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2020 Volkswagen ID.3

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An all-electric hatchback the size of the Golf. Is it good enough for the Tesla Model 3?

The 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 is an all-electric compact hatchback that the German automaker unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2020 ID.3 is the first Volkswagen based on the new MEB platform, which will underpin a full range of electric vehicles in the future. Heavily based on the ID Neo concept, the 2020 ID.3 is similar to the Volkswagen Golf in size, so it’s pretty much a replacement for the e-Golf.

A competitor for models like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt, and Tesla Model 3, the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 is available with three drivetrains that provide different outputs and mileage ratings. The range-topping model will deliver in excess of 200 horsepower and return more than 300 miles of range on a single charge. The 2020 ID.3 will cost less than €30,000 in Europe. Sadly, this EV won’t come to the United States. Let’s find out more about it in the detailed review below.

 

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Volkswagen Just Teased the ID 4 Electric Crossover That's Coming to the United States

Volkswagen Just Teased the ID 4 Electric Crossover That’s Coming to the United States

The Id 4 Prototype was tested in the weirdest place when you consider it needs to make a big splash in America

Volkswagen held an event in China to show off some of its latest models, including the Vilorian minivan and Tacqua compact crossover, but the highlight of the lineup there was the ID 4 prototype. Undoubtedly, VW plans to enter the Chinese market with the ID 4 compact as well, but since it needs to make a big splash in the states, you’d think that prototype would have been shown here, where the brand has been withholding its new ID lineup.

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2020 Volkswagen ID.3

2020 Volkswagen ID.3

An all-electric hatchback the size of the Golf. Is it good enough for the Tesla Model 3?

The 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 is an all-electric compact hatchback that the German automaker unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2020 ID.3 is the first Volkswagen based on the new MEB platform, which will underpin a full range of electric vehicles in the future. Heavily based on the ID Neo concept, the 2020 ID.3 is similar to the Volkswagen Golf in size, so it’s pretty much a replacement for the e-Golf.

A competitor for models like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt, and Tesla Model 3, the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 is available with three drivetrains that provide different outputs and mileage ratings. The range-topping model will deliver in excess of 200 horsepower and return more than 300 miles of range on a single charge. The 2020 ID.3 will cost less than €30,000 in Europe. Sadly, this EV won’t come to the United States. Let’s find out more about it in the detailed review below.

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The Volkswagen ID.3 Isn't Coming to the States, But This ID.4 Is!

The Volkswagen ID.3 Isn’t Coming to the States, But This ID.4 Is!

But each of them is a cog in Volkswagen’s grand electrification plan

Ironically, the Dieselgate mishap is what triggered a downright electric revolution within the Volkswagen Group. Just take a step back and observe just how big of a fuss (the be translated into effort of all sorts - investments, marketing, and logistics) the giant is making about its electrified future. Porsche has its first-ever electric sports car, Audi is coming in hot with e-tron badged EVs, and of course, Volkswagen has just unveiled the ID.3, a third-coming model that the company hopes to enjoy just as much popularity as the Beetle and the Golf.

We’ll see about that in the years to come, but the ID.3 won’t be alone for long. Volkswagen will also pull the ID.4 out of its magic ha,t and U.S. residents will want to hear that: it is coming Stateside.

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Honda Might Be Afraid, But VW isn't - There Will be a Volkswagen ID.3 R by 2024

Honda Might Be Afraid, But VW isn’t - There Will be a Volkswagen ID.3 R by 2024

It may not end up in North America, though

In the very same day that a project manager decided to kill the hope of ever seeing a Honda e Type R, Volkswagen has confirmed that it’s not only interested in making a hotter version of the ID 3, but it’s pretty sure that the ID 3 R – or whatever it will be called – will be introduced to the market by 2024. That may seem like a long wait, at least four years by our calendar, but the wait will be more than worth it. See, VW could probably introduce a hotter version in the next couple of years, but the battery technology isn’t quite ready yet, so when it does come to market in 2024 it could end up being the best hot hatch Volkswagen has ever produced; fingers crossed. Here’s what we know so far.

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 Is the 2020 ID 3 Volkswagen's Third Coming After the Golf and Beetle?

Is the 2020 ID 3 Volkswagen’s Third Coming After the Golf and Beetle?

All-electric VW ID.3 has a cavernous button-free interior and the exterior appearance of a long-wheelbase hatchback

Volkswagen has revealed the production version of the ID.3, the first of a new generation of all-electric vehicles. The plan is for the ID.3 to be a big sales magnet for the brand, especially since it’s not going to be a hugely expensive car, but rather one designed to be more attainable than other rival battery powered models.

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2020 Volkswagen ID Crozz

2020 Volkswagen ID Crozz

The ID Crozz Now Hides Its Body Under The Tiguan Guise But It Does Reveal Some Of Its Merits

With an impending approach of the numerous Volkswagen ID electric cars, the spy photographers come into their own finally having a proper reason to film camouflaged Volkswagens. The latest that fell victim to a spy photographer’s lens is a curiously uncovered Volkswagen Tiguan. It was wheeling, silently, in nearly the same way as that Golf Sportsvan I wrote about earlier. As it turns out, this one famously hides the body of the next Volkswagen ID Crozz. It is definitely one of the most important electric vehicles that will appear in the next year or two, and this is essentially all that we know about it.

