Turbocharged 2014 VW Beetle Roster to Start at $20,295

by VW in the News on January 22, 2014

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The starting point for the 2014 VW Beetle just got both faster and more efficient, but it didn’t get any more expensive: Now featuring a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with TSI direct-injection technology, the entry-level 2014 VW Beetle is still priced at $20,295. That’s the same MSRP as for the base Beetle with its previous 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine, but the new one offers:

  • Fuel-economy ratings of up to 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway/28 mpg combined, reflecting increases of 3 mpg/4 mpg/3 mpg in automatically transmissioned models
  • EPA gains of 2 mpg across the board with a manual transmission, which can enable 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway/27 mpg combined
  • 184 lb.-ft. of torque, marking an increase of 7 lb.-ft., and with peak power available some 2,750 rpm earlier than with the past engine
  • 170 horsepower, which is the same amount as with the 2.5-liter engine, but it’s available 700 rpm lower in the power band

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2015 VW Golf R Launches as Most Powerful Golf Ever

by VW in the News on January 8, 2014

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Volkswagen has turned up the heat in the hot-hatch segment by introducing the 2015 VW Golf R at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Based on the brand-new, next-generation 2015 VW Golf, the R model will sport an up-tuned 2.0-liter turbo engine, with the automaker’s TSI direct-injection technology, and that unit will serve up a healthy 290 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. But not only does that four-cylinder powerplant enable the 2015 VW Golf R to get from 0-60 mph in fewer than 5.0 seconds, it is also the most powerful engine ever placed in a production Golf.

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Diesel Sales Top 100,000 Units for Volkswagen

by VW in the News on December 20, 2013

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As demand for more fuel-efficient transportation continues to grow, so do sales of Volkswagen vehicles with TDI clean-diesel technology. In fact, the Volkswagen Group (including Audi) recently topped 100,000 diesel sales in the United States for the first time since it introduced diesel power here in 1977. Further, overall VW diesel sales since that time have now surpassed 1 million units in the United States, and currently account for about 75 percent of all diesels sold here.

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2014 VW Jetta: New Turbo Sets Industry Benchmark

by VW in the News on December 12, 2013

Wards_EA888_cutaway__midThe new 1.8-liter turbo offered in the 2014 VW Jetta is impressive As the editors of WardsAuto World explained: There are several excellent four-cylinder turbocharged engines in the U.S. market but VW’s re-engineered 1.8L represents the new benchmark.”

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Hyper-efficient VW XL1 Visits New York

by VW in the News on December 11, 2013

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The Volkswagen XL1 has landed in New York to show -off its striking design and incredible efficiency to the U.S. public. VW is heralding the plug-n hybrid’s month-long visit here as offering a “glimpse of the future” of the auto industry, but readers should note that that future will come surprisingly soon for some folks. After all, even though the VW XL1 was originally conceived as a concept vehicle, interest in the car was so high that the company will offer a limited run of production units to retail buyers. Which only makes sense, considering the XL1 can easily score triple-digit fuel-economy marks (in European testing).

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TouaregX_Special_Edition__midIt’s party time for Volkswagen, which will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its midsize sport-utility vehicle with the 2014 VW Touareg X Special Edition. But despite being a big-time seller on the international stage, with more than 700,000 units delivered in the past decade, the Touareg will see just a very small production run in its latest configuration. Limited to just 1,000 units globally, the anniversary vehicle “commemorates the Touareg SUV’s decade-long history offering advanced, fuel-saving technologies and a premium driving experience,” according to VW.

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Design Vision GTI Concept Shows New Look in Los Angeles

by VW in the News on November 20, 2013

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The brand-new 2015 VW GTI hasn’t yet launched here in the United States, but that didn’t stop Volkswagen from showing off a potential future for the upcoming model at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. It was there that the automaker introduced its “Design Vision GTI.” Klaus Bischoff, head of design for the VW brand, noted: “Our claim to be a global player is enhanced with our universal design language. A design that immediately communicates the brand’s identity is central for all models that carry the VW logo, with elements that allow each model to be recognized as a true Volkswagen by its distinctive design.”

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High-efficiency VW XL1 Welcomed to United States

by VW in the News on October 3, 2013

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Volkswagen showed the VW XL1 plug-in diesel hybrid for the first time ever in the United States recently, introducing the car to the Society of Environmental Journalists during the group’s October meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Journalists also had a chance to visit Volkswagen’s nearby Chattanooga Assembly Plant, the first and only auto plant to earn Platinum certification from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program, but it was the VW XL1 that really got attendees’ attention.

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VW Joins EV Club with New Volkswagen e-Golf

by VW in the News on September 10, 2013

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Volkswagen is ratcheting up its green-driving alternatives yet further with the recent introduction of the VW e-Golf at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany. It offers all the quality and style of the all-new seventh-generation VW Golf, but swaps out an internal combustion engine for a high-tech electric propulsion system.

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More Power, Better Fuel Efficiency Highlight New VW Golf R

by VW in the News on August 22, 2013

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American fans of the high-performance Volkswagen Golf R had better be crossing their fingers right about now. After all, VW just unveiled the next-gen version of its hottest hatch in Germany, and it’s got almost everything they could want, including more horsepower, more torque, lower 0-60 times and higher fuel-economy ratings. In fact, pretty much the only thing missing is a firm commitment from Volkswagen that the car will go on sale in the United States.

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