Volkswagen News

  • Teaser for Volkswagen T-Roc R concept debuting at 2019 Geneva auto show

    Volkswagen will use next month's 2019 Geneva International Motor Show to preview a new performance crossover SUV currently in the works. The vehicle is the T-Roc R we've spied testing at the Nürburgring, and its preview will come in the form of a thinly veiled concept, shown here in a teaser sketched released by VW on Thursday. Before you get too excited, note that the regular T-Roc isn't sold in the United States so neither will the R version. That's a shame because there might be a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 under the hood. The same engine is found in the Audi RS 3 and TT RS...

  • 2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots

    The first model from Volkswagen's new family of ID electric cars has been spotted testing in prototype form. The car is a compact hatch similar in size to VW's Golf, and its arrival will mark the start of VW's transition to an electric car manufacturer. The design was previewed in 2016 by the ID...

  • Volkswagen T-Roc R teaser video
    Rocking around the 'Ring: VW teases T-Roc R crossover

    A performance-oriented crossover SUV from Volkswagen is coming, T-Roc R , which the automaker teased last week in a video. VW didn't take the T-Roc R just anywhere for the video, it took the vehicle to the Nürburgring with a proper race driver behind the wheel. The video shows Petter Solberg...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, 2019 Chicago Auto Show
    2019 VW Jetta GLI arrives with GTI and Golf R hand-me-downs

    Volkswagen launched a new generation of the Jetta compact sedan for 2019 but the version we're most interested in is only making its appearance now. We're talking about the new Jetta GLI sport sedan, which was unveiled Thursday at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The Jetta GLI is essentially the GTI...

  • 2021 Volkswagen ID Crozz test mule spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2021 Volkswagen ID Crozz spy shots

    Volkswagen is developing a family of electric cars based on a modular platform dubbed the MEB, and some of them will be assembled at the automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our latest spy shots show a test mule for a crossover SUV that will fit in the family. It was previewed in 2017 by...

  • Volkswagen Geneva Show Electric Buggy concept
    Volkswagen's beach buggy is back and this time it's electric

    The teasers and rumors were correct. Volkswagen confirmed Wednesday that it plans to revive the beach buggy, or dune buggy as some might call it, with a modern twist: It's electric. The reborn buggy will make its concept car debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March. It's not clear just what VW...

  • 2018 Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak race car

    The Volkswagen ID R electric time attack special has a new mission on its hands: Obliterate the EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The current record is the 6:45.9 set by Nio and its EP9 track car back in 2017. VW will attempt to break the record this summer and insiders have suggested the lap time could go as low as 5:30. That's close to the overall record for the 12.9-mile track claimed last June by Porsche with its 919 Evo time attack special based on the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car. The car, with race driver Timo Bernhard behind the wheel, set a 5:19.55 lap, or enough to...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
    Crank up the volume: VW reveals 286-horsepower Golf GTI TCR

    Volkswagen on Wednesday unveiled a tuned version of its Golf GTI inspired by the TCR race version of the car. It's called the Golf GTI TCR, and it was previewed by a concept at the 2018 Wörthersee Tour tuning fest held last May in Austria. The production version matches the concept car's...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Passat, 2019 Detroit auto show
    VW won't offer V-6, AWD, or manual transmission in 2020 Passat

    The 2020 Volkswagen Passat will go it alone, at least in terms of what's under its updated body. Mike Lovati, VW's U.S.-market chief product planner for the Passat, told Motor Authority at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that the Passat will move forward with only a...

  • Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess
    Ford and VW to collaborate on mid-size pickups, commercial vans

    The commercial vehicle operations of Ford and Volkswagen will be much more closely aligned in the near future. The two announced Tuesday a substantial partnership that will see a number of commercial vehicles jointly developed by the two brands. Each will also build vehicles for the other brand...

  • Volkswagen to build EVs at Chattanooga, Tennessee plant starting in 2022
    VW will invest $800M in US plant for EV production

    Volkswagen on Monday confirmed it will build electric cars at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, beginning in 2022. The automaker will invest $800 million in the site for electric car production and in the process create around 1,000 jobs directly at the plant, plus additional jobs at supplier...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Passat, 2019 Detroit auto show
    2020 Volkswagen Passat: More of the same for American-made mid-sizer

    Volkswagen unveiled a new version of its Passat on Monday at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but fans hoping for major changes are in for disappointment as the car is an update of the existing model which dates back to the 2012 model year. The new Passat arrives in...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show

    Volkswagen has successfully hired former Apple executive Alexander Hitzinger to help lead self-driving technology development. His larger role is direct responsibility for technical development for commercial vehicles, and he will also lead the company's Mobility as a Service initiative, which imagines a future in which people will simply ride in cars rather than own them. Reuters reported on Hitzinger's hiring on Wednesday and noted the former Apple executive was part of the company's Project Titan team. Project Titan was Apple's self-driving electric-car project and was disbanded years ago...

