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    Published on 02-04-2012 10:40 PM
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    Volkswagen introduced a new modular engine family called EA211 which encompasses three cylinder and four cylinder motors. The four cylinder motor is the world's first with cylinder deactivation meaning it is able to run on 2 cylinders to save fuel. The motors range in spec from 54 horsepower to 148 horsepower with the range topping 1.4 liter four cylinder direct injected turbo. The 1.4 liter turbo delivers 184 lb-ft of torque from just 1400 rpm. ...
    Published on 02-03-2012 11:10 AM
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    It is getting difficult to keep track of how quickly VW is changing its mind regarding this car. Last month we reported that the roadster was put on indefinite hold. This led to news that the other versions based on this same platform would be cancelled such as the Porsche 550 and Audi R4. VW has had a change of heart it would seem stating that there is in fact a business case for this car as American buyers are now more interested in entry level cars due to the economy.
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    Published on 02-02-2012 05:00 AM
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    We really like the 2.0T motor due to all the tuning possibilities out there for it. The APR Stage III kit for example being a very popular upgrade option to boost the output considerably. The Stage III turbo upgrade takes the car up almost 200 horsepower from 216 stock to 405 on 93 octane. This particular car belongs to an individual that won the upgrade in a raffle from APR, very cool. Check out the photos and video of the build by Elite Motorsports below. ...
    Published on 01-24-2012 06:28 AM
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    Porsche and VW have been vying for control of one another for years now but it seems the battle is finally coming to an end. AutoNews Europe reports the takeover may finally be over this year. Volksagen already owns 49.9% of Porsche automotive and intends to buy up the rest of the shares and create a holding company in charge of Porsche to make for a smooth transition/acquisition. Why is VW making this move even with Porsche being sued by investors? The taxes from VW buying up so much stock would amount to over 1 billion Euros if they did not complete the deal before 2014. ...
    Published on 01-24-2012 12:51 AM
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    Volkswagen feels the Golf is getting away from its roots and becoming too big and expensive. As the Golf gets more sophisticated it leaves room for an entry level hatchback. Well, here it is, the VW Up! Not exactly an exciting car for enthusiasts but it is economical with a price of $13,295. Engine choices are a 60 horsepower 1.0 liter 3 cylinder or a 75 horsepower version of the same thing. We doubt this will come to the USA and that does not bother us in the least. ...
    Published on 01-22-2012 03:00 AM
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    Volkswagen isn't pulling any punches in its fight to become the world's top automaker. General Motors figures show that it has the greatest volume meaning it is once again the largest automaker in the world. Volkswagen intends to add commercial truck numbers to its total to combat GM's figures which apparently are inflated using sales number from Chinese subsidiaries which GM does not have a controlling interest in. We will let you know where the dust settles. ...
    Published on 01-19-2012 11:10 PM
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    It seems like we just got used to the MKVI Golf and the MKVII is already on the way. The car will officially be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in September but we expect an earlier leak of the official product as seems to happen often these days. The MKVII Gold will be riding on a modular platform known internally as MQB. Expect the familiar 2.0 turbo to return in the GTI and the entry level Golf to have a new 1.8 liter turbo to replace the inline-5. ...
    Published on 01-14-2012 03:40 AM
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    We reported last month that VW is planning world domination, at least in auto sales. VW sold 8.16 million units in 2011 making it the first time it has ever crossed the 8 million unit mark. Toyota finished in what will likely be 3rd place with 7.9 million sales but the March earthquake affected their production. GM has yet to report sales but most analysts feel they will end up in first place overall retaking first place. Will VW be able to take first place? We will see. ...
    Published on 01-13-2012 03:30 AM
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    Remember the VW BlueSpot roadster concept? A very cool little roadster that was supposed to share its platform with the Audi R4 and Porsche 550 Spyder relaunch. Volkswagen is re-evaluating whether the BlueSport makes sense as they do not believe they will be able to sell the 50,000 units annually that would be necessary for the model to be profitable. VW engineering head Uli Hackenberg told AutoCar, ďItís not a technology problem, but of finding enough customers. I donít have enough sales volume to get the go-ahead." ...
    Published on 01-09-2012 06:20 AM
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    We like the redesign of the Beetle. VW made it more aggressive and more masculine leading it to not be so much as a "chick" car as it was portrayed previously. We do not mean to sound sexist, but the damn thing did come with a flower vase. VW takes the Bettle design further here with the Bugster which is even more aggressive and sleek. Chopping the roof 3 inches and adding 20's certainly has a great effect. ...
    Published on 12-29-2011 11:02 PM
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    A bold claim indeed, eh? The VW Group says it will be the biggest automaker in the world by 2018 according to this interesting Car and Driver article. That would mean supplanting Toyota and General Motors. Why is that a big deal? Well, due to the premium brands in the VW arsenal that are not exactly big sellers. We are talking Audi, Porsche, Bugatti, Bentley, and Lamborghini. Toyota and General Motors do not exactly have competition for the high end of those instead having a product line focused far more on economy models making VW's big plans all the more impressive. ...
    Published on 12-27-2011 03:57 AM
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    A real World Rally Challenge Polo rally car would run hundreds of thousands of dollars. A real Volkswagen Polo street car is relatively affordable. So, what is one to do if they want a WRC Polo R? Well, build your of own course. That is what Polish enthusiast Paul Dytko (of Dytko Sport) did with his VW Polo. His car produces 400 horsepower which is 100 more than the official vehicle. It also looks remarkably like the real deal. Dytko is currently seeking sponsorship money to build a tube frame chassis and enter his vehicle in the Pikes Peak hill climb. Based on his video below, we think he should get it. ...
    Published on 12-24-2011 08:16 AM
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    This was an awesome video, strong little GTI! Rob Beck turbo upgraded 335's are no joke being able to trap in the ~125+ range. The GTI has a low compression built motor with a Precision Turbo HP5557E-B pushing about 27 psi of boost. In addition to the forged internals the heads and valvetrain were addressed with larger valves, stronger valve springs, and ported/polished heads. Check out the race video below. ...
    Published on 12-23-2011 08:51 PM
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    Schmidt Revolution is an aftermarket wheel specialist based out of Germany. They decided to use the MKV Golf to show off their wheels against a black car. The result is actually pretty nice and definitely different. The car features the Schmidt Revolution 19 inch Gotham wheels with 19x8.5 in front and 19x9 out in back. The car gets a STO tune for a bump up to 275 horses along with a Friedrich Motorsport exhaust system. Overall, a nicely done GTI. ...
    Published on 12-23-2011 03:30 AM
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    Here are some MKVI Golf results from OE Tuning. It also is nice to see OE Tuning has the ability to tackle a very wide variety of platforms. The stock MKVI Golf has 208 horsepower at the crank and on the OE Tuning Dyno Dynamics puts down a peak of 166.5 horsepower to the front wheels. After the tune, 194.1 peak wheel horsepower with gains throughout the entire curve. Baseline and tune results were all done on 91 octane pump gas. ...

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