with engraved R-Line Logo as well as a sports inspired three spoke leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel. With the new Passat CC R-Line, VW is taking their most stylish full size car to date and injects a healthy helping of fun, giving the CC a whole new attitude.
Volkswagen is gearing up for the 2010 Dakar Rally by launching a new free-of-charge iPhone application solely for the much-anticipated event. The new app, which Volkswagen is calling the “Volkswagen Rally mobile – 2010 Dakar”, allows users to keep updated on Volkswagens preparation for the event through news, videos, and background information on the company’s Race Touaregs, which will see action in the two-week rally event in South America, which will run from Argentina to Chile from January 2 to 16, 2010.
According to Volkswagen’s motorsport director Kris Nissen, the new Volkswagen Rally iPhone app will allow users with never-before-seen access to Volkswagen’s preparation and performance before and during the event. "The iPhone application for the Volkswagen’s involvement in the Dakar is unique in the world of rally racing to date as well and offers users of the cult mobile the chance to stay informed about current Dakar events around the clock."
The 2010 Dakar Rally will start in less than a month so you’ll have to forgive us for being a little more giddy than usual because, like most rally fans all over the world, we can’t wait for it to start. So in the meantime, we’re getting our juices on with anything and everything that’s Dakar-related – starting with downloading this new Volkswagen iPhone app.
At last week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen of America CEO Stefan Jacoby opened up a bit about the German automaker’s future plans here in the U.S. The people’s car builder intends to bring a lot more Americans into the Volkswagen Family by drastically increasing annual sales from the 220,000 VWs that are sold today to 800,000 units by the year 2018, and in order to do so they plan on coming out with a few new models that they hope will take hold here in the U.S.
We have shown you renderings of the future NMS (New Mid-Size Sedan ), a Passat replacing four door that is set to debut at the 2011 North American Auto Show in Detroit. However until we can see a production version of that one, we can expect to see a smaller, Mexican built NCS (New Compact sedan) that will take over the role of the current Jetta and will debut in June 2010. And now the good stuff, Volkswagen might offer a new two door notchback targeted specifically at the U.S. market and is likely to measure over 180 inches in length. Mr. Jacoby only heightened our hopes by saying that considering the public’s reaction to the unveiling of the BlueSportConcept , that there is a strong possibility of a production version. This only adds fuel to the future914 fire.
Volkswagen is extending their lineup of compact crossovers with a new special edition model that offers owners a sense of personalized style straight from the factory called the Tiguan Track & Avenue. This customized VW Tiguan features a few subtle exterior modifications made from high quality materials like custom leather upholstery as well as a set of stylish split five spoke alloys measuring 19 inches in diameter to complete the CUV’s sporty look for the European market, and it starts at only 38,225 Euro.
The new Tiguan Track & Avenue can be had in either Oryx White or Island Grey but both with a glittering Pearl Effect in the clear coat to make these cars shine. But the real attitude comes in to play with the Tiguan’s off road inspired body parts, like a set of subtle wheel arches and a raked front bumper complete with polished aluminum skid plate that juts up at a 25 degree angle to take on whatever stands in your way. Speaking of knocking things over, it won’t be difficult thanks to the Tiguan’s 200 HP turbocharged 2.0 Liter TSI four cylinder or if range is what you are after there are also a pair of diesels ranging from 140 HP to 170 HP if alternative fuels are your thing. The best part about the new Track & Avenue is that the package offers a price advantage of over 2,000 Euro than if you optioned out the car at the dealer. How come they get all the good cars?
Volkswagen revealed today the R version of the Scirocco sports car. Based on the Scirocco GT24, the R version adds - compared to a standard model - 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.
Volkswagen Scirocco R is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0 l TSI engine that delivers 265 PS and 350 NM of torque. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a DSG one. The sprint from 0 to 62 mph will be made in about 6,5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.
The car will make its first debut during the 24- hour race at Nurburgring. Sales in Europe will begin in September.
Wimmer RS was pretty busy lately with preparing customized cars. First a Ferrari F430 and the Porsche GT2 Speed , and now the Golf GTI. For the German hatchback, the tuner has worked on both the exterior and the car’s performance.
While a stock Golf GTI delivers 210 hp, Wimmer RS has added an optimized turbo, a sports CAT, a modified intake system and fuel pump as well as a reprogrammed ECU and managed to increase the output to a total of 386 hp and 455 Nm (332 lb-ft). The top speed is also increased to 166mph.
The tuner also added a sports clutch and a height-adjustable HR sports coilover suspension system. The car sits on either 18-, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.
The Volkswagen New Beetle entered production in 1998, and like it predecessors it was a very successful model. But Volkswagen is preparing to end the current generation of the iconic models; and to mark this even today at the Los Angeles Auto Show they have revealed the New Beetle Final Edition, for both coupe and convertible models. The company will build 1,500 units each, and prices will start at $20,240 for the coupe and $27,170 for the convertible model.
The Final Edition beetle features a special Aquarius Blue paint with a painted black roof on the coupe, and a two-tone Aquarius Blue and Campanella White paint scheme with a white top on the convertible. Both the coupe and the convertible have a full sport suspension and special 17-inch alloy wheels that provide a more fun-to-drive stance, and make getting from point A to point B even more exciting.
Both versions are powered by a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 150 hp and 170 lbs.-ft. of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic.
Volkswagen unveiled today at the Los Angeles Auto Show the 2010 Up! Lite concept, the latest addition to the Up! line-up. The new Up! Lite concept is powered by a hybrid system that includes a TDI (turbo-diesel), an electric motor and 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG).
The newly designed 0.8 TDI two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine delivers a total of 51 hp. At the push of a button the new Up! Lite activates the Eco mode that reduces the power to 36 hp.
In two of its operating phases, the hybrid drive of the Up! Lite was designed to operate without any TDI propulsion at all. First phase: In so-called coast-down, activated by the driver taking his or her foot off the gas pedal (car coasts, TDI engine is shut off). Second phase: Over shorter distances, e.g. in residential areas, the E-motor can power the Up! Lite all by itself. In this case, a lithium-ion battery supplies the energy. Since it is capable of pure electric driving, the configuration is classified as a full hybrid. Shifting work is handled by a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) like the one used in the new Polo. Moreover, the Volkswagen is equipped with a Stop-Start system.
The Volkswagen Scirocco is the most stylish hatchback to come from the Wolfsburg design studios, and with a 2.0 Liter turbocharged version scheduled to arrive sometime in the near future, the 21st century Sky Rocket is only going to become even more of a sought after performance machine. But until that happens the British tuner APS has a very green solution for you with their Stage One kit consisting of an ECU upgrade for the TDI powered Volkswagen Scirocco .
The simple and straightforward computer re flash brings the diesel burning boosted four cylinder’s output up to 170 HP and 292 lb-ft of torque for only £499. Being an alternatively fueled vehicle, the TDI Scirocco’s range is unparalleled compared to the future gas powered GTI engined Scirocco. Although the tuned TDI might be down a few ponies compared to the TFSI version but because it’s a diesel it will have way more torque, however getting 55 MPG might just make up the difference.