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VW Bets Buyers Will Like This Fender-Bender

Automaker to offer Fender Premium Audio System.

by on Dec.10, 2010

A different type of Fender-bender.

This is one fender-bender motorists will likely appreciate, or so Volkswagen is betting as it gets ready to introduce a new, high-line audio system that will debut on the 2012 Jetta GLI.

The 9-speaker package will be dubbed the Fender Premium Audio System and expand upon a special promotion VW ran a few years ago, when it offered a new guitar to anyone who bought one of its 2007 models.

It’s become almost de rigeur for automakers to offer a badged high-line audio system, whether Bose, NAIM or Bang & Olufsen.  But VW appears to believe it can strike a chord as it amps up a more bad boy image with new performance models like the Golf R32. (For more on the new hot hatch Click Here.)

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“The best seat in the house is now behind the wheel of a Volkswagen,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “Our two iconic companies – one with a passion for driving, one with a passion for music – are joining forces to bring the raw emotion of live music to the driving experience.”


Volkswagen Confirms Plans For Golf R

Compact performance model slated for early 2012 launch.

by on Dec.10, 2010

Volkswagen launches its new compact hot hatch, the Golf R32 in early 2012.

Volkswagen is adding a much-anticipated new performance car to its line-up, a version of its new compact model to be known as the Golf R.

The addition is designed to underscore VW’s traditional appeal to those who want affordable, sporty European alternatives to popular Japanese “rice burners,” such as the Subaru WRX STi.  The Golf R will be significantly more powerful than the German maker’s current performance model, the GTI, Volkswagen revealed.

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“The European Golf R is simply the most powerful Volkswagen sports performance vehicle ever built,” the maker said in confirming the plans, which call for a launch in the U.S. market early in 2012.

The Volkswagen Golf R will turn out 256 horsepower in U.S. trim, down from 270 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque with the European model.  That’s still a significant upgrade from the last compact performance model the maker offered, the R32.  The new R32, meanwhile, will be powered by a version of the current turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, rather than the older compact hatch’s V32 powertrain.