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2013 Volkswagen Scirocco Million Edition

2013 Volkswagen Scirocco Million Edition

Volkswagen Scirocco was unleashed in 1974 and remained in production until 1992; then, in 2008 the model was brought back to life and enjoyed a great success – unfortunately, the U.S. didn’t receive the model this time around. Now, Volkswagen is celebrating the development of its one-millionth Scirocco — 795,650 units for the first two generations and 204,350 units for the third one – with a special Scirocco Million.

This commemorative model comes painted in a special "Deep Black Metallic" combined with sporty accent stripes on the middle of the body and "Galvanic Grey" mirror caps. The car is offered with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, while 19-inch alloy wheels are offered as an option. The model also receives R-Line bumpers, R-Line side sills, smoked taillights and "Million" stickers on the wings.

For the interior, Volkswagen is offering standard leather seating with contrasting seams in "Snap Orange," a black roof liner, stainless-steel pedals and, of course, entry plates with "Million" lettering.

Buyers can order the new Scirocco Million with three different engine options with power ranging from 122 to 210 horsepower.

The new Scirocco Million Edition will only be offered on the German and Chinese markets. In Germany, it is priced at €27,325 (about $35k).

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Scirocco.

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Remix

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Remix

Volkswagen has unveiled yet another special edition vehicle, which it has dubbed the Beetle Remix. This model adds a color-coordinated interior, extended standard features, and some flashy rims. Its price will start from €20,250 ($26,300 at the current exchange rates) and customers will have the possibility to choose between four different engines. There are two gasoline powerplants available, including a 1.2-liter with 105 horsepower and a 1.4-liter with 160 horsepower. The two optional diesel engines, a 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter, produce 105 and 140 horsepower, respectively.

The Beetle Remix will feature high-gloss black or "Reflex Silver" paint on the side-view mirror caps and the exterior side stripes, which run along the base of the car and feature the words "Beetle" or "Bug," and will feature the same color. The dash pad, door panels, and the three-spoke steering wheel are all painted to match the exterior color, giving the interior a custom look.

As standard equipment, the model will offer a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip, cruise control, VW’s Park Pilot system, air conditioning, center armrest, and multimedia interface MEDIA-IN for the RCD 310 radio. The car will sit on a set of 17-inch Turbine alloy wheels.

The Beetle Remix is currently available in Germany and shows no signs of coming to the U.S.

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VW CEO Claims Acquisitions Are Over, For Now

VW CEO Claims Acquisitions Are Over, For Now

There has been much speculation in the automotive world about VW looking into buying Proton from DRB-Hicom, and later came the announcement that VW’s labor group would not support additional acquisitions. It looks like - at least the smoke and mirrors make it look like - VW is done buying any more projects for the foreseeable future.

This all comes thanks to a report from Bloomberg, through Handelsblatt, that VW’s CEO, Marin Winterkorn, has said “We have enough to do at the moment in taking our twelve brands to where we want to be” in response to the company possibly buying Proton. He also said “We need to grow in Southeast Asia,” then followed that up with “but that does not mean that we will buy Malaysia’s Proton, like some are speculating.”

In the world of automobile acquisitions, you can always take a CEO’s words with a grain of salt, as they are saying what is true at any given second. At the drop of a hat, that truth can suddenly change, especially if DRB-Hicom decides to offer up Proton at a bargain price. Add in the fact that VW has been very shady with its business tactics lately – avoiding the tax man and sneaking Ducati under Lamborghini’s umbrella to help it meet mpg standards – and you can see why we don’t believe a word of what Winterkorn says.

VW will say what it needs to say in order to keep its labor group happy, but ultimately it is in the automobile manufacturing game to make money. If Proton and/or Lotus are seen as potential profit, VW will tell the labor group to suck it up, as they ink a deal for the Malaysian automotive group.

We’ll keep a close eye on this whole situation and see if VW stays true to it word or reverses ship if Proton falls in its lap.

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VW Labor Representatives Won't Back Additional Acquisitions

VW Labor Representatives Won’t Back Additional Acquisitions

There have been rumors circulating that Volkswagen AG is interested in Proton, which includes the Lotus debacle, as either minority owners or a controlling stake. But if VW’s labor union officials have any say, this will not take place. Bend Osterloh let the Handelsblatt know that the labor union will not support VW acquiring Proton, Lotus, or any other brand.

Osterloh was quoted saying “We already have 12 brands and we first have to stabilize the group.” Osterloh also agrees that VW needs to increase its presence in Southwest Asia, but the labor union still won’t support VW in this potential purchase.

Osterloh holds a seat on the supervisory board, so he has a little pull in the company, but not that much pull. VW is looking to overtake GM as the world’s largest auto manufacturer by 2018 and we doubt a puny labor union will stop VW. Even the taxman couldn’t put the brakes on VW’s expansion when it purchased, err, restructured Porsche.

We are pretty sure that VW will own at least a portion of Proton before the end of 2013, it just has to figure out how to let its labor union know that it can either come along for the ride or step aside. This should be a pretty interesting one, as we all know exactly how well auto unions and automakers play together, so we may be in for a pretty big power struggle.

