Volkswagen News

  • Volkswagen Passat GT concept, 2016 Los Angeles auto show

    Volkswagen has let its North American engineering team cook up something interesting for the 2016 Los Angeles auto show, on this week. That something arrived in the shape of a Passat, and it came bearing GT badging. It's called the Passat GT and it's just a concept at this point, but we're guessing the green light is going to come for this seemingly production ready, near-R potential family sedan. ALSO SEE: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV finally makes debut Under the hood you'll find VW's familiar 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 280 horsepower and is paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission...

  • 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
    2017 VW e-Golf debuts with more power, range

    Following the emergence of its diesel emissions scandal, the Volkswagen Group, in an attempt to clean up its image, announced plans to launch 30 electric cars by 2025. But VW has already been selling an electric car here in the United States for the past couple of years. The car is part of the Golf...

  • 2017 Audi Allroad
    VW admits Audi transmission distorts emissions during tests

    On November 6, German media first reported that certain automatic transmissions used in gasoline- and diesel-powered Audi cars had software that could determine whether the car was being tested by regulators and then switch to a more economical shift program in order to reduce carbon dioxide...

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    2018 Volkswagen Golf debuts with more power, tech

    Volkswagen’s taking its humble Golf down the high-tech road by introducing some advanced features not normally found in the compact class. The features are part of a mid-cycle update for the seventh-generation Golf and will be available during 2017. Specifications for the United States are...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Polo R WRC rally car
    VW to quit WRC after 2016, focus on customer racing

    Volkswagen and its Polo WRC has dominated the World Rally Championship since entering in 2013, but the automaker, which has just clinched its fourth-straight Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles, on Wednesday confirmed it is quitting the sport after the 2016 season. The announcement means...

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    Judge approves VW’s $14.7B buyback of 2.0-liter diesels

    The Volkswagen Group in June reached a settlement with the EPA and numerous other regulators to resolve civil claims over the automaker’s diesel emission cheating scandal, which erupted in September 2015 with the discovery of numerous VW Group vehicles whose diesel engines were fitted with...

  • How Volkswagen's DSG works

    Engineering Explained and The Humble Mechanic team are two YouTube channels with the goal of teaching us more about the cars we drive. Today, they get together to break down how Volkswagen's dual-clutch gearbox works. Volkswagen calls it the Direct-Shift Gearbox, or DSG for short. With an engineer and a mechanic as the hosts, we get a deeper dive into the wrenching side of the DSG. ALSO SEE: How a dual-clutch transmission works Essentially, the DSG's internals are very much like those of a manual transmission. It consists of a pair of wet multi-plate clutches. These operate a pair of input...

  • 2017 Volkswagen Golf
    2018 Volkswagen Golf to debut early November

    Volkswagen's seventh-generation Golf is about to receive some updates. The updated car should be on sale in 2017, as a 2018 model. The German automaker has confirmed that we’ll see the covers come off in early November 2016, although only for the European specification. All VW is willing to...

  • Patent drawing for Volkswagen electric car concept - Image via Autoblog
    More VW concept patents surface, hint at future EV family

    New patent drawings depicting futuristic concept cars have turned up in the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s database. The drawings, found by Autoblog and Motor1, were filed by Volkswagen and most likely depict planned concepts for the automaker’s future electric car...

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    VW snags World Rally title while World Rallycross title goes to Audi

    The past weekend was a busy one for rally fans as championship titles were awarded in two top-level competitions: World Rally Championship and World Rallycross Championship. In WRC, it was Frenchman Sébastien Ogier and his co-driverJulien Ingrassia taking top honors—the fourth time in...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf R Variant spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Volkswagen Golf R Variant spy shots and video

    The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is about to undergo its mid-cycle update. We’ll see the updated range in showrooms around mid-2017, with the cars arriving for the 2018 model year. Prototypes are currently testing around Europe. The latest shots and video show a prototype for the...

  • 2017 Volkswagen 3-row SUV spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    VW’s 3-row SUV to be called the Atlas?

    According to a report out of Germany, Volkswagen’s three-row SUV to be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee will be called the Atlas. Automobilwoche reports that VW filed a trademark application for the name in the U.S. in April and plans to present the SUV for the first time at a media event in...

