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Volkswagen Polo R WRC Launch Event in Monaco [Video]

Volkswagen Polo R WRC Launch Event in Monaco [Video]

Volkswagen launched its Polo R WRC this past weekend in Monaco and drivers Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen were there for the event. The footage covers the launch event.

If you are a Volkswagen fan that i hope you will be glued to your chair for the 2013 season of the WRC.

Source: Motors TV

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Volkswagen Polo R WRC Spotted Testing [Video]

Volkswagen Polo R WRC Spotted Testing [Video]

Earlier this week we previewed a video of the newly released Volkswagen Polo R WRC Launch trailer (seen below) and yesterday we came across this video of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC being put through its paces.

The inaugural race for the Volkswagen Polo R WRC is set for the 15 December, which heralds the beginning of the 2013 Rally Monte Carlo which runs from the 15th to the 20th of January 2013.

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Production of the New 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII [Video]

Production of the New 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII [Video]

We came across this video of the production process for the new 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII last week. It’s always fascinating to watch a vehicle through the build process.

This video shows the Volkswagen Golf VII, going through the body shop, paint shop, and final assembly line. All along the process checks are made to ensure the car is built according to Volkswagen standards.

The Volkswagen Golf VII will be  locally available from February 2013 with the order book opening from January 2013. For more information on the Volkswagen Golf VII read our earlier article.

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VW CrossPolo Gets Some Street Cred with Introduction Of Urban Ice Package

VW CrossPolo Gets Some Street Cred with Introduction Of Urban Ice Package

Last week saw the introduction of the optional Urban Ice Package for the VW CrossPolo model lineup.

The Urban Ice package is exclusively offered in Oryx White pearlescent paint, which was previously only available on the new Beetle. This exterior colour blends well with the Urban Ice package’s black roof rails, tinted rear windows, piano black-painted side mirrors and black 17-inch Budapest alloy wheels.

The interior of the VW CrossPolo is characterised by a silver-painted centre console, black roof liner, Alcantara/Meteor sport seats with heating function, and grey stitching for the carpets and the hand brake housing.

The price for the Urban Ice package is R9 800, and will be available on both the 1.6l 77kW VW CrossPolo as well as the 1.6l TDI 77kW VW CrossPolo.

The recommended retail prices, including VAT and Emissions Tax, for the VW CrossPolo 1.6l 77kW and 1.6l TDI, are R214 200 and R238 500, respectively. That is excluding the price of the Urban Ice Package.

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The New Ford Focus ST vs The VW Golf VI GTI, Which Is Better?[Video]

The New Ford Focus ST vs The VW Golf VI GTI, Which Is Better?[Video]

In this video Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jr. put the New Ford Focus ST against the GOlf VI GTi. The video may be a bit biased considering that Ford asked both drivers to pit the two vehicles against each other, and perhaps even more so since both drivers professionally race Ford vehicles.

However the video makes for great entertainment. We think the Ford and VW fans will be at each others throats really soon, especially since the Ford Focus ST has now been launched locally.

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The VW Scirocco GTS

The VW Scirocco GTS

The VW Scirocco GTS showcased at the 2012 Auto Mobil International (AMI) in Leipzig earlier this year, and targeted mainly at the European and Chinese market is now on sale. The VW Scirocco GTS package will be available on a range of VW Scirocco’s ranging from the 1.4l TSI to the 2.0l TDI. The pricing in Germany starts from €28,100, and rises to €33,525, depending on engine choices and optional extras.

So, yes thus far it doesn’t look like VW is planning to introduce this model anywhere outside of Europe and China. So we can only hope that by some miracle VW South Africa treats us to a gift in the form of the Scirocco GTS. At least that way it won’t only be the Scirocco R drivers out there who will have really sporty looking Scirocco’s. Well, unless your willing on going aftermarket.

The most striking exterior highlights of the VW Scirocco GTS are the specially designed sports car stripes which stretch from the bonnet to the rear tailgate. Other features of the VW Scirocco GTS include the red callipers for the 2.0 TSI, custom designed front and rear bumpers, exposed side sills, body-coloured side trim, wing mirrors colour coordinated with the stripes, burnished 18-inch ‘Thunder’ alloy wheels (striking spoked rims) with black trim, a sporty diffuser and the rear tailgate spoiler from the Scirocco R, plus GTS badges on the front wings finish off the exterior design details to perfection. As an alternative option, the Scirocco GTS can also be ordered with black 19-inch ‘Lugano’ alloys.

The interior also gets some attention with the dominant colours being black and red. The black leather seats are contrasted by red double lap seam stitching, with the red stitching spilling over to the gear lever sleeve, the hand brake lever, the sports steering wheel, the safety belts and the central and door armrests. Other GTS logo’s also embellish other bits of the interior of the car such as on the seats and the steering wheel.

