Volkswagen News

  • 2018 Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak race car

    Volkswagen on Sunday took the covers off its new ID R electric race car at a special launch event in Alès, France. This is the car that VW will enter in the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, currently scheduled for June 24. The ID R will contest Pikes Peak’s Electric Modified Class, in which VW aims to set a new record over the 12.42-mile, fully paved course with 2017's winner Romain Dumas behind the wheel. The time to beat is the 8:57.118 set in 2016 by New Zealand’s Rhys Millen. The overall record for Pikes Peak remains the insane 8:13.878 set in 2013 by...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz concept, 2017 Los Angeles auto show
    Volkswagen to install 2,000 fast chargers across US by end of 2019

    Volkswagen and its Electrify America unit announced plans to install 2,000 fast chargers at 500 stations across the country by the end of 2019. VW's announcement on Wednesday included news that it also plans to install numerous chargers at 100 Walmarts in the U.S. The plan is part of VW's agreement...

  • 2018 Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak race car
    VW to return to Pikes Peak with ID R electric racer

    Volkswagen’s motorsport division has been busy since ending its dominant run in the World Rally Championship at the close of the 2016 season. VW confirmed last year it will be returning to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018, with 2017's winner Romain Dumas set to hop behind the...

  • Volkswagen testing autonomous parking at German airport
    VW tests automated parking system at German airport

    We've seen a handful of concepts to help alleviate the stress of parking in congested areas, but Volkswagen has taken things a step further. The automaker announced Friday that it will begin trials for an automated parking system at Hamburg Airport in Germany. The concept is exactly what it sounds...

  • Herbert Diess
    VW Group ousts CEO, names Diess as replacement, announces restructuring

    Volkswagen Group has ousted CEO Matthias Müller and replaced him with Herbert Diess, previously CEO of the Volkswagen brand within the larger 12-brand corporation. The move is part of an effort to reorganize the company to do business more efficiently, the company said Thursday. VW Group will...

  • Matthias Müller
    VW Group hints at possible leadership changes, including CEO position

    The Volkswagen Group on Tuesday issued the statement that it is in the process of reviewing its senior management structure and that this could result in potential personnel changes, including the position of CEO Matthias Müller. The short statement said the VW Group board of directors is also...

  • Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept, 2018 New York auto show

    Might a unibody pickup truck from Volkswagen be on the cards? Quite possibly. The German automaker on Wednesday unveiled the Atlas Tanoak concept at the 2018 New York auto show. It's a mid-size pickup based on the Volkswagen Group's flexible MQB modular platform, and while there are no plans for a production version VW openly admits that it's keen to gauge the potential for one. Don't think it can't happen. Hyundai showed its own pickup concept two years ago, and a production version was recently confirmed for launch at the end of the decade. The Atlas Tanoak is closely related to the...

  • 2019 Volkswaen Arteon R-Line, 2018 New York auto show
    2019 Volkswagen Arteon gets racy looks with R-Line package

    It's not the Arteon R performance variant Volkswagen has hinted at in the past, but the 2019 Arteon R-Line package does spice things up visually. VW announced on Tuesday that it will debut the racier R-Line variant at the 2018 New York auto show next week. What does the R-Line package net buyers?...

  • Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept, 2018 New York auto show
    VW Atlas Cross Sport concept ditches 3rd row for sharper look

    Volkswagen in 2019 will add a second SUV to the production line at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the Atlas Cross Sport concept unveiled Tuesday is a direct preview of it. The concept is a shorter, more rakish version of the Atlas, which is also built in Chattanooga, and this time there's...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Touareg
    2018 Volkswagen Touareg revealed

    Volkswagen revealed a redesigned Touareg on Friday at a special ceremony in Beijing marking the automaker's presence in China, which it calls its second home. The new Touareg represents the third generation of the nameplate, and it's one that's been pushed much higher upmarket to reflect its new...

  • Volkswagen Atlas five-passenger concept
    Volkswagen to build 5-passenger SUV based on Atlas

    Volkswagen announced on Monday that it will build a five-passenger SUV based on the Atlas. Volkswagen's press release says the new SUV will be a variant of the seven-passenger Atlas, and it will be be designed and engineered for the American market, just like the current Atlas. VW didn't say if the...

  • Teaser for U.S.-bound Volkswagen compact SUV
    VW teases US-bound compact SUV

    The United States misses out on the compact T-Roc crossover SUV, but local Volkswagen fans can look forward to a similar sized offering from the German automaker in the next couple of years. The new SUV was teased during VW's annual press conference held in Wolfsburg, Germany on Wednesday. It will...

