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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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Volkswagen Wants to Take on AMG and BMW M with a Hybrid 2021 Volkswagen Touareg R

Volkswagen Wants to Take on AMG and BMW M with a Hybrid 2021 Volkswagen Touareg R

M and AMG, get ready to meet R. Touareg R

We’re back with more news from Volkswagenland and no, this time, they’re not related to the freshly-unveiled eight-generation Golf. In fact, they concern the Touareg. VW’s largest SUV in Europe is going to get a high-performance R version powered by a hybrid powertrain, as Volkswagen hopes to steal some thunder off the likes of Mercedes-AMG and BMW M.

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

The SUV-coupe, five-seat version of the Volkswagen Atlas presents itself before 2020 market debut

BMW has the X6 and X4, Mercedes-Benz the GLE and GLC Coupe, Audi created the Q8, and Porsche’s Cayenne Coupe is fresh off the press. So here comes Volkswagen, trumpeting its intentions to join the SUV-coupe craze with a sloping-roof design that uses the Atlas as a starting point.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the U.S.-only Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. Yes, it’s an SUV-coupe of sorts, because guess what: that’s precisely what was missing from VW’s stable, a model that belongs to the niche of a niche created to appease the buyer’s appetite for sloped-roof yet still high-riding SUVs that don’t require too much investment from the carmaker, which makes them the ultimate cash cow for whoever builds them. Obviously, the Atlas Cross Sport takes a lot after the on-sale-now VW Atlas, but as usual, there’s more than meets the eye. Let’s check it out.

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Now We Have a Damn Good Reason to Say that the Volkswagen Amarok Is Better Than the Ford F-150 Raptor

Now We Have a Damn Good Reason to Say that the Volkswagen Amarok Is Better Than the Ford F-150 Raptor

Volkswagen can drag about this, err, I mean brag about this

Drag races are fun and there’s no denying that. But when you think about drag races, you seldom see trucks take a fierce stance and go up against their counterparts. However, Carwow thought that pitting four popular mid-size trucks against one another would be a good idea.

The publication decided to invite two German and two American guests to prove their mettle in a straight-line dash. The guests of honor include the likes of Mercedes X-Class, Volkswagen Amarok, Ford Ranger Raptor, and Ford F-150 Raptor. We have given out the winner already, but did Amarok have to break a sweat to take down its rivals?

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Volkswagen Amarok

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen’s resident truck

When 2018 rolled in, it was pretty clear that Volkswagen’s truck, the Amarok, was in dire need of an update. Volkswagen was happy to finally oblige, and that’s what we’re looking at here – the updated, 2018 Volkswagen Amarok. As a Volkswagen truck, the Amarok doesn’t get a lot of love here in the states thanks to models like the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ford F-150, Chevy Colorado, and – soon – the new Ford Ranger. As such, we thought we’d display the Volkswagen Amarok as our wallpaper of the day here in our office. Even better, we thought we’d share our entire gallery of Amarok wallpapers with you. Check out our favorite below, then run your fingers through the gallery at the bottom of the page for other great wallpaper choices.

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Volkswagen Presents Lego T2 Camper Van And We're Already Dreaming Of A Life-Sized Lego World

Volkswagen Presents Lego T2 Camper Van And We’re Already Dreaming Of A Life-Sized Lego World

How would a Lego world for humans look like?

The Volkswagen Type 2 is one of the German automaker’s most enduring designs and was even kept in production in Brazil until 2013. Volkswagen sold countless numbers around the world and, while the T2 generation isn’t as cute as the original T1, it has its place in history. At the F.re.e Leisure and Travel Fair in Munich, Germany, the T2 made an unexpected appearance in Lego form, proving that making full-scale recreations of cars out of thousands of Lego bricks is now a thing.

The second generation of Volkswagen’s world-renown compact multi-purpose van debuted in the Summer of 1967 and was kept in production until 1979 for the American and European markets. The Argentinian market enjoyed the T2 as late as 1986 while over in Mexico you could buy a new T2 up until 1994. However, the T2 was most popular in Brazil where Volkswagen built it at the São Bernardo do Campo plant until 2013 when the production officially ended with a run of 600 Last Edition vehicles.

