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2020 Volkswagen Touareg R

2020 Volkswagen Touareg R

The Touareg is finally promoted to R spec, but it’s a hybrid!

The 2020 Volkswagen Touareg R is a high-performance version of the familiar midsize SUV. Unveiled in February 2020, ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, the 2020 Touareg R is the first of its kind to boast an "R" badge. It’s also the first R model with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and the first range-topping variant of any Volkswagen nameplate to feature electrification.

The 2020 Touareg R also makes the Touareg the third VW nameplate to offer a hybrid model after the Golf and the Passat. Because Volkswagen no longer offers the Touareg in the United States, where it has been replaced by the Atlas, the Touareg R won’t cross the pond to North America. Let’s find out more about this SUV in the review below.

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Holy Electric Moly, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 Hybrid Is More Powerful Than the GTI

Holy Electric Moly, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 Hybrid Is More Powerful Than the GTI

It’s probably just as quick too!

The highly-anticipated 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 is finally out and the really big news is that it comes with five hybrid drivetrains. The regular TSI engines are now paired to 48-volt systems, but Volkswagen also offers two proper hybrids with electric motors. One of them is basically similar to the old Mk7-generation GTE, but the new Mk8 GTE is a wild one and packs more punch than the outgoing GTI. I bet you didn’t expect that.

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The 2020 Volkswagen Golf R Will Grow Mean with 400 horsepower

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf R Will Grow Mean with 400 horsepower

This will make it the fastest road-going Golf to roll off the production line

The Volkswagen Golf R has always been a traditional go-to in the hatchback market. More specifically, it’s the go-to for guys that want performance. Unfortunately, it kind of trails behind the competition with models like the Honda Civic Type R and the Focus RS, among others, delivering more power and better performance times. Volkswagen now reports, via AutoExpress, that all that that’s going to change with the next-gen model in 2020. The word? The Golf R will deliver at least 400 horsepower. There’s going to be a trade-off, though.

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Volkswagen forced to halt Golf GTE's orders due to high demand

Volkswagen forced to halt Golf GTE’s orders due to high demand

Now, who would’ve expected that? Not Volkswagen for sure!

What does a company do when its powerful hatch is slapped with a hybrid option? Advertise the product and convince the customers to go for it? Not in the case of Volkswagen, at least. The second-largest car manufacturer in the world has stopped taking orders for the new Golf GTE due to high demands! How crazy is that?

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The Next-Gen Volkswagen Golf Will Feature a Mild-Hybrid System

The Next-Gen Volkswagen Golf Will Feature a Mild-Hybrid System

VW is looking to add electrons for extra efficiency

Introduced alongside a new turbocharged 1.5-liter engine powered by natural gas and a new 2.0-liter diesel hybrid TDI engine, Volkswagen has unveiled an upcoming 48-volt mild hybrid system intended for service across VW’s lineup. First in line to receive the 48-volt system is the next-generation Golf.

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Volkswagen To Spend Some Serious Cheddar On EVs And Self-Drivers

Volkswagen To Spend Some Serious Cheddar On EVs And Self-Drivers

Huge investment helps the German brand move into the future

Volkswagen is pushing hard to establish itself as a major player in several forward-looking technologies, namely electric vehicles, hybrids, and self-driving vehicles. It was recently announced that Volkswagen’s supervisory board approved $40 billion to develop EV, hybrid, and autonomous tech through 2022.

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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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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 Tiguan GTE

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan GTE

When it comes to hybrids, Volkswagen offers only three as of 2015. But that’s about to change, and the Tiguan GTE concept that will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show proves it.

The third vehicle to receive Volkswagen’s new GTE badge, the Tiguan is also the company’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. Although just a concept car, the Tiguan GTE is most certainly set to become a production model and hit the market sometime in 2016, albeit without the innovative solar module integrated into the roof.

The GTE Concept will be unveiled alongside the second-generation 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, which rides on Volkswagen’s MQB platform. Slightly bigger, but lighter than its predecessor, the new Tiguan lends its redesigned exterior and interior to the GTE. The concept does feature a few styling cues of its own, but more about that, as well as the crossover’s hybrid drivetrain, in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Tiguan GTE.

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Next Generation Volkswagen Phaeton Will Get Plug-in Hybrid Version

Next Generation Volkswagen Phaeton Will Get Plug-in Hybrid Version

Within the next couple of years, Volkswagen seems poised to reintroduce its Phaeton luxury flagship sedan to the U.S. market, and thanks to the 2015 Kia K900 and 2014 Hyundai Equus, consumers seem to have finally warmed up to the idea of high-lux sedans from mainstream brands. That said, though, VW still has its work cut out for it to ensure the second-gen Phaeton doesn’t repeat the sales flop of the 2004-06 model (which is still on sale in Europe and China), with a high-tech platform and drivetrain.

According to Automotive News, when the new Volkswagen Phaeton arrives in late 2016 or early 2017, it will do so with the option of an advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain that will likely be shared with other Volkswagen Group models riding on the MLB platform, which include the 2016 Audi Q7. There are no additional details about the Phaeton PHEV, but the upcoming Q7 has been developed with two PHEV powertrains: one that uses a 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder and another with a 3.0-liter diesel V-6.

One of the more interesting details about the report is the fact that VW seems to be positioning the new Phaeton to compete against the ultra-luxurious 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class leaving the closely related 2015 Audi A8 to take on the newly introduced 2016 BMW 7 Series.

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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Concept

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Concept

Volkswagen isn’t shy when it comes to producing wild concept cars, and now it has unveiled a high-performance plug-in-hybrid hot-hatch concept dubbed the GTE Sport.

Many of the wild concept cars that VW has produced recently have actually been confirmed for production. Models like the 2015 Golf R400 and the 2015 GTI Clubsport are both set to hit the production line, but this hybrid hot-hatch is not going to see showrooms any time soon.

Instead, this concept car is more of a technological study that will also gauge buyer interest in performance hybrids outside of the supercar realm. If this tech ever does land in a VW AG model, it will likely start in a model that is higher up the food chain than the Golf. Something like the 2015 Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE seems more of a feasible model in the near term.

Despite its lack of production future, the GTE Sport is still an intriguing model that gives us a look at what VW is working on.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Volkswagen GTE Sport concept car.

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2014 Volkswagen XL1

2014 Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen’s dream of developing a 235-mpg car (1 liter per 100 kilometers) has finally been realized, as the new XL1 will be making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. To make things even better, the first details have been released today. Volkswagen describes it as "a spectacular appearance – a car of the future, built for today."

On the exterior, the model remains pretty much identical to the concept unveiled at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, including those cool gullwing doors. Still, the car is a little bit better than VW hoped, because its fuel consumption goes down to an impressive 0.9 liters per 100 kilometers, or 261 U.S. mpg.

The model will be unveiled next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the first production batch will consist of just 50 units, with any other unit being developed on demand.

Updated 6/27/2014: Volkswagen has announced that the XL1 is ready for launch, and the first car was delivered to a German buyer in May 2014. It is also now available in the UK at £98,515 ($167,736 as of 6/27/2014) on the road.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Volkswagen XL1.

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