Update 08/11/2019: We spotted the Volkswagen ID Crozz testing with what we believe to be official metal. Check out our latest spy shots and what we’ve learned in our special spy shots section below!

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The Volkswagen I.D. R Is The Fastest Car Ever Around The Goodwood Hillclimb Course

The Volkswagen I.D. R Is The Fastest Car Ever Around The Goodwood Hillclimb Course

One year after setting the fastest EV time, Romain Dumas smashes the all-time record during the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Volkswagen continues to impress us with its I.D. R race car, the moving technology lab of the giant from Wolfsburg, one that’s been created to break records and, in the process, prove to the world that Volkswagen’s EVs will knock everybody out of the park. Last weekend, during the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Romain Dumas driving a revised version of the I.D. R did just that, making every other car that has ever run on Lord March’s Hillclimb course seem pedestrian as he smashed the all-time record set 20 years ago in a full-blown Formula 1 car.

There are still many that will never bring themselves to even accept electric cars as the way forward, let alone try and like them. While this is true, it’s also true that cars like Volkswagen’s I.D. R are surely turning heads among even the most hardcore fans of the old-school internal combustion engine. This car has, in the space of little over 12 months, smashed the all-time record at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb and then did the same around the Nurburgring-Nordschleife with a time fast enough to make it the second fastest car around that track ever. That it also broke the EV record at Goodwood last year seems almost moot given what Dumas did this year with the car.

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The Volkswagen ID.R Just Slaughtered the Nurburgring - Here's How Fast

The Volkswagen ID.R Just Slaughtered the Nurburgring - Here’s How Fast

The NIO is no longer the fastest electric car around the Nordschleife and it’s been beaten by 40 seconds

Do you hear it? It’s the Volkswagen PR machine stomping the ground and announcing far and wide that the halo car of the I.D. family has just annihilated the Nurburgring-Nordschleife circuit in Germany and, in the process, put a new benchmark lap time for EVs. The time? A 6:05.336 after many tryout laps and other tests that have commenced in April. Is it noteworthy? Most certainly. Is it as noteworthy as VW would want you to believe? Not really. Bear with me to see what I’m talking about.

Last year, Volkswagen sent shockwaves around the world when Frenchman Romain Dumas claimed victory and shattered the previous all-time record set by rally legend Sebastien Loeb in 2013 at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. Already an overall winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours race and a three-time winner of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Dumas pulled the feat aboard Volkswagen’s cutting-edge I.D.-R, a purpose-built prototype made for the Race to the Clouds. He followed that up by raising the bar on Lord March’s driveway and setting a new EV record during the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Since late last year, we’ve heard that the German giant is after the record and it all came down now. The NIO EP9’s reign is no more.

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Volkswagen Received 10,000 Orders for the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 Within the First 24 Hours of Pre-Ordering

Volkswagen Received 10,000 Orders for the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 Within the First 24 Hours of Pre-Ordering

Volkswagen’s registration system almost collapsed.

Volkswagen reported that, within the first 24 hours after opening registrations, the ID.3 hatchback collected 10,000 pre-booking across Europe. The massive number of users overloaded VW’s system, which caused interruptions and delays to customers trying to pay the $1,122 deposit due for the registration.

With a 205-mile range, the base model ID.3 starts from "under €30,000". Starting from "less than €40,000" the ID.3 limited edition "1st" includes a 261-mile battery. Two trims of that model are available: "1st Plus" and "1st Max".

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2019 Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept

2019 Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept

V-Dub’s new electric concept previews another EV crossover for the future

It’s not the lineup we can expect, but Volkswagen’s growing family of I.D. concepts welcomed its newest member to the fold at Auto Shanghai 2019. The new model, called the I.D. Roomzz Concept, is yet another concept crossover that previews a production model that’s scheduled to hit the Chinese market sometime in 2020. If VW’s grand EV plans come to fruition — the German automaker is putting up almost $35 billion in investments to its EV cause — the production version of the I.D. Rooms Concept would follow the all-electric hatchback and all-electric crossover that Volkswagen already has in the pipeline. Testing of the hatchback model, called the ID.3, is now in full swing after a series of videos previewing the model’s Launch Edition leaked online. The budding excitement surrounding the ID.3’s coming launch shouldn’t take away from the potential of the I.D. Roomzz Concept, especially with what this concept brings to the table.

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The Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz Concept Debuts with a Sleek Interior, Lots of Range

The Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz Concept Debuts with a Sleek Interior, Lots of Range

I.D. Roomzz previews a production SUV for 2021

Volkswagen launched yet another I.D. series model at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. Called the I.D. Roomzz, it joins six other I.D. show cars that Volkswagen introduced over the past three years. A crossover by design, I.D. Roomzz previews a production model that will be introduced in China in 2021.

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Teaser: Volkswagen Will Showcase the ID Roomzz Full-Size Electric SUV at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show

Teaser: Volkswagen Will Showcase the ID Roomzz Full-Size Electric SUV at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show

Volkswagen’s ID family will be bolstered by a roomy SUV with a fitting name

After having a bit of a laugh by unveiling the I.D. Buggy Concept at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, Volkswagen is back with a more serious discourse as it announces a new concept that will be unveiled at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The German automaker is talking about the I.D. Roomzz, a crossover SUV with an innovative cabin layout that will arrive on the Chinese market by 2021.

