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Mk2 Golf GTI vs Up! GTI drag race - video

The new Volkswagen Up! GTI has been hailed as something of a spiritual successor to the Mk1 or Mk2 Golf GTI. It's light, makes a similar amount of power and, unlike the Polo and Golf GTI in Australia, is offered with a manual transmission. Which is faster, though? With 86kW on tap from a 1...

Volkswagen Up! R-Line revealed for Europe

The pint-sized Volkswagen Up! has been the latest model in the company's range to get its sporty R-Line treatment, filling the gap between the core range and the full-fat GTI variant. Offered as an optional package, the Up! R-Line gets a unique front bumper design with chrome fog-light surrounds, body coloured side sills, 'R-Line' badging, black roof and mirror caps, rear privacy glass, and 16-inch gloss-black alloy wheels...

Volkswagen GTI family faces off - video

With the recent addition of the Up! GTI, Volkswagen has hot hatch for essentially all tastes. But which one is quickest in a straight line? Along with the current Golf, Polo and Up! GTI, this video throws a bit of a curveball into the mix, in the form of a pre-facelift Golf GTI Clubsport S...

Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Polo, CC, Eos and Up! join Takata recall

Volkswagen has announced a multi-stage recall for 106,804 vehicles, after the Australian Federal Government yesterday announced a mandatory recall of vehicles fitted with Takata airbags. The company is at pains to mention none of these vehicles are fitted with the more dangerous 'alpha' inflators, and points out no current-generation cars are impacted...

Volkswagen Up! could make a surprise return to Australia

We all loved the Volkswagen Up! (emphasis theirs). It was a car that almost deserved to have silly punctuation in its name, it was that good a thing in a dull part of the market. But, like buyers, many reviewers were left flabbergasted by the lack of an automatic transmission option in Australia...

Volkswagen Eos, Up! axed from streamlined range; Scirocco uncertain

The Volkswagen Up! will join the Eos in exiting local showrooms when stocks of the current model run out, and they could be joined by the Scirocco. Speaking about the future of the range-entry Up!, Volkswagen Australia communications general manager Karl Gehling told CarAdvice, “That [sub-light] segment is very price sensitive...

Volkswagen Up! to get new automatic, improve pedestrian safety

The next-generation Volkswagen Up! will hit the roads in 2017 as a slightly longer car with a new platform engineered to fit either a torque converter or dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Visiting for the launch of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Wolfsburg-based technical head of transmission development Michael Schafer explained that the design of the current Up! was such that it could only accept a single-clutch automatic (below) – widely criticised by overseas media – but that would change for the next car...

Volkswagen unhappy with Up! sales, but committed to the car

The Volkswagen Up! will not be dropped from the local line-up, Volkswagen Group Australia (VGA) managing director John White has explained, despite the sub-compact hatchback going into sales freefall. Asked directly whether Volkswagen is happy with Up! sales in Australia, local boss White (below) answered “no I’m not...

Volkswagen e-load Up!: electric van concept unveiled

The Volkswagen e-load Up! has been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show. A commercial van concept based on the electric Volkswagen e-Up! (pictured below), the Volkswagen e-load Up! is a city-sized delivery van that combines small dimensions, large storage capacity and zero-emission motoring...

Volkswagen Rock Up! and Groove Up! hit the high notes

By its own admission, VW UK’s public relations department says the new Volkswagen Rock Up! and Volkswagen Groove Up! will appeal to “fans of loud music, great-looking small cars and questionable puns”. Inspired by 'sound', the duo is the latest addition to the Volkswagen Up! city car family, enhancing the UK market’s top-spec High Up! variant with new tech and styling features...

Volkswagen E-Up! production car revealed

The production version of the all-electric Volkswagen E-Up! has made a brief appearance at today's annual VW press and investor conference at Wolfsburg ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The E-Up! is Volkswagen’s first fully electric production vehicle and has a range of up to 150km on a single charge, thanks to its low weight of 1185kg...

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