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Cheeky VW advertises manual transmission as anti-theft device

Driving a car equipped with a manual transmission these days is something of a rarity among the public, but this rarity has turned into something positve for owners of manual-equipped cars. It seems the decline of three pedals and a stick has produced numerous headlines declaring would-be thieves were thwarted for their lack of knowledge. Volkswagen tapped into those feelings for its latest advertisement. Showcasing the new Jetta GLI (a Golf GTI with a trunk), the ad places two men inside the car talking about their love-hate relationship with music.…

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VW caters to the hip crowd with enthusiast-inspired builds

Volkswagen is getting hip. The brand has prepared seven enthusiast-inspired “concepts” for SOWO: The European Experience, and there’s something for everyone to take in. The event is a tuner fest for fans of European cars and runs this weekend in Hutchinson Island, Savannah, Georgia. Naturally, VWs are a perfect fit. Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Combi Concept The concept cars range from stance, to adventure, to wild wraps and cover the majority of VW’s models sold in the U.S. today. The first is a wagon with 1990s-themed garb. The Golf Alltrack Combi…

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VW ID 3 electric car tallies 10,000 pre-orders in 24 hours

The Volkswagen ID 3’s soft launch did not go unnoticed. Following the electric hatchback’s confirmation on Wednesday, VW opened order books to European buyers for the vehicle. In 24 hours, 10,000 buyers laid down deposits. The German brand said in a Thursday release that web traffic of buyers itching to pre-order the ID 3 derailed its IT systems. Volkswagen also partially apologized for any delays. We suppose it’s better to break the internet than watch cobwebs grow. Specifically, VW opened up pre-orders for the ID 3 1st edition, which comes…

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ID Roomzz concept previews large electric SUV from VW

Volkswagen’s fifth member of its planned ID family of electric cars will be a large SUV, a preview of which comes in the form of the ID Roomzz concept revealed on Sunday and set for a debut at the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2019. The production version is due in 2021, with China confirmed as the first market. Given America’s penchant for SUVs, it’s likely a local launch will eventually happen. The ID Roomzz concept hints at a large, muscular proportion for VW’s future electric SUV. The vehicle should feature three…

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VW T-Roc R concept bound for 2019 Geneva auto show

Volkswagen will use next month’s 2019 Geneva International Motor Show to preview a new performance crossover SUV currently in the works. The vehicle is the T-Roc R we’ve spied testing at the Nürburgring, and its preview will come in the form of a thinly veiled concept, shown here in a teaser sketched released by VW on Thursday. Before you get too excited, note that the regular T-Roc isn’t sold in the United States so neither will the R version. That’s a shame because there might be a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5…

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VW teases T-Roc R crossover

A performance-oriented crossover SUV from Volkswagen is coming, T-Roc R , which the automaker teased last week in a video. VW didn’t take the T-Roc R just anywhere for the video, it took the vehicle to the Nürburgring with a proper race driver behind the wheel. The video shows Petter Solberg, the 2014 and 2015 World Rallycross champion and current VW R development driver, tackle the Green Hell in a T-Roc R prototype. He says the power and drivability should surprise drivers when the car launches. The main mystery remains…

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VW to chase Nürburgring EV record with ID R electric racer

2018 Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak race car The Volkswagen ID R electric time attack special has a new mission on its hands: Obliterate the EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The current record is the 6:45.9 set by Nio and its EP9 track car back in 2017. VW will attempt to break the record this summer and insiders have suggested the lap time could go as low as 5:30. That’s close to the overall record for the 12.9-mile track claimed last June by Porsche with its 919 Evo…

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VW reveals 286-horsepower Golf GTI TCR

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Volkswagen on Wednesday unveiled a tuned version of its Golf GTI inspired by the TCR race version of the car. It’s called the Golf GTI TCR, and it was previewed by a concept at the 2018 Wörthersee Tour tuning fest held last May in Austria. 2016 Volkswagen GTI TCR race car The production version matches the concept car’s specs, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 under the hood sending 286 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. That…

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Ford and VW to collaborate on mid-size pickups, commercial vans

Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess The commercial vehicle operations of Ford and Volkswagen will be much more closely aligned in the near future. The two announced Tuesday a substantial partnership that will see a number of commercial vehicles jointly developed by the two brands. Each will also build vehicles for the other brand, something VW CEO Herbert Diess hinted at last month month following a meeting with White House officials, where he stated VW could share some of Ford’s spare capacity in the United States.…

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VW will invest $800M in US plant for EV production

Volkswagen to build EVs at Chattanooga, Tennessee plant starting in 2022 Volkswagen on Monday confirmed it will build electric cars at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, beginning in 2022. The automaker will invest $800 million in the site for electric car production and in the process create around 1,000 jobs directly at the plant, plus additional jobs at supplier firms. VW is preparing a family of next-generation EVs based on its MEB modular platform, the first of which will be a Golf-sized hatch due later in 2019. We won’t see…

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