When Volkswagen first announced that it will quite literally bombard the EV segment with a cacophony of models of all shapes and sizes in the next decade, I genuinely thought the German giant was a bit over ambitious in the wake of the still-relevant Dieselgate scandal. The company based in Wolfsburg claimed that 70 models are in the pipeline and, in the past couple of years, we’ve been periodically greeted by new concepts that preview production models from the I.D. family. Now, as we’re edging closer to the launch of the first production-ready I.D. model, the I.D. Hatch, Volkswagen is preparing another concept for the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show, one that’s become impossible to ignore by the big players in the car-building world.

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Volkswagen To Tackle Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road with I.D. R

Volkswagen To Tackle Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road with I.D. R

The Pikes Peak-winning electric marvel will soon face another challenge against virtual competitors

Volkswagen’s bespoke electric prototype racer that was the fastest at last year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event will most likely add another record to its cabinet. Romain Dumas will pilot it in September on the so-called "Road to Heaven" that features 99 bends along 6.83 miles of road, longer than the original Spa-Francorchamps road course.

This year, Volkswagen will finally introduce the first model from its much-advertised I.D. family of electric models that are supposed to make us all rethink our lives, ponder on existence as a whole and so on and so forth. To keep the ball rolling and the buzz going, Volkswagen is yet to park the glorious LMP-like I.D. R in a museum and, instead, it will take the 670 horsepower beast all the way to China to compete on a strip of road that’s not opened to the public.

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2019 Volkswagen I.D. BUGGY Concept

2019 Volkswagen I.D. BUGGY Concept

An all-electric dune buggy from the future

The Volkswagen I.D. Buggy is a concept car that draws inspiration from the iconic dune buggies of the 1960s. A fully electric vehicle built on Volkswagen’s new MEB modular platform, the I.D. Buggy is part of the company’s I.D. series of vehicles that includes six concept cars as of 2019. Unlike some of its siblings though, the I.D. Buggy won’t make it into production.

Having used the I.D. series to develop a modern successor to the iconic VW Bus, the German firm also created a modern interpretation of the classic dune buggy. The latter became known in the 1960s, when some privateers from California, most notably Bruce Meyers, converted rear-engined Volkswagen Beetles into roofless and doorless recreational vehicles for use on sand dunes and beaches. The I.D. Buggy pays tribute to its spiritual predecessor in both design and functionality, but it adds an electric drivetrain into the mix.

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The Volkswagen I.D. EV Will Launch This Year as the Next-Gen Golf Gets Shelved Until 2020

The Volkswagen I.D. EV Will Launch This Year as the Next-Gen Golf Gets Shelved Until 2020

Earlier reports that the eighth-gen Golf will arrive before year’s end prove to be too optimistic

The Volkswagen Golf is a true automotive phenomenon so when there’s a new one on the way; you can bet everyone is eagerly waiting for it. We’ve already seen mules out on the open road, but the now-2021 Volkswagen Golf 8 won’t be here until next year as Volkswagen prepares to unveil the first model from itsI.D. family of EVs that is slated to become a hit.

The German giant from Wolfsburg has been dropping hints on the 2021 Golf for a while now, but we’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see the refreshed version of the best-selling car in Europe. Why? Well, Volkswagen needs extra time to fix some last-minute things on the Golf, and this would push the release date well past what was originally planned, namely to have the car at the Frankfurt Auto Show. A launch event on the eve of the holiday season isn’t what Volkswagen wants for the Golf, apparently.

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Volkswagen Set To Go All Guns Blazing With 70 Electric Models By 2030

Volkswagen Set To Go All Guns Blazing With 70 Electric Models By 2030

We haven’t seen or heard any other automaker taking such an aggressive approach

Volkswagen Group is on a roll right now - almost so well that we’ve nearly forgotten about the Dieselgate emissions scandal. Volkswagen has said that it will be increasing its current target of 50 electric models across its brands to 70 models by the end of 2030. With this expansion, Volkswagen electric cars are expected to comprise around 40-percent of total vehicle sales. Sounds insane, right? Well, you can probably expect Volkswagen to achieve it soon if things keep going so well with the brand’s EV push.

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2019 VW ID Buggy Concept wants to take electric cars to the beach, but not with a VW badge

2019 VW ID Buggy Concept wants to take electric cars to the beach, but not with a VW badge

VW debuts all-electric ID Buggy concept at the 2019 Geneva motor show

The term beach buggy may be somewhat generic, yet it actually refers to VW Beetle-based buggies that exploded in popularity in the 1960s. Now VW wants to revive that sun-loving spirit with its new two-seater ID Buggy Concept that was just revealed at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

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Volkswagen Has Weird Intentions for a Baby SUV

Volkswagen Has Weird Intentions for a Baby SUV

We don’t know what it will be named, but we sincerely hope it does not have ‘zz’ in it!

We don’t have to speak about the crossover and SUV boom; you know all about it. BUt not a lot of them are electrified yet. However, Auto Express has reported that Volkswagen is planning to introduce an entry-level crossover under its upcoming I.D lineup. The SUV will be roughly the size of the T-Cross and will slot beneath the I.D. Crozz.

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Is Santa Bringing Back Volkswagen's Beach Buggy?

Is Santa Bringing Back Volkswagen’s Beach Buggy?

Could be part of a number of retro-looking I.D. concept models

Bruce Meyers’ Manx buggy was one of the huge automotive hits of the ’60s and, channeling the spirit of those years; it was a full-on DIY project that turned into a phenomenon. Now, Volkswagen, the company that powered Meyers’ dreams via the Beetle platform, teased a potential revival of the buggy as an electric concept part of the I.D. family.

