Volkswagen News

  • 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco

    It's time to pour one out for Volkswagen's long-running two-door hatchback "coupe," the Scirocco. Volkswagen officially announced the Scirocco's demise and said it will not take additional orders for the car. Customers still seeking their own example will have to scour local European dealerships for one. The Scirocco began life as a replacement for the Karman Ghia coupe in the 1970s. Although VW based the Scirocco on the Golf platform, nearly every part of the car was re-engineered to ensure a sportier look and driving character. The Scirocco remained in continuous production until 1992, when...

  • Volkswagen e-Delivery
    Volkswagen Group promises electric trucks and buses by 2018

    Volkswagen Truck & Bus, the Volkswagen Group’s commercial vehicles unit responsible for the Man and Scania brands, and also a strategic partner of Navistar in the United States, is the latest to announce a commitment to electrification. The company wants to introduce electric vans and...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
    The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta GLI's manual transmission bites the dust

    We hope you weren't planning to #GiveAShift in a shiny new 2018 Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Because you can't. VW has largely carried over its sportiest Jetta into the 2018 model year, albeit with one important change: you can't order it with three pedals. That's right, no manual transmission is offered...

  • Volkswagen looks back on 50 years of Baja racing
    VW celebrates 50 years of Baja desert racing

    A Volkswagen Beetle was made to get down and dirty. Why else would the lovable little craft be used continuously for the last 50 years to blast across the Mexican desert. Well, blast might be a strong word but these tough machines have been competing in the Baja 1000 for decades, and there's no...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
    VW introduces 6-year/72,000-mile warranty

    Volkswagen doesn’t quite have the same reputation for dependability as some of its rivals, an issue only worsened by the diesel scandal. The automaker is keen to change perceptions, though. That’s why it announced on Friday a new 6-year/72,000-mile (whichever comes first) People First...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Up!
    Volkswagen Group low-cost brand back on the table?

    The VW Group for years has been mulling whether to launch a low-cost brand to challenge the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance’s successful Dacia brand as well as some popular emerging market brands such as India’s Tata and several offerings from China. The biggest hurdle remains...

  • Wolfgang Hatz

    Former Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz who stepped down in the wake of the diesel scandal afflicting the Volkswagen Group has been arrested in Germany as part of an investigation into the scandal by local prosecutors, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. German business daily Handelsblatt first reported the arrest and Sueddeutsche Zeitung was first to disclose Hatz’s identity. German prosecutors are only willing to state that someone was arrested on Thursday as part of an investigation into Audi. Prior to becoming Porsche’s R&D chief, Hatz headed...

  • Mercedes-Benz EQA concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    Batteries included: Mercedes, VW pledge allegiance to electrification

    The 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show was full of new cars and futuristic designs, but one word hummed in the background: electrification. Many major automakers announced that they would produce more electric or electrified vehicles in the near future, while others doubled down on moving to fully...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    VW Group's fully self-driving Sedric to hit public roads in 2021

    It turns out the Volkswagen Group’s Sedric concept unveiled in March at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show isn’t just a one-hit wonder. The German auto giant used last week’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil an updated version of the fully self-driving car, one that’s closer to...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz concept, 2017 Detroit auto show
    Volkswagen readying flagship electric sedan concept for 2018 Geneva Motor Show

    The Volkswagen Phaeton never quite reached the potential VW likely felt it had, but the German automaker is preparing a flagship sedan comeback—and it's going to be completely electric. Volkswagen confirmed it will show an all-electric flagship sedan concept vehicle at the 2018 Geneva motor...

  • Volkswagen ID Crozz II concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    VW’s newest ID Crozz electric SUV concept looks almost production ready

    Hot on the heels of last month’s confirmation that an electric Microbus is coming based on the ID Buzz concept unveiled at the 2017 Detroit auto show, Volkswagen is showing us a new ID Crozz II concept that previews a small electric SUV due in 2020. The concept is an evolution of the ID Crozz...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    VW engineer receives 40-month prison term, $200,000 fine for diesel scandal

    Former Volkswagen engineer and German citizen James Liang was sentenced on Friday in a Detroit court to 40 months in prison and given a fine of $200,000 for his involvement in the Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox and was...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz Concept

    When an automaker says its concept vehicle is powered by unicorn farts, emits only cotton candy, and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in two shakes of a lamb's tail, don't believe them. What they are actually saying is, "If we ever develop the technology to build this thing, that's what it could do." The purpose of a concept car is twofold. First, an automaker wants to put out a design and see how the public reacts to it. If the feedback is positive, that vehicle or that design language could make it to market. Second, a concept car is a showcase for the technology a manufacturer is working on...

