Volkswagen News

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept

    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 racer, which in June ran up Colorado's Pikes Peak in a record time of 7:57.148. As the name suggests, the ID Buzz Cargo is a commercial version of the passenger-oriented ID Buzz concept (shown below) that VW unveiled in 2017. The concepts preview an electric van that VW is developing as a spiritual...

  • 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...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    VW the latest to join Baidu's Apollo self-driving car program

    There has been a flurry of announcements concerning the Apollo self-driving car program of Chinese tech giant Baidu in the past week. The latest comes from Volkswagen Group which on Friday said it would join the Apollo program. The automaker also said it would gain a seat on the program's board of...

  • Volkswagen Tarok compact pickup concept
    VW unveils compact pickup concept, but not for US

    Volkswagen used the São Paulo, Brazil motor show to debut a concept for a compact pickup truck on Tuesday. If the new truck, called the Tarok, looks pretty much production ready, that's because it is. In VW's announcement, the automaker said it is "certain" the Volkswagen brand will soon...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    VW promises commercial self-driving service in Israel by 2022

    The Volkswagen Group is the latest firm to announce plans for a commercial ride-hailing service involving self-driving cars. The German auto giant will join Intel's recently acquired self-driving car business Mobileye to develop the service whose development will commence in early 2019 and roll out...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S by Jamie Orr

    Volkswagen's Jetta has been redesigned for 2019. The latest generation is a solid option in the compact sedan. It's also a perfect blank canvas for mad modders, as the car's MQB platform has been engineered for plenty of poke and has a lot of aftermarket parts out there. VW will use this week's SEMA show in Las Vegas to give us a taste of what's possible with 2019 Jetta-based builds from VW enthusiast Jamie Orr, as well as H&R Special Springs and Air Design USA. Orr's Jetta is an S model equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and lowered on KW Clubsport coil-overs that feature...

  • 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross
    Tiny T-Cross sees VW enter subcompact crossover battle

    Volkswagen has expanded its lineup with a new subcompact crossover called the T-Cross, which the automaker describes as the perfect vehicle to hop around town. This is the vehicle previewed two years ago by the T-Cross Breeze concept car, and in markets where it will be sold it will compete against...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    Could Volkswagen be Waymo's partner in Europe?

    The Volkswagen Group and Waymo are reportedly in talks over partnership in the area of mobility services in Europe. Germany's Manager Magazin reported Thursday that the two firms are interested in working together and that VW Group CEO Herbert Diess had even suggested purchasing a 10-percent stake...

  • VW MEB platform
    VW Group builds first plant dedicated to EVs based on MEB platform

    The Volkswagen Group has started construction of the first plant that will solely build cars based on the new modular EV platform known as the MEB, the German auto giant announced Friday. Settled near Shanghai, China, where Tesla also plans a plant, the VW Group's new EV plant will first build...

  • VW future communicating lights
    VW previews lighting elements that can communicate

    In the future, self-driving cars will need to communicate with pedestrians and drivers of traditional automobiles. Volkswagen wants to embrace this concept and previewed a few ways self-driving cars could communicate with other motorists and pedestrians on Wednesday. The announcement showed off a...

  • Scott Keogh, Volkswagen Group of America CEO
    Scott Keogh named new head of Volkswagen Group America

    Volkswagen Group has named Scott Keogh its new Volkswagen Group of America head. He takes on the roles of president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America and head of the Volkswagen brand for the North American region. The executive was formerly head of Audi America and the Volkswagen brand in the...

  • 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    A new open-top version of Volkswagen's trendy T-Roc has been spotted. Its sighting follows that of a high-performance R version also in the works. The T-Roc is a compact crossover SUV based on the Volkswagen Group's flexible MQB platform. It isn't sold in the United States so don't count on the open-top version appearing in local showrooms anytime soon. Elsewhere, the open-top T-Roc, likely to be called a T-Roc Cabriolet, will go on sale in the first half of 2020 as a replacement for the soon-to-be-discontinued Beetle Cabriolet. It will be produced at VW's plant in Osnabrück, Germany...

