Tag: Volkswagen

A Beetle proprietor reunites together with her first automobile after 22 years

In the event you’ve ever puzzled what occurred to your first automobile, or thought-about attempting to trace down the one which received away, Amanda Dorset can let you know what it feels wish to chase down a reminiscence. Twenty years in the past as an adolescent, Dorset purchased, restored and offered her first automobile, a 1975 Volkswagen La Grande Bug. Just a few months in the past, Dorset was in a position to reunite together with her Beetle because of just a little assist from the Web. “It’s probably the most superb factor that has ever occurred to me,” Dorset says. Raised in Victoria, Virginia, Dorset had needed a Beetle for so long as she might bear in mind. Her dream automobile was doubtless impressed by her mother and father, who every owned a Beetle of their youth. In 1996, she heard a classmate of hers was promoting an previous....




The brand new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI marks 35 years of four-door enjoyable

The system has been easy from the beginning: Pair a four-door, inexpensive compact sedan designed for on a regular basis usability with the engine and dealing with prowess of a sizzling hatchback. Volkswagen first deployed this system in 1984 when it created the primary Jetta GLI, and the 2019 Jetta GLI unveiled as we speak proves the previous recipe nonetheless has a kick. Redesigned with American drivers in thoughts, the brand new GLI has extra energy, extra know-how and extra dealing with prowess than its predecessor, in a package deal that’s inside attain of the compact-sedan market. Whereas some automakers have both made their fanatic choices dearer or eradicated them totally, Volkswagen knew some automotive house owners want a little bit of enjoyable from their automobiles. “Volkswagen has lengthy been synonymous with small, sporty vehicles,” stated Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “The 2019 GLI takes the redesigned Jetta....


Constructing a sportier sedan: 35 years of the VW Jetta GLI

This 12 months marks the 35th anniversary of Volkswagen’s Jetta GLI – a efficiency model of VW’s best-selling sedan. Over the previous three a long time, a number of generations of the Jetta GLI have delivered an inexpensive, family-friendly package deal to automotive fanatics. Forward of unveiling the 2019 Jetta GLI on the Chicago Auto Present, let’s take a fast look again on the automotive’s historical past. 1984 Jetta GLI The Jetta GLI first arrived in the US for the 1984 mannequin 12 months. After the profitable launch of the Golf GTI – or because it was identified right here, the Rabbit GTI – Volkswagen determined to create an identical sporty model of the Jetta. In contrast to the Golf GTI, the top-of-the-line Jetta had a four-door choice, seating for 5 and a spacious trunk, which higher match the wants of the common American household. The GLI’s first iteration was powered....




Subsequent problem for VW’s electrical race automotive? Breaking a Nürburgring file

It’s known as the Inexperienced Hell for a purpose. The colour half of the nickname for the Nürburgring Nordschelife race observe comes from the German forests surrounding it on the Eifel Mountains, the place it was constructed within the 1920s. The second half comes from the sheer problem of driving the 12.9-mile observe at pace – a cavalcade of a minimum of 75 curves, bumps and undulating surfaces. It was so harmful that it stopped getting used as a Grand Prix race observe after the 1976 German GP, however has served as an unofficial benchmark for efficiency automobiles ever since. And this summer season, Volkswagen will take its most superior race automotive – the all-electric ID. R – to the Inexperienced Hell to show the potential for electrical mobility. Final week, the ID. R group started testing a few of their preliminary modifications essential to adapt the machine that set a....


Volkswagen helps America’s ski and snowboard instructors get you on the slopes

With winter in full swing, 1000’s of individuals head to the mountains each weekend to get pleasure from their first style of snow sports activities, and to degree up their expertise. Serving to them at each step are the 32,000 members of the Skilled Ski Instructors of America and the American Affiliation of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) – the world’s largest group devoted to snowboarding and snowboarding. And for the third 12 months in a row, Volkswagen will assist America’s ski and snowboard instructors get the place they have to be. Since its founding in 1961, PSIA-AASI has helped create a regular course of coaching for skiers, and, within the 1990s, snowboarding. In the present day, the instructors of PSIA-AASI hone their expertise and provides college students an introduction to the slopes at greater than 300 resorts across the nation. Volkswagen offered the instructors of PSIA-AASI with a fleet of 12 custom-wrapped....




