Archive for the ‘Volkswagen’ Category

Volkswagen Australia wants satisfaction

Volkswagen Australia boss John White has admitted the brand has an issue with customer satisfaction and has vowed to improve. Speaking to Go Auto, White explained his theories behind the company’s image problem: “Number one was the recall situation, and we’re working our way out of that. Those problems we had with those cars are […]

Sebastien Ogier wins 2014 Rally Portugal

Okay, so this update is bringing you news that’s a week old, but you get that from time to time with a blog that’s an unpaid labour of love rather than a full time gig. You’ve seen already, too, that Sebastien Ogier won Rally Portugal. It’s Volkswagen’s fourth win from four rallies in 2014. Coupled […]

VIDEO: Golf R v A45 AMG v S3

Now that the new Golf R has been launched in Australia it’s timely to check out this video from Dutch car mag Auto Week. Up against the Volkswagen are the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and VW stablemate the Audi S3. Remember, all three cars are all-wheel drive and all three use a Haldex-based system. When watching […]

2014 Volkswagen Golf R – Australian pricing & specs

Volkswagen Australia has followed the launch of the GTI Performance with the all-wheel drive Golf R. Powered by the same 221kW/380Nm 2.0 litre turbo used in the Audi S3 the Golf R is priced from $51,990 with a 6-speed manual, or $54,490 with a 6-speed DSG. In the Volkswagen Group stable we think a Golf […]

Golf GTI Performance – Australian pricing & specs

Volkswagen Australia has just launched the Golf GTI Performance. It’s a more highly specced model than the regular GTI and is priced from $48,490. That’s $6500 more than the cost of an entry-level GTI (with 6-speed manual). For the extra cash you get the following standard equipment: 169kW/350Nm engine (+7kW) 6-speed DSG 340mm/310mm ventilated brakes […]

Should Volkswagen make a Golf R wagon?

YES, OF COURSE THEY SHOULD! And as this spy shot shows it turns out Volkswagen may well be stuffing its most powerful Golf drivetrain into the most convenient and versatile Golf platform, the Variant (aka wagon). As ever the prototype was snapped close to the Nürburgring and as you can see there was no attempt […]

Sebastien Ogier wins 2014 Rally Mexico

Clichés are usually so entrenched they cannot be avoided. In Rally Mexico three clichés became clear: 1. Sebastien Ogier wins rallies; 2. the winner in Mexico MUST wear a sombrero; and 3. Robert Kubica rolls rally cars. Business as usual, then, it would appear. Although, Ogier did have to overcome Citroën’s Mads Ostberg on Day […]

Identity crisis for next-gen Scirocco?

Volkswagen’s next-gen Scirocco is facing a mixed-bag of possibilities as speculation increases on the direction VW will take with its sports coupé. On the one hand it’s being suggested Volkswagen will tone down the Scirocco to be little more than a slightly different three-door Golf. Some may already argue that’s the approach taken by the […]

Geneva 2014: Volkswagen T-ROC concept

Volkswagen has revealed this T-ROC SUV concept at its pre-launch event ahead of the Geneva Motor Show. We’re told it’s a design study for a new model to sit beneath the Tiguan, while also providing a glimpse of what to expect from all future SUVs adorned with a Volkswagen badge. Not that it matters too […]

Jari-Matti Latvala wins 2014 Rally Sweden

Jari-Matti Latvala took a peek around the shadow of Sebastien Ogier by winning Rally Sweden on the weekend. It was a dominant result for Volkswagen with rising star Andreas Mikkelsen claiming second and his first WRC podium result. Defending Rally Sweden winner Ogier gave Volkswagen cause to hope for a clean sweep of the podium […]

Super Bowl XLVIII ad watch

In case you’ve missed it there’s a big game of football on tonight. And we don’t mean the Man City v Chelsea game either. It’s American football and, of course, it’s the Super Bowl. That means all the big wig advertising agencies have been locked away in rooms for months trying to come up with […]

Refreshed Polo GTI to get manual and more grunt

When Volkswagen released info on its updated Polo range info on its hero GTI model was pretty scarce. So much so that there were no images at all, the photo you see above is from the car’s local launch in 2010. In fact this paragraph, buried deep in the press kit, shows the only words […]

Volkswagen gives Polo mid-cycle makeover

Volkswagen has given its award-winning Mk5 Polo a refresh and you’ll do well to spot the differences, as is often the case with these mid-cycle updates. If you look closely you’ll see the lower spoiler has been updated and likewise with the lower valance. There’s a bunch of new paint colours as well to help […]

Volkswagen to make 283kW Golf R Evo

Volkswagen’s assault on the upper end of the hot hatch segment has become clearer after word Wolfsburg is planning a more powerful and lighter Golf R model, expected to carry the model designation “Evo”. The current EA888 2.0 litre engine will be developed and modified with a new cylinder head and induction system to produce […]