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Volkswagen unveiled a parade of new and upgraded Polo models at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, including the Polo TSI BlueMotion, Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and CrossPolo (pictured above). While they will likely never make an appearance this side of the pond, it is fun to see what European subcompact drivers will be driving later this year.
The new BlueMotion models represent the most efficient petrol and diesel options in their class, according to VW. The BlueMotion TDI offers just 73 horsepower from its diesel engine but gives the equivalent of 76 miles per gallon (US) in the EU test. The BlueMotion TSI brings a little more power with its 88-hp petrol engine and has a combined rating of 57 mpg (US) in the EU cycle.
The Polo BlueGT provides a balance of performance and economy, and for the 2014 model, it gains a 9-horsepower boost to its 1.4-liter turbocharged to give drivers 147 hp at the press of the accelerator. This year's car also has an optional Sport Select suspension with electronically controlled dampers to improve handling a bit. It's still fitted with active cylinder management to use as little gas as possible when cruising.
Finally, the 2014 CrossPolo is receiving some very mild updates with new colors, interior fabrics, wheels and smoked taillights.
All four models now come standard with an electrically power-assisted steering system and VW's Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically brakes after a collision. New options for the subcompacts include adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, which slows the car automatically if it detects an impending crash. Sadly, unless you are abroad, you might never get to drive these little Veedubs, but you're still welcome to read more about them in the press release below.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Volkswagen dug into its commercial vehicle fleet for its latest Geneva Motor Show concept, blending the versatile body of the T5 MultiVan with a luxuriously appointed interior, 4Motion all-wheel drive and a thrifty diesel powertrain.
That 177-horsepower diesel engine routes its power to the AWD system through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Based on that alone, we'd expect the Multivan Alltrack's behind-the-wheel experience to be somewhat familiar. That all-wheel-drive system and van body contribute to the 21-degree approach and 15-degree departure angles of this soft-roading MultiVan.
What wouldn't be familiar is its exquisite cabin. Volkswagen opted for a nautical theme for the concept's interior, featuring grey-blue leather seats from Poltrona Frau and a floor finished in real wood. The dark wood trim can also be found throughout the interior, running below the windows and on the dash.
The exterior, meanwhile, is more or less a T5 MultiVan body with unique front and rear bumpers that are finished in shade of grey that contrasts nicely with the Moonstone Mother of Pearl paint. 19-inch alloys also add a bit of flair to the traditionally utilitarian body of the MultiVan.
We've got a crop of live images above as well as the studio shots and the press release from VW, available below.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Back in 2009, Volkswagen introduced its Amarok midsize pickup, and during the run-up to that model, there was some discussion of bringing it to US, the largest pickup market in the world. In the end, VW decided it wasn't a good fit, but that hasn't stopped the Amarok from becoming successful in other markets around the globe.
Volkswagen doesn't normally consider General Motors to be a prime competitor in the US, but it's keeping a keen eye on the company's new midsize pickup models, eager to see how they perform in the market. That's because the German automaker is reevaluating its truck strategy, and it's closely watching the reception of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon to help decide whether to reenter the American pickup market, a segment it hasn't populated since the 1980s.
That success, and renewed interest in the midsize segment, has put the pickup truck discussion back on the table at VW, with North American CEO Michael Horn telling Autoblog, "It's a question mark, but it starts to be discussed. Let's put it this way: we start to discuss it again and whether it's attractive for us." But those talks may not be about the current truck - "The Amarok is too small for the US," says Horn. Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, head of VW Group powertrain development, echoed his colleague's sentiment at the same Geneva Motor Show roundtable, saying "We are just reworking our truck strategy, and this is part of thinking about it. But the Amarok fits not very well to the efforts of the market."
It's not immediately clear if this means that VW will consider resizing its next-generation Amarok to fit US tastes, or if it is pondering developing a different model altogether. In either case, it's obvious that VW's load-lugging musings remain theoretical and a point of research - it doesn't sound like anything has been given the green light.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Turns out, in case you didn't know, the rich are just like regular people. They too are concerned about the environment, even when tooling around town in their super-luxurious Bentleys. So the automaker is weighing the idea of offering a diesel engine in its SUV offering, which could help satisfy customers' demands for more fuel-efficient engines.
Chairman and CEO Wolfgang Schreiber told Autoblog in a roundtable interview at the Geneva Auto Show that the automaker is researching whether or not a diesel engine makes sense for the brand. Bentley, owned by the Volkswagen Group, could in theory use a diesel engine from anywhere in the Volkswagen Group family. We at Autoblog have hopes they'll revive the V10 TDI used in the VW Touareg until 2010, but ever-stricter emissions laws would likely make that problematic.
But rich people aren't so much like us that they'll be worried about petty things like pricing. Schreiber admitted the diesel engine could be a $15,000 option, which he said customers would probably find "acceptable." Given that the cheapest Bentley today starts at $177,000, typical customers probably won't be diddling around worrying about an extra 15 grand.
Schreiber verified that the SUV, which was confirmed for production in January, will go on sale in 2017. The SUV, based on the EXP 9 F concept shown in Geneva in 2012, is being designed from the start to include a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Other Bentleys are expected to get the plug-in hybrid powertrain down the line, and the automaker is also considering another four-door sedan or a two-door coupe, but Schreiber said it's too early to talk about what those vehicles may be. The automaker won't follow Maserati's lead and make something radically cheaper, like the Ghibli. "If you go too far away from where we are today, there is too much chance you could disappoint the current customer," Schreiber said.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Ever since its debut in 2008, we've been lusting after the mean-faced, squat-stanced Volkswagen Scirocco. And while there are still no plans to bring the car to the US, folks in other markets are being treated to a slightly updated version of The People's (Other) GTI.
The Scirocco formula hasn't changed - no increase in dynamism here. Engine options range from a 1.4-liter TSI turbo-four at the base end, to the 280-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter turbo used in the Scirocco R, pictured above. Instead, Volkswagen has focused on cosmetic tweaks, with new lighting elements at the front and rear, revised interior materials, and new alloy wheel choices in 17-, 18- and 19-inch diameters, depending on model.
So yeah, all is still well in the land of the Scirocco. And while a full-on replacement is said to be in the works, this delightful refresh should be enough to keep things interesting for the time being.Permalink | Email this | Comments
I have this theory that keeps coming up when recommending new cars to people: "Just buy a GTI." Seriously. It's a perfect little hot hatch, with a comfortable, well-appointed interior, and the sort of dynamics that make it a nice everyday driver while still offering gobs of fun when the roads get interesting. It's basically the perfect car to me.
But with this new crop of electrified vehicles, my theory hasn't stood - until now. Presented here at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen is introducing the Golf GTE, a plug-in hybrid version of my perennial favorite hot hatch. It couples a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine (on its own good for 148 horsepower) with an electric motor that offers an additional 101 hp of thrust. And when moving in tandem, the system's peak output is rated at 201 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. VW says the Golf GTE can hit speeds of up to 81 miles per hour on electric power alone, and with the gas engine giving some assist, will sprint to 62 mph in a respectable 7.6 seconds, with a top speed of 135 mph.
Visually, the GTE looks the part of a GTI, though the hotter car's red accents have been replaced with eco-ish blue ones. Standard rollers measure 16 inches, but Volkswagen will offer 17- and 18-inch wheels.
It all sounds pretty great, but sadly, Volkswagen currently has no plans to offer the Golf GTE in the US market. That's a shame. Guess you'll just have to buy a regular GTI in the meantime. No, really - do it.Permalink | Email this | Comments