The brand new 2020 Volkswagen Passat brings type and worth to the sedan sport

Over the previous 45 years, the Volkswagen Passat has quietly grown into the world’s best-selling midsize sedan, with greater than 29 million offered. Since 2011, Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., manufacturing unit has assembled greater than 730,000 Passats, on the market in America and elsewhere. But to listen to some automotive consultants say it, the recognition of SUVs has rendered sedans all however out of date. Final 12 months, some U.S. automakers have stated they might pare again or cease promoting sedans altogether. On the Detroit auto present this week, Volkswagen went the opposite path – unveiling the 2020 Passat, a radical replace designed to make type, house and know-how extra accessible than ever to midsize sedan consumers. As Volkswagen of America President and CEO Scott Keogh instructed reporters in Detroit, People purchased extra sedans – some four.three million final 12 months – than all passenger autos offered in Germany in 2018. “The....


Proof of Idea

When the seven-passenger CrossBlue idea made its debut in 2013, it was hailed as the subsequent step within the increasing, well-rounded household of SUVs supplied by Volkswagen. Over the subsequent few years, nevertheless, VW designers and engineers took the CrossBlue idea and modified it, including extra room designed to suit the wants of the American market and streamlining each inside and exterior design traces. The eventual debut would change not solely the design however the identify with the 2018 debut of the Atlas. That’s simply the newest instance of how idea automobiles match into the VW design course of. Holistically, idea automobiles allow VW designers to check public response as they additional refine the model and the imaginative and prescient for its automobiles. They’re additionally an opportunity for engineers, designers, and product planners to additional refine concepts. Listed below are a number of notable additions. The CrossBlue Evolves The idea....




Volkswagen plans to supply EVs in America beginning in 2022

Idea car proven. Not out there on the market. Specs might change. The way forward for private transportation is electrical, and for Volkswagen, constructing the automobiles of the long run means increasing in america. Volkswagen introduced at this time it plans to increase its Chattanooga manufacturing facility to construct the following technology of electrical automobiles – a funding of about $800 million that anticipates creating about 1,000 jobs in Tennessee and elsewhere in america. The Chattanooga plant will turn into the North American hub for Volkswagen’s all-electric automobiles constructed off the breakthrough toolkit often known as MEB. “We couldn’t be prouder to construct the way forward for mobility right here in america,” mentioned Scott Keogh, CEO and president of Volkswagen Group of America. “We’re often known as ‘the folks’s automobile’ for a motive, and we plan to construct EVs for thousands and thousands, not millionaires.” The Chattanooga manufacturing facility already....


Restoring Annie the Beetle for Her Proprietor of 50 Years and Counting – TEST

Kathleen Brooks remembers shopping for her first new automobile. She was 21 years outdated in December 1966 when she went to a Volkswagen vendor in Riverside, Calif., and left with a 1967 VW Beetle in ruby pink, full with white vinyl inside, upgraded exhaust and all of 53 horsepower. Whole value: $2,300, with a mortgage of $28.87 per thirty days. Due to its pink coat, Kathleen shortly named her automobile “Annie.” Quickly the miles started to build up, as she drove round southern California, from San Francisco to San Diego, by means of jobs and holidays, enjoyable instances and diseases. With restore and maintenance as finest she may, Kathleen stored Annie on the street by means of 350,000 miles and extra.