This year, Volkswagen’s traditional Christmas card features the muscular silhouette of an open-top rugged off-roader with Santa in the driver’s seat. This suggests that the German automaker is looking to unveil yet another concept under the I.D. umbrella inspired by the buggy that was paramount to the creation of the Baja Rally.

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The 2020 Volkswagen ID Visits South Africa as Part of It's Final Testing Phase

The 2020 Volkswagen ID Visits South Africa as Part of It’s Final Testing Phase

It was the “approval drive” for the upcoming production ID

Volkswagen will put the ID all-electric hatchback into production in 2019, but we still have to wait until the vehicle is officially revealed. We expect it to have a more restrained and toned down design compared to the concept that previewed it, but at the same time, it will retain its overall shape and several design details.

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Volkswagen Will Try to Enter the Luxury SUV Segment Again With the I.D. Lounge, Framed As a Touareg-Sized EV

Volkswagen Will Try to Enter the Luxury SUV Segment Again With the I.D. Lounge, Framed As a Touareg-Sized EV

Will this be the latest EV sport ute from the German automaker behemoth?

Volkswagen is really doubling down on its electrified offerings as of late, adding a range of battery-powered models to a variety of segments and previewing each with a series of concepts tagged with the I.D. sub-branding. Now, we’re getting some info on what the production I.D. models will bring to the table, including a new SUV rumored to be called the I.D. Lounge.

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Volkswagen wants the electric lap record at the Nurburgring

Volkswagen wants the electric lap record at the Nurburgring

The Pikes Peak-winning I.D.R. will be modified for this record attempt

Records are meant to be broken, right? Well, the outright lap record at the Nurburgring stood for over three decades before Porsche came back to better it this summer. Now, it seems that the record might fall again, sooner than anyone expected, and in the hands of Volkswagen no less. The German manufacturer plans to obliterate the existing record for electric cars with the already impressive I.D.R., but there might be enough juice in the electric prototype to top the overall leaderboard in the process.

The outright record around the northern loop of the Nurburgring was something of a staple in motorsport. For over 30 years, the 6:11.130 lap time set by Germany’s Stefan Bellof was unbeaten. That is, until this summer when Porsche brought their 919 on steroids and, with Timo Bernhard behind the wheel, sliced the fastest lap time by almost a minute. It seems, now, that the new record won’t last for other three-and-a-half decades as the car that proved untouchable at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hillclimb event will take on the Nurburgring next May.

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Volkswagen won't abandon combustion engines but will focus on EVs beyond 2026

Volkswagen won’t abandon combustion engines but will focus on EVs beyond 2026

The German giant invests billions to make its I.D. family a hit, but ICE technology isn’t dead just yet

Volkswagen’s plans with the I.D. family are undoubtedly grand, and the German manufacturer is going to great lengths to make sure their upcoming EVs will be best-sellers from the word go, but internal combustion engines won’t be killed off by the end of 2026 as previously reported.

Remember VW’s plans to build 1,000,000 EVs a year by 2025? Well, the car maker from Wolfsburg is now aiming to roll out 15,000,000 cars based on the new MEB platform in the first wave. That calls for a continuous flow of money that will see Volkswagen cut costs by eliminating some of the ICE models from its lineup and curtail redundancies in various administrative departments.

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Is The VW ID R About To Tackle The Nurburgring?

Is The VW ID R About To Tackle The Nurburgring?

State Of The Art Racer And Pikes Peak Triumphant VW ID R Will Go After The Nurburgring Lap Record

As one of the most astounding racing cars in the world, the electric Volkswagen ID R seems to be gunning for the Nurburgring Lap Record. Sources close to the company reported that Volkswagen actually booked the track for May next year. We suspect it will try to send the slightly retuned electric ID R to that very track in order to slash the electric car record and take the scalp off the Nio EP9. That one managed to lap the Green Hell in 6 minutes 45.9 seconds. It is, obviously, a really fast car. Yet, considering the blistering Volkswagen ID R hill climb run at Pikes Peak where it smashed the previous record by 15 seconds and managed to finish the course in 7min 57.148 seconds, I can only imagine it will do the same at Nurburgring.

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Word Has It Volkswagen Is Developing an ID Electric Beach Buggy

Word Has It Volkswagen Is Developing an ID Electric Beach Buggy

Bring on the dunes!

Volkswagen might be working hard to broaden its cutting-edge electric offerings as of late, but it isn’t forgetting where it came from, digging deep into its catalogue of classic hits to mate the new with the old. Now, the latest VW icon to get EV’d could be the ever-lovable Beach Buggy.

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Volkswagen Will Phase Out Internal Combustion Engines by 2026

Volkswagen Will Phase Out Internal Combustion Engines by 2026

It’s time to pop, sparkle, and buzz electric!

Finally, Volkswagen has made the announcement. After investing billions of dollars into electrification already, the German automaker said that the next generation of its cars will be the last with internal combustion engines, which will be phased out completely by 2026.

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2018 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo

2018 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo

The van of tomorrow, really

Volkswagen is reviving the Type 2 Transporter Delivery Van of the ’60s with its new I.D. Cargo Buzz Concept which was presented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany. As a sibling to the I.D. Buzz it uses the same MEB platform and will come as early as 2021 with a variety of battery options to suit anyone and everyone’s needs.

