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Revo VW T5 Smashes Commercial Vehicle Record at Nürburgring

Revo VW T5 Smashes Commercial Vehicle Record at Nürburgring

VW Group tuning expert Revo set a new record for a commercial vehicle lap of the Nürburgring during a recent test session– smashing the world famous lap set by Sabine Schmitz in a Ford Transit van on the Top Gear TV Show.

The record was set by a VW T5 which has already clocked about 80000miles before the team at Revo gave it a bit more of a power boost. This was achieved by the addition of a bespoke ECU remap, Milltek “turbo-back’ exhaust system and a Forge intercooler/oil cooler combination. These modifications resulted in a hefty 220bhp and a healthy rise in torque

Ither than the above engine modifications, the chassis also received some attention. Blistein’s B145 coilover kit was added, lightweight Team Dynamics wheels and a set of sticky Direzza tyres from Dunlop.

Sabine Schmitz was able to lap the ring in 10 minutes and 8 seconds and to beat this time Revo felt they also needed the help of a seasoned Nordschleife veteran. Their choice, Dale Lomas. Just like Top Gear, the team didn’t have the luxury of an empty track, instead sharing the tarmac with the lucky guests of the recent Destination Nurburgring track day.

After a few flying laps round the track, Dale was able to complete a full lap in just 9mins:57.36 seconds.

Below are two videos, one of the lap record and the second an interview with Dale Lomas.

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New Volkswagen Golf Named ‘World Car of the Year 2013’

New Volkswagen Golf Named ‘World Car of the Year 2013’

The Volkswagen Golf VII was last week Thursday named the ‘World Car of the Year 2013’ at the 2013 Ney York International Auto Show.

This award comes a few weeks after the Volkswagen Golf VII was named the ‘European Car of the Year 2013’ at the 2013 Geneva motor Show. Thus far the new Golf has already received 17 awards since its launch in November 2012.

Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, explained: “We at Volkswagen are all delighted that the Golf has been named ‘World Car of the Year’. To win this award again shows that the Golf is and remains in a class of its own all around the world. This car sets new benchmarks again and again, not least in terms of efficiency and environmental credentials.”

 The ‘World Car of the Year’ jury consists of 66 motoring journalists from 23 countries, who rate new cars appearing on the world market not only for the award, but also in their daily reporting work for millions of drivers and car enthusiasts.

With the Golf VII being launched locally in February this year, there is probably a great chance that the Golf will continue in its winning streak and get named the South African Car of the Year 2014.

We can only wish Volkswagen well.


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VW Golf VII Named Europe's Car of The Year

VW Golf VII Named Europe’s Car of The Year

The new Golf is Europe’s “Car of the Year 2013.” The renowned international “Car of the Year” Award is deemed one of the most important barometers in the automotive industry. The winners were announced yesterday, Monday 4 March 2013 in the run-up to the Geneva Motor Show.

In his acceptance speech, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen AG, stated: “This is a superb result and we are very proud of it. This most significant European award is the perfect final touch to the list of prizes we have already won. Over 29 million customers have made the Golf into the icon that it is. The new Golf will continue this success story.”

The vote for “Car of the Year” is one of the oldest and most renowned in Europe. The best new cars have been given prizes annually since 1964. The panel of judges, consisting of 58 automotive journalists from 22 countries, nominated eight cars for the final run. The finalists were compared and evaluated during the last few months under a broad range of criteria, such as fuel efficiency, comfort, safety, driving properties, functionality, design and technological progress.

In the final vote, the new Golf came out on top with a total score of 414 points – the car in second place received a score of 202 points. Two Volkswagen models have received the coveted prize before, the Golf in 1992 and the Polo in 2010.

The most successful car in Europe has been further perfected in its seventh generation. The new Golf scored high not only with its quality, comfort, low fuel consumption and emission values as well as its excellent drive properties but also in the most vital area of safety. One of its new safety features is the standard Multi-Collision Braking System that slows the vehicle down automatically after an accident so as to reduce the remaining kinetic energy, thus avoiding more subsequent collisions.  Other safety features that are offered as standard in the new Golf include electronic XDS differential lock. These safety features offer maximum of safety and comfort at an affordable price.

The Golf’s success story is exemplary, whether as a classic five door Golf, Golf Cabriolet. It is available in all five continents and in more than 120 countries. With nearly 30 million vehicles produced, the Golf has set new standards in the compact class in the last few decades. New technologies such as ABS, the airbag and the electronic stabilisation programme were integrated and have decisively shaped automotive construction in the class named after it. The exterior and interior of the Golf are also leading the way. Like almost no other product, the Golf distinguishes itself by its unique product and design language, which is seen as timeless and classless to this very day.

The new Golf, which was launched in South Africa in last month, sold over 760 units in its first month of retail.