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2019 Volkswagen Amarok by Arctic Trucks

2019 Volkswagen Amarok by Arctic Trucks

It’s a beauty and a beast at the same time

Remember the name ‘Arctic Trucks’? They are the same folks whose claim-to-fame was when Jeremy Clarkson and James May drove a customized Toyota Hilux at the North Pole. This company is back in news and this time for working on the Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck. Arctic Trucks calls is the ‘Icelandic-spec’ version of the VW Amarok.

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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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2018 Volkswagen California 30 Years Special Edition

2018 Volkswagen California 30 Years Special Edition

30 years on, you can still turn your Volkswagen minivan into a camper

Volkswagen celebrates the 30th anniversary of its sun-chasing California campervan with a special edition model of which only 999 examples will be built with a choice of three engines. The 30th anniversary Californias will be priced at $83,570 in the U.K.

Originally, Westfalia was the company that converted a variety of Volkswagen vans for use as mobile campers - which were known as VW Californias. This tradition dates back to 1988, but it all ceased in 2001 when Westfalia was bought by Daimler-Chrysler. From that point on, Volkswagen manufactured their own campervans with help from the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles arm.

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2018 Volkswagen Amarok by Carlex Design

2018 Volkswagen Amarok by Carlex Design

A Rugged, Mean Look To Kill Your Ranger Raptor Wet Dreams

You think that the Ranger Raptor is cool? Look at this! It is a Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 TDI tuned up a notch by the fantastic Polish tuner Carlex Design. While the Poles are best known for their work on the interior of cars - something we have witnessed with their incredible Mercedes-Benz X-Class transformation - their latest works revolve around exterior mods as well. This is not surprising considering that specialists there have become well-known all over the world. They have to widen their business scope, don’t they?

I think we are lucky they did because the latest work by Carlex Design on Volkswagen’s mid-size pickup squeezes out the best of what the German pickup can offer. While we in the U.S. can’t actually get the Amarok, adventurous Europeans can go mad with it. All with a 3.0-liter TDI, V-6 that develops 268 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. That is so much more than 210 horsepower from the Range Raptor’s 2.0-liter diesel mill.

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2018 Volkswagen Grand California

2018 Volkswagen Grand California

Possibly the best camper you will ever imagine

Exactly one year ago, Volkswagen revealed a camper dubbed the California XXL Concept. It was an early look at a production model they actually put into production just now. Scheduled for live unveiling at the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon that will start later this month, the Volkswagen Grand California is a production version of the last year’s concept and it is every bit of awesome as you may imagine. Forget about the Airstream, or anything similar. This is better, but you can’t have it because Volkswagen Commercial vehicles aren’t available in the U.S.

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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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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas was expected to be a model that slotted between Tiguan and the Touareg, but for some reason, VW thought it needed another SUV that was larger than its largest SUV. Then again, the Touareg was one of VW’s many pushes into the luxury market it has no business trying to compete in. To put it simply, nobody wants to pay that much for a Volkswagen when you can get an Audi badge instead. Be that as it may, the Atlas came onto the scene looking sexy and spacious with a decent price and plentiful interior. And, as Volkswagen’s latest SUV offering, and a pretty one at that, we decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked one that’s getting screen time at Top Speed headquarters, but we’ve also included a full lineup of wallpapers at the bottom of the page. Check ‘em out at take your favorite.

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VW's Midsize Pickup Concept Could Preview a Potential Competitor for the Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, and Chevy Colorado

VW’s Midsize Pickup Concept Could Preview a Potential Competitor for the Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, and Chevy Colorado

Mercedes is scared to take on the market with the X-Class, but VW has no fear

Volkswagen has been on a hard EV offensive as it prepares the world for its ID lineup, and yet here we are hearing rumors about VW showing up to the New York Auto Show with a midsized truck concept. The word comes way of Automotive News who supposedly got word from “sources familiar with the matter.” Even more important is that should the public show interest, VW is ready to shift said concept into production at VW’s Tennessee-based production facility.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Volkswagen Touareg

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Volkswagen Touareg

It’s the newest addition to VW’s lineup and it looks great, so why not feature it on your desktop for a few days?