  • Left to right: Volkswagen ID, ID Buzz and ID Crozz concepts

    Volkswagen will open the floodgates in 2022 and launch a new electric car every month as it works aggressively to electrify its portfolio, the automaker said. VW CEO Matthias Müeller told journalists Tuesday in Berlin that 30 electric cars will be launched by 2025, according to Autocar. Volkswagen calls the plan "Together - Strategy 2025" and it includes plans for 300 electrified vehicles by 2030, many of which will be electrified versions of current models. Müller said the strategy will kick off with the Volkswagen ID, its first purpose-built electric car, which will likely replace...

  • 2014 Volkswagen Beetle
    Volkswagen will kill the Beetle, squashes plans for a successor

    When the current-generation Volkswagen Beetle runs out its current lifecycle, it will be the end of the road for the nameplate. The German automaker confirmed plans for a next-generation Beetle are off the table and the car will exit production, according to an Autocar report published this...

  • Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
    VW CEO says a diesel renaissance is coming

    Many executives are gone. More than $30 billion dollars have been spent in legal battles, retro-fits, and recalls. Yet on Monday we learned that Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller believes there is a coming "diesel renaissance." "Diesel will see a renaissance in the not-too-distant future because...

  • Volkswagen ID Vizzion concept
    Volkswagen ID Vizzion electric sedan unveiled at Geneva auto show

    Volkswagen used this week's 2018 Geneva International Motor Show to unveil the ID Vizzion concept, a large electric sedan that is more or less a replacement for the Phateon that ended production two years ago. The ID Vizzion will go into production by 2022, Volkswagen said, and is intended to show...

  • Teaser for Volkswagen ID Vizzion concept debuting at 2018 Geneva auto show
    VW explains the steps to full automation in cars

    Volkswagen will unveil a concept for a large, electric sedan with fully self-driving capability at next week's 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. The concept doesn't preview a specific model currently in the pipeline, though elements from its design may influence a new Phaeton due around 2020...

  • Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
    How did Volkswagen's diesel defeat device work?

    Every media outlet in the world covered Volkswagen's tangled web of lies and deceit as "Dieselgate" opened up and spewed the truth nearly three years ago. Its consequences are ongoing today, and VW's future trajectory has been changed forever. But, how exactly did VW's "defeat device" work? Jason...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible

    Volkswagen AG settled a lawsuit with more than 300 owners days before a potentially embarrassing trial in the U.S., Reuters reported last week. According to the report, Volkswagen reached a settlement Friday with David Doar, a North Carolina man, and similar owners after a judge rejected a request by the automaker to delay the trial. Lawyers for Volkswagen argued that publicity from a Netflix documentary about the emissions scandal and reports that the automaker subjected monkeys to diesel fumes in 2014 would taint a jury. Court documents revealed that an Albuquerque-based laboratory funded...

  • Volkswagen T-Roc convertible sketch
    Volkswagen plans for T-Roc convertible crossover

    Volkswagen will mix open-air driving with the functionality of a crossover, a formula Nissan and Land Rover have experimented with in the Murano Cross Cabriolet and Evoque convertible. On Friday, VW confirmed plans for a T-Roc convertible, its first convertible crossover. The announcement said VW...

  • Teaser for Volkswagen ID Vizzion concept debuting at 2018 Geneva auto show
    VW ID Vizzion could be an early look at the next Phaeton

    Volkswagen will reveal the fourth member of its ID family of electric concept cars during next month's 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. The new concept is called the ID Vizzion, and in addition to be electric the concept is also fully automated. In fact, it doesn't even have a steering wheel...

  • Teaser for 2018 Volkswagen Touareg debuting on March 23, 2018
    2018 Volkswagen Touareg to debut on March 23 in Beijing

    Volkswagen has locked in the reveal date for its third-generation Touareg, which we'll straight up tell you isn't coming to the United States. The covers will come off the new mid-size SUV on March 23 in Beijing, China. The formal debut will likely take place at the Beijing auto show scheduled for...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon
    2019 VW Arteon video preview

    Volkswagen splits its mid-size sedan lineup two ways. For the mainstream consumer, there's the Passat. Kinda plain, but smart. For the buyer with a sense of style, VW offered the CC, and that now gives way to the 2019 Arteon, a car that poses a challenge to the Audi A5 Sportback. It's already on...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon
    2019 Volkswagen Arteon dashes to the US with more space, more power

    The stylish successor to the Volkwsagen CC arrived stateside Thursday at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will go on sale in the fall and replace the CC that's aging quickly from VW lots. The Arteon benefits from economy of scale, notably scalable architecture that underpins...

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