Source: Volkswagen South Africa

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The New Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

The New Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

The new Beetle Cabriolet is now available in Volkswagen Dealerships in Germany and will be launched across Europe over the next few weeks.

We have no indication at present as to when Volkswagen will launch the new Beetle Cabriolet in South Africa, but what we can do however is imagine how it would be to drive top down in the new Beetle Cabriolet. Okay perhaps not the greatest idea at the moment considering that winter is just round the corner, but we’ll just ignore reality and dream on.

This grandchild of the legendary original Beetle Convertible can be ordered with a range of efficient engines covering a power output range of 77 kW to 147 kW.

The electrically powered soft top is easily opened within just 9.5 seconds and in terms of safety, too, the Beetle Convertible is exemplary: fitted as standard is a rollover protection system behind the rear seat headrests that shoots up within milliseconds of the car beginning to lean at a dangerous angle.

Five equipment versions are available for the new Beetle Convertible: ‘Beetle’, ‘Design’, ‘Design Exclusive’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport Exclusive’. On top of this come three limited edition models: ‘50s Edition’, ‘60s Edition’ and ‘70s Edition’. Each of these reflects and gives a modern interpretation to style elements from the respective decade. This broad range is supplemented by twelve paint colours and two soft top colours, eleven different interior fabric and leather trims, twelve wheel designs and numerous technical and styling options.

Source: Volkswagen

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Polo Vivo Maxx - Raising the Game

Polo Vivo Maxx – Raising the Game

The 2012 best-selling passenger car in South Africa, the Polo Vivo has been expanded with the addition of the sized-up derivative aptly named the Polo Vivo Maxx.

In 2012 Polo Vivo, which is manufactured at the Volkswagen South Africa’s plant in Uitenhage, sold 34 873 units.
Polo Vivo Maxx is only offered in the hatch body version and boasts of number of exterior and interior features that differentiate it from its siblings.

The exterior features include raised suspension, 17-inch ‘Budapest’ alloy wheels, painted exterior mirrors, twin exhaust tailpipes and aluminum roof rails.

In the interior, Polo Vivo Maxx has pedals with aluminum inserts, centre console in titanium paint, front electric windows, manual air-conditioner, 3-spoke leather steering wheel with chrome insert and grey stitching, Radio/CD/MP3/Bluetooth with 4-speakers and floor mats with grey stitching.

Polo Vivo Maxx is powered by 1.6 77kW engine that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Its standard safety and security features include driver and front passenger airbags, ABS with EBD as well as an immobiliser and central locking.

The starting price fro the Polo Viv0 Maxx R160 300.

Source: VWSA

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New Golf GTI to Make Debut in Geneva

New Golf GTI to Make Debut in Geneva

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI is set to debut at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show following on the premier of the Golf GTI concept late last year at the Paris Motor Show.

For the first time the Golf GTI will be available in two power levels, the standard 162kW or the GTI performance with 169kW and front axle differential lock. Both GTI versions will develop 350Nm.

 The sporty character of the Golf GTI is reflected in its traditional red-painted brake callipers, two chrome tailpipes and a sport suspension. The exterior of the compact sports car also scores with 17-inch “Brooklyn” GTI wheels and 225/45 size tyres, special side sills, a diffuser and smoked LED rear lights (including LED licence plate illumination).

Visual highlights in the interior are top sport seats in tartan pattern (“Clark”), a black roofliner and red ambience lighting. The cars also offers sporty GTI features such as a sport steering wheel, GTI gear shift grip and instrument cluster, special trim strips and stainless steel pedals and foot support.

The new Golf GTI may not be the most exciting performance hatch out there but we hope it will offer the same level of all round performance that we have come to expect from it. Judging from the general feedback on the new Golf VII, we think it will do just that.

The new Golf GTI will be introduced in the second half of the year in South Africa.

For more info on the new Golf GTI make sure to read our previous article.

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Volkswagen XL1 - The Most Fuel Efficient Car Ever

Volkswagen XL1 – The Most Fuel Efficient Car Ever

We have heard or seen the two-seater Volkswagen XL1 in the past starting from its first unveiling to the public in 2002 by Dr. Ferdinand Piech when he drove the concept vehicle between Wolfsburg and Hamburg. From the onset the VW XL1 has been touted as a super-efficient vehicle and it seems Volkswagen has delivered on their promise of building the most fuel efficient production car in the world.

The claimed fuel consumption of the VW XL1 is 0.9L/100km and thanks to its plug-in-hybrid system, the two-seater can also cover a distance of up to 50km in all-electric mode.

How does the VW XL1 achieve this? It is a combination of its low weight (795Kg), low aerodynamic drag (Cd=0.189), its low centre of gravity (only 1153mm high) and most importantly it’s propulsion system.