Update 11/27/2018: The Volkswagen I.D. Cargo Buzz Concept is making it’s auto show debut here in Los Angeles, so we’ve finally got a real good look at it. Check out our review below to see all the new pictures.

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Volkswagen Rumored to Flood Segment With New Subcompact Crossover EV

Volkswagen Rumored to Flood Segment With New Subcompact Crossover EV

The Volkswagen I.D. onslaught is real, folks

Volkswagen’s I.D. lineup of electric vehicles keeps growing. The German automaker has already greenlit production versions of the I.D., I.D. Buzz, I.D. Crozz, and I.D. Vizzion concepts. Now, a new report indicates that Volkswagen isn’t done adding new models to the fold. A new subcompact crossover is under consideration for the all-electric I.D. range. The model is pegged as an entry-level vehicle that will cost a little over $21,000. If it gets approved, it could go on sale sometime after 2020.

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The entry-level electric Volkswagen will cost under $25,000

The entry-level electric Volkswagen will cost under $25,000

The gateway to the I.D. family will be a compact crossover similar to the T-Roc

Volkswagen will introduce the cheapest model of its upcoming I.D. family of electric models in 2022, and it will cost no more than $23,000. For that money, you get a five-door compact crossover that will probably spawn similar versions in the Seat and Skoda lineup which will probably come at an even cheaper MSRP.

We already know that Volkswagen’s I.D. family, which will take the electric car market by storm hopes the German manufacturer, is set to feature production versions of the Buzz, Crozz and Vizzion concepts as well as the Neo. Now, sources within VW confirm that the manufacturer has approved the production of another model that will sit at the bottom of the range, price wise.

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Volkswagen Poised for Enormous Surge in EV Production

Volkswagen Poised for Enormous Surge in EV Production

Besides EVs, Volkswagen wants to help build power station network and develop HEMS technology

Volkswagen will launch its first models from theI.D. family of EVs next year and, by 2025, plans to be shipping 1,000,000 of such battery-powered cars worldwide. This means that the German manufacturer wants that 1 out of 6 cars they sell in six years’ time to be electric.

The world’s automotive manufacturers look for ways to increase their presence in the BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) market, and Volkswagen seems to be one of the boldest of them all, setting a target of 1,000,000 EVs sold in 2025. The global sales volume of EVs in 2017 rose by 60% compared to 2016 and, this year, the 1,000,000-cars threshold could be surpassed.

Keep reading to understand how Volkswagen intends to grow its EV footprint

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Take a Look Back at VW's Record-Breaking Run Up Pikes Peak: Video

Take a Look Back at VW’s Record-Breaking Run Up Pikes Peak: Video

This is still epic to look at

This summer, Volkswagen conquered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race with their fantastic I.D. R prototype, which was driven by Romain Dumas up the mountain in a record time of 7:57.148, 16 seconds under Sebastien Loeb’s 5-year-old record.

Motorsport is still a relevant marketing tool and battle-scarred Volkswagen decided the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the perfect place to showcase its electric technology. The race, which has been going since 1916, sees competitors climb up the 12.42-mile-long course all the way to 14,000 feet. Nowadays, there’s no more dirt at Pikes Peak, but that doesn’t make the challenge itself any less daunting.

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Volkswagen Prepares for I.D.-Range Production With An Updated All-Electric Facility

Volkswagen Prepares for I.D.-Range Production With An Updated All-Electric Facility

The automaker is set to drop the buzz on all other carmakers out there!

Every automaker is in the race to become the leader of the new revolution in the auto world known as electrification. While some are inculcating this into their current infrastructure, Volkswagen has gone a step ahead and is set to have an all-electric plant in Germany. Given how the Dieselgate scandal turned out for VAG, will this help them save face and reclaim the lost trust amongst its customers?

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2018 Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak

2018 Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak

Heading to America’s Mountain with a wing and a dream

In case you hadn’t heard, Volkswagen is pivoting to a greener, more eco-friendly approach to building its cars, offering up plans to produce a host of new all-electric models over the next several years. Spearheading this new direction is a range of vehicles dubbed the I.D. family, which includes concepts like the Buzz minivan and Crozz four-door crossover. However, doesn’t think the I.D. range will be the death of go-fast VW’s - quite the opposite, in fact, as VW is also prepping a little something labeled I.D. for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado this June. It’s called the I.D. R, and it’s the company’s first-ever all-electric race car, purpose-built to tackle the Race to the Clouds. If ever there was a worthwhile application of VW’s EV tech, this is it. Mind the wing.

Update 08/27/2018: We just came back from Monterey Car Week 2018 and can’t wait to share the images we took of the Volkswagen I.D. R Pike Peak racer. If you thought it looked cool before, check it out up close and personal in our gallery at the bottom of this page!

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Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Breaks Electric Record at Goodwood FOS

Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Breaks Electric Record at Goodwood FOS

Setting a new record up Lord March’s driveway on electrons alone

This weekend saw the 25th running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and with it, a host of impressive machinery came out to strut their stuff up the short hillclimb course. While there was certainly no shortage of fast cars on hand, one in particular stood out from the rest, as the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak managed to reset the record books for all-electric racers at the event.

Continue reading for the full story.

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Romain Dumas and the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Racer Shatter the Pikes Peak Time Attack Record

Romain Dumas and the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Racer Shatter the Pikes Peak Time Attack Record

There’s a new king of Pikes Peak!

