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Volkswagen Pushes I.D. Crozz Closer to Completion

Fourth member of I.D. family is an SUV.

by on Sep.11, 2017

The second version of VW's I.D. Crozz made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Volkswagen unveiled an edgier version of its I.D.-based SUV, I.D. Crozz II, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, proclaiming it will be the fourth member of the “I.D.” family, hitting showrooms in 2020. It made its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in April.

The I.D. Crozz will be a four-door SUV featuring all-wheel drive and, of course, zero emissions. It shares its EV architecture with the three other members of the I.D. family, according to VW. The new Crozz will travel more than 300 miles on a single charge, employ a fully digital display and offer autonomous driving capabilities.

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The Frankfurt model will more closely resemble the final product, with distinctive exterior than the previous concept, aimed at making it look more like a rugged sport-ute than a crossover. Lending to that masculine look are 21-inch wheels and uniquely sculpted LED headlamps. (more…)

Volkswagen, Audi Expect to “Electrify” Entire Line-Up

Conventional gas models could be dropped in favor of hybrids, plug-ins, battery-electric vehicles.

by on Sep.16, 2015

The Audi e-tron Quattro SUV Concept will be followed by a production model around 2018.

Long focused on high-mileage diesels, Volkswagen and its luxury arm Audi are suddenly getting charged up about battery power. So much so, in fact, that virtually all of the vehicles sold by both the mainstream VW and high-line Audi brands will offer some form of “electrified” options in the near future.

The German brands may even start dropping some conventional gas and diesel models in favor of hybrids, plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehicles, officials noted during a series of interviews at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Even sibling brands Bentley and Porsche are getting into the battery act, the former planning a new plug-in SUV, and the sports carmaker coming to Frankfurt with a 600-horsepower performance model.

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“Every car will be electrified,” said Ulrich Hackenberg, the board member overseeing technical development at Audi. And while new fuel economy and emissions mandates are factors driving the shift, he also believes that consumers will find the next generation of electrified vehicles attractive and compelling.


VW Bringing Fastest GTI Ever to Frankfurt

New 261-hp Clubsport will help celebrate hot hatch’s 40th anniversary – just not in the US.

by on Sep.11, 2015

The VW GTI Clubsport adds an overboost mode for an extra 25 hp for up to 10 seconds.

What a way to celebrate a special occasion. Volkswagen plans to mark the 40th anniversary of the GTI by introducing the new Clubsport model at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

Packing 261-horsepower under the hood – and capable of brief bursts punching that up to 286-hp — that will make the GTI Clubsport the most powerful version of Volkswagen’s hot hatch ever. Erring on the conservative side, VW is suggesting that will make for 5.9-second 0-60 launches, though even the current GTI has been able to top that by a few tenths of a second.

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If you’re getting a sense of déjà vu, no surprise. We originally previewed the concept version of the Clubsport when it made its debut at the annual Worthersee VW fanboy convention earlier in the year.


First Look: Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan

Compact family car concept updates outgoing Golf Plus.

by on Sep.09, 2013

VW's Golf Sportsvan Concept gives a good hint of what's to come with the Golf Plus successor.

It’s going to be a busy week in Frankfurt as automakers from around the world roll out some of their hottest new products to kick off the new model-year. And nobody is going to be busier than the Volkswagen Group which will hold its annual group event Monday night offering attending media a first glimpse at a good dozen of those new offerings – at least one from each of the German maker’s myriad brands.

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Among the more intriguing models will be the Golf Sportsvan concept. Don’t let the show car designation fool you, however, as this is a very, very thinly disguised version of the production people-mover that will soon replace the outgoing Golf Plus.

It’s part of the Volkswagen strategy to flood the market with all manner of body styles filling in every possible niche segment – the Sportsvan set to become the third body variant off the all-new VW Golf that has become a slam dunk in an otherwise struggling European auto market.