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The Volkswagen Touareg is Here, and It Puts the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE to Shame

The Volkswagen Touareg is Here, and It Puts the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE to Shame

It’s not even a fair fight anymore…

Volkswagen has finally introduced the third-generation Touareg, and it comes to prove a point that Volkswagen isn’t playing around in the premium segment. The exterior gets a healthy restyle that brings it inline with more aggressive offerings on the market while the interior pushes technology to a whole new level. Of course, you can see some Audi and Porsche cues here and there but, for the most part, the Touareg stands on its own four wheels. The new Touareg will initially be offered with two variations of a diesel-drinking V-6 and a V-8. A gasoline V-6 is scheduled for the future while China is set to get a hybrid powertrain.

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Volkswagen Teases New Touareg; Looks Like a Boxier Porsche Cayenne

Volkswagen Teases New Touareg; Looks Like a Boxier Porsche Cayenne

Will break cover in China next month

After eight years on the market, the second-generation Touareg is being prepared for retirement. The third-gen SUV, spotted testing on public roads multiple times in the past, will make its public debut in Beijing, China, on March 23. Yes, I’m also asking myself why VW isn’t unveiling it at the Geneva Motor Show next month, but the German automaker could have more important plans in Switzerland. What’s more, the Touareg is very popular in China, the world’s biggest vehicle market. Volkswagen also released a teaser sketch of the upcoming Toureg, which looks a lot like the current Porsche Cayenne, but with a slightly boxier design. Or somewhere between the Cayenne and the Audi Q7. Big surprise, huh?

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2017 Volkswagen Amarok Aventura Exclusive Concept

2017 Volkswagen Amarok Aventura Exclusive Concept

Previews new, sporty V-6 diesel engine

Launched in 2010, the Amarok is Volkswagen’s first mid-size pickup truck. A global vehicle, it’s currently being built in three factories in Germany, Argentina, and Algeria. However, despite being sold in Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa, the Amarok is not available in the United States, despite rumors that Volkswagen could bring it here as a competitor for the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. On its way to a redesign, the Amarok is still being used to showcase near-production concept cars at auto shows in Europe. The latest example is the Amarok Aventura Exclusive concept, which previews the company’s brand-new diesel engine.

Finished in a special paint and fitted with bespoke interior appointment, the Aventura Exclusive concept signals the introduction of a new range-topping engine. Based on the existing 3.0 TDI, this new V-6 delivers significantly more power and will essentially give customers access to a sportier version of the pickup truck. Alongside the new turbodiesel, the concept truck also previews new exterior and interior production features. There’s no timetable as to when these will become available, but until we have more information, let’s check out the concept truck in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Amarok Aventura Exclusive concept.

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Don't Get Excited Yet, But Volkswagen Is Preparing To Bring Back The Microbus

Don’t Get Excited Yet, But Volkswagen Is Preparing To Bring Back The Microbus

It’s going to be an electrified version that will be based on the I.D. Buzz Concept

For those who have lived long enough to remember the original Volkswagen Microbus, the sight of seeing all these new T2-inspired concepts must be disheartening, especially with Volkswagen resisting the tug of bringing back the beloved the nameplate. Well, it turns out that decision-makers within the company have had a recent change of heart because finally, a modern iteration of the Microbus is now headed to production. Don’t jump for joy just yet, though, because this model isn’t so much an actual successor to the iconic T2 as it is a model that will be heavily inspired by it.

Details are scarce on how VW plans to approach the model, but it is expected to be included in the “ID” range of electric car models that the German automaker is seriously pushing in the wake of the diesel-gate scandal it was embroiled in. Fortunately, the automaker already has a few concepts lined up to use as pegs in the event it decides to go in that direction. The most prominent of these concepts is the I.D. Buzz, which Volkswagen introduced at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show back in January. Despite its concept status, the I.D. Buzz provides the closest credentials to what an electric Microbus could turn into. It certainly has the inspired look of the classic transporter, and just as important, it carries a pair of electric motors that combine to produce 369 horsepower to go with a range of up to 270 miles. The power numbers also help the concept accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in five seconds before reaching a capped top speed of 99 mph.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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First Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

First Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

VW’s attempt to ride the three-row crossover wave

Volkswagen has had it rough over the last two years. The Dieselgate debacle has purged the automaker’s coffers of expendable capital, pulled engineering teams from regular tasks, and put corporate executives under arrest. Despite the gloom, the horizon is clearing as the German automaker begins selling refurbished TDI models and its first-ever seven-passenger, three-row SUV rolling off the assembly line in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 2018 VW Atlas fills a huge gap in the automaker’s lineup and competes with segment stalwarts like the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse.

