Volkswagen News

  • Teaser for 2018 Volkswagen Touareg debuting on March 23, 2018

    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 the following month. In the lead up, VW has released a single teaser shot and confirmed the new Touareg will serve as the brand's flagship, at least until an electric successor to the ill-fated Phaeton arrives around the decade. It means that VW has likely scuttled plans for a new full-size SUV...

  • 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...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf
    VW Group holds on to title of world's biggest automaker

    The Volkswagen Group was the biggest automaker by volume in 2017 after its various brands delivered a combined 10.74 million vehicles, representing a substantial rise of 4.3 percent on 2016's total. It means the VW Group has now been the biggest automaker for two consecutive years. In second place...

  • Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept, 2015 Wörthersee Tour
    Next-gen Volkswagen Golf coming in 2019

    Volkswagen on Friday revealed critical details on its next-generation Golf during a presentation with suppliers. The automaker said it is spending $2.2 billion developing the new Mk8 model, which is due to enter production at VW's main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany in June 2019. We'll likely see the...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Passat
    US-spec Volkswagen Passat to be redesigned in 2019

    Volkswagen's Passat sold in the United States will be redesigned in 2019, brand boss Herbert Diess revealed to the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Monday at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Production will take place at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, 2018 Detroit auto show

    The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is taking a page from small-size competitors with big ideas. Volkswagen pulled the wraps off its newest Jetta sedan Sunday at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The next-generation sedan is larger with more creature comforts, with a sharper style that more closely aligns it with the automaker's European portfolio. The Jetta's beak has been honed to a sharper point, with available LED headlights that bookend the grille that we wouldn't consider out of place on an Audi. The creased hood reaches back toward a roofline that arches closer to the...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT, 2018 Detroit auto show
    2018 VW Passat GT: jazzed up, but only a little

    The 2018 VW Passat GT is not the 4-door GTI it could have been. That’s probably just fine with buyers looking for a little more zest in their mid-size sedan, however. For the most part, the Passat GT follows the standard souped-up mid-sizer playbook to a T. Or a GT, if you will. It rides on a...

  • Volkswagen announces Google quantum computer partnership
    Nvidia partners with VW, Uber and Baidu on artificial intelligence for self-driving cars

    Nvidia kicked off the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show on Sunday by announcing a trio of new partnerships: one with ride-hailing company Uber, China's Baidu, and Volkswagen. CNBC reported on the new partnerships, which positions the computer-chip maker as a force in self-driving technology. With...

  • 1959 Mercedes-Benz O 319 bus
    VW Microbus too common? This retro Mercedes bus may do the trick

    Everyone knows the Volkswagen Microbus, which stands as an icon of the German automaker to this day. The Mercedes-Benz O 319 bus is likely not as well known, but this fine example is just the ticket if the VW bus is just a little too commonplace. RM Sotheby's will offer the pristine 1959...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    VW self-driving car edges closer to reality with Aurora deal

    The Volkswagen Group will use next week’s 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to formally announce a strategic partnership with a self-driving company by the name of Aurora Innovation. You may not have heard of Aurora but you’ll definitely know of the key people behind it if...

  • Volkswagen Amarok Power concept
    VW trademarks Amarok name, but will a VW pickup come to the US?

    Since 2010, Volkswagen has offered a vehicle for those who need the utility of a pickup truck. It's called the Volkswagen Amarok, and it's a name you likely haven't heard. That's because the Amarok has never been sold in the United States or Canada. Perhaps that's about to change, though, as...