Volkswagen’s all-electric I.D. R hummed its way into Pikes Peak lore after smashing the International Hillclimb’s record with a time of 7:57.148, becoming the first-ever race car to complete the 12.42-mile course in under eight minutes. The record-setting run happened over the weekend, etching the car and its driver, Romain Dumas, into the Pike Peak International Hillclimb record books.

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VW Gears Up For Pikes Peak With I.D. R All-Electric Racer: Video

VW Gears Up For Pikes Peak With I.D. R All-Electric Racer: Video

Lots of electrons, lots of wing

The 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is rapidly approaching, and Volkswagen will be there to challenge the standing course record with this - the I.D. R, an all-electric racer purpose-built for the job. The event is set to take place at the end of the month, but VW is already onsite in Colorado, prepping for the big day with a few test runs in an effort to sort out any lingering issues with the new racing machine. Chronicling the latest efforts is this 2-minute, 46-second teaser vid, which shows the I.D. R in action alongside an interview with its driver, Romain Dumas.

All told, the I.D. R certainly has the right specs for something like this. In addition to simply ludicrous aero, this carbon monster is powered by a dual-motor powertrain making 671 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel it to 60 mph in just 2.25 seconds.

That’s quick, but Mr. Dumas has the skills to make it work, boasting a resume that includes wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and 12 Hours of Sebring, not to mention outright victories at Pikes Peak in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

That said, even the best driver and car in the world won’t make this a cake walk. The Pikes Peak course is highly technical and extremely dangerous, composed of 156 turns spread over 12.42 miles, rising nearly 5,000 feet. The finish line towers above the surrounding landscape at 14,110 feet above sea level, which has a profound effect on cooling and aerodynamics, not to mention the driver’s mental state.

Will VW pull it off? Tune in June 24th to find out.

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The Upcoming Volkswagen ID Hatchback Will Carry Lots of Concept DNA

The Upcoming Volkswagen ID Hatchback Will Carry Lots of Concept DNA

Don’t hold out hope for the cameras or electric door handles, though

It looks like Volkswagen has learned from the past and will introduce the ID Hatchback with a look that is near identical to the 2016 I.D. Concept. Of course, there will be a few things changed here and there, but a new report from Autocar claims that it is essentially the concept. This is exciting news, and what won’t carry over is completely understandable. Keep reading to find out.

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Volkswagen looking to swallow Tesla's market share

Volkswagen looking to swallow Tesla’s market share

$48 Billion worth of Electric Batteries is no joke!

The EV segment is seeing a lot of entrants these days. Every automaker out there, from Ford to Bentley, wants a share of the pie. Arguably, it was Tesla who may have taken the EV market by storm, but the worst is yet to come. Reports suggest that Volkswagen has placed an order for battery cells that matches the entire market value of Tesla! Now, how’s that for competition?

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Volkwagen Will Roll Out the First ID Hatch Prototypes in April

Volkwagen Will Roll Out the First ID Hatch Prototypes in April

Testing and development of these cars continue until the production models are launched in late 2019

Volkswagen’s ID revolution is about to begin when the first wave of ID hatchbacks roll off factory lines next month. Ok, so the cars being built aren’t exactly production models. They’re pre-production prototypes that will set the stage for VW engineers to begin the testing stage of the cars’ capabilities ahead of their eventual launch late next year.

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2018 Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion

2018 Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion

VW’s first fully autonomous I.D. Concept

The "Dieselgate" scandal of 2015 gave Volkswagen an awfully big headache, but it also prompted the German to take electrification a bit more seriously. In recent years, Volkswagen unleashed a series of EVs wearing the "I.D." badge that preview upcoming production models. The fourth vehicle in this series is called the I.D. Vizzion and showcased Volkswagen’s vision of a spacious, fully electric, and autonomous four-door sedan at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

The German automaker’s lineup of I.D. concept models offers a glimpse at what Volkswagen has planned for the future. Three previous I.D. models have made their way across international stages, but this, the I.D. Vizzion Concept, is the first one designed to be fully autonomous. It doesn’t even have the option for human input. Yep, there is no steering wheel, pedals, or shifter – it’s all handled by the computer. Volkswagen calls this computer the “digital chauffeur.”

Simply plug in your destination, and the car takes care of the rest while passengers sit back and use their new free time for other tasks. The I.D. Vizzion is part of the company’s aggressive electric vehicle campaign, which includes 20 all-new EVs by 2025, so a production model is due to follow at some point. Until that happens, let’s see what this concept car is all about

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Starting in 2022, Volkswagen Will Be Releasing One New EV Per Month

Starting in 2022, Volkswagen Will Be Releasing One New EV Per Month

It seems like overkill, doesn’t it?

Volkswagen is going balls-to-the-wall with its electric vehicle lineup to the point that CEO Matthias Müller expects one new electric model to come out from the German automaker per month when its EV program hits its stride by 2022. VW’s massive electric car push is a product of the company’s plan to launch the largest fleet of electric vehicles among all brands in the world.

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Volkswagen Will Get the Jump on Tesla By Making the Charging Process Seamless and More Powerful

Volkswagen Will Get the Jump on Tesla By Making the Charging Process Seamless and More Powerful

It raises some privacy concerns, though.

Volkswagen will support its upcoming ID lineup be selling home EV charger boxes ahead of launching the first vehicle. Sales will commence by 2020, which means customers who pony up for the first EV, the ID Hatch, will be all set for home charging the day they take delivery. Furthermore, there are plans for 400 new fast-chargers that will be spread out across Europe – that’s right, it’s a global offensive.