The propulsion system consists of the two-cylinder 35kW TDI engine, a 20kW electric motor (E-motor) mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG). Power for the E-motor comes from a pack of lithium-ion batteries.

In boost mode the 140Nm E-motor in combination with the 120Nmtwo-cylinder TDI engine provide a maximum torque of 140NM and 51kW.

The performance figures for the VW XL1 are not mind boggling per say but very impressive considering its propulsion system. The VW XL1 is electronically limited to a top speed of 160km/h and can accelerate to 100m/h in just 12.7 seconds.

To achieve the lightweight design of the VW XL1 a large portion of the vehicle (21.3%) is built using carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP). The monocoque with its slightly offset seats for driver and front passenger, all exterior body parts as well as functional elements such as the anti-roll bars are all made of CFRP.

Unlike the previous concept versions shown, where the driver and passenger sat in a tandem arrangement, the seating configuration of the XL1 allows two occupants to sit slightly offset, side by side.

For easy ingress and egress the XL1 features wing doors, however that may be seen as debatable to some especially considering the low height of the vehicle and the height of the door sills.

Visually, the XL1 has a rather dynamic appearance thanks to it’s width. The front of the XL1 exhibits the greatest width and then narrows towards the rear. Viewed from above the form of the XL1 resembles that of a dolphin.

In side profile, the roofline traces an arc from the A-pillar back to the rear. The rear wheels are fully covered to prevent air turbulence; the air flows here are also optimised by small spoilers in front of and behind the wheels. Observers will look for door mirrors in vain; replacing them are small cameras integrated in the wing doors known as e-Mirrors (digital outside mirrors) that send images of the surroundings behind the car to two displays inside the vehicle.

Depite absence of the a typical radiator grille at the front of the VW XL1, the front still reflects the the syling of the Volkswagen “design DNA” with a predominance of horizontal lines.

At the rear, there are four discernible characteristics. First, there is the characteristic dolphin body form, once again, that narrows towards the rear with very precise trailing edges for perfect aerodynamics. Second, there is the coupé-shaped roofline without rear windscreen. Merging into the roofline is the large rear boot lid that covers the drive unit and 120-litre luggage space. Third, there is a strip of red LEDs that frames the rear section at the top and on the sides. Integrated in this LED strip are the reversing lights, rear lights, rear fog lights and brake lights. Fourth, is a black diffuser, which exhibits nearly seamless transitions to the completely covered underbody.

All in all a rather interesting car and a further illustration of the boundaries automotive manufacturers are pushing to create more fuel efficient vehicles. Whether we ever see the car in South Africa is another story but at least we mays still benefit from having more hybrid vehicles introduced to our market in the short to medium term.

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Details on the Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet Revealed

Details on the Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet Revealed

So it seems that the powers that be at Volkswagen have decided to build the Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet. No complaints from our side. This will be the first-ever open-top R model and the fastest –ever production open-top Golf.

At the heart of the new range-topping  Golf R cabriolet is a four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine producing 195kW, connected to a standard six-speed DSG gearbox transmitting power to the front wheels.

The Golf R Cabriolet has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, with a claimed 0 to 100km/h sprint taking just 6.4 seconds.

Design cues on the Golf R Cabriolet include a bespoke front bumper with gloss-black grille and ‘R’ logo, LED daytime running lights, bi-xenon headlights with black housings, gloss-black door mirror casings and black-painted brake callipers with R logo.  Side sill extensions, a gloss black rear diffuser framed by chrome-tipped exhausts either side of the diffuser and smoked LED tail lights complete the look.

Bespoke ‘R’ suspension lowers the ride by 25 mm in comparison with the standard Golf Cabriolet.  Wheels are 18- or 19-inch ‘Talladega’ alloy wheels in either ‘Sterling Silver’ or optionally ‘High-gloss Black’.

The interior features four individual sports seats in ‘Vienna Cool Leather’ and ‘R’ logos in the head restraints, while the leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, handbrake grip and gear lever all have contrasting grey stitching.  The pedals have brushed aluminium caps, while the doors and dashboard feature ‘Silver Lane’ aluminium decorative inlays.

As on all Golf Cabriolet models, the fully electric insulated hood is operated by a switch in the centre console, and can be lowered in 9.5 seconds at speeds of up to 18 mph (and raised in 11.0 seconds).

No word yet on whether the Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet will be released for the South African market.

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Auto Transmission Introduced on the Volkswagen Amarok

Auto Transmission Introduced on the Volkswagen Amarok

A new 8-speed automatic transmission has been introduced on the Volkswagen Amarok, a feature which VW states will set it apart in the 1-tonne bakkie category.

The 8-speed transmission on the Amarok was specifically developed for it, and for that matter VW believes they have achieved to develop a transmission which offers gearshift speeds at the level of the sportier DSG transmission. We haven’t driven the vehicles yet but I can assure you this is a feature we would really like to test.

