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Volkswagen Golf GTI gearbox comparison : Manual v DSG

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is currently, and has long been, one of the best and most popular examples of the hot-hatch formula – as much as many would like to argue the point...

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2015 Volkswagen Touran spied
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2015 Volkswagen Touran spied

The all-new 2015 Volkswagen Touran MPV has been spied undergoing testing in Germany ahead of a possible debut at the 2014 Paris auto show in October. The boxy-bodied small car is designed to give buyers an alternative to the SUV crowd in much the same vein as the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and upcoming BMW 2 Series Active Tourer...


Volkswagen talks to Fiat Chrysler about possible takeover - report
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Volkswagen talks to Fiat Chrysler about possible takeover - report

Members of the families controlling Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler have reportedly met to discuss the possibility of the German giant taking over the Italian-American car maker. A report by German website Manager Magazin claims that Volkswagen patriarch and chairman of supervisory board, Ferdinand Piëch, floated the idea of a takeover during meetings with the Elkann and Agnelli families, who hold a controlling stake in Fiat Chrysler...


Volkswagen CrossBlue seven-seat SUV production confirmed, Australian launch no sure thing
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Volkswagen CrossBlue seven-seat SUV production confirmed, Australian launch no sure thing

Volkswagen will address a significant hole in its line-up with the addition of a seven-seat family SUV to be built in the United States from the end of 2016 — but whether we will see it emerge in Australia remains unclear.  Today’s announcement comes as small surprise, but confirms the company will at last move towards offering a high-riding soft-roader with three rows of seats, a feature its Touareg lacks...


Audi TT model line expansion imminent
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Audi TT model line expansion imminent

The Audi TT model range appears set to expand beyond a sports coupe and convertible. Audi has already hinted at potential new spin-off models based on the TT and its flexible Volkswagen Group MQB underpinnings which enable the brand to carry over the vast majority of crucial parts between different models and offer more body styles as a result...


Volkswagen Australia rules out offering any plug-in hybrids ... for now
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Volkswagen Australia rules out offering any plug-in hybrids ... for now

Volkswagen Australia has pulled the plug on any chance of plug-in hybrid models such as the Volkswagen Golf GTE and all-new Volkswagen Passat. While sister brand Audi will launch the new A3 Sportback e-tron early in 2015 as a distinct third powertrain pillar for the brand, Volkswagen Australia has indicated it will instead focus its attention on conventional petrol and diesel models...


Volkswagen Passat revealed : First plug-in hybrid drivetrain for nameplate
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Volkswagen Passat revealed : First plug-in hybrid drivetrain for nameplate

The new-generation Volkswagen Passat has been revealed in both sedan and wagon guises at an official event in Germany. Codenamed B8, the new Volkswagen Passat sedan is 2mm shorter at 4767mm than the current B7 model, although the wheelbase has grown by 79mm to 2790mm. This, according to Volkswagen, has increased the length of the passenger compartment by 33mm...


Volkswagen Beetle Dune approved for production – report
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Volkswagen Beetle Dune approved for production – report

The dune buggy is back – that’s right, the crossover-inspired Volkswagen Beetle Dune model is set to be produced. Speculation over a production version was fuelled by new photographs of the Beetle Dune concept that surfaced just weeks ago, and now UK publication Car magazine reports it has been confirmed to make it to showrooms...


Ford takes top spot from Toyota as world's greenest brand - report
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Ford takes top spot from Toyota as world's greenest brand - report

The blue oval brand is the world's greenest, according to the Best Global Green Brands survey which has put Ford as the most eco-friendly brand in the world above longstanding leader Toyota. The survey - which is conducted with Deloitte Consulting and published by Interbrand - is designed to gauge the perceptions of customers and potential buyers around the world, and also looks at data based on numerous companies internal performance and environmental standards...


Volkswagen Beetle Dune could be built
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Volkswagen Beetle Dune could be built

The Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept that debuted earlier this year at the Detroit auto show appears to be inching closer towards becoming a production reality. The Beetle Dune model showed up as a surprise unveiling at the US show in January, and onlookers were even more surprised when Volkswagen suggested a production version of the car was “a lot more feasible” to build than the original New Beetle Dune concept that debuted in Los Angeles in 2000...