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Volkswagen kicks off with U.S. Soccer, aiming to turn into America’s preeminent sport

U.S. Girls’s Nationwide Crew members (from left to proper) Kyrstal Dunn, Megan Rapinoe, Sam Mewis, Alex Morgan and Allie Lengthy showcase the workforce’s new coaching jerseys. All over the world, extra folks watch and play soccer than some other sport. In the USA, soccer has steadily gained followers and gamers over the previous few many years; it’s now the third-largest participatory sport within the nation, and its recognition amongst folks underneath 35 years outdated is surpassed solely by American soccer. Right this moment, Volkswagen of America introduced it was taking a significant step to bolster soccer in America by turning into the presenting sponsor of U.S. Soccer for the following 4 years – supporting the U.S. males’s, ladies’s and all youth nationwide groups as they practice and compete on the world stage. “For those who’ve pushed by a neighborhood park within the final three many years, you realize that soccer....




VW Followers Share Their Love

5-hundred million individuals go browsing to Instagram every single day — about one-eighth of the complete world inhabitants. A number of of our favorites, in fact, love Volkswagen as a lot as we do, and so they fill their feeds with gleaming Beetle autos, colourful Buses, and tricked-out Jetta pictures. Listed here are 12 Instagrammers and 4 hashtags you’ll undoubtedly need to observe. 


Winter Hacks for You — and Your Volkswagen

You’ve been relying in your trusty parka and slipped in your boots extra instances than you’ll be able to depend. However it’s by no means too early (or too late) within the cold-weather driving season1 to refresh your winter-driving reminders. Right here’s how one can be ready. Preserve a winter-ready inside . . . There might be loads of trekking via rain, ice, slush, and snow, which suggests you’re more likely to carry exterior dust into your VW each time you begin the engine. Even if you happen to’re making fast journeys round city, think about using the MuddyBuddy® flooring liners and MuddyBuddy® Trunk Liner,2 which assist defend your inside and trunk from snow, slush, mud, and on a regular basis spills. . . . and exterior Low tire stress or worn out tires could make your VW harder to drive throughout colder days. Test your Volkswagen proprietor’s guide for....




Causes to Attempt Volkswagen Service Xpress

No time for an oil change appointment, or discover a brake mild instantly doesn’t work? It occurs — and it doesn’t at all times occur when you’ve time for a conventional, scheduled service appointment. As a substitute, there’s a extra handy, on-the-go, pro-insight choice: Volkswagen Service Xpress. Listed below are 5 methods Volkswagen Service Xpress will help make sustaining your VW simpler, unique to most VW homeowners: Supplied by most native VW dealerships No appointment wanted Merely pull in to the devoted dealership Service Xpress line Work executed by Volkswagen Licensed Technicians Makes use of Real Volkswagen Elements


Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ CARGO: The electrical van that would ship the long run

As electrical autos evolve, there will probably be a necessity for them to adapt to all of the sizes and styles of autos we have now immediately. No sort of car could also be extra prepared for an all-electric future than supply vans – and Volkswagen has an thought to ship that future to your neighborhood within the I.D. BUZZ CARGO idea. Whereas it’s based mostly on the I.D. BUZZ idea, the I.D. BUZZ CARGO has a number of main updates all through to remodel it into an all-electric workhorse with autonomous driving functionality. Longer than the I.D. BUZZ, the brand new options on the CARGO run from a solar-panel roof and cockpit workspace to high-voltage energy shops for instruments. And because it’s based mostly on Volkswagen’s simply adaptable MEB electrical automobile platform, the CARGO may launch in Europe as early as 2022. The unique Transporter was a typical sight....




Restoring Annie the Beetle for her proprietor of 50 years and counting

Kathleen Brooks remembers shopping for her first new automotive. She was 21 years previous in December 1966 when she went to a Volkswagen supplier in Riverside, Calif., and left with a 1967 VW Beetle in ruby pink, full with white vinyl inside, upgraded exhaust and all of 53 horsepower. Whole value: $2,300, with a mortgage of $28.87 per 30 days. Due to her pink coat, Kathleen shortly named her automotive “Annie.” Quickly the miles started to build up, driving round southern California, from San Francisco to San Diego, via jobs and holidays, enjoyable instances and diseases. With restore and maintenance as finest she may, Kathleen stored Annie on the street, via 350,000 miles and extra. In December 2016, Kathleen known as a San Diego TV station with a query. Would they be eager about a narrative a couple of girl who’s celebrating the 50th birthday of the one automotive she’s....


