Cylinder deactivation has been with us for several years in big V8 engines. Both GM and Chrysler have used it and Audi now offers it on its S range. Rather firing on all cylinders during steady freeway driving, the units use cylinder deactivation to save fuel when the power demand is low, shutting off the power to half the cylinders. Volkswagen thinks the technology could be of use in smaller engines too and is introducing the world's first 4-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivaion. The technology will be seen in Volkswagen's next generation 1.4-liter TSI engine. The current model fitted in...
3-Cyl Volkswagen Passat: An Insight Into Extreme Downsizing
Think turbocharger and you may think high performance, but the latest generation of cars are using turbochargers in order to maintain performance whilst engine capacity decreases in the push for improved fuel economy. Volkswagen is no stranger to forced induction, having used turbochargers on...Antony Ingram
Heard The One About The... 200mph, 600bhp Bonneville Skoda?
Whilst Skodas have never been sold in the United States, gearheads probably know a little about the Czech Republic-based subsiduary of the Volkswagen Audi Group and some of the great cars the company has produced since becoming part of the VAG empire. As such, the brand has shaken off the...Antony Ingram
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Priced From $19,765
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle was undoubtedly one of the stars of the recent 2011 New York Auto Show but interested buyers will have to anxiously wait several more months as the cutesy coupe isn’t scheduled to go on sale until October. We can now confirm what sticker price the car will where...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Report: Volkswagen Likely To Axe Twincharger Engine
A few years ago Volkswagen was touting the benefits of its new ‘twincharger’ technology for gasoline engines. Labeled TSI, the technology essentially combined both a supercharger and a turbocharger along with direct fuel injection on a single engine to boost performance throughout the...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Touareg Hybrid set to join Volkswagen BlueMotion range next year
Volkswagen, looking to improve the efficiency of its fleets, has released today details about a number of new and upcoming technologies that it has grouped under its BlueMotion environmental tag. These technologies include engine start-stop systems, regenerative braking, electric propulsion, hybrid...Alex Kaufmann
The Seat Leon hatch is in the midst of its second generation, with a facelift expected early next year. The all-new Linea R version of the car has come early, however, featuring a range of engines and a fresher design. Two four-cylinder petrol engines - a 1.8L rated at 160hp (119kW) and a 2.0L 200hp (149kW) - complement a single 2.0L TDI diesel engine rated at 170hp (126kW). Fitted only with a manual gearbox, the TDI version is the fuel miser of the group, managing 39.2mpg (6L/100km). The two petrol engines are more performance-minded. Even the smaller 1.8L engine manages 0-62pmh (100km/H)...