The 8-speed automatic transmission uses a torque converter which allows for better response at low speeds and less resistance to slip than a DSG transmission.

The additional gears allow for a wider gear ratio spread between 1st and 8th gear, enabling the engine to work more frequently in its optimal torque band. Other than that the addition of the 8th gear or overdrive gear allows for economical fuel consumption.

The first gear is configured as a low range gear that can be used for pulling away in off-road use or when towing. The Amarok with automatic transmission has a permanent 4-wheel drive, which makes it highly capable in all-terrain use.

The new automatic transmission is combined with a 132kW 2.0-litre Bi-turbo TDI engine. It has maximum torque of 420 Newton metres that is available at 1 750rpm.The top speed of 179 km/h is reached in 7th gear. It only takes 10.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h.

The towing capacity of the Amarok has also been increased with the addition of the automatic transmission. The towing capacity of the Amarok has been increased to 3 tonnes (up to a 12% gradient).

The permanent 4-wheel drive in the Amarok with automatic transmission offers better ride and greater handling capabilities both on and off road.  Its Torsen differential is new to the bakkie class. It distributes the drive power variably between front and rear axle. The basic setting produces a 40:60 split which improves traction on the road.

From April 2013, all Amarok models will be available with BlueMotion Technology. The main features of BlueMotion Technology are stop-start system and regenerative braking. BlueMotion Technology improves fuel consumption and lowers CO2 emissions.

The retail price, including VAT, for the Amarok Double Cab 2.0BiTDI 132kW 4Motion Auto Highline will start from R461, 000.

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Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept Makes its Debut

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept Makes its Debut

Volkswagen unveiled the six- seater CrossBlue concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

We mentioned late last year that Volkswagen was looking to introduce two new SUV’s in their future model line-up. Last year saw Volkswagen unveiling the Taigun which will slot in below the Volkswagen Tiguan whilst the CrossBlue will slot in between the Tiguan and the larger Touareg.

Volkswagen states the CrossBlue has been specifically made to target the US and Canadian market.

The CrossBlue features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a TDI engine with two electric motors, a DSG transmission, and an electric all-wheel-drive system dubbed ‘propshaft by wire’, and offers a claimed fuel consumption 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres.

The CrossBlue powertrain produces up to 200kW and 700 Nm: 0 to 97km/h is estimated to take 7.0 seconds, while the top speed is 201km/h, or 126km/h in electric mode. The CrossBlue runs in zero emissions mode at the press of a button or automatically. With a fully charged battery, the CrossBlue can travel up to 22.5km in electric mode in the US test cycle, or 33 km using the European driving cycle. It has a potential range of 1063km from a combination of the 70-litre fuel tank and battery power.

The CrossBlue is based on Volkswagen’s new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) components set. Its 190 PS TDI diesel engine is from the new EA288 family, matched to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 9.8 kWh lithium-ion battery lies in the vehicle’s centre tunnel, and powers 40 kW front and 85 kW rear electric motors.

The TDI engine produces 400 Nm (295 lbs ft) from just 1,750 rpm, while the electric motors produce their torque – 180 Nm (133 lbs ft) at the front and 270 Nm (199 lbs ft) at the rear – immediately. Combined, the system can produce up to 700 Nm.

In E-mode, only the rear electric motor propels the vehicle and the TDI engine is shut off and decoupled. At up to 75 mph, the engine is not engaged as long as the battery has sufficient charge. As soon as there is a need for TDI power, it is coupled to the drivetrain again, within fractions of a second. The battery can be charged by external power sources or by the engine while the vehicle is moving.

The CrossBlue concept is 4,987 mm long, 2,015 mm wide, and 1,733 mm high. A wide track of 1,686 mm (front) and 1,696 mm (rear) give it a confident stance on the road, as do
21-inch alloy wheels shod with 235/45 tyres, and flared wheel arches.

The CrossBlue has two ‘fuel doors’: one for the diesel tank on the passenger side, and one covering two electrical sockets on the driver’s side. The first socket is to charge the lithium ion battery and the second can be used to connect electrical devices.

While the CrossBlue concept car is equipped with six individual seats in three rows, in a production version, the second row would have the option of three seats to make it a full seven-seater. Headroom is excellent throughout the vehicle: 1,077 mm up front, 1,020 mm in the middle row, and 954 mm in the rear. Legroom is ample, too, with 947 mm in the middle row and 917 mm in the back. Convenient access to the rear seats is assured by sliding second-row seats that can be managed with a single hand movement.

Behind the third seating row is a cargo area of 335 litres (length 600 mm). With the third row folded, cargo capacity grows to 815 litres and load length to 1,387 mm, figures that increase to nearly 2,000 litres and 2,230 mm with the middle row stowed. A forward-folding front passenger seat makes for a maximum 3,110 mm load length.

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