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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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2019 Volkswagen I.D. BUGGY Concept

2019 Volkswagen I.D. BUGGY Concept

An all-electric dune buggy from the future

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.

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Offroad

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Offroad

Tiguan Offroad attempts off-roading

Volkswagen has revealed the new Tiguan Offroad. It is a new version of the super popular compact crossover now drizzled with features and solutions that make it far more suitable for off-roading tasks than before. Revealed at the Moscow Auto Show, the Tiguan Offroad brought numerous improvements over the standard Tiguan which grant the small Volkswagen with some capabilities that I would only expect from SUVs and vehicles that actually intend to go where the road ends in the first place.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas by APR

2018 Volkswagen Atlas by APR

Converting A Volkswagen Crossover Into An Off-Road Capable Machine

Please welcome the Volkswagen Atlas tuned by APR, a company well known for its Volkswagen Group projects. The new Atlas comes with a series of important upgrades that transform it from a decent, sensible family hauler into a beast-looking machine that feels more like the Hulk with its green vinyl wrap than it does something you’d use to take your kid to soccer training. The American tuning company that’s specialized in Volkswagen cars got its hands on an Atlas powered by a 2.0-liter, four-banger, and it went all Golf R on it, ultimately increasing the power, improving looks, and transforming the decadent machine into a show-off beast.

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“Dirt Every Day” Races 1967 Ford F-100 & VW Van: Video

“Dirt Every Day” Races 1967 Ford F-100 & VW Van: Video

This unlikely pairing makes for hilarious fun

Fred Williams, 4Wheel & Off Road editor and host of Dirt Every Day, pairs up two unlikely vehicles for an informal (and rather fun) race around a grassy and dirt-filled track in the middle of nowhere. The vehicles: a 1967 Ford F-100 and a 1989 Volkswagen Van. Yep, this is a race for the ages.

Williams employs the help of his friends to get the event going, and his ole buddy Frank supplied the F-100. The truck had been sitting up for seven years, set aside after Frank broke his neck in an accident. Now with hand controls, he’s able to pilot the truck once more. Well, that is after Frank and Williams get the truck running again.

The VW van is in a similar state of disrepair. New progressive-rate coil springs and Fox Racing shocks bring the van’s suspension into the current century, while a slight engine tune and Super Swamper rear tires motivate the mess. It’s pretty impressive how the Van morphs from a heap of crap into something that looks fun.

I won’t spoil all the video’s fun, so enter full-screen mode, crank the volume, and enjoy the pilot episode of season five of Dirt Every Day.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

Every fall, dozens of journalists from all over Texas and around the country gather to compare, test, and crown the winner of the “Truck of Texas” competition. It’s a coveted award from the Texas Auto Writers Association that signifies Texas’ collective approval of a truck. And not only are trucks involved, awards go out for the SUV and CUV of Texas.

I already touched on the topic in the preview piece, but awards are also given to the winner in each vehicle category and for various things like “best connectivity” and “best powertrain.”

This year’s competition was fierce. There were 84 vehicles present from 21 automakers entered into 17 different categories. Evaluating the field were 69 TAWA members comprised of journalists and social media influencers.

So let’s get down to the results. Keep reading for the full breakdown.

Continue reading for the results of the 2015 TAWA Truck Rodeo

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2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

The Volkswagen Passat has occupied VW’s mid-sized sedan segment since 1973. In the 42 years since, the Passat has become one of the company’s go-to models, evolving through eight design generations and a handful of other names in various markets — Dasher, Santana, Quantum, Magotan, Corsar and Carat — to retain its place in the Volkswagen hierarchy. Until recently, the Passat was built exclusively as a sedan, but recent trends in the industry gave VW the opportunity to shed the Passat’s sedan skin to build other body types. One such model that was born out of this transformation is the Passat Alltrack, a high-riding, four-wheel-drive wagon that bridges the gap between the standard Passat Estate and an SUV like the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan.

The Passat Alltrack is in its second generation, and while it may look the part of a wagon, it functions like a true off-roader, thanks in large part to a raised ride height, permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive, and electronic differential lock. It also has a total of four engines: a turbocharged gas mill and three turbodiesels, all of which carry enough power to handle road conditions that standard wagons would have a hard time dealing with.

The Passat Alltrack is an interesting car that might command a following if Volkswagen makes it available in the U.S. Unfortunately, there are no plans for that, which is a shame considering that a vehicle like this could be a hit among American customers looking to hit two birds, or in this case, car types, with one stone.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack.

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2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Volkswagen has announced a new vehicle ahead of the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The Golf Alltrack is a slightly lifted, a beefed-up version of the Golf wagon, equipped to handle slippery surfaces with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system from Haldex. Electronics help the Alltrack track all over thanks to brake-simulated locking differentials and inside-wheel-braking for improved cornering abilities.

The Golf Alltrack also gets plenty of cosmetic changes to show off its soft-roading skills. A raised ride height, a squared-off and unique front grille, matte-silver accents, and a few interior bits help distinguish the Alltrack from the standard Golf.

Things under the hood are different, too. Volkswagen now includes the 1.8-liter, TSI, gasoline engine in the Golf. Producing 177 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque, the gas engine will scoot the Alltrack to 62 mph in 7.8 seconds. Additionally, VW is offering three TDI engines in the Alltrack; the 1.6-liter TDI and two versions of the 2.0-liter TDI.

This is Volkswagen’s second soft-roader, preceded by the Passat Alltrack. The cars compete for customers against the Audi Allroad, the Volvo XC70, and even the Subaru Outback. The combination of a wagon-like build with SUV-like abilities makes the Alltrack an interesting alternative to crossovers and a good Goldilocks solution to an age-old trade off.

Sadly, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack won’t likely trek to the States. However, the Alltrack’s less-brawny brother, the Golf SportWagen, a concept that debuted at the 2014 New York Auto Show, may in fact hit our shores.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

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Volkswagen Beetle Dune Will Make It To Production

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Will Make It To Production

Back in the day, the Volkswagen Beetle was known as the "people’s car". It was cheap, simple to maintain, and cute as a bug. That perception changed a lot with the New Beetle, which comes with its engine mounted at the front and a more sophisticated appeal. Of course, the current Beetle has yet to ditch its feminine image, but that could change if a recent rumor about Volkswagen’s plans to put the 2014 Dune Concept in production proves to be accurate.

That’s right, folks, the muscular Beetle Dune Concept could become available at a dealership near you, and it might happen in early 2016. According to CAR, the Volkswagen board already approved the Beetle Dune at a meeting in May 2014, with the crossover-like vehicle to be launched as both a hatchback and a convertible. The news was confirmed by head of Beetle marketing Matthias Zauner, who also said the Dune will become an integral part of the future Beetle lineup and not just a special-edition model.

So what’s VW aiming to achieve with the Beetle Dune?

Click past the jump to read more about Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept.

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Vw Touareg to feature upgraded diesel engine in the UK

Vw Touareg to feature upgraded diesel engine in the UK

While the US is still waiting for a V6 diesel engine, Volkswagen UK announced today the introduction of a revised version of the 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine on the Touareg, which will deliver a useful boost in power but also a higher fuel economy and less CO2 emissions.

According to the manufacturer, the Volkswagen Touareg powered by the 3.0 liter diesel engine represents almost 68% of all the sales of the vehicle in the UK. The upgraded engine, linked to a six speed tiptronic gearbox and four-wheel drive, will now deliver 240hp instead of 225hp, the sprint from 0-100 km/h will be possible in 8.3 seconds while the CO2 emissions will drop from .278 g/km to 262 g/km

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