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Take a Look Back at VW's Record-Breaking Run Up Pikes Peak: Video

Take a Look Back at VW’s Record-Breaking Run Up Pikes Peak: Video

This is still epic to look at

This summer, Volkswagen conquered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race with their fantastic I.D. R prototype, which was driven by Romain Dumas up the mountain in a record time of 7:57.148, 16 seconds under Sebastien Loeb’s 5-year-old record.

Motorsport is still a relevant marketing tool and battle-scarred Volkswagen decided the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the perfect place to showcase its electric technology. The race, which has been going since 1916, sees competitors climb up the 12.42-mile-long course all the way to 14,000 feet. Nowadays, there’s no more dirt at Pikes Peak, but that doesn’t make the challenge itself any less daunting.

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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan PHEV/GTE

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan PHEV/GTE

A model that could pose a serious threat to the competition

When Volkswagen debuted the second-generation Tiguan for the 2016 model year, it debuted alongside the Tiguan PHEV GTE Concept – a model that served as a preview for the upcoming Tiguan PHEV. Now, it looks like the production version of the Tiguan PHEV is about to make its debut as it was spotted with zero camo cruising around public streets. As you can see it’s not all that different from the standard Tiguan, but it does have its differences. If the concept is any representation of what we can expect, and it obviously is, the production model should deliver between 210 and 220 horsepower and offer up some 30 miles of all-electric range for those of you with a short commute.

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Volkswagen Lays Down Goal Of One Million EV And Plug-In Models By 2025

Volkswagen Lays Down Goal Of One Million EV And Plug-In Models By 2025

It’s a big challenge, even for one of the world’s biggest automakers

The Volkswagen Group is making a bold proclamation by announcing that it expects to have one million electric and plug-in hybrid models in the market by 2025. The number sounds ambitious on the surface, but with the expectation of carbon dioxide emission limits becoming stricter in major markets, one million EVs and plug-in hybrids in nine years is the target VW is setting for itself in order to meet the demands for these cars.

The challenge is real for Volkswagen and the company knows that it’s been brought about by circumstances outside of its control. To its credit, steps are already being made to get to that lofty number, including increasing the number of models it plans to release in the coming years. Right now, the VW group has a total of three EVs and six plug-in hybrids in the market.

Volkswagen accounts for four of those models – e-Up, e-Golf, Golf GTE, and Passat GTE – with Audi having three – R8 e-tron, A3 Sportback e-tron, and Q7 e-tron quattro – and Porsche having the other two – Panamera S E-Hybrid and Cayenne S E-Hybrid. More models are expected to join in the coming years, including two models – Porsche’s Mission E electric car and Audi’s e-tron quattro – that the automaker is developing to compete against Tesla. All told, Volkswagen wants to have at least 20 new electric and plug-in hybrid models in the market by 2020.

VW has also begun preparations to build a modular architecture, called MEB, for battery electric cars. This standard platform should make it easier for the company to design all sorts of vehicle types compared to what it currently uses on models like the e-Golf. Development of the MEB platform is expected to start this October.

Volkswagen brand production chief Thomas Ulbrich is confident that the goal of one million vehicles can be attained, saying that the automaker is capable of building at least 75,000 electric and plug-in hybrid models a year once the demand rises for these models when more markets begin putting a premium on having EVs and plug-in hybrids in the fold. It’s too early to tell if one million EVs and plug-in hybrids by 2025 is an attainable goal. But if anybody can pull it off, Volkswagen’s as good a choice as any automaker to get it done.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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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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