I got behind the Atlas’ wheel at the 2017 Texas Auto Writers Association’s Springtime Auto Roundup at the Circuit of the Americas outside Austin, Texas. Skipping the high-speed Formula One racetrack, I pummeled the Atlas over the broken service roads surrounding the complex. Large potholes and undulating dips combined with twisty corners and hilly terrain to give a decent impression of the Atlas’ driving characteristics.

Continue reading for our first impressions of the 2018 VW Atlas.

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2019 Volkswagen Teramont

2019 Volkswagen Teramont

The CrossBlue Concept comes to life!

Volkswagen teased the world with its CrossBlue concept at the 2013 North American International Auto show in Detroit, but little news has come from the German automaker about the three-row SUV. That’s no longer the case since these spy shots surfaced of an early pre-production mule first reported by the Chinese auto website Autohome.

Volkswagen’s marketing department has seemingly chosen another “T” name, going along with Touareg and Tiguan. Meet the Teramont.

The spy photos show plenty of the Teramont’s design details, though details of its engineering remain a mystery. A V6 badge is seen on the tailgate, but what V-6 engine VW is using is still unknown.

A report from Auto Evolution suggests the Teramont is slated for debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in mid November. If it does make its debut, VW will likely slate the Teramont for the 2019 model year, allowing time for further testing and manufacturing rollout. In that case, the SUV will make its appearance in U.S. Volkswagen dealerships in Q4 of 2017. The report also suggests the Teramont will be produced at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Teramont.

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2016 Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE

2016 Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE

The future of Volkswagen’s SUV lineup shown in the flesh at the Beijing Motor Show

The Chinese automotive market has grown so fast in recent years that all major automakers have opened shop in the country or developed specific models for the Eastern Asian state. In its quest for global domination – not quite successful as of late due to the "Dieselgate" scandal – Volkswagen is looking to increase local sales with new China-spec models, one of which is the Phideon sedan.. At the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, the German automaker pulled the curtains off of a new concept that could conceivably follow in the footsteps of the Phideon as a new offering for this massive SUV-starved market.

The concept is called the T-Prime GTE and for all intents and purposes, this is the model that Volkswagen has chosen to preview its future lineup of SUVs. The list of the T-Prime Concept GTE is that it’s a full-sized SUV that relies on a plug-in hybrid powertrain and comes with all-wheel drive. It also has a full menu of new technologies like the Curved Interaction Area that the German automaker plans to have some use for in the future, presumably related to its entire model lineup, not just to SUVs. Whether we see these features in production VWs is a question best asked another time. For Volkswagen, what’s important is that these features are ready to be showcased for the world to see.

It’s also fitting that the T-Prime Concept GTE is making its debut at the Beijing Motor Show. As one of Volkswagen’s most important markets, it’s imperative for the company to put its best foot forward in the Chinese markets. Showing a model like the T-Prime Concept GTE is a great first step towards introducing the future of Volkswagen SUVs, both in China and all of its other markets in the world.

Updated 04/25/2016: Volkswagen unveiled the T-Prime Concept GTE at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Beijing Concept SUV.

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2016 Volkswagen Amarok V8 Desert Edition by MTM

2016 Volkswagen Amarok V8 Desert Edition by MTM

The Amarok America wish it had

If high-end German tuning and off-road pickup trucks are you thing, you’ll be head-over-heels for this one-off Volkswagen. Produced by aftermarket tuning firm MTM with help from DIRKS, this VW Amarok is no ordinary VeeDub. In fact, nearly every aspect of the truck is updated, including its powertrain. No more wimpy four-cylinder – this thing rocks a V-8 turbodiesel with 685 pound-feet of torque.

Of course, the project started with a conventional Amarok pickup. The midsize offering is certainly popular, though it has never been anything of a performance machine. What’s more, its appearance is typical VW – sterile and clean, yet minimalistically stylish. The interior is spartan, even in range-topping trim levels. MTM addresses all those concerns, making the V8 Desert Edition something truly bespoke.

MTM is very proud of this up-fit, however, at least in terms of pricing. The custom tuner is asking a whopping 199,143.92 Euro for it, or roughly $219,000. That’s an insane price for any midsize truck, regardless of modifications. Nevertheless, The V8 Desert Edition debuted at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in a room full of supercars and high-end luxury sedans.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Amarok V8 Desert Edition by MTM.

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