Unlocking the pace secrets and techniques of Volkswagen’s first electrical race automotive

For a motorsports engineer like Cedric Delnatte, the ask was a little bit of a dream: Design a brand new electrical automobile to tackle one of many world’s nice racing challenges, from scratch, with no guidelines past these of physics and driver security. The consequence was the I.D. R Pikes Peak, the automotive that broke the general document for the Pikes Peak hill climb in June 2018 – breaking a document that had beforehand solely been set by liquid-fueled autos. The journey up the 12.42-mile route took simply 7 minutes, 57.148 seconds, however earlier than that was months of labor by Delnatte and crew to unlock the potential of Volkswagen’s first electrical race automotive. On the Los Angeles auto present, Delnatte offered an insider’s tour into what made the I.D. R so quick, and a little bit of a preview of what may come subsequent.   From the beginning, Delnatte....




Volkswagen’s I.D. BUZZ CARGO: The electrical van that might ship the long run

As electrical automobiles evolve, there will likely be a necessity for them to adapt to all of the sizes and styles of automobiles we’ve right this moment. No kind of car could also be extra prepared for an all-electric future than supply vans – and Volkswagen has an concept to ship that future to your neighborhood within the I.D. BUZZ CARGO idea. Whereas it’s primarily based on the I.D. BUZZ idea, the I.D. BUZZ CARGO has a number of main updates all through to remodel it into an all-electric workhorse with autonomous driving functionality. Longer than the I.D. BUZZ, the brand new options on the CARGO run from a solar-panel roof and cockpit workspace to high-voltage energy retailers for instruments. And because it’s primarily based on Volkswagen’s simply adaptable MEB electrical car platform, the CARGO might launch in Europe as early as 2022. The unique Transporter was a typical sight....


Goodbye Beetle

The VW Beetle is greater than a automotive — it’s a cultural icon. We have a good time its journey from a singular-looking newcomer to certainly one of America’s favourite fun-to-drive coupes.




Iconic Finale: Why You’ll Love the Beetle Remaining Version

It was 1949 and the U.S. was puzzled. What, precisely, was this automobile that Volkswagen had shipped right here? That automobile, in fact, was the Beetle, which minimize a particular silhouette on the automotive scene. Its varied iterations during the last 70 years have been no exception. And now, with the discharge of the Beetle Remaining Editions, Volkswagen is poised to carry one chapter of this storied historical past to an in depth. Saying Goodbye All through its historical past, the Beetle has been an progressive design, a counterculture image, starred in Hollywood movies, and gained races. Irrespective of the place or when it appeared, the physique and design of the “Bug” has all the time been immediately recognizable. After the final Beetle is produced in the course of the summer season of 2019, it’ll mark the primary time in over 20 years that the VW U.S. lineup hasn’t featured....


How the Volkswagen Apprenticeship Program makes an impression with jobs

Throughout the nation, greater than 530,000 persons are chasing the dream of a profession via an apprenticeship program. These packages mix on-the-job coaching with classroom work to assist allow tech-focused staff to graduate with in-demand abilities – and infrequently, a job provide ready for them. The Volkswagen Apprenticeship Program started on the Chattanooga plant in 2010, coaching staff who graduate licensed to work in any Volkswagen plant worldwide. To mark Nationwide Apprenticeship Week, we requested Ilker Subasi, the assistant supervisor of technical coaching at Volkswagen Chattanooga, to clarify the historical past of the VW Apprenticeship program, its impression on the area people and what current program updates imply for this system’s future. How did the Apprenticeship Program get began? Why the necessity? The choice to coach apprentices in Chattanooga got here earlier than Volkswagen had even began constructing the plant. We recognized that expert upkeep technicians have been scarce in....