Volkswagen Beetle GRC revealed: A 406kW rallycross special
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Volkswagen Beetle GRC revealed: A 406kW rallycross special

The Volkswagen Beetle GRC is a race car developed for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team and will race in this year's Red Bull Global Rallycross championship. With the latest generation Beetle, Volkswagen has been keen to burnish the car's masculine credentials. It all started with the production car's squarer, flatter styling and now there's this bicep flexing beast...


Hit or Miss: Special edition cars - Part 1
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Hit or Miss: Special edition cars - Part 1

Carla Zampatti Ford Laser While Carla Zampatti made her mark in the fashion industry as a talented designer, in the car industry her impact was unfortunately more like a stain.Zampatti partnered with Ford Australia to create special edition versions of the KB and KC Laser. The first release came in 1985, and was followed up with a second collection including Meteor’s in 1987...


Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate: flagship ute enhanced
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Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate: flagship ute enhanced

The Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate ute has been upgraded with added technology and new trim features. Revealed in Hanover, Germany, the enhanced Amarok Ultimate gains bi-xenon headlights, U-shaped LED daytime running lights and a restyled grille with twin horizontal chrome bars...


2015 Volkswagen Passat takes shape under cloak
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2015 Volkswagen Passat takes shape under cloak

The teaser campaign for the new Volkswagen Passat continues, with the German manufacturer today releasing a fresh image that reveals more secrets of its exterior design. The image, which shows the eighth-generation large car cloaked by a thin veil, provides a clear look at the Passat’s LED headlights and daytime running lights – the latter lining the lower borders of the headlamp clusters in a style reminiscent of models from sister brands Audi and Skoda...


Volkswagen Eyes on the Road ad shocks unsuspecting viewers with a bold phone use message
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Volkswagen Eyes on the Road ad shocks unsuspecting viewers with a bold phone use message

Volkswagen has taken a bold step in its attempts to stop drivers from using their mobile phones at the wheel, surprising cinemagoers at a packed Hong Kong theatre with an interactive shock campaign. The ad, which was shown as a trailer to a feature film at the MCL Cinema in Hong Kong, shows a point-of-view account of a person getting into their car and setting off on a drive...


Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX STI v Audi S3 v Volkswagen Golf R
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Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX STI v Audi S3 v Volkswagen Golf R

The new Subaru WRX STI has a lot to live up to, especially now that we know the garden variety WRX is a significantly better car than the old model in every way. The early signs are good, because the STI in Premium guise, as tested here, immediately ramps up the bang-for-your-buck factor. At $54,990 (or $49,990 if you forgo luxury kit), it’s a massive $10,000 cheaper than the model it replaces...


Volkswagen to expand SUV range from two models to six - report
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Volkswagen to expand SUV range from two models to six - report

The Wolfsburg-based company is working on tripling the number of Volkswagen-branded SUVs in its range from two to six. Two anonymous sources who spoke to Bloomberg said the company was working on a "coupe" and a stretched version of the next-generation Tiguan...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition: A 279kW apprentice special for 2014 Wörthersee show
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition: A 279kW apprentice special for 2014 Wörthersee show

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition has been created by 12 VW apprentices for this year's Wörthersee festival. Starting with a Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance as its base, the apprentices have honed the car's looks and provided it with a lot more oomph. Under the bonnet there's a tuned version of the Golf R's 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo digitally revealed
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo digitally revealed

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo has been unveiled in digital form ahead of its launch into the world of video games and cyberspace in June. Teased in sketches at the beginning of this week, the video and images reveal the racing concept inside and out, pushing the limits of the Golf GTI design DNA...


Volkswagen Amarok Power concept to make noise at 2014 Wörthersee
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Volkswagen Amarok Power concept to make noise at 2014 Wörthersee

The Volkswagen Amarok Power concept will turn up the volume at this week’s Wörthersee festival. The single-cab Amarok Power ute concept is almost identical to the Power Pick-up concept that debuted at last year’s Wörthersee event, though trades the go-kart in the tray of the old version for a 5000-watt sound system and DJ equipment...