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This Rendering Proves That The Rugged Volkswagen Golf Country Deserves to Live Today

This Rendering Proves That The Rugged Volkswagen Golf Country Deserves to Live Today

It looks cooler than most small SUVs available right now

The Volkswagen Golf may have started life as a small hatchback in the 1970s, but it evolved into a multi-model nameplate that included several variants over time. Many of them are no longer available, but the Golf spawned a wagon, minivan, convertible, and even raised crossover-like versions in the past. The first raised Golf was launched in 1989 as the Country and wasn’t successful because crossovers weren’t exactly popular back then. But the Russian folks at Kolesa think that the Golf Country would be popular in the modern era, so they put together a version based on the latest Golf Mk8.

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2018 Volkswagen Tarok Concept

2018 Volkswagen Tarok Concept

VW’s new shot at the pickup segment

Volkswagen wants to start selling a pickup smaller than the Amarok which it plans to call Tarok and which is previewed by this very close to production concept it revealed at 2018 Sao Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil.

The vehicle revealed in Sao Paulo is nearly identical to the production model it previews, and we really expect VW to only operate major changes to the front fascia in its transition from study to series production.

Judging by the fact that its interior is identical to that of the VW Tharu, a China-only SUV related to the Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca, it’s pretty clear the project is already in the advanced stages of development - there is nothing even remotely concept car-like about the way it looks inside.

The plan is to reportedly just sell it in Brazil, where it would sit below the Amarok in the company’s pickup hierarchy. On the local market, it’d rival models from Fiat and Renault; no plans have been announced to sell it outside Brazil yet, but it seems unlikely VW won’t try to push it in other markets as well.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Next Level

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Next Level

One very hot hatchback built by a select group of rising car stars

Every year, Volkswagen drops the sheets on a unique, customized Golf at the annual GTI Fest at Lake Worthersee in Austria. As a showcase of the skills of its various apprentices, the custom ride is typically a real jaw-dropper, and this latest example is no different.

Continue reading to learn what makes the Volkswagen Golf GTI Next Level special.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade

VW’s interpretation of what an electric Golf GTI could look like

The Worthersee Treffen is one of the more unique auto events on the calendar. It’s far from a traditional auto show, but it’s been home to some pretty incredible debuts over the past few years. Remember, this is the same event where companies like Audi and Volkswagen make yearly concept debuts. VW, in particular, holds Worthersee in high esteem because, in addition to debuting models at the event, it uses the venue to introduce apprentice-built concepts of the Golf GTI the Volkswagen Vocational Training program. This year, 13 apprentices are headed to Worthersee to unveil the newest one-off model of this unique lineage: the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade.

For those who aren’t familiar with the VVT program, it’s essentially a training ground for up-and-coming designers and engineers. These trainees are given the opportunity to design their version of the ultimate Golf GTI. This year, the Golf GTI First Decade takes center stage as the first GTI concept to feature electric propulsion. While it is a concept car by definition, it’s interesting where these young minds see the future of Volkswagen. Whether an electric future actually happens or not is another issue entirely, but if it does, consider the Golf GTI First Decade as a precursor to what that future could look like.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade.

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Italdesign is Stepping Outside the Volkswagen Umbrella

Italdesign is Stepping Outside the Volkswagen Umbrella

Design house Italdesign is looking to broaden its horizons by launching partnerships with new automakers and technological giants in an attempt to reduce its reliance on the Volkswagen Group, of which it is a part of. Company CEO Joerg Astalosch made the proclamation to Auto News, hinting that the company would be open to working with the likes of Tesla, Google, or Apple in the event any of these companies are looking to partner with an automotive design firm.

The company’s goal is clear: it wants to expand its customer base after becoming too reliant on working with automakers that are a part of the Volkswagen umbrella. That has been the case since 2010 when the company was bought and placed under Lamborghini to keep VW’s Italian holdings bundled together. Since that time, a majority of the company’s concept models have been based off of the Volkswagen Group’s 12 brands, including Lamborghini and Audi.

It’s a sound business methodology for a time, but it also doesn’t foster the kind of growth that the company is after. So now Italdesign is prepared to do business with automakers outside of the Volkswagen Group. It’s unlikely that it will go as far as working with rivals of some of the companies under the VW Group like Ferrari, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz. But other than that, the company is now open to working with “major players in all relevant markets” in order to diversity its own offerings. It’s a smart, low-risk, high-reward business strategy that gives Italdesign more options to work with as it attempts to increase its own business portfolio.

There’s no word yet on what company Italdesign has already teamed up with, but with this new direction, it’s exciting to see what the design house is capable of if, say, Apple jumps on board and asks Italdesign to develop the look of its future autonomous vehicle.

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 Volkswagen Announces the First Worldwide Design Contest for Students

Volkswagen Announces the First Worldwide Design Contest for Students

Of all the automakers in the world, only Toyota and probably General Motors can rival Volkswagen in terms of resources. And yet, for all of its resources, Volkswagen still wants to give young designers a chance to show off their talents courtesy of the first worldwide Volkswagen Design Contest.

The contest has been underway since May 5th, but there’s still plenty of time for young design talents to submit their best interpretation of a video game concept car for a video game. Sounds like it’s right up in the alley of the younger generation of designers all over the world. Interested contestants can submit their concepts no later than August 15, 2014, giving them a little over three months to come up with the best entry to the competition.

Once the deadline passes, the contest falls into the hands of a jury of experts, headlined by Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design. He and the management team of his design studio, will be tasked to name three winners with all three designers receiving six-month internships in the Volkswagen Design department in Wolfsburg.

The winners will be announced on September 30, 2014.

It’s a great opportunity for a lot of young designers to not only make names for themselves in the eyes of Volkswagen, but more importantly, to make a name for themselves in the entire industry.

Interested designers can register HERE.

Click past the jump for more details on the Volkswagen Design Contest.

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