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The 2019 Volkswagen Tarok Pickup Concept is Yet Another Teaser of Something We Can't Have

The 2019 Volkswagen Tarok Pickup Concept is Yet Another Teaser of Something We Can’t Have

Smaller than the Amarok, this truck is headed for South America

Still upset that Volkswagen won’t sell the Amarok truck in the United States? Well, get ready to see yet another VW truck that you won’t be able to buy in the U.S. The Germans are bringing the Tarok to the New York Auto Show only to show you what the South American market will get soon. Just a concept for now, the Tarok will become a production model in 2020.

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International Engine of the Year Awards are in and BMW Cleaned House

International Engine of the Year Awards are in and BMW Cleaned House

TV buffs get the Emmys, movie buffs get the Oscars, and music lovers get the Grammys; so, where does that leave us gearheads? Well, the International Engine of the Year Awards, of course, and the 2012 results are hot off the press!

Ford took home the top prize of International Engine of the Year, with its 999 cc engine found in the European Focus. This engine, despite its petite size, cranks out 125 PS (123 horsepower) and manages to squeeze out 56.5 mpg. The 1.0-liter engine didn’t win a close battle either, it took home top honors by a full 113 points. Points are accumulated based on fuel economy, smoothness, performance, noise and drivability and each engine can only receive 15 of each voter’s total 25 points to give. Needless to say, that was quite a landslide victory.

That’s not the biggest news though, as BMW brought home top honors in four different categories. Bimmer took home the 1.4- to 1.8-liter prize with its 181-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine found in the MINI Cooper S. In the 1.8- to 2.0-liter class, BMW took first prize with its 241-horsepower, 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-pot. In the 2.5-liter to 3.0-liter class, BMW wrapped up top honors with its bi-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and its 335 horsepower. Last, but certainly not least, BMW took home 1st place in the 3.0- to 4.0-liter class with its 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8 engine.

Despite all of the accolades, the highest mark that BMW achieved in the Engine of the Year award was 5th place, with its 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-banger.

Click past the jump to see all of the results of each class.

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Volkswagen Polo wins World Car of the Year

Volkswagen Polo wins World Car of the Year

The 2010 World Car Awards closed today at the 2010 New York Auto Show. Taking home the prestigious award for 2010 World Car of the Year was the Volkswagen Polo beating out the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Toyota Prius. Volkswagen took the majority vote of the 59 World Car jurors after they test drove the 30 entries from July 2009-January 2010. Walter de Silva, head of design Volkswagen Group, attributes this success to the Polo’s “uncomplicated, unique and timeless design plus its high efficiency”. This is Volkswagen’s second triumph in this category with the success of the Volkswagen Golf as last year’s World Car of the Year.

"We’re honored that the Volkswagen Polo was chosen by this distinguished group of jurors," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. "After the great triumph of the Golf last year, we are delighted to repeat this success with the new Polo. These automobiles have reaped numerous awards, winning well-nigh every prize the automotive industry has to award. This shows Volkswagen is on the right track and is offering arguably the best range of products in its history."

Follow the jump to see the nominees and winners in the other categories of the 2010 World Car Awards.

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Volkswagen Golf VI named world car of the year

Volkswagen Golf VI named world car of the year

The Volkswagen Golf VI beat out the Ford Fiesta and Toyota IQ for title of World Car of the Year Awarded at the New York Auto Show. In sub-categories, the Nissan GT-R won for Performance WCOTY, the Honda FCX Clarity won for the green car, and the Fiat 500 won for design.

Press release after the jump.

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Green Car Journal's top 5 for 2009

Green Car Journal’s top 5 for 2009

Green Car Journal editors have chosen 5 cars from the 2009 new car line-up. The rules for eligibility are simple. "Vehicles using all types of technologies, fuels, and powerplants are eligible for the Green Car of the Year program. To qualify for consideration as a nominee, a vehicle must exhibit characteristics that substantially raise the bar in environmental performance and be in production by January 1 of the award year."

