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VW Unveils More than Just the Beetle

Automaker’s stand full as it pushes growth plans.

by on Apr.25, 2011

VW introduces its most powerful Golf.

The 2012 Beetle may be the biggest news story to emerge from this year’s New York Auto Show, but it isn’t the only new Volkswagen being shown at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.

VW is planning big, the maker hoping to double U.S. sales, to 800,000 annually, by 2016.  And, by then, it is hoping to overcome rivals Toyota and General Motors to become the world’s largest automaker.  So, VW is rapidly rolling out a variety of new and updated products to fill gaps in its line-up.

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On its NY Auto Show stand showgoers will find not only the all-new VW Beetle, but a high-performance version of the Golf, the Bulli Concept (think Microbus for modern times) that made its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show, in March, and a refreshed Tiguan crossover.

Let’s start with the Tiguan. The news is mostly limited to styling updates and a few new standard features, including a wireless cell phone link.


First Look: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

by on Apr.21, 2011

Jeep adds more muscle to the Grand Cherokee line.

A sure sign of the automotive industry’s recovery is the return of the pointless car.

The pointless car—or SUV—is a vehicle that is built to excess, just because the automaker can. Generally high on fun and low on practicality, the pointless car/truck/SUV exists so that high-dollar customers can have something fun to drive on the weekend.

Really, no one needs a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. But that won’t stop Jeep from building one.

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When the Grand Cherokee was redesigned last year as a 2011 model, it was almost a foregone conclusion that a new SRT8 model would eventually hit the market. And so it is that Jeep officially took the wraps off of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.

Powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that makes 465 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, the SRT8 is expected to reach 60 miles per hour from a stop in a time of 4.8 seconds, according to Jeep. Jeep also projects a mid-13 second quarter-mile time, a 0-100-0 time of around 16 seconds, a 116-foot stopping distance from 60 miles per hour, and an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. Handling hasn’t been forgotten: Jeep is claiming a skidpad number of .90G.