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2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

Facelift adds mild design changes and new technology

Introduced in 2017, the Volkswagen Atlas replaced the Touareg in the United States. Come 2020 and Volkswagen rolled out the first mid-cycle facelift for the midsize SUV, at the Chicago Auto Show. The seven seater boasts mild design changes on the outside, new technology on the inside, but it’s available with the same engines under the hood.

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2019 Volkswagen Atlas Adventure Concept

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Adventure Concept

The Volkswagen Atlas actually appears to be a decent off-roader too

Volkswagen will be in attendance at the 2019 SEMA Auto Show, and it’s bringing with it a host of tricked-out SUVs that are built for the American outdoors. Arguably the coolest of these concepts is the Atlas Adventure Concept. It looks the part of an SUV that can handle itself in the Nevada desert with the kind of ease you won’t see from a lot of SUVs offered at SEMA. It comes with a menu of unique equipment, including a clever housing accommodation setup that should make it comfortable for you and yours to enjoy a good night’s sleep under the stars. The Volkswagen Atlas Adventure Concept is one of three Atlas concepts that will be on display at Volkswagen’s booth in the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show.

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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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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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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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Should Volkswagen Fight BMW with a Production Version of the 2019 SUV Coupe Concept?

Should Volkswagen Fight BMW with a Production Version of the 2019 SUV Coupe Concept?

VW reveals smallest SUV Coupe for China; enters production by year’s end

Volkswagen just showed off the SUV Coupe Concept at the 2019 Shanghai auto show, a coupe-like version of the China-only Tayron SUV. The automaker calls it a concept, but we already know it will go into production by the end of the year, so it’s more of a pre-production prototype, really.

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Volkswagen Teramont X is The World's Version of Our Atlas Five-Seater

Volkswagen Teramont X is The World’s Version of Our Atlas Five-Seater

There’s no stopping Volkswagen from launching one crossover after another

Volkswagen has made the trip to China, and it brought with it five SUVs that are on display at Auto Shanghai 2019. One of those SUVs is called the Teramont X, and if you recognize it, then you’re not alone. The new five-seater goes by a different name, but we in the U.S. know it as the five-seater version of the Atlas SUV. It’ll go by the Teramont X name in China, though, just as it will in other markets like Mexico, Russia, and the Middle East. Regardless of its name, the SUV’s arrival in the Chinese market is another clear indication of Volkswagen’s goal to flood the global car market with as many crossovers and SUVs as it can. The strategy has proven to be successful, so why fix something that isn’t broken, right?

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2019 Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept

The Atlas is showing off a more rugged personality in New York

As a relative newcomer to the mid-size, seven-seater SUV fold, the Volkswagen Atlas is still getting its feet wet in the segment. Soon enough, though, the Atlas could become more than just a run-to-the-grocery hauler as Volkswagen is set to unveil the Atlas Basecamp Concept at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The Atlas Basecamp is a trail-ready concept that’s kitted with all sorts of accessories to showcase its understated versatility. The standard Atlas has the makings of a popular SUV, but it’s not as equipped for the outdoors as most people would like it to be. The Atlas Basecamp is an answer to that. It’s unlikely to hit dealerships soon, but its presence in New York next week is a step in the right direction for the SUV’s evolving identity.

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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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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 New Volkswagen T-Roc R Is More Than Just a Sporty Variant Of The T-Roc

The New Volkswagen T-Roc R Is More Than Just a Sporty Variant Of The T-Roc

It comes to Geneva with more than a hundred horses over the standard crossover

Gone are the days when performance cars used to be a different segment altogether. Even hatches and pseudo-SUVs these days offer enough horses to stop you dead in your tracks. The latest addition to the list is Volkswagen’s baby SUV. The German automaker has injected the T-Roc with steroids and named it T-Roc R. The T-Roc R was launched at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and it comes riding on 296 horses!

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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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2019 Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition

2019 Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition

An estate that is trying hard to convince you that it is not merely a family hauler

Less than a month after the company launched the facelifted version, Volkswagen is all set to launch the sporty variant of the Passat Estate at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Passat Variant R-Line Edition comes with a lot of new goodies and will certainly induce the younger folks’ interest. The company has announced that the R-Line edition will be limited to just 2,000 units!

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2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R Production Concept

2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R Production Concept

Golf R Packed in A T-Roc Body For Equally Sharp Hotness, Only On A Bit Higher Positioned Seat

In an unprecedented invasion of performance SUVs, the Volkswagen Group introduced yet another performance crossover - the Volkswagen T-Roc R. It is basically a buffed up version of the highly sought after subcompact crossover T-Roc. Digging a bit deeper one can find a whole lot of the Golf R under its subtle body. And, that is a good thing. As for now, the Volkswagen T-Roc R is a near-production concept car. Yet, as is the case with the Cupra Formentor Concept, I believe it will be greenlighted for production in a few months following the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.

The T-Roc R joins a quite astounding lineup of performance crossovers that include the Cupra Ateca, the Cupra Formentor Concept, the Skoda Kodiaq RS, the Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line with 240 horsepower engine, the Audi RSQ3, and the Audi SQ5 TDI.

Obviously, I included here almost all performance SUVs regardless of the power output. They do target similar customers. Do you really think someone in love with the Formentor does not dream bigger - like about the SQ5? Of course they do.

Obviously, Volkswagen is big on giving the drivers what they really want, and although it came to the SUV/Crossover party a bit late with the T-Roc, it definitely moved in the right direction with the hot one.

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2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI35

2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI35

The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI35 Is The Best “GTI with a trunk” ever

The new 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is just right. Presented at the 2019 Chicago Motor Show, the new hot Volkswagen compact sedan gained the much-needed overhaul with a fine upgrade that came from none other than the parts bins of the Golf GTI and the Golf R. It is a thoroughly improved car, with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, gasoline engine, a fresh new look, and a far more advanced suspension compared to the lesser units. Let me just say it - rear multi-link. It has it.

With the new model introduced in Chicago, Volkswagen USA officials actually noted that the new car will come with two trim levels, while the limited edition GLI 35 serves as sort of a high-end model of the GLI world.

Now, we’ve already learned a lot about the new Volkswagen Jetta GLI, but what about the Volkswagen Jetta GLI35?

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2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

The Golf GTI sedan you’ve been asking for!

The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is the latest performance-oriented version of the compact sedan. It’s based on the seventh-generation Jetta what was unveiled for the 2019 model year, and just like its predecessor, it rides on underpinnings borrowed from the Volkswagen Golf GTI. More aggressive than ever design-wise, the 2020 Jetta GLI is also the most powerful GLI ever built. Powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, it comes with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. For the first time ever, the Jetta GLI comes close to the Subaru WRX, although it still doesn’t have an all-wheel-drive system. Find out more about the new Jetta GLI in the review below.

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Volkswagen gives 2019 Passat for Europe its midlife nip and tuck

Volkswagen gives 2019 Passat for Europe its midlife nip and tuck

Refreshed Euro Passat will debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show

Volkswagen has updated the current Euro market Passat and as with all new products from the German giant, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference. But it is certainly different if you look at details like the Arteon-infused styling refresh as well as the long list of new tech features added along with the facelift.

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5 Reasons the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Needs a GTI Badge ASAP

5 Reasons the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Needs a GTI Badge ASAP

No more delays, Volkswagen!

The Jetta GLI returned to the market at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, and needless to say, it’s cooler than it has ever been. Although the previous model was nothing to sneeze at, the seventh-gen GLI is a proper four-door GTI. The only thing that bugs is that Volkswagen didn’t drop the "GLI" badge for a proper Jetta GTI name. And here’s why I think it should have.

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