Volkswagen News

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

    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 Neo concept and this production version is confirmed to roll off the line in late 2019. Unfortunately, a launch in the United States isn't expected. Instead, the first of the ID cars here will be a small crossover SUV based on 2017's ID Crozz concept, due in 2020 most likely as a 2021 model. A...

  • 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...

  • 2018 Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak race car
    VW to chase Nürburgring EV record with ID R electric racer

    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...

  • 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

    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 2.0-liter turbo-4, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. MORE: 2020 Volkswagen Passat: More of the same for American-made mid-sizer "That's not in the planning right now," Lovati said on the sidelines of the Detroit auto show when asked about further configurations. As recently as...

  • 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
    VW poaches Apple executive for self-driving car development

    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...

  • 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

    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 been the start. Citing two people familiar with the matter, Reuters reported Wednesday that the two automakers will announce a deeper alliance during the 2019 North American International Auto Show, which starts January 14 in Detroit. The announcement is expected to be limited however, as talks are...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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 combustion engines in an effort to reduce emissions. “Our colleagues are working on the last platform for vehicles that aren’t CO2 neutral,” he said at an industry conference near the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg...

  • 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...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept
    Electric cars could lead to end of FWD, say VW execs

    The front-wheel-drive layout may be approaching the end of its heyday if the future VW execs imagine comes to pass. In a roundtable interview at the 2018 LA Auto Show, Matthew Renna, North American head of e-mobility, said future electric cars will likely have their powertrains in the rear and use...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept
    VW ID Buzz Cargo concept to debut at 2018 LA auto show, production version targeted for 2022 launch

    Volkswagen will use this week's 2018 Los Angeles auto show to present the ID Buzz Cargo concept. The electric cargo carrier was first shown in September at a commercial vehicles expo in Germany, and the version bound for L.A. will be dressed as a support vehicle for VW's ID R Pikes Peak electric...

  • VW Car-Net Siri integration
    VW owners can now unlock their car with Apple's Siri

    Volkswagen owners can now tell Apple's Siri to execute a host of commands controlling their cars, including unlock and lock them. The brand announced Monday its Car-Net smartphone integration app has been updated to include Siri functions for Apple users. Users must run iOS 12 to use the handy new...

  • VW quantum computer traffic management system
    VW wants to use quantum computers to manage public transportation and taxi fleets

    VW sees a future in which quantum computers help create efficient traffic-management systems, and it's ready to test such systems today. The German automaker said on Monday that its engineers and data scientists have successfully used a quantum computer algorithm to replace today's basic forecasted...

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