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VW Confirms New I.D. Vizzion Concept Will Reach Showrooms “By 2022 at the Latest”

Electric sedan will eventually add full autonomy.

by on Mar.05, 2018

The Vizzion Concept is set to become the fourth model in the new Volkswagen I.D. sub-brand.

Volkswagen has rolled out the fourth in a series of concept vehicles meant to preview the all-electric I.D. family it will launch by the end of this decade and, as with earlier models like the Crozz and Buzz, you can expect to see the big I.D. Vizzion sedan roll into showrooms “by 2022 at the latest,” the automaker said, at the big sedan’s official Geneva Motor Show debut.

Something of a battery-electric replacement for the VW brand’s old flagship, the Phaeton, the I.D. Vizzion concept offers a range of cutting-edge technologies, as well as an interior that can be transformed into a mobile living room when operating in fully autonomous mode.

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“The I.D. VIZZION shows what our brand is capable of in terms of technology, design and quality,” said VW brand boss Herbert Diess, during a showcase of new products by the various marques operated by the parent Volkswagen Group. “ It is the most personal, most emotional and most individual Volkswagen of all times. And it also shows that, even in the electric, self-driving future, we will be using desirable, expressive and individual automobiles – and not just uniform tin boxes.”


VW Brand Profit Slammed by Diesel Emissions Scandal Costs

U.S. remains "core market," says CEO Mueller.

by on Mar.14, 2017

VW CEO Matthias Mueller holds the wireless fob for the Sedric robotic car at the Geneva Motor Show.

Volkswagen revealed a classic good news/bad news scenario on Tuesday morning. After reporting record group profits last month for 2016, the automaker now says operating earnings at the flagship VW brand took a sharp hit as a result of the maker’s diesel emissions scandal.

The automaker has so far agreed to spend nearly $25 billion on fines and settlements in the U.S. alone as a result of the scandal, and that doesn’t include a hefty increase in marketing costs since the diesel engine rigging was revealed in September 2015.

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Nonetheless, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller put a positive outlook on the maker’s current situation, insisting it was “back on track” after one of the worst crises in its eight-decade history. Mueller himself took home 7.8 million euros, or $8.5 million, in pay and other forms of compensation for 2016.


Meet Cedric: Volkswagen’s Robot Car

No need to stick out your thumb when it can press the button to call this driverless vehicle.

by on Mar.06, 2017

VW CEO Matthias Mueller displays the key fob that controls Cedric, VW's prototype robotic car.

Need a ride? Don’t stick out your thumb. You won’t have to bother with a smartphone app, either, not if Volkswagen’s vision of the future comes to pass. You’ll just have to press a button to summon Cedric.

That’s the name of the prototype robotic car that Volkswagen revealed during a preview of the Geneva Motor Show Monday night. Using artificial intelligence and an array of sensors, Cedric is designed to roam the streets like a driverless cab, quickly responding when an owner or user taps the button on a small fob.

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“This button will provide individual mobility for everyone,” explained VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller, as he held up one of the little fobs which is about the side of a computer thumb drive. (more…)

VW Teases New Premium Fastback for U.S., Global Markets

Due for Geneva debut, four-door could fill niche left open by Phaeton.

by on Nov.28, 2016

VW plans to top its sedan line-up with the new Arteon fastback due to market for 2018.

Determined to rebuild in the wake of its costly diesel emissions scandal – especially in the critical U.S. market – Volkswagen is offering a teaser image of the “premium fastback” model it plans to unveil at the Geneva Motor Show three months from now.

To be called the Volkswagen Arteon, it will be “positioned above” the brand’s largest current model, the Passat, and potentially fill an upscale niche abandoned when the VW Phaeton was pulled from production. But the Arteon is not expected to go quite as far upmarket as that big sedan, which made pretenses of targeting the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series and even sibling brand Audi’s A8.

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The Arteon “emphasizes emotionality in the upper mid-class,” says a statement from VW accompanying the teaser image. “The four-door fastback impresses both through revolutionary design and great practical value in use.” The statement concludes that “This combination is unique.”


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.