Wolfsburg / Tokyo, November 2013 — Volkswagen introduced the XL1, the world’s most fuel-efficient production car, to the streets in 2013. This plug-in diesel hybrid for two people is being produced in a limited volume and has a European combined fuel consumption figure of 261 mpg as well as a carbonfiber body and chassis.
Now, Europe’s largest carmaker is applying the experience it gained from this technological showpiece and is applying it to a high-volume production vehicle. Volkswagen is presenting this new car at the Tokyo Motor Show: a plug-in hybrid version of the up!, called the twin up! concept car. This four-seater shares certain parts of its drive system with the XL1—including its diesel engine, electric motor, and DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Continue reading
Click between three different versions of the Walk Off The Earth song, “Gang of Rhythm”. Each button brings you to a different location, with a different Beetle, and a different version of the song — all in the same video.
Walk Off The Earth – who put themselves on the map with their cover of the song, “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye – partnered with Volkswagen Canada to create this interactive video. Each version features a unique arrangement of the song, and a different Beetle to match: The Beetle GSR, The Beetle Convertible, and The Super Beetle.
By Brian Harper, National Post
WINNIPEG — The inspiration might have come from the popular television show The Amazing Race Canada, but Volkswagen’s Great Canadian TDI Clean Diesel Tour is grounded in marketing reality: Although 28% of VW Canada’s sales are powered by the automaker’s new turbocharged four- and six-cylinder diesel engines — including more than 50% of Passats, Golf Wagons and Touaregs — sales of diesel engines as a whole are woefully under-represented in this country. Continue reading
By Sebastian Blanco, Autoblog.com
Last week, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled the e-Up! and e-Golf models, putting official faces on at least some of the company’s longstanding EV plans. We say some because, as part of the Frankfurt barrage, VW started talking about a company-wide electrified line-up that includes up to 40 vehicles, “If there is sufficient demand.” Say what you want about VW’s late entry into the plug-in space, that’s a lot of EVs, PHEVs and hybrids. Continue reading
So here are the first two photos of the all-new seventh generation Golf R. Utilizing the same 2.0TFSI EA888 engine found in the all-new S3, the new Golf R sports 296hp and 280 lb-ft. of torque with 18% better claimed fuel economy. We won’t see it here in the States [or Canada] for at least a year and a half and details are still being sorted out regarding which options we will see. As soon as we hear more we’ll pass it along. Continue reading
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