Volkswagen News

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

    Volkswagen is working on a successor for its CC sedan, which the automaker in November confirmed would feature the new name Arteon. Prototypes for the car have already been testing for close to a year and hint at a much more handsome design than the predecessor model. We’ve also been given a taste of the design in the form of the Sport Coupe GTE concept unveiled at the 2015 Geneva auto show. The concept showed VW is planning a more dynamic look for the Arteon to help differentiate the car from the more mainstream Passat sold overseas, with which it shares a platform. That platform is...

  • Volkswagen Korama has a hidden Amarok secret
    Volkswagen 'Korama' concept hides a production truck secret

    Volkswagen's Australian division is gearing up for the local launch of an updated version of the Amarok pickup truck. Because it's Australia, which is the home of Mad Max, the local team decided to get creative with the launch of the refreshed ute. Taking the Mad Max theme quite seriously, VW...

  • Combined Charging Standard (CCS) electric car charger
    4 automakers join forces for 350-kilowatt fast-charging network

    As they gear up to launch a new generation of volume electric cars, the major automakers are following Tesla’s [NSDQ:TSLA] lead of rolling out charging infrastructure to help eliminate range anxiety for owners. But instead of going it alone with individual standards, as Tesla has done with...

  • Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
    VW, Audi, Porsche reportedly racing for resources in boardroom battle royale

    Now that Audi and Porsche won't be fighting for LeMans titles, the brands have taken their epic battle to the boardroom to compete for dwindling research and program cash, according to a Reuters report. According to sources within the Volkswagen Group's C-suite, the brands are each vying for a...

  • Teaser for Volkswagen Arteon debuting at 2017 Geneva auto show
    Volkswagen Arteon is name of CC successor

    Volkswagen’s CC is about to spawn a successor and along with the new design will be a new name: Arteon. Arteon is a combination of “art” and “eon” and follows the naming practice introduced with the Phideon sedan on sale in China. The Arteon plugs the gap between the...

  • Volkswagen ID Neo concept, 2016 Paris auto show
    VW rules out diesels for US while confirming North American electric car production

    As it continues to deal with its diesel emissions scandal and push into electric cars, the Volkswagen Group in the past week has been making statements on future strategy. On Friday we learned that the automaker planned to shed around 30,000 jobs over the coming years as it scales back production...

  • 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

    Volkswagen’s famous Transparent Factory in the German city of Dresden will soon be churning out cars again. The plant, which features glass walls and an open-plan design, was last used to build VW’s Phaeton. But after production of the flagship sedan came to an end in March, the plant served as a demonstration center for VW’s upcoming technologies in the areas of electric mobility and digital services. However, VW on Thursday announced that its updated e-Golf will enter production at the plant starting in April 2017. As demand for electric cars grow, the e-Golf will also...

  • Volkswagen plant
    VW Group to reduce workforce by 30,000

    Volkswagen on Friday announced plans to significantly reduce its workforce over the coming years as it deals with its costly diesel emissions scandal and push into electric cars. The cuts are expected to total 30,000, with 23,000 of these to be made in Germany. VW says the cuts are to be made in a...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
    2018 Volkswagen Atlas: 3-row SUV made in US

    Volkswagen has finally unveiled the Atlas, a three-row, seven-seat SUV the automaker hopes will turn it into a major player in the mainstream market in the United States. This is the vehicle that was first previewed in 2013 by the CrossBlue concept. It will be built at VW’s plant in...

  • Volkswagen Passat GT concept, 2016 Los Angeles auto show
    VW Passat GT concept brings near-R potential to family sedan

    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...

  • 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...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

    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 yet to be confirmed but in other markets the Golf is benefiting from tweaks to the styling, new engines and transmissions, electronic driving aids and the latest infotainment technology. The only changes made to the exterior design are the new bumpers, and LED headlights in place of the previous xenon...

  • 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...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    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
    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...

  • 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...

  • Sébastien Ogier

    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 a row for the Volkswagen duo. The win came at the conclusion of round 11, the Rally Spain, and there are still two events to go in the 2016 season. “Winning the world championship again is a fantastic feeling,” Ogier said in a statement. “This is the fourth world championship title...

  • 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
    VW ID concept to spawn 300-plus-mile electric hatch in 2020

    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...

  • 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...

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