  • Sketch for proposed Volkswagen electric off-road SUV
    Electric Volkswagen off-road SUV on the table

    The Volkswagen brand may build a dedicated off-road electric SUV as part of the ID family of vehicles. Call us intrigued. Auto Express reported on Thursday that VW is considering building an off-road electric SUV and said VW’s strategic head Michael Jost is personally championing the effort...

  • Ford and Volkswagen logos
    Ford, VW tipped to announce deeper ties at 2019 Detroit auto show

    Evidence is mounting that Ford and the Volkswagen Group could form deeper ties than once imagined. Both automaker's announced a memorandum of understanding last June to research partnerships and joint-production of vehicles, with commercial vehicles specifically mentioned, but that might have just...

  • Volkswagen mobile fast-charger system
    VW shows off mobile fast-charging station for electric cars

    Today, the vast majority of charging stations are fixed in place after installation. Next year, VW plans to join a short list of companies looking to change that. On Thursday, the German automaker showed off a mobile fast-charging station for electric cars it plans to implement in 2019, and the...

  • Volkswagen beach buggy teaser on corporate Christmas card
    Volkswagen teases reborn beach buggy with Christmas card

    Volkswagen may have teased its idea for a reborn beach buggy with an image on its corporate Christmas card. Autocar reported on the image Thursday, which shows Santa Clause behind the wheel of an open-top, lifted buggy. We can even see knobby tires in the sketch on the front passenger tire. Even...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI spy shots

    Volkswagen launched a new generation of the Jetta compact sedan for 2019 but the model we're most interested in seeing is yet to debut. We'll see it soon, though, as the debut is expected to take place next February at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The model we're talking about is the Jetta GLI, a...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport leaked - Image via Autohome

    Volkswagen in March showed off a thinly veiled concept that foreshadowed a new crossover SUV related to the mid-size Atlas, and now photos of the production model have leaked onto the Internet. Photos of the vehicle, which in concept guise was called the Atlas Cross Sport, first surfaced on Chinese website Autohome. The vehicle basically ditches the third row of seats for a more aggressive, more rakish profile. However, those wowed by the concept's stylish lines may be disappointed in the production vehicle's final look. While it's not hulking like the regular three-row Atlas, the production...

  • Volkswagen logo
    Another scandal at VW: Automaker sold pre-production vehicles as used cars

    Volkswagen's 2015 diesel emissions scandal isn't entirely in its rearview mirror yet, and now another scandal threatens the automaker. VW confirmed this week that it sold thousands of pre-production Volkswagen vehicles as used cars, which did not meet regulations in the United States and Europe...

  • Volkswagen ID Crozz concept
    Fifth VW ID electric car to be upmarket SUV; beach buggy might return, too

    VW has insisted its move to electric cars will help bring back some of the most iconic names from the automaker, and may even spell the end of front-wheel-drive cars. Now, we know Volkswagen has plans for a fifth electric car as part of its ID model lineup, and the beach buggy could even make a...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Passat prototype first drive - December 2018
    2020 Volkswagen Passat prototype first drive review: Playing it safe

    When the last mid-size sedan buyer exits the showroom in favor of a crossover SUV, Volkswagen will be there to turn out the lights. That’s the overriding thought about the 2020 VW Passat I drove in lightly camouflaged guise at the automaker’s proving grounds south of Phoenix. The...

  • Volkswagen ID Neo concept, 2016 Paris auto show
    VW's next-gen cars could be its last with internal combustion engines

    Volkswagen's generation of cars scheduled to start arriving around 2026 will likely be the brand's last to be fitted with internal combustion engines in most major markets. That's according to Michael Jost, strategy chief for the VW brand, who said the automaker will slowly phase out internal...

  • Herbert Diess
    VW boss hints at second US plant, sharing capacity with Ford

    Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess dropped further hints about the German automaker's potential partnership with Ford following a meeting at the White House on Tuesday. Diess, together with Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche and BMW Group CFO Nicolas Peter, met with U.S. officials including Commerce...

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