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VW Taigun Concept - Could This Be One Of The New SUVs VW Talked About?

VW Taigun Concept – Could This Be One Of The New SUVs VW Talked About?

This week saw the premier of the VW Taigun Concept at the São Paulo International Motor Show, a four-seat compact SUV.

We mentioned last week that VW would be considering the introduction of two new SUVs to the market, the one model coming in just below the current Volkswagen Tiguan, and the other model filling in the gap between the Tiguan and the Touareg.

The premier of the Taigun at the São Paulo International Motor may just give us an indication of how the new compact SUV will look.

The VW Taigun concept exhibits the same exterior design DNA that we have become accustomed to from VW, and which ultimately translates to a sophisticated and powerful appearance. The proportions of the VW Taigun result in relatively short overhangs and what VW calls “appealing proportions.”

The Taigun is powered by a 3-cylinder 1.0 litre TSI engine with a power output of 81kW and torque output of 175Nm. The VW Taigun will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 9.2 seconds, reach a top speed of 186km/h and have a claimed fuel consumption of 4.5l/100km.

 Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand for Technical Development, comments: “The torque-strong three-cylinder is an ideal engine for such a compact SUV; it is a companion for driving through the urban environment that is as efficient as it is dynamic.”

Owing to the clever utilisation of space the VW Taigun will also have 280 litres boot, increasing to 987 litres when the rear bench seat is folded down.

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Volkswagen Beetle Making Its Way To South Africa

Volkswagen Beetle Making Its Way To South Africa

My memories of the Volkswagen Beetle stretch as far back as I can imagine, in fact they are an integral reason of why I chose to work in the motoring industry. My grandfather owned one, my father owned one and I feel that I should own one too, just to keep the tradition going.

The Beetle has always held a special place in people’s hearts.  It embodied the philosophy of “People’s car” for its affordability and popularity in South Africa.

The first generation Beetle is one of the most successful cars ever with over 21.5 million units sold since it was first introduced in 1938.

The new iteration of the Beetle first debuted in the late 1990s and most recently the new Beetle was introduced to the world. The latest generation Beetle is bolder, more dynamic and masculine. Volkswagen South Africa will launch the 21st Century Beetle in two new equipment lines, “Design” and “Sport”. The price for the new Beetle starts at R235400 for the 1.2 TSI.

According to Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand, “The Beetle is now characterised by a clean, self-confident and dominant sportiness. The car not only has a lower profile; it is also substantially wider, the front bonnet is longer, the front windscreen is shifted further back and has a much steeper incline. All of this creates a new dynamism.”

What catches the eye at first glance is the more streamlined body of the new Beetle as opposed to the overly round exterior features we had become accustomed to, and I have to admit I like it. It gives the Beetle a more relevant look.

The body of the new Beetle is now wider, longer and lower than the previous Beetle. The Beetle is 1808mm wide (84 mm wider), 1486 mm high (12mm lower) and 4278mm long (152mm longer). As a result this also allowed the development team to increase the track widths (front: 1578 mm with gain of 63 mm; rear: 1544 mm with gain 49 mm) and the wheelbase (2537 mm with gain of 22 mm). All of this serves to give the Beetle a more muscular and sportier stance.

The front of the bug has the trademark round headlights fans have come accustomed to. Standard the Beetle comes fitted with free xenon gas discharge lamps, with the optional lights being the bi-xenon headlights. When bi-xenon headlights are ordered, daytime running lights are also included, each of which consists of 15 LEDs arranged along the outer border of the headlight housing.

The Beetle will be available in a range of ten colours and an option of 16” and 17” rims.

The interior has also received some love and attention and now looks the part.

Some of the key features to note on the interior are the front facia panel, the glovebox, the optional auxiliary instruments (fitted above the audio/navigation system), the steering wheel design (with painted accents in the spokes), and the ambient lighting system (with red, white and white lighting options).

The front facia panel reminds one of the dash pad of the first Beetle. The front facia panel comes either painted or with a carbon-look finish for vehicles ordered with the Sport equipment line.

The Beetle has an extra glovebox, “Beetle box” integrated in the front facia. The lid opens upward and the standard glovebox that is integrated with it opens downward.

The optional auxiliary equipment above the selected audio/navigation system includes dials for oil temperature, clock with chronometer function and boost pressure.

Space wise owing the improved dimensions of the bug, the Beetle is said to comfortably carry four adults in comfort and offers ample luggage space (310 to 905 litres). The air of space is also amplified for customers who choose the optional panoramic tilt/slide sunroof.