  • 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc
    Volkswagen T-Roc revealed in production guise

    Volkswagen’s SUV onslaught continues with the reveal this week of the T-Roc. The funky compact crossover SUV was first previewed in 2014 by a concept of the same name. Now the production version has been revealed just a few weeks out from the world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show in...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz at Pebble
    New VW bus is coming; cargo van, hatchback also due by 2022

    Volkswagen has been hinting at a return of its Microbus for years. VW first teased it in 2001. It then appeared as a concept car called the Bulli at the 2011 Geneva motor show, again as the electric Budd-E Concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2016, and finally as the I.D. Buzz Concept at the...

  • Jesse reunited with Volkswagen Jetta from "The Fast and the Furious"
    Performance shop reunites Jesse with his VW Jetta from "The Fast and the Furious"

    For youngsters who have only known the "Fast and Furious" franchise to be about explosions and high-flying stunts, there was a simpler time. It was a time when the craziest stunt a character pulled was leaping off of a semi truck onto a Toyota Supra, the film was released on VHS, and a star car was...

  • Volkswagen bus on its side is actually a race car
    This VW Bus tipped on its side is actually a race car

    If you follow the world of the 24 Hours of LeMons, you absolutely know the name Speedycop. His actual name is Jeff Bloch, and he's a one of the most creative builders out there. He built the airplane race car, the upside-down car, an amphibious helicopter, and now he's back with one of his best...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
    Volkswagen didn't originally want to build the GTI

    Could you imagine the world without the Volkswagen Golf GTI? While it's one of many options for those seeking practicality with a splash of fun, it truly was the nameplate that birthed an entire segment, which many of us like to call the "hot hatch." Volkswagen wasn't too hip on building the...

  • Volkswagen Passat GT concept, 2016 Los Angeles auto show

    Volkswagen has mulled the idea of a sportier Passat variant for over a year. Now, a 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT has officially been given the green light. A VW spokesperson confirmed to Motor Authority the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT will launch next year and it will resemble the Passat GT concept shown at last year's Los Angeles auto show. "It is happening, it will be a 2018 model year launched in 2018," a Volkswagen representative told us when we reached out directly to the automaker. The concept car featured red accents—a link to the GTI—throughout the honeycomb grille, a unique...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
    Volkswagen views Tesla as competitor, possible threat

    Times are changing in the automotive industry when traditional automakers begin to view disruptors—such as Tesla—as true competitors. The latest such comments come from the world's largest automaker by sales: Volkswagen Group. Volkswagen brand CEO Herbert Diess told Reuters it...

  • 2015 Audi Q7 TDI
    German automakers propose 25 percent NOx reduction, even in older models, to avoid ditching diesels

    Automakers have spent billions developing diesel engines to help meet tougher carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards, so understandably they aren’t willing to walk away from the technology just yet. But diesels are very much on the nose in the wake of the Volkswagen Group scandal, with some...

  • Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn presenting at company annual meeting, Yokohama, Jun 2015
    Renault Nissan Alliance becomes world’s biggest automaker

    The numbers for the first six months of 2017 are in, and it’s the Renault Nissan Alliance that’s now the biggest automaker when it comes to sales volume. The worldwide sales of the Renault Nissan Alliance over the first six months of the year came in at a staggering 5.27 million units...

  • 2015 Audi Q7 TDI
    VW Group, Daimler and BMW accused of cartel behavior

    As investigations into diesel-emission cheating deepen, accusations have arisen that the Volkswagen Group, Daimler and the BMW Group may have colluded on development of diesel engines and other areas. Germany’s Der Spiegel reported on Friday that starting in the 1990s, the three automakers...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
    Report: Next-gen Volkswagen Golf GTI and R to be more powerful, lighter

    Thankfully, Volkswagen's wrongdoing and all associated bad behavior surrounding its diesel emissions scandal hasn't scaled back development for its hot hatchback offerings. According to a new report, VW's practical and fun hatches will go from hot to hotter. Autobild reports the next-generation...

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