Volkswagen’s new electric car batteries may be four times more powerful and smaller

The man in charge of power at Volkswagen has said that electric cars will go 50 percent further in 2016 than they do now, which the potential for much greater gains in the foreseeable future.

In an interview with Autocar magazine at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen powertrain chief Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser explained that Volkswagen was now committed to developing battery technology and the company expects its expertise to improve dramatically.

Should Neusser’s predictions unfold the to letter, we can expect the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf to have a range of 177 miles and the smaller city-oriented e-up! to manage an impressive 140 miles.

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VW Golf to go hybrid with 190 mpg version

VOLKSWAGEN is to join the ranks of the manufacturers making hybrid cars with a new version of the Golf which will have both a petrol engine and a battery-driven electric motor – and which it says can average almost 190mpg and emit just 35g/km of CO2.

Called the Golf GTE, it will go on sale here in late August with deliveries due before the end of the year with what promises on paper to be industry-leading mpg and emissions figures.

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Facelifted Volkswagen Scirocco set for Geneva reveal

Volkswagen has released the first images of its new, facelifted Scirocco ahead of the car’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Although you’d be hard pushed to tell the difference between the new Scirocco and its predecessor on first inspection, Volkswagen has given the car new front and rear ends, as well as a new range of engines which improve efficiency by up to 19 per cent.

The styling changes are limited to new headlights and tail lights, as well as new bumpers which now feature aerodynamic ‘blades’ in the outer section, with integrated indicators, daytime-running lights and fog lights.

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VW’s Beastly Pickups Conquer 10K Miles of Snow to Get to Olympics

Volkswagen has rolled into Sochi with a trio of highly modified and incredibly badass pickups, and on the way there, the team set a world record for the longest off-road trek through a single country.

To promote the Winter Olympics in more rural areas of Russia — some two-thirds of the gigantic country — VW built three Polar Expedition versions of its Amarok pickup. The outrageous trucks set the new Guinness World Record by traveling some 16,000 kilometers (9,942 miles) over 60 days between the Russian capital of Moscow and the Bering Sea city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky — one of the largest “cities” in the world without a road leading to it.

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Volkswagen Amarok Canyon to go on sale in April (in the UK)

Special edition VW Amarok pick-up truck gets £8,500 worth of extra equipment

Details have been released about the Volkswagen Amarok Canyon, a luxury special edition of the VW five-seat pick-up truck.

The Canyon gets £8,500 worth of extra equipment, including 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, sat-nav, heated leather seats and spot lamps mounted on the roof. Volkswagen will hope that the more luxurious feel of the special edition will make it appeal to buyers wanting a comfortable truck for leisure activities at the weekend, as well as a practical one for work during the week.

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Year plan for Volkswagen Beetle Club in 2014

America isn’t the only place where the classic VW Beetle is revered. Here’s an article about a fan club in Sri Lanka celebrating 60 years of devotion:

After a successful Diamond Jubilee of the Volkswagen Beetle Owners’ Club (VBOCSL) in 2013 and wondrous ‘Christmas Bug Get together’ with an attendance of over 180 members With an astounding success to last year’s calendar of events, the club takes pleasure in announcing the forthcoming events.

The Volkswagen Beetle Owners Club who has celebrated over 60years in Sri Lanka. The VW Beetle Owner’s Club has steadily grown into one of the most colourful and largest motor related associations in the island today. Apart from the prestige assigned to the Volkswagen insignia, crowds seem to be drawn to the vibrant personality that “Beetles” naturally radiate, which would explain the immense success of the past events. To date the Club boasts of a membership of over two hundred and fifty and that number continues to grow.

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Volkswagen is Making a 370 hp Golf R Evo

We’re pumped for the new VW Golf R. It’s powered by a turbo charged I4 that makes 290 hp, much like a WRX STI; it’s AWD like the WRX; it’s very blue, like the WRX; and it’s a hatchback, like the WRX should be. Given that this will, no doubt, have a nicer interior than the Subaru as well, we’re excited.

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Volkswagen T-Roc pictures and eyes-on:

The open-top SUV concept

Now here’s a concept: an open-top SUV. And at the Geneva Motor Show that’s exactly what Volkswagen had to show in the shape of the VW T-Roc. It’s a crossover car concept that almost out-Jeeps Jeep.

Despite what “convertible SUV” might conjure in the mind the T-Roc somehow manages to look totally cool. But then the three door version shown off doesn’t have the size and scale typical of many sports utility vehicles. So perhaps that’s exactly why it works in a visual form.

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Volkswagen Finally Confirms Three-Row SUV Coming in 2016

Volkswagen has ambitious growth plans for the future, and one of the most important models for boosting the company’s sales in the U.S. is the long-rumored three-row midsize SUV based on the CrossBlue Concept from last year’s Detroit auto show. The rumors are now over, as Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn officially confirmed that this SUV for the U.S. is “on its way” for a launch date of 2016 at a dinner ahead of the 2014 Detroit auto show.

This SUV, which does not have a name as of yet, will compete with successful crossovers like the Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder. This model could provide a big boost for Volkswagen sales if it can make inroads in this popular segment. Winterkorn reiterated the plan to sell one million Volkswagen and Audi vehicles in the U.S. by 2018, an ambitious goal but not an impossible one considering that the company sold 600,000 cars in 2013, nearly doubling its U.S. sales numbers from a few years ago.

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First Look: Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept

A Beetle Turbo, now dressed for the desert.

Dune buggies meant freedom and rebellion all at the same time. Based around the evergreen Volkswagen Beetle, builders stripped away the bodies, added some fiberglass and big tires, and created an instant California-style classic.

Now Volkswagen is going back to the well, promising more freedom, but a lot less rebellion with its Volkswagen Beetle Dune.

Pitched as an off-road version of the Golf-based Beetle, the Beetle Dune concept car is a near-production design that will give the two-model Beetle range a crossover niche-filler.

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