  • 1964 Volkswagen Beetle being sold for $1,000,000
    Factory new 1964 VW Beetle for sale for $1 million

    This car is a time-capsule. In 1964, Rudy Zvarich purchased a Volkswagen Beetle from the Gilbert and Seibel dealership in Vancouver, Washington. The plan was to use it as a backup for his 1957 Beetle. So Zvarich put the car into storage until the time came to use it. That never happened, and now 54...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz
    VW targets 150,000 EV sales by 2020, over 1 million by 2025

    Volkswagen has set some ambitious sales targets for its future electric-car portfolio. In 2020, the German automaker expects to sell 150,000 electric cars globally. Five years later? One million electric cars. On Thursday, VW said it's working to accelerate its electric-car plans as it prepares to...

  • VW-Microsoft technology partnership
    VW chooses Microsoft as tech partner for digital services, mobility

    Volkswagen plans to invest $4 billion to invest in digitalization by 2025, and it has named Microsoft as its partner for future endeavors. VW announced Friday it has entered a strategic partnership with Microsoft for all future digital services and mobility efforts. Microsoft will advise and work...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept
    Volkswagen developing virtual test drivers for self-driving tech

    Volkswagen wants to one day forego real-world testing for self-driving technology. As a result, the German auto giant announced it is developing virtual "test drivers" of the sort to validate self-driving technology. The brand calls it "virtual validation," and the process could help technologies...

  • 1979 VW Beetle Polizei on Jay Leno's Garage
    Jay Leno cops a look at a 1979 VW Beetle police car

    The automotive guest on this episode of Jay Leno's Garage isn't about speed or performance. It's just fun. "I'm just laughing looking at it. It just makes me smile," Jay Leno exclaims about the 1979 Volkswagen Beetle German police car that pulls into his garage. Unless you're getting pulled over...

  • 2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Volkswagen’s T-Roc made its debut last summer and now engineers are out testing a high-performance version of the compact crossover SUV. Spotted at the Nürburgring racetrack this month was a new T-Roc prototype sporting the same quad-exhaust tip design of the Volkswagen Golf R. The engine note also matched the noise of the popular hot hatch, according to our photographer. This suggests VW is cooking up a fiery T-Roc R, something the German automaker’s execs have been hinting at since last year's appointment of Jost Capito as the head of the R division. We don't expect a GTI...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept
    Newest VW ID Buzz concept previews electric cargo carrier

    Volkswagen used this week's 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany to present a cargo carrying version of its ID Buzz concept. You'll recall we first saw the ID Buzz at the 2017 Detroit auto show, with VW later confirming a production version due here in 2022 as a spiritual...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Bonneville Salt Flats racer during Sept. 2018 speed record attempt
    Modified 2019 VW Jetta breaks speed record with 210-MPH Bonneville Salt Flats run

    A specially prepared 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has just set a speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. During the most recent round of the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s World of Speed event, held September 10-13, the modified Jetta hit a top speed of 210.16 mph. That's a new...

  • Volkswagen Group MEB modular electric car platform
    VW Group will have 27 EVs based on MEB platform by 2022

    The Volkswagen Group on Monday gave an update on progress of its modular platform for non-premium cars, known as MEB, an acronym for the German translation of “Modular Electric Toolkit.” The automaker said 27 models spread across four brands (likely Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat and Audi)...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition
    2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition marks end of cult hero

    It was in 1938 that the Volkswagen Type 1, more commonly referred to as the Beetle, or “Käfer” in its home market of Germany, first rolled off the line. Eight decades on and the nameplate is still with us, though sadly that won't be the case for long. VW revealed a Beetle Final...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
    Rabbit Edition hops into 2019 Volkswagen GTI lineup

    Volkswagen is digging back into its archives for a special-edition Golf GTI. The Rabbit Edition will join the GTI lineup for 2019. The brand hasn't released pricing or fuel economy estimates for the Golf GTI Rabbit Edition and note the vehicle pictured above is the 2018 Golf GTI. However, we do...

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