VW Beetle GSR appeals to tough guys

I’m a big fan of little cars. I enjoy their quick, agile maneuverability. I like their sprite, spunky road manners. I appreciate their economy. I admire their simplicity. I identify with their image of independence and nonconformity.

A little car like, say, the Honda Fit or the Ford Fiesta, announces to the big hulks around it, “hey, you ungainly, awkward brutes, why are you hiding behind so much bulk? I go all the same places as you, but I step with spirit, grace, playfulness and poise. You’re just a plow.”

When well shaped and artfully colored by its manufacturer, a miniature auto brings more attention to its owner than even a big-ticket luxury car that’s designed for distinction. That’s because the little car says so loudly, “I don’t need a me-too trophy.”

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VW Beetle 1.4-Litre TSI 158BHP Sport Review

The VW Beetle remains one of the most iconic cars in history, buoyed by its fun-loving looks, and this second-generation new Beetle continues that theme, albeit in a slightly more grown up way to its predecessor.

Longer, wider and lower, it packs a more aggressive and masculine appearance and could compete across a range of cars from the MINI Hatch to Volkswagen’s very own Scirocco coupe.

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Volkswagen XL1 next level with its 261 MPG rating and $169,000 price tag

Last month Volkswagen delivered the first XL1 to a German doctor, and the $169,9000 price was finally revealed in the U.K., where the XL1 soon goes on sale.

How much would you pay to drive the world’s most fuel-efficient vehicle? For over a decade now, consumers put a premium on fuel efficiency, and the Volkswagen XL1 takes “premium” and “efficiency” to the next level with its 261 MPG rating and $169,000 price tag.

A production run of just 200 is planned, and most of the cars are supposedly spoken for, though not because of its lack of suspension.

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Volkswagen Touareg is a lot of Other Cars in China

A very confusing Volkswagen Touareg SUV, Spotted in China in the great city of Shanghai by Reader Antoine Chalendard, thank you for the pictures! The Touareg wants to be a lot of cars, and not all are of the same brand: Volkswagen Santana, Roewe 550, Volkswagen Touereg (which it is), Volkswagen Magotan, Volkswagen Sagitar, Volkswagen Touran, Roewe 750 (the V6 version), a 1.8 TSI V6 (no name there but the lettering seems Volkswagen), a Skoda Octavia, a Volkswagen Polo, a Volkswagen Passat, and a Volkswagen Bora.

All these cars are currently manufactured in China by Shanghai-Roewe or the Shanghai-Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen joint ventures, except for the Volkswagen Touareg (which it is), which is imported into China.

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Details On The 2015 Volkswagen Passat Plug-In Hybrid

The upcoming next-generation Volkswagen Passat has been confirmed to become the vehicle that will be offered as VW’s third plug-in hybrid (VW XL1 and Golf GTE are #1 and #2).

According to Volkswagen, the Passat PHEV will feature the following:

115 kW gasoline direct-injection engine with turbocharging (1.4 TSI)
80 kW electric motor
Total system output of 155 kW
Maximum torque of 400 N·m (295 lb-ft)
9.9 kWh lithium-ion battery with liquid cooling
Top speed of 130 MPH
0 to 62 MPH in under 8 seconds
Up to 31 miles of electric range

The Passat plug-in hybrid will launch sometime in 2015. Pricing and additional details will be released closer to the launch date.

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Fairfield man melds Volkswagen Beetle, motorcycle for eye-catching result

Keith Wilbur, 67, of Fairfield mated a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle to the front end of a fiberglass trike kit to make for a really unique set of wheels he shows off Saturday on Main Street in Lincoln.

LINCOLN, Maine — Ever imagine what a Volkswagen Beetle would look like if it were mated to a motorcycle?

Keith Wilbur of Fairfield doesn’t have to. Wilbur and his mechanic, Roland Landry, attached the rear half of an orange 1974 Beetle to the front half of a three-wheel motorcycle, or trike. Wilbur, who stopped in Lincoln on Saturday after a fuel pump blew on the trike, said he has owned it for about seven years….

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Volkswagen wins design award for XL1

The Volkswagen XL1 has been named the winner of the transport category in the annual Designs of the Year Awards.

The car is one of 76 designs in seven categories which will be on display at the Design Museum in London until 25 August 2014.

The XL1 will now go on to compete for the Design of the Year 2014 award against the winners of the other categories – Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product. The overall winner will be announced at an event on 30 June 2014.

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Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept is a junior CC

Meet the Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept, or the NMC in short, which has just made its world debut at Auto China 2014 in Beijing. In essence, it previews a coupe-like sedan positioned between the Jetta and Passat models. A junior CC, if you like.

At 4,597 mm long and 1,838 mm wide, the NMC is shorter than the C-segment Jetta, yet wider than the D-segment Passat. Its 1,422 mm height is lower than both the standard sedans too, giving it a low visual centre of gravity.

The NMC sits on Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB platform. It introduces the VW design boss, Klaus Bischoff’s new vision of front end design, with a complex grille, 3D-effect LED headlights and a large but closely detailed lower air intake. The show wheels are huge 22-inchers with body matching ‘Dragon Red’ highlights.

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Volkswagen Touareg facelift brings fresh looks, new technology

The updated Volkswagen Touareg will show off its refreshed styling and new technology when it debuts in Beijing this weekend.

Bi-xenon headlights feature as standard inside the Touareg’s reshaped headlamp clusters, which now connect from top to bottom with the edges of the new four-slat radiator grille.

The front bumper has also been reworked with deeper creases and more angular lower central and side intakes. A revised lower bumper section housing reshaped fog lights and an underbody protector panel sits beneath a new optional thin silver trim strip, which continues along the base of the doors and around to the rear bumper.

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VW Phaeton returning to America as early as 2018

Though the Volkswagen Phaeton — the brand’s range-topping, understated luxury sedan — disappeared from the United States market in 2006, never actually died. The tech-laden luxobarge is still offered overseas, and it has seen a number of revisions and updates since it was last offered here.

Of course, much more has changed since 2006 than the Phaeton’s front fascia. VW has been on a world auto-market domination kick, we’ve endured a recession that precluded previous attempts to reintroduce the Phaeton to North America and company brass seem to have forgotten the ridicule the poor car was subjected to when it was on sale here.

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