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...


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...


2014 JD Power Initial Quality Study: Porsche pips Jaguar and Lexus for top spot
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2014 JD Power Initial Quality Study: Porsche pips Jaguar and Lexus for top spot

Porsche has claimed top honours in the JD Power and Associates Initial Quality Study for the second consecutive year. Finishing ahead of iconic British marque Jaguar and premium Japanese brand Lexus, the German car maker secured its title by registering fewer quality issues than in 2013...


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...


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...


2015 Volkswagen Passat will be smaller, lighter, more efficient and packed with tech
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2015 Volkswagen Passat will be smaller, lighter, more efficient and packed with tech

The lighter, more fuel efficient and technology-packed all-new Volkswagen Passat will be unveiled in around five weeks’ time. Sedan and wagon body styles of the eighth-generation Passat will be revealed online in early July before debuting publicly at October’s Paris motor show and going on sale in right-hand-drive markets in early 2015...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster : 375kW/665Nm supercar headed for Wörthersee
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster : 375kW/665Nm supercar headed for Wörthersee

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo is literally a video game fantasy come to life. Despite being designed specially for the two-dimensional world of the new Gran Turismo PlayStation racing game, the hot-hatch-inspired supercar will debut in the flesh at next week’s Wörthersee Festival in Austria...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance concept built by apprentices to debut at Wörthersee show
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance concept built by apprentices to debut at Wörthersee show

A new Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance concept car built by apprentices will debut at the 2014 Wörthersee gathering in Austria at the end of May. The new concept has been teased in a photograph with its 12 apprentice creators ahead of the car's unveiling at the annual Volkswagen Group meet, and while the image gives little away in terms of what to expect from the car, it's clear the concept has been designed to appeal to younger enthusiasts, as all of the apprentices are aged between 18 and 23...


2015 Volkswagen Passat sketches released
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2015 Volkswagen Passat sketches released

The upcoming eighth-generation Volkswagen Passat looks set to ditch the conservative styling of its predecessor in favour of a significantly sleeker, coupe-inspired design. Official sketches of the 2015 Volkswagen Passat reveal the new large sedan’s low-slung, aerodynamic body...


Volkswagen Tiguan: new-generation model to be unveiled this year - report
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Volkswagen Tiguan: new-generation model to be unveiled this year - report

The next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV is set to be unveiled later this year, according to a report from Germany's Auto Motor Und Sport. The new model is said to debut in the European autumn of 2014, meaning it could debut at the Paris motor show in October...


Bosnian pensioner covers Volkswagen Beetle with 50,000 oak pieces
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Bosnian pensioner covers Volkswagen Beetle with 50,000 oak pieces

Bosnian retiree Momir Bojic has created a truly unique Volkswagen Beetle by covering most of it with oak tiles. Over the course of two years Bojic, aged 71, hand crafted and fitted his Beetle with over 50,000 pieces of oak. Almost every available surface, including all of the body work, dashboard panel, A-pillar and radio, is covered with carefully laid out oak tiles...


Volkswagen CC - next-generation model could be more of a 'fastback'
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Volkswagen CC - next-generation model could be more of a 'fastback'

The future design of the Volkswagen CC - a four-door style-focused version of the more conservative Passat - is currently in the process of being decided, according to VW of America president Michael Horn. The Volkswagen CC has been on sale locally in its current guise since July 2012, while the original version arrived on the market in 2009...