  • Watch this VW engine be rebuilt in six minutes

    Wouldn't it be nice to have a proper work space in which you could wrench on your pride and joy? To have the tools and the time to do so is a wonderful luxury to be enjoyed whenever possible. Perhaps you're short on one of those things. It's most likely going to be the time aspect of it all. Fortunately, the good folks at Hagerty have the time to spend wrenching on cars, and they also have the time to share it all with us. Just as they've done in the past, the Hagerty mechanics has set their cameras to "Time Lapse" and captured a bit of engine rebuilding magic. The star of the show this time...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, 2017 Geneva motor show
    2019 VW Arteon to make US debut at 2018 Chicago auto show

    Volkswagen’s Arteon will go on sale next year as the replacement for the CC. It arrives as a 2019 model and has little in the way of direct competition, apart from the Buick Regal Sportback. Some buyers may also want to check out the Audi A5 Sportback or perhaps even the Kia Stinger. The...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots - Image via SB-Medien
    2018 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots

    Volkswagen is in the midst of an SUV onslaught that will see existing models like the Tiguan and Touareg not only redesigned but joined by several all-new models. It all started with the Atlas that debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show and has continued with the redesigned Tiguan at the 2017...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, 2017 Geneva motor show
    VW exec hints at Arteon R

    Volkswagen will replace the CC next year with a new model called the Arteon. The sultry fastback sedan made its debut in March at the 2017 Geneva motor show and so far the most potent version we’ve seen offers up a respectable but hardly exciting 276 horsepower. VW could spice things up with...

  • Teaser for 2019 Volkswagen Jetta debuting at 2018 Detroit auto show
    2019 Volkswagen Jetta teased ahead of Detroit debut

    Volkswagen has given a hint at the final design of its new Jetta debuting next month at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We recently had a chance to sample the 7th-generation model in prototype form and found it to be a solid drive but not particularly sporty. Hopefully...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta prototype
    2019 Volkswagen Jetta prototype first drive: stress relief

    Matthias Erb, the engineer tasked with turning VW’s North American operations from car importer to full-on development office, isn't able to relax for long. Last year, VW finally got competitive in the American crossover market with its redesigned Tiguan and new Atlas. This year, it’s a...

  • Oliver Schmidt

    A second former Volkswagen Group employee has received a prison sentence in relation to the automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal. German citizen Oliver Schmidt was sentenced on Wednesday by United States District Court Judge Sean Cox to seven years in prison for his involvement in the scandal. Schmidt was also ordered to pay fines of $400,000. It follows the sentence of 40 months in prison and $200,000 in fines handed to fellow German citizen James Liang in August. Liang was among the VW engineers that had helped develop the defeat device software designed to hide emissions...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 rally car
    Volkswagen reveals Polo GTI R5 rally car

    Prior to pulling out of the World Rally Championship at the end of the 2016 season, Volkswagen had been developing a new rally car based on the sixth-generation Polo hatchback. Rather than let the design go to waste, as well as the experience gained from 4-straight WRC titles (from 2013-2016)...

  • VW MOIA ride-sharing concept car
    Volkswagen reveals MOIA ride-sharing electric van concept

    The Volkswagen Group doesn't simply want to electrify its portfolio of brands and cars for personal ownership, it also wants to provide sustainable transportation in other ways. Its first step? Ridesharing. This week, the automaker's newly minted MOIA mobility unit revealed its first vehicle...

  • Volkswagen's new Budack engine cycle
    How does VW's Budack engine cycle work?

    Volkswagen isn't reinventing the way your internal combustion engine works. The automaker has, however, created a new twist on the Otto cycle that's a revised version of the Atkinson cycle. Your standard Otto cycle is the one with which you're most familiar. It's made up of intake, compression...

  • Volkswagen ID Crozz concept
    Electric SUV based on VW ID Crozz concept coming in 2020

    Volkswagen’s next electric car on sale in the United States will be a production version of the ID Crozz SUV concept first shown in April at the 2017 Shanghai auto show. It will arrive in showrooms in 2020 and is expected to be similar in size to the Tiguan. VW made the confirmation on...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line
    2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line adds style and spice for a reasonable price

    The Volkswagen Tiguan is a nice, handsome option in the small SUV segment. It is not, however, very sporty looking. Enter the latest Volkswagen R-Line package. Attached to the 2018 Tiguan, this affordably priced trim package adds an extra dose of spice to this currywurst of a crossover...

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