2019 Volkswagen I.D. BUGGY Concept
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.
Volkswagen Isn’t Shying Away from the U.S. Truck Market One Bit
Despite being the world’s largest automobile manufacturing company, Volkswagen has left the truck segment untapped. Although the European markets will benefit from the Volkswagen-Ford alliance and receive Ranger-based Amarok pickup trucks, the same has not been announced for the U.S. markets. However, we have learned that Volkswagen is keen on entering one of the hottest growing segments in the U.S. So, will the company go solo here, or will it choose to ally with Ford and base its trucks on the Blue Oval’s offerings?
The New Volkswagen T-Roc R Is More Than Just a Sporty Variant Of The T-Roc
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!
2019 VW ID Buggy Concept wants to take electric cars to the beach, but not with a VW badge
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.
2019 Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition
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!
2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R Production Concept
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.
Volkswagen gives 2019 Passat for Europe its midlife nip and tuck
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.
The Rumors Were True! Volkswagen Really is Making a New Beach Buggy, and It Comes to Geneva
Fifty years after the Beach Buggy took the U.S. by storm, Volkswagen is reaching back into its retro vault to introduce a new buggy concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The new concept will sit on VW’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform and will carry the identity of an all-electric dune hopper. Specific details are still scant at the moment, but if anything, the new concept is the perfect shot in the arm for those who have been waiting for a new buggy to come out of Volkswagen in the last five decades. The yet-to-be-named concept — for now, Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer at Volkswagen, calls it the “e-buggy” — will make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show this coming March.
2018 Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion
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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Volkwagen’s I.D. Vizzion Concept Proves V.W. Can Easily Take On Mercedes’ EQ Lineup
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
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.
Volkswagen Teases the I.D. Vizzion With a Massive Glass Roof
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.
Volkswagen Teases the Geneva-Bound I.D. Vizzion Concept Again
The teasing game is coming in hot and heavy as we count down the days to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Volkswagen is the latest automaker to give us a bite of that apple with a teaser video of the Vizzion Concept. The brief glimpse of the concept — it lasted a little over two seconds — reveals what we’ve been suspecting since renderings of the “premium class saloon" concept were released a week ago: the Vizzion Concept will have a front lighting fixture that extends the whole width of the car, among other features.
Volkswagen Teases New Touareg; Looks Like a Boxier Porsche Cayenne
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?
2018 Volkswagen Arteon
Back in 2007, Volkswagen thought it would be a good idea to develop a large coupe with a heavily sloped roof. Some of you from way back then know it as the Passat CC, while more recently it has dropped the “Passat” name. Volkswagen had big ambitions for the CC, calling it a “sports sedan” and projecting sales of at least 300,000 over the first seven years of production. But, the CC is often overlooked and has performed very poorly. Fast forward to 2017 and VW has decided to usher in a successor to the last-gen CC and it comes complete with a name change. Now going by the name Arteon, the car now rides on VW’s MQB platform and will be offered with a number of standard features that includes LED lights outside, a progressive steering system, 18-inch wheels, and a handful of engines that offer a power output that ranges from 148 horsepower all the way up to 276 horsepower. You can have AWD with some drivetrain options, or only front-wheel drive in others.
Tobias Suhlmann, the man responsible for the Arteon’s design, said, “The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupe-style fastback design and large rear hatch, this Gran Turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional sedans."
But, while it does have a long wheelbase and it follows suit with a number of other sedans that have that low, sloping roof, the new Arteon isn’t all that different from the CC it replaces. So, let’s take a closer look at it and see if we can make out anything that might make this model more successful than the CC.
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2017 Volkswagen Sedric Concept
Volkswagen is launching a new initiative – create a world with self-driving vehicles that transport people in living room-like comfort, all without the need of a driver’s license, eyesight, or even the physical ability to drive. Leading the charge is the first concept car from Volkswagen Group. It’s named Sedric, which is short for self-driving car. VG says Sedric is the “father” of other autonomous concepts soon to come, each branded from different subsidiary brands under the VG umbrella. These “children” and “grandchildren” will build on Sedric’s foundation, eventually providing ride-sharing and private ownership experiences unlike anything known today.
Granted, this is a tall order for Volkswagen. There are a ton of moving parts that must be incorporated, not the least of which is the proliferation of the Internet of Things. Still, the new world previewed by Sedric is one of comfort and convenience, without the hassles inherent to driving. Think inner city commuting or the daily grind of chauffeuring kids to school, parents to work, and the insane scheduling that surrounds after-school activities. Sedric’s self-driving and autonomous nature alleviates the stress of transportation. Or so Volkswagen hopes.
Sedric’s overall design is one of originality. It doesn’t need to conform to the traditional configuration of a car or SUV. It has almost no overhangs beyond its wheels, it doesn’t waste interior space with driver controls, and it incorporated technology in nearly every aspect of its design. Its all-electric drivetrain offers clean, quite transportation, while requiring minimal space under the floor.
Now Volkswagen isn’t trying to kill the joy of driving. Rather, the automaker is trying to revolutionize personal transportation for busy families, older children, and senior citizens. The local Porsche dealership will still have go-fast fun machines ready to tackle the back roads and by-ways.
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Volkswagen Arteon Is Proof that Volkswagen Learned Something From the CC Fiasco
While it was a cool looking car, the Volkswagen CC wasn’t exactly successful, despite surviving nearly ten years on the market. For starters, it wasn’t as sporty is it looked, but Volkswagen also received complaints about the expensive sticker and the limited headroom. Discontinued for 2017, the CC will be replaced by the Arteon, and it seems that Volkswagen learned a few valuable lessons from the CC’s rather unfortunate stint on the market.
Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Arteon is a gorgeous design exercise. Based on concepts from the past, the CC replacement is no longer just a slightly restyled Passat with a sleeker roof line. The Arteon received its own design language defined by a massive grille and aggressive air intakes up front, muscular rear haunches, and a sportier stance overall. Sounds like the CC so far, right?
Well, yes, but unlike the CC, the Arteon has a fancier interior, with standard features that include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, electronically controlled air conditioning, six-way power adjustable front seats, and a state-of-the-art infotainment system. As you advance higher into the lineup, it gets Alcantara and leather upholstery, aluminum-look pedals, and heated front seats.
What’s more, it’s also supposed to perform better. While the CC’s most powerful drivetrain had 208 horsepower and 210 pound-feet, the range-topping Arteon will come with 276 horsepower on tap. Granted it’s not a whole lot more, but the new four-door should be significantly lighter than its predecessor, which translates into a significantly better power-to-weight ratio.
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2016 Volkswagen Amarok V8 Desert Edition by MTM
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.
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2017 Volkswagen Up!
Small city cars might not be popular in the U.S., but they’re all the rage in Europe. Blame it both on higher fuel prices and narrow roads, small cars typically sell well in the sprawling urban environments found overseas. Volkswagen is no stranger to these small cars, having quite the colorful history with automaking since its creation amidst the Second World War. The 2016 Geneva Motor Show hosted VW’s latest small car entry – the refreshed Up!.
The Up! sports restyled body panels with new available color choices, new wheels, a redesigned interior, a new slew of customization options, and a new powertrain. Basically, VW replaced everything but the chassis. The new engine produces more horsepower and torque than ever offered in the Up! – more so in fact that VW claims the new Up! matches the performance of the original Golf GTI.
Volkswagen proudly boasts the Up! is the number one selling vehicle in its segment inside Germany and the Netherlands. Outside Europe, the Up! still has major sales success in Brazil, Japan, and South Africa. These updates should help boost sales even more, helping VW on its goal of becoming the world’s largest automaker.
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2017 Volkswagen Phideon
2015 was a year Volkswagen would rather delete from the collective memory using Agent K’s neuralyzer. The "Dieselgate" scandal caused sales to collapse, executives to resign, and spawned a massive investigation that could change the way production cars are tested before they hit dealerships. Moreover, it will cost the brand millions of dollars to handle all the recalls that resulted from the case and probably more to fix its public image. However, this didn’t stop Volkswagen from developing new models, one of which is the Phideon.
Launched at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the T-Cross Breeze Concept and the new Up!, the Phideon is a large sedan that will slot above the Passat in the company’s lineup. Interestingly enough, the Phideon is about the same size as the Phaeton, which suggests that the Germans have finally decided to offer a new flagship sedan. On the other hand, and this is somewhat strange considering the car made its debut in Geneva, the Phideon will be produced and sold in China, with no plans to offer it in Europe or North America.
As for the awkward name, Volkswagen says it is a made up name that stands for elegance and reliability, while symbolically evoking Fides, the Roman goddess of fidelity.
Is the Phideon a preview of the next-generation Phaeton that VW will sell in Europe and the U.S.? It’s very likely, but we won’t know for sure until Volkswagen spills the beans. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the brand’s new flagship sedan.
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2016 Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Concept
The 2016 Geneva Motor Show is shaping up to be one of Volkswagen’s most important auto shows. As the German automaker tries to recover from the worst scandal to hit the auto industry in recent years, it’s stepping up with a handful of important models that will all play a part in stirring up what it calls the “New Volkswagen.” One of these models is the T-Cross Breeze, a preview version of an entry-level crossover that will sit below the Tiguan in the company’s SUV lineup.
The concept will arrive in Geneva with a drop-top configuration á la the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. It’s a bold move to package the T-Cross like this, but make no mistake, whatever model comes out of the concept will be packaged in a more traditional matter. A drop-top could be in the cards, but it’s too early to tell if VW is prepared to take that route, interesting as it sounds.
For now, treat the T-Cross Breeze like any other concept, albeit one that could potentially have a more important role in the future. Volkswagen made it clear that the T-Cross Breeze serves as a “teaser” for its first compact SUV and more importantly, the first hint of a new design language that would usher in a new era for the company.
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Volkswagen first introduced its GTE lineup to us with the launch of the plug-in hybrid Golf GTE. A few months later, the Germans introduced the Passat GTE, offered in both sedan and station wagon versions. These models combined a peppy powertrain, quiet operation, and great fuel economy.
Now, Volkswagen is set to expand its GTE offerings, in a way, with the new Sport Coupe Concept GTE. This four-door coupe, which is likely a preview to the next-generation CC that Volkswagen needs so badly, may give the premium brands that rule the four-door coupe segment something to worry about, given it makes production.
A new CC is a great thing, but the issue is that Volkswagen’s sub-luxury coupe has never been a big seller. With its limited reach in its current generation, does it really even justify a new generation, let alone an advanced plug-in hybrid drivetrain?
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The Volkswagen Touran debuted in 2003 as an MPV based on the compact Golf platform. This vehicle met the space requirements of most families, while also handling the crowded streets of Europe. In 2010, VW released the second-gen model, and for the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, Volkswagen will introduce the third-generation Touran.
Still based on the Golf’s platform – the MQB – the 2015 Touran looks completely different than any before it. Gone are the soft body lines and the boring interior of yesteryear, and in come more angular lines and a completely revamped interior.
While redesigns are typically a good thing, redesigning a top-selling model like the Touran requires extreme care not to scare away buyers. Did VW hit the mark with the 2015 Touran, or will this new look push buyers away?
Continue reading my full review of the 2015 Touran to find out what I think.