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I debated not going to Katie's this morning since the turnout has dwindled due to the cold weather, however I knew Volkswagen HQ had both a Veyron and an XL1 on hand this week. I decided to come on the chance an XL1 did appear, despite my being told that it almost certainly would not come. Much to my delight, VW DID bring the 240 MPG, 1.0L plug-in hybrid concept vehicle. A friend of mine who was able to drive this vehicle just a few days ago likened it to "an old Packard" with the tiny diesel engine rumbling just behind your head.
And for those who are wondering, my 35mm is perfectly fine - a broken UV filter is nothing to fret over. This is why you spend $70 on a filter and lens hood (which is rare I didn't have it on today), so when accidents happen you're not spending $700 on a new front lens element. My 35mm 1.4 is ready to go for my wedding shoot tomorrow.
Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Audi, Volkswagen
, Audi's chief designer, is leaving the company according to a Automotive News Europe,
which cites a report from Germany's Automobilwoche
. Egger won't be going far, though, remaining within the Volkswagen
family and taking up head design position Italdesign Giugiaro
, a VW subsidiary as of 2010
Egger took over the position at Audi
from Walter de Silva
, and has been responsible most recently for the Audi A6
, as well as the 2010 Quattro Concept
and the E-Tron Concept
. He previously was head of design at Lancia
and then at Alfa Romeo
, where he was responsible for the achingly gorgeous 8C Competizione
If Egger does move to Italdesign, his successor is likely to be Marc Lichte, the Volkswagen designer behind the current Golf
. Of course, these personnel changes haven't been officially confirmed, and Audi is thus far refusing to comment on either Egger or Lichte's possible career shifts. We'll stay with this one, so sit tight.
Audi design chief Egger leaving for Italdesign Giugiaro originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Filed under: Truck, Government/Legal, Work, Volkswagen
If the 50-year-old Chicken Tax
were repealed, there would undoubtedly be an influx of foreign-made light trucks and vans available in the US. In addition to imported midsize trucks like the global Ford Ranger
and Mitsubishi Triton
, this would also leave the door open for Volkswagen
to someday offer its Amarok
Following the introduction of the 2015 Chevy Colorado
at the LA Auto Show
, Motor Trend
sat down with VW's American CEO Jonathan Browning
who said that the automaker still does not plan to offer its Amarok pickup in the US but would "reevaluate" that decision if the 25-percet tax were dropped. The 1960s-era tariff would likely be killed off if Japan joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership
(TPP), and while that opens up a bigger can of worms for car US car exports, it would help bring more truck and van imports to our shores.
VW's Browning says Amarok could be sold in US if Chicken Tax is repealed originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Filed under: SUV, Volkswagen, Diesel, Luxury, Off-Road
is no stranger to special editions, but its Touareg
SUV has remained largely unspecial in terms of exclusive trims or unique packages. That's changed with the announcement of the Touareg X, a 1,000-unit run based on the V6 TDI Lux trim - mid-range diesel model, between the navigation-equipped TDI Sport and the TDI R-Line.
The already special Touareg gets 19-inch "Moab" wheels, LED taillights (to go along with its LED DRLs) and "Touareg X" badging, while all 1,000 units will be painted Moonlight Blue Pearl. Tweaks in the cabin are equally light, with a black-on-black-on-black color scheme dominating - black Vienna leather, a black headliner and piano black trim. Aluminum bits make an appearance in the form of the door sills and pedals, although that's about it.
Other than those few aesthetic tweaks, the Touareg X is equipped largely like the Touareg Lux on which it's based. That means navigation, a panoramic sunroof, power seats, LED running lights, dual-zone air conditioning and heated power seats, among other tech pieces. Pricing starts at $56,170, making for a slight bump of $1,195 over the standard Touareg Lux.
for the full press release on the newest member of the Touareg line.
VW launches special edition Touareg X originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Filed under: Car Buying, Volkswagen, Diesel
We've known diesel has been gaining popularity in the US market over the years, but the pace with which oil-burning models have been accepted by American drivers has surprised Volkswagen, one of the fuel's leading proponents.
"Our going-in assumption, because we were going to have to conquest a lot of customers from competitors, was that those customers would be very wedded to petrol powertrains," said Volkswagen
of America CEO Jonathan Browning
. "We thought the step to convert them to the Volkswagen brand was going to be a fairly substantial step in itself, and then it would be an even bigger step to convert to diesel."
According to AutoCar,
Volkswagen holds a 72-percent share of light-duty diesel sales in the US market, and while that's not wildly remarkable considering the overall size of the US market, the fact that 22 percent of VW's sales as of October 2013 have been diesel is quite impressive. Leading the way is the Passat TDI
, built in Chattanooga, TN
, a model earmarked for 17-percent sales but trending at about 30 percent.
"In fact, because [the Passat TDI] is such a compelling offer - almost 800 miles range, and with the typical US driving profile, it is possible to get even better-than-published fuel economy with the diesel because there's a lot of highway driving - customers are just raving about it," Browning told the British mag.
As we thoroughly enjoy the torque, economy and quiet operation of modern diesels, we're thinking this is good news. What model sold in the US - from Volkswagen or beyond - would you like to see add a diesel powertrain option? Have your say in Comments.
Even VW is surprised by diesel popularity originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 Nov 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Despite cries from the entire VW community to please, please, PLEASE bring this slant-roofed Golf variant with a colorful heritage of FWD hooliganism to the US, the powers that be at Volkswagen have steadfastly refused. Until now?