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First Look: Volkswagen CC R-Line

Sporty new look, sportier performance.

by on May.29, 2012

Volkswagen officially reveals the new CC R-Line this week in Germany. U.S. sales begin later this year.

Only a few months after revealing its updated, coupe-like sedan Volkswagen is ready to give the CC some more muscle, introducing the sporty new R-Line edition.

Set to reach U.S. showrooms later this year, it’s the latest in a fast-growing series of “R” models that includes the new Golf R.

The Volkswagen CC R-Line will feature a more aggressive face, with a larger lower air intake, unique bumper and projector-style foglamps and the distinctive R-Line logo will grace the grille.

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Other exterior revisions include new side skirts, distinctively tinted taillamps, 18-inch alloy wheels and, when you open the doors, R-Line sill plates.

The interior gets a few key modifications, as well, including stainless steel pedals and a new multi-function steering wheel with paddle shifters if you opt for the 6-speed double-clutch automatic gearbox.

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VW’s Unlikely Autostadt Theme Park Packs Them In

No Mickey Mouse operation.

by on Oct.09, 2009

You won't find Mickey Mouse at the Volkswagen theme park AutoStadt, but there are plenty of Beetles - and a glass-walled new car delivery center.

You won't find Mickey Mouse at the Volkswagen theme park AutoStadt, but there are plenty of Beetles - and a glass-walled new car delivery center.

It’s become one of Europe’s most popular – if unlikely – theme parks, drawing visitors from all across the continent. Entire families take the day off, calling in sick from work and sending excuses off to school. But if you’re expecting to find Mickey Mouse at the AutoStadt theme park, forget it.

The name, in German, means “auto city,” an appropriate nickname for Wolfsburg, itself, the town that grew up around Volkswagen and serves as the automaker’s headquarters. Less than a two-hour drive from Berlin, alongside the old East/West German border, Wolfsburg is the ultimate company town.

But until a decade ago, it wasn’t much of a tourist destination. Then, AutoStadt was opened to coincide with the nearby Hanover World’s Fair – and Volkswagen’s big push to transform itself from an automotive also-ran into one of the industry’s largest manufacturers.

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The idea of an automotive theme park was mocked by skeptics, and there were plenty of reasons to dismiss its chances.  In Flint, Michigan, birthplace of General Motors, a similar concept, dubbed Auto World, failed miserably, losing investors – and the struggling city – millions of dollars.  But as with those who bet VW itself was going to fail, AutoStadt has turned into an unexpected hit.

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