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Life’s a Breeze with VW T-Cross Cabrio Concept

VW surprises with Polo-sized SUV convertible.

by on Mar.01, 2016

VW was expected to show a small SUV at the Geneva Motor Show -- but not one with a ragtop.

Volkswagen got a jump on the Geneva Motor Show Monday night, giving a standing-room crowd of automotive journalists a special preview of a quirky little SUV/convertible concept it has dubbed the T-Cross Breeze.

It’s hard to tell just how serious the maker is about putting a ragtop ute on the road. But it’s all but certain to come up with a production model in more traditional form. The German automaker has made it very clear it intends to fill the gaps in its line-up at a time when buyers around the world are trading in their conventional sedans, coupes and hatchbacks for sport and crossover-utility vehicles.

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“The T-Cross Breeze reflects the new start for our brand,” suggested VW brand design chief Klaus Bischoff. The concept, he added, “is a teaser for the most compact sport utility vehicle that Volkswagen plans to make – and the nucleus of a new SUV and convertible design in the compact sector.”


VW Teases New “Trendy, Affordable” New SUV Concept

“Hardly any switches,” in high-tech interior.

by on Feb.22, 2016

VW teases its new compact SUV

Volkswagen’s product line-up has a big hole in it, though nothing too big a couple of new SUVs couldn’t fill.

The German maker has already laid out plans to launch a production version of its popular CrossBlue Concept SUV. Now, it’s offering a hint of what else it has in mind for a more “trendy, affordable” SUV for its line-up.

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The so-far unnamed SUV Concept will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, alongside a new version of VW’s little “Up!” city car. That includes gas and diesel-powered versions of the little hatchback, as well as alternatives using natural gas and battery power, VW hints.


VW May Kill Off the Beetle

Cost cutting program threatens maker’s slow-selling product lines.

by on Mar.10, 2015

Despite adding variants like the Convertible, sales of the latest Beetle have been sluggish.

It may serve as the icon of the Volkswagen brand, but barely three years after launching an all-new version of the Beetle, the little car may be an endangered species, one of several VW products in the crosshairs as the German maker races to slash spending by about €5 billion, or $5.4 billion, by 2017.

Another model likely to vanish is the three-door version of the Polo subcompact, according to various reports out of Germany. Other slow-sellers, such as the Scirocco might also be targeted.

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VW isn’t reining things in entirely. The maker is investing heavily in its utility vehicle line-up, with a midsize model set to be built at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a new version of the Tiguan to go into its Puebla, Mexico factory. Expanding those facilities will cost the German maker nearly $2 billion.


VW Rocks Out with T-Roc Concept

From Back to Rock…as well as rocky trails.

by on Feb.28, 2014

VW claims the T-Roc concept is more than just another car-based soft-roader,

Using a motorist’s own tablet computer, the Volkswagen T-Roc Concept lets you personalize your infotainment choices, whether they run to Bach or Rock. But the name of this new SUV is equally symbolic of its capabilities, with a diesel-powered all-wheel-drive system that’s tough enough to handle rocky trails as well as urban potholes.

Making its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the Volkswagen T-Roc concept appears to be more than just another pie-in-the-sky prototype, the German maker suggesting it offers a broad hint of what’s to come as it moves to “significantly extend (its SUV) range with new models in a wide variety of classes.”

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VW has rapidly expanded its line-up in recent years, with a broad range of sedans, coupes, cabriolets and sports cars. What it’s been missing out on, however, has been the boom in demand for crossovers.  There’s a big gap between its current Tiguan and Touareg models – something it seems determined to correct. A new model, based on the CrossBlue concept, is expected to be produced in North America. But still other additions are in the works, and T-Roc offers some guidance as to what we can expect.


VW Updating Sporty Scirocco Coupe

But you still can’t have one, at least not in the U.S.

by on Feb.17, 2014

The latest incarnation of the VW Scirocco will debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The Volkswagen Scirocco has long been one of the most visually appealing models in the expansive VW line-up, and also among its sportiest.  So, it’s good news to hear that there’s a new model coming to the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Here’s the bad news: if you live in the U.S., you’ll have to admire the 2015 Volkswagen Scirocco from afar.  Unless the German maker finally has a change of heart, it appears the facelifted coupe still won’t make the trans-Atlantic jump.  But we keep hoping.

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Actually, the 2015 version is more than just a facelift, with plenty of new technology and a lot happening under the hood that makes the update both more powerful and as much as 19% more fuel-efficient.


VW Reveals Next Jetta SportWagen

German maker fills in the blanks after images leak out ahead of Geneva unveiling.

by on Mar.04, 2013

What VW has dubbed the GolfVariant may land in the U.S. as the next Jetta SportWagen.

To Europeans, it may go by the decidedly un-hip name of the new Golf Variant but motorists back in the States could soon know it as the next-generation Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.

As they say, a rose by any other name…Volkswagen hopes this one will smell sweet to buyers around the world. The new “Variant” is based on the next-generation Golf hatchback introduced late last year and is not only more modern in appearance but lighter, more fuel-efficient and markedly better-equipped, according to the German maker.

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VW was saving the launch of the new Golf Variant for the Geneva Motor Show but a number of images leaked out ahead of time. Specific details, however, remained top secret until a Monday night auto show preview. Among the key improvements, the next-generation Golf Wagen will weigh in about 232 pounds lighter than its predecessor. And for Europeans, at least, a new TDI BlueMotion diesel version is expected to yield more than 71 miles per gallon.


VW Reveals 5-Door Up! and Confirms Up! GT

Preview coming at Geneva.

by on Jan.24, 2012

Volkswagen will introduce a 5-door version of its Up! city car in Geneva.

Having already seen images leak out onto the web, Volkswagen has decided it’s not worth hiding the new 5-door hatchback version of its global minicar, the VW Up! – which will make its formal debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Meanwhile, the German maker is getting ready to launch a spiced-up version of the 3-door city car, which will be badged the Up! GT.  It’s the production version of the hot-hatch Up! that made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last autumn.

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The Up! is sliding into the entry niche that once was filled by the Volkswagen Polo, the Up! GT targeting the sort of folks who might once have opted for the Golf GTI or smaller Lupo GTI.

The more functional 5-door will go on sale later this year, reportedly with a pair of turbocharged  and direct-injected 1.0-liter, three-cylinder gasoline powertrains, one making 59 hp the other 74.