High tuners take the Volkswagen Jetta and Arteon up a notch at SEMA

Each fall, a whole bunch of untamed customized autos and the artistic minds behind them collect on the Specialty Tools Producers Affiliation present in Las Vegas to point out off the newest traits in automobile modifications on the newest fashions. Whereas SEMA by no means fails to attract out the bizarre and surprising, the very best in present usually demonstrates a aptitude for making on a regular basis autos hanging – in ways in which won’t require entry to a paint store and years of expertise. This 12 months, a number of the high aftermarket suppliers and customizers within the nation selected the 2019 Jetta and the upcoming Arteon to point out how automobiles can rework into private expressions. Right here’s an up-close have a look at the outcomes. of Volkswagen fanatic Jamie Orr has a historical past of cutting-edge builds, and has now taken his skills to a White....


Taking the VW van life street to cosplay journey

For many individuals, the considered quitting a job and touring the US appears like a dream. For Justin and Megan Webb, it’s a actuality. Final 12 months, the Tennessee couple determined they’d nothing to lose by pursuing a ardour. They bought virtually the whole lot they’d, donated what they may, and saved solely a field every of sentimental belongings. They then traveled to Boise, Idaho, the place they picked up the car they’d dwell in and drive throughout the nation—a 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia. When the Webbs first purchased the van from a collector initially of 2018, it had about 89,000 miles on it. It now has 110,000 miles within the early phases of the Webb’s dream journey—to attend as many cosplay conventions as attainable. Justin and Megan Webb of their Vanagon. Modifying automobiles can adversely have an effect on guarantee protection and compliance with required security and different requirements.....




Exploring the VW and MoMA partnership for artwork training

Photograph by Manuel Martagon, courtesy of The Museum of Fashionable Artwork At its finest, fashionable artwork challenges our manner of seeing the world round us. It’s that sense of innovation, of trying to find new ideas and methods of considering, that has led Volkswagen to companion with The Museum of Fashionable Artwork and MoMA PS1 (MoMA) since 2011. Photograph by Mark Cole, courtesy of MoMA PS1 Collectively, Volkswagen and MoMA have given life to an array of museum exhibitions, instructional alternatives and particular occasion programming over the previous seven years. Volkswagen turned lead sponsor of MoMA Training in 2015, supporting efforts to considerably broaden the museum’s digital training efforts, together with free on-line programs and downloadable assets to achieve a world viewers. Along with digital studying, Volkswagen additionally sponsors quite a lot of onsite instructional choices at MoMA that focus on varied audiences, together with teenagers, households, lecturers and people....


Watch the Volkswagen Atlas come collectively in two minutes

In the event you’ve by no means been inside a automobile manufacturing unit, you’re lacking out on a tremendous show of know-how – as demonstrated by the Volkswagen Atlas. Earlier this month, the 100,000th Volkswagen Atlas rolled off the manufacturing line in Chattanooga, Tenn., a notable milestone for the three,700 Volkswagen workforce members who work there. Since manufacturing started in late 2016, the most important Volkswagen mannequin ever has discovered a brand new dwelling with 1000’s of American households because of its fun-to-drive chassis, enormous inside and helpful know-how. “Our goal for the Atlas has been to assemble an SUV in America for Individuals and we’ve got been very inspired by the success of the automobile to date,” mentioned Antonio Pinto, CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “That is simply the primary of many manufacturing milestones we anticipate celebrating for the Atlas, and it will not have been potential with out the....




