Volkswagen interest in U.S. pickup accelerates

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Ricky Smith of Al Johnson Volkswagen says he would welcome a VW pickup truck with what he terms “wide-open arms.”

“I wish they would send me a hundred pickups,” the Volkswagen sales rep at the Dalton, Ga., dealership said. “It would be the best ever.”

The German automaker with an assembly plant in Chattanooga is considering bringing a pickup or small commercial van to the United States, according to Bloomberg.

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2015 Volkswagen Scirocco GTS

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Volkswagen’s family of sporty Scirocco hatches just got bigger at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, where the Germans unveiled the GTS, a new trim level that will slot below the range-topping R model. The GTS will go on sale in both Europe and China later this year, with an array of new features that won’t be offered on other trim levels anytime soon. As with the rest of the current Scirocco lineup, the GTS won’t cross the pond to the U.S., remaining a Europe- and Asia-exclusive model. I might as well add it to my “Top 10 Cars We Can’t Have in the U.S.” list.

The GTS revived a nameplate Volkswagen first introduced in 1982 for the second-generation Scirocco. Offered until 1985, the GTS received an 84-horsepower engine, which was later upgraded to 110 horses. Distinctive features included “GTS” decals on the sides and the golf-ball shift knob. Aimed at drivers in their 20s, the GTS was a success, with nearly 19,000 units sold in less than four years. Will the GTS be as successful more than three decades later? Keep reading to find out.

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Volkswagen Camper van is set for a comeback – and this time it’ll be ELECTRIC

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The Volkswagen Westfalia Camper is associated with the Seventies, the Summer of Love and nature-loving hippies.

Now the iconic van is about to get greener because the bus is being reborn as an electric vehicle, a Volkswagen board member revealed.

No images of the new vehicle have yet been released, but Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser suggested that battery packs would be hidden under the vehicle’s floor and a small electric motor will drive its front wheels.

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This Is One Volkswagen Bus You’ve Definitely Never Seen Before

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This bus will never drive you over to the dark side.

Artist Cesar Aguzzoli, from San Diego, took this bus on quite a journey. A journey that would lead both artist and bus to a galaxy far, far away…

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Volkswagen T2 Bus Turned into Currywurst on Wheels

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urry might be a famous Indian spice, but currywurst is a German dish consisting of steamed, then fried pork sausage that’s seasoned with curry ketchup. Rally fans devour the stuff by the metric ton every weekend and Volkswagen is one of the biggest suppliers.

In fact, currywurst outsold passenger cars in 2014 as Volkswagen’s biggest export. But let’s not beat around the bush here and talk about the classic 1975 T2b van that was converted into a sausage-shaped hot dog stand by the German company’s apprentices.

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Dunk on Anybody Anywhere With the BasketBeetle

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What if you could get a 1975 Volkswagen Beetle with only 809 miles? Sounds great, right? There’s just one tiny, little, itty bitty catch: It looks like a basketball, has a ’70s hoop attached to the trailer hitch and has therefore been humiliatingly posterized more than Shawn Bradley, and the sideview mirror is kind of crooked. Worth $5,000?

Ehhh, maybe, maybe not, depending on the damage that hoop has done. This car was previously used as a Sprite promotional vehicle about 40 years ago. It’s equipped with hydraulics (basketballs gotta bounce, right?) and its miles are so low because the car was trailered to games. And for all of you sticklers, yes, it’s rear-wheel drive and manual. This thing could make for one hell of a game of neighborhood H-O-R-S-E.

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World champion Ogier heads Volkswagen 1-2

Sébastien Ogier led after 10 special stages in Rally Mexico

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The French duo of Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia survived a dramatic opening leg of the 12th Rally Guanajuato Corona and overcame the disadvantage of running first on the road to move into a 13.5-second lead after 10 special stages of the third round of the FIIA World Rally Championship.

In an incident-filled day, where spectacular crashes and a high rate of attrition amongst the leading cars stole the headlines, the defending World Champions were the models of consistency in the lead Volkswagen Polo R WRC.
When Ogier’s closest challenger, Thierry Neuville of Belgium, sustained a puncture and rolled his Hyundai i20 WRC out of second place in SS8, Ogier cruised to the end of the leg ahead of Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala. The Finn, meanwhile, survived a frightening moment of his own on the final super special stage.

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Tacos out of a VW bus

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Angelenos are used to ordering tacos from trucks. But a 1969 VW Kombi Bus? That’s something new.

Ceremony, a new restaurant and bar scheduled to open in Studio City by late March, will sell Baja-style tacos and Cuban sandwiches out of a restored VW bus. According to a recent release for the restaurant, chef and owner Frank Leon (La Loggia, The Village) was inspired by the movie “Chef.”

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Volkswagen’s 118 mpg, 155 mph Sport Coupé Concept GTE plug-in hybrid

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Volkswagen just hit the automotive world with a hell of a one-two punch this week in Geneva. Long wanting to get into the sporty coupe game, VW has been on again, off again with various show cars. And plug in hybrids? Why hasn’t one of the world’s largest automakers cracked that territory in a big way yet? Volkswagen’s answer: Why not do both?

Sitting in the middle of the Volkswagen show stand at this years Geneva Auto Show is a bright yellow-gold car that subconsciously cries out to its target demographic. You’re young(ish) and successful, but still on the way up. You have style and flair and you’re a person (although more often than not a man) that has little to no qualms about letting others know just how successful and upwardly mobile and stylish you are.

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VW Beetle with Royal connections heads for auction

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When not chauffeuring the late Queen Mother around in a stately limousine, Arthur Barty’s car of choice was a Volkswagen Beetle.

Now his 1962 VW Beetle is being offered for sale at Coys’ Spring Classics Auction in London on 10 March with a pre-sale estimate of £10,000-15,000.

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