The cars chosen where the BMW 335d, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid, Smart ForTwo, and Volkswagen Jetta TDI. One of these models will be named the 2009 green car of the year at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20th.

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Volkswagen Tiguan "Best SUV" of Europe

Volkswagen Tiguan "Best SUV" of Europe

Volkswagen Tiguan has been voted "Auto 1 of Europe" in the "Off-Roaders and SUV" category. The choice was made by more than 40 million readers of the Auto Bild Group as well as trade experts were called upon over the past months to pick the best vehicles from among 74 new models. The award was offered at the Geneva Motor Show.

The awarding of the 17th "Auto 1 of Europe" prize was preceded by an unparalleled voting process. First, some 40 million readers of the 26 European issues of Auto Bild voted for their respective national winners. The Swiss vote, for one, gave clear preference to the Tiguan. The readers were also asked to name their favourites in six different vehicle categories.

The three best-placed cars in each class were then put through their paces at a testing ground near Rome to determine the winner in each class. At this stage of the competition, the jury consisted of race-car drivers, technicians and senior editors. The Tiguan won the contest on points, clearly outperforming the competition.

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Volkswagen Tiguan - SUV of the year

Volkswagen Tiguan - SUV of the year

The readers of OFF ROAD, a German trade journal, have given the SUV of the Year prize to the Tiguan. Attracting 17.4 % of the votes, the Tiguan emerged as the readers’ choice among the 20 nominated vehicles, ahead of its second and third-placed rivals the BMW X3 and the Land Rover Freelander. In the exceptionally prestigious category of Luxury Off-Roaders, the Volkswagen Touareg won the number-two ranking amidst a field of eleven rivals for the award in this category.

In the continuously growing segment for off-road vehicles, readers could this year choose from a total field of 87 models made by 38 manufacturers for prizes in eight categories. In addition to the fiercely competitive categories of Off-Road Vehicles and Luxury Off-Road Vehicles, SUVs and Luxury SUVs, there were also categories for Cross-Over Models, Classics, Pick-Ups and Special Vehicles. The criterion applied for the classification "Luxury" is a basic price tag of more than 40,000 euro.

Over 58,000 readers took part in this year’s poll. The prizes were presented in Munich last night.

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Golf GTI is one of "10Best Cars of 2008"

Golf GTI is one of "10Best Cars of 2008"

The staff at US motoring magazine “Car and Driver” (January 2008 issue) have chosen the Golf GTI as one of the “2008 10Best Cars”. The GTI had already made a return to this list last year — following an absence of 21 years — and has now successfully defended its place in 2008.

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Volkswagen TSI receives two awards in Japan

Volkswagen TSI receives two awards in Japan

Volkswagen has received two of Japan’s top automobile prizes in the category of “Technology of the Year” for the development of its TSI technology. Both the CAR OF THE YEAR committee and the jury of the Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference (RJC) voted to give their first prizes to Volkswagen’s innovative new engine technology.

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Volkswagen Eos wins the Ladies' Choice

Volkswagen Eos wins the Ladies’ Choice

The Eos has won an extraordinary readers’ vote: for the first time, women could vote for their favourite car at the web site evecars.com, a British internet page conceived for women. The eight-member jury comprising editors and experts in technology and automotive sports saw the Eos as the clear winner in the final elimination involving 27 models.

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Two motorsit choice awards for GTI and Jetta

Two motorsit choice awards for GTI and Jetta

Volkswagen announced that they were awarded two “Motorist Choice Awards” from PRIMEDIA’s IntelliChoice.com and AutoPacific for the 2007 Volkswagen GTI and Jetta.
The Volkswagen GTI was the top choice for the Image Compact Car category, while the Jetta was named the winner in the Mid-Size Car category. The award, which recognizes the most satisfying cars and trucks that are also the least expensive to own is based on a combination of IntelliChoice.com cost of ownership data and AutoPacific’s (...)