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Volkwagen’s I.D. Vizzion Concept Proves V.W. Can Easily Take On Mercedes’ EQ Lineup

Expect a ton of tech to roll out in the next decade

VW is gearing up to launch a bevy of new electric vehicles over the course of the next 10 years or so, and it’s bringing out a host of technology-stuffed concepts to preview all the good things to come. Dubbed the I.D. range, the German automaker has already introduced the eponymous five-door hatchback I.D., the I.D. Crozz SUV, and the I.D. Buzz van. The latest is a premium sedan that was just revealed at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show called the I.D. Vizzion, and it brings a glimpse of things to come by the year 2030, including enough technology to turn the four-door into a “mobile smart home of a new era.”

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The Volkswagen I.D. VIZZION Showcases Futuristic Technology with a Modern Look

The Volkswagen I.D. VIZZION Showcases Futuristic Technology with a Modern Look

There’s no turning back with a concept like this

If autonomous driving technology really evolves into the future of the auto industry, the Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept is what a high-tech sedan could be like when that time comes. The German automaker’s latest concept is a full-blown preview of a self-driving car, right down to an interior that completely eliminates traditional controls in favor of going all-in on voice commands and gestures. The Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept is the future, ladies and gentlemen. That future is also on full display at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

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Volkswagen Teases the I.D. Vizzion With a Massive Glass Roof

Volkswagen Teases the I.D. Vizzion With a Massive Glass Roof

There’s also a woman sitting on a floating chair!

The Volkswagen Vizzion Concept is shaping up to be a big reveal at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Volkswagen got the teasing ball rolling with a pair of short teaser videos showing the car’s headlamps and a hologram on the interior. They didn’t really reveal much, so to make up for it, the German automaker released two new teasers, this time in the form of images. Unfortunately, other than a birds-eye-view of the concept and an image of a woman sitting in a floating chair with a cup of espresso in her hands, they don’t reveal much either.

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Volkswagen Trademarks more I.D. Names: Freeler and Cruiser

Volkswagen Trademarks more I.D. Names: Freeler and Cruiser

The I.D. range is growing before our eyes

Volkswagen’s future I.D. range of electric vehicles is beginning to take shape. We’ve already seen concept versions of the I.D. Buzz and I.D. Crozz make their debuts in the last few years. Now we can expect a few more to hit the stage after the German automaker announced the trademark of a couple of new names that are attached to the I.D. range — I.D. Freeler and I.D. Cruiser

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VW Signs Deals with Partners for Upcoming I.D. Project; Significantly Shortens Production Creation

VW Signs Deals with Partners for Upcoming I.D. Project; Significantly Shortens Production Creation

Shots are about to be fired!

Volkswagen hasn’t exactly fired shots in its massive EV offensive quite yet but, behind the scenes, the automaker is gearing up for war. At the MEB Supplier Summit, Volkswagen signed partnership agreements with “key suppliers,” all of which are now members of a group of more than 100 supplier companies that will provide necessary components for VW’s I.D. project. This major EV offensive will bring to market no less than 20 all-electric models by 2022 while VAG (think brand’s like Audi, Bentley, Porsche, Skoda, and Seat, among others) are expected to collectively launch as many as 32 all-electric models. All of these models will be based on VW’s new MEB architecture, a new platform designed from the ground up for electrified (hybrid) and all-electric cars. Want to know more? Keep reading for details on the first few cars to be presented from this EV offensive.

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Volkswagen I.D. Crozz Concept to Hit U.S. Market in 2020

Volkswagen I.D. Crozz Concept to Hit U.S. Market in 2020

And VW says the Bus is coming back in 2022

Volkswagen has made several I.D. concept vehicles over the years, but it seems one is finally in the works. The automaker’s I.D. Crozz Concept made its U.S. debut at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show after its initial debut last April at the Frankfort Motor Show. VW says the I.D. Crozz Concept will birth a production version, which will be the first of VW’s new generation of electric vehicles. What’s more, VW is promising (again) that its iconic Bus will be reborn for 2022. While hippies and Baby Boomers will approve, this isn’t the first time VW has made such a promise. Still, the Crozz seems more probable since it falls into the red-hot crossover category. VW says a total of 15 new EV vehicles are planned.

Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, says, “The I.D. CROZZ-based electric vehicle will be an affordable and stylish electric SUV.” It will be roughly the size of the 2018 Tiguan, but with a coupe-like shape. Power comes from an 83-kWh lithium-ion battery and is expected to have a 300-mile range. The part-time AWD crossover uses two electric motors – one on each axle – for a total output of 302 horsepower. VW says the Crozz will change to 80 percent in only 30 minutes using a 150-kWh DC charger. Self-driving technology is planned for 2025, too, so we could expect that to accompany the Crozz’s mid-cycle refresh. That’s just speculation, of course.

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2017 Volkswagen I.D. Crozz II Concept

2017 Volkswagen I.D. Crozz II Concept

One step closer to production...