  • Volkswagen ID Neo concept, 2016 Paris auto show

    The Volkswagen Group in order to shed any vestiges of its diesel emissions cheating scandal is embracing vehicle electrification with open arms. The automaker is committed to launching 30 electric cars by 2025 across its various brands, many of which will come from the namesake Volkswagen brand. VW already sells some electric cars, including the e-Golf here in the United States. Its next-generation zero-emission models, though, are being developed from the ground up to run on electricity. They will ride on a dedicated platform called the MEB, which was previewed in the Budd-e concept at...

  • Volkswagen Multivan PanAmericana
    VW shows off its latest Transporter adventure van

    No, this isn't the news of the forever forthcoming Microbus that we all want to hear. Instead, this is news of an all-new version of Volkswagen's Transporter that we would love here in the States but that we'll never see. It's called the Multivan PanAmericana, and it's an adventure-ready version of...

  • Volkswagen Beetle LSR
    Volkswagen Beetle LSR blows past 200 mph at Bonneville

    The Volkswagen Beetle is an icon. It's been around for decades and it's a beloved automobile the world over. It is not, however, a fast car by any means. Sure, there have been quick versions made, and some aftermarket companies have wrung out plenty of extra horsepower but the car was never a speed...

  • 2017 Volkswagen 3-row SUV spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    VW confirms power numbers for 3-row SUV

    Volkswagen is almost ready to show us its new, locally-built SUV with third-row seats, although photos showing a completely undisguised version have already cropped up. A name is yet to be confirmed but “Teramont” is the rumored option. On Wednesday the automaker released a video that...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI spy shots

    With the recent demise of the Phaeton, Volkswagen’s Polo is now the oldest model in the lineup. The current model was first shown as far back as the 2009 Geneva auto show. A successor is in the works and today we have our first look at one of the prototypes. This particular prototype is for...

  • Alleged image of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf - Image via Autoblog.nl
    2018 Volkswagen Golf, CC leaked?

    Volkswagen is set to introduce a raft of new models over the coming years including a successor to the CC and an updated version of the current, seventh-generation Golf. Prototypes for the new CC were spied recently and details on the updated Golf have been hinted at by senior VW execs. The cars...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Arteon (CC successor) spy shots - Image via  S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Volkswagen is readying a new generation of its CC, as evidenced by prototype versions spotted in the wild. We now have a video of one of the prototypes, giving us an early taste of what the mid-size sedan will be like on the road. The prototype may be heavily camouflaged but we can already see that the new CC will sport some handsome proportions. The car looks very low and wide from the front. It also has a long wheelbase, with the wheels pushed out to the corners. VW has already previewed the look of the new CC with its handsome Sport Coupe GTE concept unveiled at the 2015 Geneva auto show...

  • 2017 Volkswagen 3-row SUV spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2017 Volkswagen 3-row SUV spy shots

    It’s been almost two years since Volkswagen confirmed plans to build a new 3-row crossover SUV at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We now have spy shots of some prototypes just months out from the start of production. The new SUV was first previewed in early 2013 by the CrossBlue concept...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan long-wheelbase model - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Volkswagen Tiguan with 3rd-row seats spy shots

    It’s been almost a year since Volkswagen first showed us its new Tiguan. However, the vehicle still isn’t on sale in the United States as VW is waiting until development of this long-wheelbase model is complete. Another reason for the delay is that U.S.-spec Tiguans are to be sourced...

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    VW is world’s biggest automaker for first half of 2016, but woes keep piling

    Despite the fallout from its diesel emissions cheating scandal, the Volkswagen Group has managed to take the lead in global sales for the first six months of 2016. The German automaker delivered 5.12 million vehicles over the period, a 1.5 percent improvement over the same period a year ago, which...

  • Rotary-powered 1966 Volkswagen Beetle on Jay Leno's Garage
    Jay Leno drives a rotary-powered Volkswagen Beetle

    You never know what's going to turn up at Jay Leno's Garage. Leno is a fan of Wankel rotary engines and has featured a couple on the show in vehicles like a Mazda Cosmo 110S and a modified 1973 RX-3. This time, though, he featured a rotary engine in something a bit more unorthodox. This 1966...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Passat
    VW mulls sportier Passat

    In an effort to drum up enthusiasm for its relatively slow-selling Passat mid-size sedan, Volkswagen revealed to us that it is toying with the idea of a more sport-oriented model intended to resonate with enthusiasts. The automaker's increasingly autonomous North American region showed us an...

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