By Noah Joseph, Autoblog.com
It used to be that if you wanted a Golf-based hot hatch, you only had to know three letters: GTI. But these days, Volkswagen seems intent on offering a much broader array. There’s the Golf R, the GTD and now this, the GTE. Set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show (now less than two weeks away), the new Golf GTE joins as the fifth type of propulsion to be offered in the Golf line – alongside its gasoline, diesel, CNG and full electric counterparts. Continue reading
By Marc Carter, iMotor Times
In addition to bringing the 2015 Golf R to the Detroit Auto Show next week, Volkswagen is also going to bring the new Beetle Dune concept on the stage. The Beetle Dune concept draws its roots from the Baja Bug of the 1960s with its raised ride height and flared wheel arches.
The Beetle Dune concept looks like a crossover and a Beetle had a baby with its crossover-like appearance. Flared wheel arches, beefier bumpers and extra black moldings give the Beetle Dune concept what it needs for an offroad adventure. Inside the concept gets bright yellow accents and a grab handle has replaced the passenger side airbag. The Beetle Dune concept is powered by the same 2.0L turbocharged engine that currently powers the Beetle and the new GTI.
Volkswagen says that the Beetle Dune concept is merely a design study, but interestingly enough this is the second time that we’ve seen a Beetle Dune concept. Back in 2000 Volkswagen released a similar concept version of the Volkswagen Beetle, but it was never released. Could it be produced this time? According to some reports, it is possible.
By Jamie Vondruska, VWvortex.com
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand recorded a good delivery performance in November with volumes up 3.4 percent to 522,100 (November 2012: 504,800) units. 5.40 (January-November 2012: 5.22) million vehicles were handed over to customers from January to November, an increase of 3.4 percent. “Our brand’s most important model, the Golf, has once again been a strong driver. The latest generation has got off to an excellent start and we will be delivering the 500,000th model this December, just one year after the market launch”, Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said, and added: “We expect to see further momentum from key countries such as China and the USA [and Canada], where the Golf will be launched shortly. And we are constantly adding to the Golf family: The new Golf Estate has just gone on sale, and the Golf Sportsvan along with the e-Golf and the Golf Plug-in Hybrid will follow next year.” [No word on when/if they'll be coming to North America.] Continue reading
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