Other features to note are the Keyless Access system as well as the optional Fender audio system which should please audiophiles.

The new Beetle is offered in two TSI engines, 1.2L (77kW and 175Nm) and 1.4 (118kW and 240Nm). These fuel efficient and dynamic engines are mated to 6-speed manual transmission. The 118kW is available with an optional 7-speed DSG transmission.

1.2 TSI 77kW engine reaches 100 km/h from a standstill in just 10.9 seconds and the 1.4 TSI sprints from 0 to 100km /h in 8.3 seconds.

The fuel consumption for the 1.2L TSI engine is claimed at 5.9l/100km whilst the fuel consumption for the 1.4L TSI engine is 6.6l/100km and 6.2l/100km when ordered with the 7-speed DSG.

From a handling perspective the key thing to note is the addition of the XDS Electronic differential lock which comes standard with the 1.4 TSI 118kW Beetle. The XDS electronic differential lock is also fitted on the VW Golf VI GTI as well as the Volkswagen CC. The XDS improves handling during fast cornering and calibrates the car towards more “neutral” steering. It does this by using active brake intervention to prevent wheel spin of the unloaded wheel on the inside of the curve, which in turn improves traction.

The retail price including VAT and emissions tax will be as indicated below.

1.2 TSI 77kW Design Manual – R235 400

1.4 TSI 118kW Sport Manual – R296 600

1.4 TSI 118kW Sport DSG – R311 100

The new Beetle comes standard with a 5 year/60 000km Automotion Maintenance Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Intervals are at 15 000km.

Below is a review of the VW Beetle 1.2 TSI, although the review is UK based it is still very informative.

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Volkswagen Plans For Two New SUVs

Volkswagen Plans For Two New SUVs

As part of Volkswagens ambitions to overtake GM and Toyota in sales, Volkswagen plans to introduce two new SUVs over the coming years, according to VW spokesperson Peter Thul.

The two new models to be introduces will slot in above and below the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Volkswagen plans to introduce these two models in its bid to access new markets to offset the week demand in vehicles in Europe. The two new models seem to be targeted primarily at the American market.

The one model placed above the current Volkswagen Tiguan is said to provide a seven seater alternative to minivans and the model which will slot in below the Tiguan will be targeted at the growing supermini SUV market which seems to be blossoming in America.

Possibilities or hints as to how the model which will slot in below the current Tiguan is the VW Cross Coupe which was introduced at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

Source: Autonews

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Official Pictures of the New Golf GTI Concept

Official Pictures of the New Golf GTI Concept

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI concept was premiered at the 2012 Paris Motor Show yesterday. The new Golf GTI will produce 162kW and 350Nm in the standard option and 169kW and 350Nm with the optional performance pack. The new Golf GTI will be launched early in 2013 in Europe.

The Golf GTI is powered by a 2.0l turbocharged engine with stop/start technology and fulfils EU-6 emission requirements which come effective in 2014. The engine is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox or the optional 6 speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). Overall fuel consumption on the Golf GTI has been improved with the 162kW Golf GTI having a fuel consumption of 6.0l/100km which is an improvement of 1.3l/100km or 18% improvement over the outgoing model.

The 162kW powered Golf GTI accelerates from 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 246km/h whilst the 169kW powered Golf GTI accelerates from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds and reaches 250km/h.

The performance pack not only offers a plus in power, but also a plus in handling: instead of 16-inch brakes, the GTI is equipped with 17-inch brakes here (with GTI badges on the callipers) and a front axle differential lock (VAQ) that is also being offered for the first time in this form.

A new progressive steering system will be standard on the Golf GTI and optional on all other Golf variants. The progressive steering allows the GTI to realise optimised steering behaviour that is sporty yet practical in everyday driving.

From an exterior styling perspective the new Golf GTI follows the ethos that has been defined by previous model GTI’s featuring classic GTI insignia. On the exterior, these include the red painted brake callipers, a GTI-typical honeycomb structure for the air inlet screens, smoked LED rear lights including LED licence plate lighting as well as chrome 80 mm diameter tailpipes on the left and right.

The Golf GTI interior is filled by tartan patterned sport’s seats with red decorative seams, black roof liner, GTI special gear shift grip embossed by red decorated seams, and GTI spec sport steering wheel.

Also making a strong statement is the GTI instrument cluster with a colour display and independent graphics of its instruments. The GTI-specific look of the interior is completed out by red ambience lighting, special trim strips and panels (trim strips in the front doors with ambience lighting), brushed stainless steel pedals and foot rest (on left), door sill entry plates in front with a stainless steel application and ambience lighting that is also integrated here.

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