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Volkswagen Eos - one of the top 10 sexiest cars for 2007

Volkswagen Eos - one of the top 10 sexiest cars for 2007

ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine has published the 11th annual Sexy Car Buyer’s Guide and among other cars, the 2007 Volkswagen Eos was named one of the top 10 sexiest cars for 2007.

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Volkswagen Jetta and GTI received J.D. Power and Associates APEAL award for 2007

Volkswagen Jetta and GTI received J.D. Power and Associates APEAL award for 2007

Volkswagen announced today that the Jetta and the GTI have each captured a J.D. Power and Associates APEAL award for 2007. J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study measures owner delight with the design, content, layout and performance of their new vehicles.
"These awards and our overall rankings show that Volkswagen builds compelling, quality vehicles that our customers love to drive," said Adrian Hallmark, executive vice president, Volkswagen of (...)

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Best Technological Innovation of the Year

Best Technological Innovation of the Year

The Volkswagen Sport Golf GT powered by a TSI engine and mated with dual clutch transmission (DSG) was honored with “Barcelona International Motor Show Award 2007”. In May, the TSI engines brought home to Wolfsburg the “Engine of the Year Award” for their class.
The Spanish jury for the Golf GT Sport, a car whose powertrain systems are among the most technologically advanced in the world; the engines of the GT Sport cover a range from 75 kW to 125 kW. The prize-winning high-end engine, the 125 (...)

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Ten golds for Volkswagen

Ten golds for Volkswagen

With ten first places, the Volkswagen Group again took pole position as the most successful company at the Fleet Awards 2007 honoring the best fleet models and fleet service companies in a total of 18 categories. Well over 5,000 readers of the specialist journal “Autoflotte” cast their votes prior to the official ceremony which took place during the AMI motor show in Leipzig. Apart from the ten “gold medals”, the Volkswagen Group was also awarded six second and four third places.
Readers of (...)

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Multiple awards for Volkswagen advertising campaigns

Multiple awards for Volkswagen advertising campaigns

The creative agencies DDB Berlin/Düsseldorf and Grabarz & Partner Hamburg received a total of 25 awards last weekend for their Volkswagen advertising campaigns, making Volkswagen the customer with the most awards. The accolades presented by Art Directors Club (ADC) included a gold medal for the VW Fox radio spots created by DDB Berlin and the VW Phaeton cinema spot designed by Grabarz & Partner.
The outstanding advertising campaigns for the Volkswagen Golf, Touareg, Polo and Fox (...)

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2007 Volkswagen Beetle - Best Fleet Value in America

2007 Volkswagen Beetle - Best Fleet Value in America

Volkswagen of America, Inc announced today that the 2007 New Beetle was awarded “Best Fleet Value in America” by Vincentric, a privately held automotive analysis and data compilation firm. The New Beetle was honored in the passenger car, subcompact, over $17,000 category. The annual award acknowledges automakers for producing vehicles having the lowest fleet lifecycle costs in different ownership/mileage scenarios.
Vincentric analyzes fleet lifecycle costs to identify the best value in the (...)

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Volkswagen bus T2 going for an Oscar?

Volkswagen bus T2 going for an Oscar?

It is crashing through barriers in a truly heroic manner, not even a broken clutch can stop it: The reliable Volkswagen bus T2 is the seventh member of the quirky yet heartwarming Hoover family of the successful comedy “Little Miss Sunshine” (Twentieth Century Fox).
The independently made road movie has proven to be unstoppable itself: About one year after being presented to the public at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival “Little Miss Sunshine” has become stunningly successful at the most (...)

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Volkswagen wins 2007 design award

Volkswagen wins 2007 design award

Volkswagen has been presented with the Silver 2007 Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany for its corporate book called “Volkswagen Corporate Design Essentials”. The award-winning “brand bible” provides a clear visual presentation and documentation of brand tonality and the design principles of the Volkswagen brand. The Silver Award was presented at a public ceremony in Frankfurt am Main on Friday during the Ambiente international trade fair.
At the invitation of the German Design (...)

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