Volkswagen is taking the shift to electric vehicles very seriously, and as such, it has been flooding us with concept after concept that features futuristic looks, new technology, and all-electric drivetrains. We’ve seen the I.D. BUZZ, the new Microbus, and the I.D. CROZZ – an all-electric SUV with coupe-like proportions and a desire to drag you over to the green side. When the doors to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show kicked off, VW was there with the I.D. CROZZ II, and reinterpretation of the original that “points the way more strongly to the production vehicle.” With that in mind, there isn’t a lot going on here that separates the CROZZ II from the original CROZZ concept. VW claims it has revamped the front and rear sections of the vehicle, while the interior has been refined just a little bit. The 21-inch wheels are a little more production ready, but far from what we’ll probably see on the production model. VW promises 310 miles of range on a single charge, a top speed of 111 mph, and quick charging to the tune of 80 percent in just 30 minutes. Not bad.

With all of this in mind, the CROZZ II isn’t exactly a huge departure from the previous example and still features some pretty futuristic features. It’s still rocking the side view cameras, and unique interior, and the same general exterior look. It does appear to be a little bit longer, but even that could be our eyes playing tricks on us. What’s more important is that this model should be seeing its way to the market as a full-fledged, all-electric model by the turn of the decade. So, before we start seeing spy shots of the production model prototypes, let’s take a closer look at this concept and talk more about it.

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2017 Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ Concept

2017 Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ Concept

Volkswagen buckles down on an EV future

With mud still on its face from the Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen is dead set on cleaning up its image. Gone is its focus on diesel and gasoline powerplants, now replaced by an all-electric future. While the internal combustion engine still has many years left with the German automaker, its executives have set a goal of 1 million EV sales a year. That’s a massive undertaking, but Volkswagen seems properly poised for the sprint. The latest in VW’s charge is the I.D. CROZZ, an all-electric crossover designed for mass appeal. The I.D. CROSS just debuted at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show and is said to be entering production by 2020.

While the name will likely change, the I.D. CROZZ will hopefully keep its futuristic design. The chance is pretty good it will, in fact, thanks to comments made by Klaus Bischoff, VW’s head of design. He said at Shanghai "If it was ever possible to make a 100-percent certain prediction of what the future will look like, here it is. In 2017, we are showing how Volkswagen will be transforming the roadscape from 2020.”

While Bischoff might be a bit overly optimistic, his words give a sense of optimizing that Volkswagen will adopt this new design language across its lineup. It’s impossible to be disappointed, thanks to a greater degree of shape, style, and attitude than anything currently flowing from VW’s factories. The I.D. CROZZ doesn’t look like an appliance, but rather a sculpted piece of art. Sure, the production version will look a bit more conventional, but we’ve got high hopes that Volkswagen’s future looks much more sensual – not to mention emissions-free.

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2017 Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ

2017 Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ

Previews production model based on the original VW Microbus van?

Caught red handed cheating on emissions tests, Volkswagen is still struggling to obtain settlements in the "Dieselgate" scandal. However, the German firm is also looking to create a more sustainable future for itself by embracing electrification. Having announced a plan to launch several EVs over the next few years, Volkswagen is unveiling an increasing number of concept cars that feature electric motors instead of standard gasoline or diesel mills. One such vehicle is the I.D. BUZZ, which made its official debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show as an electric, multi-purpose vehicle based on the I.D. Concept hatchback.

Described as a next-generation vehicle that "forges links between the origins of the Volkswagen brand and its electrifying future," the I.D. BUZZ is based on the company’s new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) platform and pays homage to the original Volkswagen Type 2, commonly known as the Microbus in the U.S. According to Volkswagen, the "BUZZ" name is a phonetic word play on "bus" and refers to the silent buzzing of the electric drivetrain.

"The Volkswagen brand’s big electric offensive begins in the year 2020 with a completely new vehicle architecture. That is when we will be launching an entirely new generation of fully connected, all-electric vehicles to the market. By 2025 we want to be selling one million of these vehicles annually. We are making electric mobility the new trademark of Volkswagen," said dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand.

There’s no word whether the I.D. BUZZ will become a production model anytime soon, but given that the Frank Welsch, who’s in charge of development of future models, referred to it as a "next-generation vehicle," it’s safe to assume that the Microbus will return sooner or later, albeit in all-electric form.

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2016 Volkswagen I.D. Concept

2016 Volkswagen I.D. Concept

The car that will help drag VW out of that deep Dieselgate hole

Volkswagen got caught red handed cheating on emissions tests and lying to consumers worse than any other automaker and history. Since then, it has done its best to make us forget about it while it hemorrhages money at the speed of light. As such, VW has had to shift its focus completely and, instead of fighting the death of the diesel, the brand has decided to embrace our inevitable electrified future. Promising a range of 248 to 372 miles, the I.D. concept that you see here is slated to become a real production model by the turn of the decade. The all-electric and “zero-emission” powertrain isn’t the only big news here, though. This car also showcases VW’s future in the autonomous car market, with the plan to offer fully automated driving by 2025.

According to VW, the I.D. will definitely be hitting dealerships by 2020, but I’m sure it will be toned down a bit for production. It does feature certain things like a retractable steering wheel (for autonomous driving) and is said to be the first of many new electric vehicles that will be introduced to Volkswagen’s fleet. The car is built on Volkswagens MEB platform that is also known as the Modular Electric Drive Kit. All of this sounds pretty promising, but there is so much skepticism surrounding VW right now, that It’s probably best to take the brunt of this car with a grain of salt.

Either way, the car is unique in its own right, but it also features a look that we’ve seen before. We’ll talk about that a little later, though. For now, let’s dive on in and talk more VW’s latest electric concept.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen I.D. Concept.

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