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First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI

Worth the long wait.

by on May.29, 2014

The U.S. version of the VW GTI arrives about a year after its European launch.

It’s been a frustrating year for Volkswagen fans, the automaker forcing them to watch the roll-out of its all-new, seventh-generation Golf in Europe and much of the rest of the world while waiting for the Golf and GTI models to make the jump across the Atlantic.

Finally, they’ve arrived – but are they worth the wait? The all-new 2015 VW Golf and its sporty spin-off, the GTI, certainly seem to have everything going for them.  They’re bigger, roomier, more visually appealing, and while more powerful, they’re also more fuel-efficient, whatever your powertrain choice.

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That seemed like an awfully difficult formula to dismiss as we headed out West to take the new compact models for the requisite test drive through the San Francisco Bay area. And, as we quickly discovered, the Golf and GTI more than lived up to our initial expectations.


Design Vision GTI Concept Borrows from Storied VW Past

German maker keeps interest of GTI aficionados piqued.

by on Nov.20, 2013

VW's design team gave the Design Vision GTI an aggressive stance while using classic styling cues.

Volkswagen keeps finding ways to keep its die-hard GTI fans always wanting more, and it didn’t let them down with the debut of its Design Vision GTI today at the L.A. Auto Show.

“The design team’s brief was to give a spectacular glance into the future of the GTI,” said Klaus Bischoff, head of Design of Volkswagen Brand.

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Fans got an earlier look at the 503-horsepower, 186-mph concept car at the Wörthersee festival, the brand’s premier enthusiast gathering, held in Germany earlier this year. (more…)

VW Bringing Sporty New GTD, GTI Models to Geneva

Only one of the hot hatches will make it to the U.S.

by on Feb.27, 2013

The new VW GTI will debut in Geneva next month but won't reach the U.S. until 2014.

Volkswagen will launch a pair of hot hatches at the Geneva Motor Show early next month, including one that could surprise folks who haven’t figured out what modern diesels are capable of doing.

For U.S. fans, the big news will be the debut of the seventh-generation Volkswagen GTI, the latest version of this German pocket-rocket now to be offered with an optional performance package that will churn out a hefty 230 horsepower, enough to launch it from 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62.5 mph) in just 6.4 seconds on the way to a 155 mph top speed.

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For those who want some neck-snapping performance and good fuel economy, the GTD will deliver with a 2-liter turbo-diesel rated at 184 horsepower and a tire-spinning 280 pound-feet of torque.  VW isn’t saying what it’ll do in 0 to 60 launch mode but the GTD boasts a top speed of 143 mph.


Paris Auto Show Preview

Automakers descend on France for two weeks of auto show fun.

by on Sep.26, 2012

Paris may be known for its fantastic food, delightful wine and beautiful sights but for two weeks beginning Saturday, cars will rule.

That’s because the biannual Mondial de l’Automobile 2012 – better known as the Paris Auto Show on this side of the pond – takes center stage for the world’s automakers.

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This year’s show will continue the recent trend of introductions of smaller cars and concepts featuring alternative powertrains.

Make sure you check in often in the next few days as’s Paul Eisenstein reports from Paris on all that is happening at the show and continue below for a preview of what is expected from the show this week.