Grab the popcorn... We’ll keep you updated.

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Correction: Audi Does NOT Own Ducati, Lamborghini Does

Correction: Audi Does NOT Own Ducati, Lamborghini Does

Okay, for ease of understanding we always just place Lamborghini under Volkswagen AG’s umbrella, but in reality, VW owns 99 percent of Audi AG who in turn owns Lamborghini... got it? In a third party, back-door kinda way, yes, VW does own Lamborghini... sort of. So earlier in the year, we mentioned that Audi had secured the Italian motorcycle builder, Ducati, for about $1 billion.

According to Audi’s financial report, it is not the owner of Ducati. How in the world does that kind of error slip through the cracks, right? Well, apparently, Audi follows the same school of thought as its parent company, Volkswagen AG, and tries to push the bounds of legality to get things done, a la Porsche getting a share of VW to exempt VW from paying taxes on the buyout.

Instead of Audi buying Ducati, Lamborghini actually bought it. This does two things for VW, Audi, and Lamborghini. First, it allows it to retain its Italian roots and secondly, it helps push Lamborghini’s overall fuel economy and emissions closer to the European standards that have plagued it in recent years.

So VW has found a way to slither its way through the EU rulebook and find a way around a very important law. Touché, VW, we bow to your supreme rule-bending abilities and the way you do it without us even noticing sometimes.

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2012 Volkswagen Amarok Colt Seaver Edition

2012 Volkswagen Amarok Colt Seaver Edition

For most Americans, if you mention “Fall Guy” and “Volkswagen Amarok,” they have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. The former was a rather unpopular TV show that ran from November 4, 1981 through May 2, 1986 featuring a stuntman turned bounty hunter named Colt Seaver and the latter is a pickup truck that Volkswagen offers only in the European market. When you put the two together, you get the Volkswagen Amarok Colt Seaver Edition.

In the series, Colt Seaver drove a beat up 1980 GMC Sierra that was put through many suspension-breaking stunts and, much like General Lee on the Dukes of Hazzard, the Sierra never showed any signs of wear. Well, the theme of this one-off Amarok is the Sierra that Seaver beat the heck out of.

The Amarok Colt Seaver Edition receives its power from a 1,968 cc 4-pot engine that cranks out 163 PS (160 horsepower) at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque at 1,500 to 2,000 rpm. What makes it like the Sierra that Seaver beat around is the fact that it boasts the same tan-on-brown paint scheme, brush bar, roll bar, and light bar that the Sierra boasted – scaled down to meet the Amarok’s compact size, of course. It also boasts a rather large “Fall Guy Stuntman Assoc” decal on its hood.

The truck itself actually looks rather neat with its lift kit, all-terrain tires, and classic paint job, but to name a special edition truck after a relatively unknown TV series from the `80s is strange. This becomes especially strange when you consider that the dealership building this truck is asking €51,695 ($62,700 at the current exchange rates) for it, which is just shy of three times the Amarok’s base price.

Here you go, take that ridiculous decal off of the hood and strip all ties to the TV show and it just may be worth the cash.

For those that don’t know the TV series (AKA most of America) click past the jump to see a video piecing together stunts from the show.

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Volkswagen and Porsche Successfully Perform the Avoid-the-Taxman Dance

Volkswagen and Porsche Successfully Perform the Avoid-the-Taxman Dance

We all know that when you buy or sell anything of significant worth, the gummament is not too far away with its hand out asking for its share. It doesn’t care which side it comes from, just as long as someone pays “The Man.” Well, when VW AG decided it was time to buyout the remaining 50.1 percent of Porsche and get its former ownership group completely out of the picture, we were talking billions of Euros, €4.5 billion to be exact.

Well, even in Germany, “The Man,” or better yet “Der Mann,” is there in the form of the Baden-Württemberg Finance Ministry asking for his cut of the deal, which would total about €1.5 billion ($1.9 million). This was just about the breaking point of the entire deal, as a part of the buyout was that VW pays the tax.

After five months of massaging the numbers, looking at the laws, and manipulating things in ways that would make a business ethics major cringe, VW and Porsche are about to pull off this deal 100 percent tax free. How they pulled this off was simple enough… The only real sticking point was the fact that VW had to find out how to manipulate the deal into a corporate restructuring, as opposed to a sale.

To achieve a restructuring classification instead of a buy-sell classification, VW gave Porsche the €4.5 billion buying price, but included in that price a single voting share of VW stock… Yeah, that’s it. One little piece of paper that says “I can vote on important issues” saved VW €1.5 billion. Gotta love those tax attorneys.

The deal has yet to be approved by state authorities, but sans any omissions or errors, this looks to be a final deal that gives VW the title to Porsche, instead of just a rental contract.

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2011 Volkswagen Golf GTI by Wunschel Sport

2011 Volkswagen Golf GTI by Wunschel Sport

Yet even more proof that anniversary-edition models have become a big thing in the industry. We’re not sure that a lot of people know this so we’re going to announce it for everyone’s information: the Volkswagen Golf GTI is turning 35 years old. While we’re more than happy to throw some jade the Golf GTI’s way, we’re going to err on the prudent side and let the folks over at GT135.com give the VW sports hatch an anniversary present it deserves.

