Volkswagen News

  • VW-Microsoft technology partnership

    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 alongside VW as it implements its connected vehicle fleet and digital ecosystem called "Volkswagen We." The long-term goal is to implement We as the car's platform to become a hub for the Internet of Things (IoT). The platform branches out even further to VW's group-wide cloud platform called One...

  • 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
    2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R spy shots and video

    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...

  • 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

    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) will be available by the end of 2022, ranging from compact cars up to a modern successor to the iconic Microbus. This will be in addition to models based on VW Group's premium electric car platforms like the C-BEV debuting in the Audi e-tron, the J1 debuting in the Porsche Taycan, and a new PPE...

  • 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...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    VW reportedly tried buying Aurora to catch up in self-driving car race

    The Volkswagen Group looks to be a bit behind in the mobility and self-driving car segments compared to some rivals as the automaker is on the hunt to scoop up experts on the subject. It appears Aurora Innovation, a self-driving car startup based in California, was one of the firms VW approached...

  • Volkswagen We
    VW spends big to make its vehicles digital devices on wheels

    The automobile's days of simply transporting drivers will be a thing of the past at Volkswagen. The German automaker wants to turn its cars into digital devices on wheels. And to ensure it's competitive in the near future, VW will spend over $4 billion to invest in digitalization by 2025. The...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Golf R featuring custom color from Spektrum Program
    Order the 2019 VW Golf R in 1 of 40 custom colors

    Volkswagen will unveil a new generation of the Golf next year, the nameplate's eighth, but it might be some time still until the car's R variant is introduced. The good news is that the current Golf R is still a top option for buyers looking for a fast daily driver. And for the 2019 model year, VW...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Grand California

    While we can only dream of a modern Microbus, Volkswagen customers overseas have a number of options based on the German automaker's Transporter and Crafter vans. Earlier this year we were able to test a Transporter-based camper known as the California that VW brought over. It featured pretty much everything you need for an extended stay at a camping site, including a pop-up roof, cooker and fridge, and a pair of beds each big enough for two. Now VW has given the California treatment to its even bigger Crafter van. The result is the Grand California, which VW will debut at the 2018 Caravan...

  • Volkswagen ID Neo concept, 2016 Paris auto show
    Member of VW's ID electric car family could receive R treatment

    Volkswagen is working on a family of electric cars, members of which have been previewed by the ID series of concept cars. The good news is that electrification and performance aren't mutually exclusive at VW, as was demonstrated recently by the automaker's ID R electric time attack special, which...

  • Josef Juza owns 114 Volkswagen Golfs
    This man loves VW Golfs so much, he owns 114 of them

    Do you have a favorite car? Are you fortunate enough to own it? Josef Juza has a favorite car and it's the Volkswagen Golf. He doesn't own just one, however. Juza currently owns 114 Volkswagen Golfs. “When I sat in a Golf for the first time I just had the feeling that this car had been built...

  • 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Volkswagen T-Cross spy shots and video

    Almost a year on from the reveal of the compact T-Roc, another member of Volkswagen’s expanded SUV family has been spotted. The latest prototype is for a new subcompact SUV that VW previewed at the 2016 Geneva auto show with the T-Cross Breeze concept (shown below). The production model keeps...

  • Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept, 2018 New York auto show
    VW boss says traditional auto shows are dead

    Volkswagen chairman Herbert Diess believes the auto show circuit as we know it is dead. Instead, festivals and dynamic events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed are the way forward for such events, he told Motoring in an interview published Tuesday. Not only will festival atmospheres take over...

  • Romain Dumas drives the Volkswagen ID R at 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
    VW ID R claims electric car record at Goodwood with 43.05 run

    The Pikes Peak record-smashing Volkswagen ID R has already toppled another top time. VW brought the electric time attack special to this week's 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in an attempt to blitz the event's hill climb and set a new record for electric cars. And on Saturday, with Romain Dumas...

  • Volkswagen ID R tackles Pikes Peak

    Volkswagen and Romain Dumas achieved a tremendous feat when they teamed up to set a new record at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in late June with a run of 7:57.148. While we all eagerly await footage taken from the cockpit of the electric ID R race car, for now, we can appreciate the run via aerial footage. It's not really settling, though, because this is tremendous video. While the action on the ground is amazing, we can't help but come away wildly impressed with the work of the helicopter pilot and camera operator. Tracking the VW ID R on the hill must have been tough work considering how...

  • Volkswagen MOIA electric ride-pooling van
    VW's MOIA mobility group wants to take on Uber and Lyft

    The Volkswagen Group has lagged behind in the mobility segment, but the automaker jumped in with both feet in 2016 with the launch of the MOIA mobility unit, which last December rolled out an electric ride-sharing concept. But VW doesn't want MOIA to just provide ride-sharing and carpooling...

  • Wolfgang Hatz
    Former Audi and Porsche exec Wolfgang Hatz released from jail

    Veteran Volkswagen Group engineer Wolfgang Hatz has been released after nine months in jail after providing $3.5 million in bail money, German prosecutors have confirmed. He was arrested last September during investigations into the VW Group's diesel scandal. Although he is yet to be charged, the...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    VW, suppliers form alliance to help standardize self-driving car tech

    As numerous automakers and technology companies continue to race toward the commercialization of self-driving cars, some fear a lack of standardization will harm innovation. The Volkswagen Group and a number of suppliers hope to remedy that with a new alliance. Called the Networking for Autonomous...

  • Ford and Volkswagen logos
    Ford and VW Group explore potential of joint vehicle development

    Ford and the Volkswagen Group announced last week plans to discuss various partnerships, including the joint development of vehicles. The two auto giants specifically mentioned joint development of a range of commercial vehicles, which has led to rumors that next-generation versions of the Ford...

  • Romain Dumas drives the Volkswagen ID R at 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
    Why VW tackled and shattered Pikes Peak electrically

    For want of a $12.24 ball joint in 1987, Volkswagen might not be here. That year, the twin-engine, 652-horsepower Golf driven by Jochi Kleint broke a front ball joint a mere three turns from the finish line, therein sowing the seed of revenge. So, if not for that bit of bad luck, VW might not have...

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