Meet the Volkswagen platform designed to spawn 10 million electrical automobiles

It’s not typically that you simply get to see the way forward for transportation in such nuts-and-bolts element. However this isn’t simply any future car chassis.1 In German, it’s referred to as the “Modulare E-Antriebs-Baukasten,” which supplies the supply of its acronym at Volkswagen: MEB. Translated, its identify means “modular electric-drive toolkit,” and it’s designed to be the essential constructing block of the Volkswagen model’s electrical transportation future. The MEB will type the idea of the longer term anticipated Volkswagen electrical automobiles in America, specifically the manufacturing variations of the I.D. CROZZ SUV, the I.D. BUZZ van and past. World wide, Volkswagen is planning to provide 10 million copies of the MEB in a wide range of kinds – probably the most bold electric-vehicle rollout of any main automaker. With the MEB “we now have developed a platform designed particularly for electrical vehicles,” stated Christian Senger, Head of the Volkswagen....


5 races, 5 podiums, one championship: Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross in 2018

When Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross launched in 2014, the collection was a brand new expertise for a lot of People; fast-paced, timed motorsports motion on closed programs that combined pavement and dust with spectacular jumps and “joker laps.” So was the race automotive, a competition-bred model of the Volkswagen Beetle with almost 600 hp, all wheel drive and a zero-to-60 mph time quicker than most open-wheel race automobiles. 5 years later, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross and drivers Scott Pace and Tanner Foust have proven simply how highly effective the staff will be, finishing a dominating efficiency over 4 American Rallycross races this 12 months and an inaugural look on the Nitro World Video games. Scott and Tanner every gained two of the ARX season’s 4 races and neither completed off the rostrum; solely the less-friendly skies of the Nitro World Video games competitors broke the successful streak, with Tanner inserting a hard-fought....




VW Andretti Rallycross wins Americas Rallycross’ 2018 championship

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross accomplished the inaugural season of the Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) with a 1-2 end at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) this weekend. Tanner Foust made a near-clean sweep of the occasion, incomes a high qualifying spot earlier than successful his semifinal warmth and the ultimate—his second occasion win of the season. Scott Velocity fought again to complete second within the remaining, securing his, and the crew’s, fourth-consecutive rallycross championship. “It’s been an unbelievable 4 years with this crew, and I’m so completely satisfied to win one other championship with everybody from Volkswagen and Andretti,” stated Velocity. “We’ve labored so onerous to develop this program and these vehicles—I really feel like I’ve grown rather a lot as a driver, too—so it’s wonderful to reap the rewards of all that effort with the wonderful outcomes we’ve gotten.”


Foust takes hard-won third for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross at Nitro World Video games

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross battled a troublesome monitor and intense competitors to realize a podium spot of their first go to to the Nitro World Video games. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’s Tanner Foust grabbed a third-place end in a wild Nitro Rallycross Last. A coming collectively of the race leaders on lap one knocked Scott Velocity out of the occasion and opened the door for a hard-charging Foust to achieve the underside step of the rostrum. “This was a loopy weekend for everybody at Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross,” stated Foust after the race. “I’m pleased with how exhausting everybody’s labored and glad we obtained a little bit of a reward for the trouble at such a wild occasion.” Foust’s weekend was something however simple, and the No. 34 Rockstar Power Drink Beetle Rallycross crew was stored busy repairing harm brought on by the intense monitor and shut racing. Foust gained his Challenger Warmth....




Driving the waves at Large SoCal Euro

Within the late-summer solar of San Diego, California, Volkswagen homeowners of all generations—vehicles and folks—gathered to rejoice the individuals’s automotive model. Spanning nearly so far as the attention can see, throughout San Diego Depend Credit score Union Stadium, Volkswagen and different European vehicles gathered as a part of Large SoCal Euro. One of many largest get-togethers of air-cooled and water-cooled VW autos in California, Large SoCal Euro marks 2018 as its seventh yr, and the occasion’s development is a testomony to its high quality. Volkswagen autos from throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and even Mexico made the trek to Large SoCal Euro with a shared purpose in thoughts: calm down and take a look at the vehicles on show, see previous pals and possibly even meet some new individuals. The Volkswagen 2018 Fanatic Fleet was on show once more at Large SoCal Euro, showcasing a few of the model’s latest and....