The people behind GT135.com recently commissioned German tuning firm Wunschel Sport to build a special edition anniversary model for the sixth generation Golf GTI that features a steady amount of aerodynamic and performance upgrades.

Wunschel Sport first lowered the Golf GTI’s suspension by 25mm before painting it with an exclusive titanium finish. The car’s flashy exterior is accentuated by a ‘starting number’ sticker design with the number 35 prominently shown and the words ‘Years of Thunder’ on top of it and ‘GTI 1976-2011’ on the bottom. This sticker design can be found on the hood, doors, and liftgate of the car, celebrating the number of years the model has been in existence. Rounding out the aesthetic upgrades is a set of 19” OZ Racing Quaranta alloy wheels wrapped in high performance tires.

Under its hood, Wunschel Sport gave a few tweaks of the sports hatch’s ECU, remapping it to improve the Golf GTI’s performance numbers. As a result of the ECU remapping, the car’s output jumps from 210 horsepower and 206 lb/ft of torque to 260 horsepower and 265 lb/ft of torque. These numbers translate to 0-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 158 mph.

Not a bad 35th anniversary model for the Volkswagen Golf GTI, if we do say so ourselves!

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Volkswagen releases new ketchup line at the Techno Classica Essen

Volkswagen releases new ketchup line at the Techno Classica Essen

The next time you’re at your local diner and you need some ketchup to add flavor to your cheeseburger, don’t be surprised if the waitress gives you a Volkswagen.

The German auto giant is coming out with a tasty new product at the Techno Classica Essen and it’s got nothing to do with a new car model. Instead, they’re going to wow the world’s largest classic car show in Germany with ketchup. No you won’t see the latest Touareg, Beetle, or Golf; just a flavorful condiment.

The Volkswagen Classic Ketchup, which features an old Volkswagen Beetle on the front, was originally created by Kraft to supposedly complement the taste of VW’s curry sausage, a delicacy that’s served to VW employees at their prodution facility in Wolfsburg.

If you’re surprised that Volkswagen actually has a ketchup line, don’t be, because they’ve been producing it since 1997 and in 2009, they sold about 425,000 of these bad boys all over the world.

VW is selling one bottle of the ketchup for €3 and will only come out with about 1,000 pieces for the Techno Classica Essen.

For an auto brand that’s considered one of the largest in the world, they’re still trying to make a quick buck - or three - even if it means selling condiments to add a zing to your bratwurst.

Press Release after the jump

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Berlin protestors resort to burning luxury cars

Berlin protestors resort to burning luxury cars

We thought we left the witch-hunting back centuries ago, but as it turns out, in Germany, a whole new form of burning-at-the-stake is taking place. A group of protestors from Berlin that support leftist organizations in the German capital have taken their whole approach of getting noticed to a new level, and they’re doing it by burning down luxury cars.

Yes, this is the 21st century and apparently, hooligans still do exist. More than 200 cars have been reported to being burned by these people, most of which include local luxury brands like Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen. They burn these cars in an attempt to send a message that the growing increase in rent due to the ongoing urban development in the city isn’t sitting too well with the blue-collar folks that can’t keep up with the gentrification of their city. So, in an attempt to get their points across; they burn down any luxury car that is unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of their wrath.

Making things worse is that they’d leave a note after the poor car has been burned to a crisp, even claiming responsibility for their fiery rage. So, if you’re in Berlin with a brand-new luxury vehicle, make sure you keep a close eye on it, especially during weekend nights, before it gets toasted – literally.

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Volkswagen releases Golf R and Scirocco R out on the market

Volkswagen releases Golf R and Scirocco R out on the market

After unveiling the 2010 Volkswagen Golf R and the 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R a month ago, the German automaker has finally released the two cars out on the market in Germany.

The two cars, which both use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged TSI engine, can both churn out as much as 260 horsepower with an electronic limit of 250 km/h.

In addition to sharing the same engine, the two R models were also outfitted with 17-inch allows, modified bumpers, a shiny and glossy grille, a sports rear spoiler, sports seats, pedals, and a racing steering wheel.

After catching the promotional video of the two cars running roughshod on a race track, it’s safe to say that the wait for these two R-models has been long and anxious.

If you’re interested to avail either one of the two, head on over to your nearest VW dealership; the Golf R goes for €36,400 while the Scirocco R sells for €33,475.

Press release after jump.

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2008 Volkswagen Golf Variant Individual

2008 Volkswagen Golf Variant Individual

Volkswagen unveiled a new special edition for the Golf Variant (Jetta Wagon): the "Individual" package. It offers two front sports seats covered in Nappa leather and 17-inch alloy wheels (18" Charleston rims as an option).

The suspension has been lowered by 15 mm and the rear side windows and rear window have been darkened. Inside the Individual package features leather steering wheel, heated front seats and brushed aluminum inserts. The Golf Variant “Individual” is available in Germany from 26830 euros (about $42000).

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