Feb 19, 2018

  • I.D. VIZZION: the AUTO-mobile of the future – driving autonomously
    and electrically
  • I.D. VIZZION: innovative technology makes the car clean, safe and comfortable
  • I.D. VIZZION: futuristic interior and control concepts
  • The potential of I.D. Family models: from a compact Golf-class electric vehicle to a fully automated premium class saloon 
  • Volkswagen electric vehicle campaign: 20 all-electric vehicles by 2025

Wolfsburg, February 19, 2018 – The I.D. VIZZION¹ supports the Volkswagen claim for future individual mobility. Its electric drive system makes the car clean in road traffic, and its automatic driving control will make it safe and much more comfortable. At the same time, this innovative concept car at the Geneva International Motor Show demonstrates how elegant and emotional the design of a vehicle of the future can be. Inside the I.D. VIZZION, a completely new feeling of driving and living is created without a steering wheel or visible controls.

The largest model and innovative product campaign in the history of Volkswagen is entering its next stage. After presenting the first all-electric vehicles of the new I.D. Family models , the Volkswagen brand is now showing, for the first time, a concept of an autonomously driving automobile. Volkswagen is currently advancing the development of modern vehicles in all areas. The goal: to apply innovative technology to making the automobile cleaner, safer and much more convenient and comfortable. With these new qualities, the car will be able to further extend its significance and value for future mobility. Furthermore, use of this car will be made possible for customer groups who cannot drive today, e.g. because of their age.

The new I.D. VIZZION concept car is the fourth member of the Volkswagen I.D. Family. With its innovative technology, fully-automated operating concept and elegant form, the premium class saloon is showing the direction Volkswagen is taking in the technology and design of its future electric models.

Inside the I.D. VIZZION, engineers have systematically exploited the potentials of autonomous driving. The ‘digital chauffeur’ with its many assistance systems assumes control of the vehicle – without a steering wheel or visible controls. For the ‘driver’ and passengers this signifies a new dimension of safety and comfort. The concept car drives, steers and navigates autonomously in traffic, enabling passengers to freely structure their time during the drive. A virtual host, with which passengers communicate via voice and gesture control, knows the personal preferences of the vehicle guests – thanks to complete embedding into the digital eco-system – and it adapts to each of them individually.

The system power of the 5.11 metre long I.D. VIZZION is 225 kW. Its top speed is 180 km/h. The 111 kWh lithium-ion batteries enable a driving range of up to 665 kilometres when braking regeneration is factored in. Based on its intelligent management, the two electric motors cooperate with maximum efficiency and drive all four wheels of the saloon.

The I.D. VIZZION clearly demonstrates the great potential of the all-electric architecture from Volkswagen. It is the technological backbone of future Volkswagen electric vehicles, and it enables long driving ranges and maximum space utilisation at optimal costs. By 2025, the brand plans to introduce more than 20 electric vehicle models. Starting in 2020, the I.D.² will launch as an electric car in the compact class; this will be followed, at short intervals, by a new electric SUV – the I.D. CROZZ³ – and the I.D. BUZZ4; which is a spacious saloon.

1 )2) 3) 4) The concept vehicle has not yet gone on sale, and therefore Directive 1999/94 EC does not apply.


Volkswagen I.D. electric cars start production in November 2019


The US will get the I.D. Crozz crossover first, while the rest of the world will get the I.D. hatchback first.


When Volkswagen first started showing off its I.D. family of future electric vehicles, it felt like they were still ages away from coming to fruition. But the future is now, friends.

Volkswagen will begin production of its I.D. EV lineup in November 2019, Autocar reports, citing a VW announcement at its MEB Supplier Summit, an event for suppliers that will work on VW’s dedicated electric vehicle platform. Volkswagen’s eventual goal is to reach 1 million annual EV sales by 2025.

vw-id-promoHopefully, the US will still get the I.D., just at a later date.

The majority of the world will receive the I.D. hatchback first. Billed as a Golf-size EV, the I.D. promises electric motors that deliver less than 200 horsepower and a battery that permits a range between 249 and 373 miles, although no specifics are set in stone just yet. It will ride on VW’s MEB platform, which will be used to underpin other electric models, as well.

Speaking of other EVs, the US will get a different I.D. car first — the I.D. Crozz, which is basically the I.D. but in crossover form. With two axles’ worth of electric motors, the I.D. Crozz’s output is estimated at 300 hp and range is estimated at about 310 miles. Both the I.D. and I.D. Crozz also promise semi-autonomous or autonomous driving features, but VW hasn’t been firm on any of those details yet, either.


Why does the US get something different? The answer is pretty simple — we don’t buy hatchbacks, but we do buy crossovers, and a whole lot of them to boot.

While both the I.D. and I.D. Crozz seem set for a 2020 release date, the real gem of the lineup won’t arrive for another year or two after that. The I.D. Buzz, which is basically a re-imagined Microbus with an electric powertrain, should arrive in time for the 2022 model year, sporting a look that’s equal parts future and vintage. If there’s one EV I hear people talking about more than any other, it’s this one.



  • Turnkey race car comes to U.S. after success in global Touring Class Racing
  • Race-car shares 65 percent of components with production GTI


HERNDON, Va. (January 26, 2018) — After leading the way in the European Touring Car class for 2017, the Volkswagen GTI TCR will make its American debut today at the Daytona Motor Speedway. The #31 GTI TCR of Rumcastle Racing, with drivers Tanner Rumburg, Luke Rumburg and Jon Miller, will take its place in the field of the BMW Endurance Challenge At Daytona, part of the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series.

The Touring Car Racing class was introduced in 2015, and has grown to include 20 national and regional race series worldwide. The class rules specify four- or five-door vehicles, with engines of no more than 2.0 liters and 350 hp, powering the front wheels through six-speed sequential transmissions.

Last year, the GTI TCR was one of the most successful touring cars in the world; it won the “Model of the Year” award in the TCR International series, along with a driver’s championship for French racer Jean-Karl Vernay. A VW GTI TCR also won its class at the VLN Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

”We’re excited to see the Volkswagen GTI TCR make its first appearance on a U.S. track, especially one as historic as Daytona,” said Greg Lucia, Director of Experiential Marketing for Volkswagen Group of America. “As Rumcastle Racing demonstrates, the GTI TCR puts the dream of competing in professional motorsports within reach of new teams, by offering a great value, as all Volkswagen vehicles do.”

Volkswagen Motorsport offers the GTI TCR as a turn-key solution for racing teams that want factory-built quality and reliability in a package designed for performance and ease of use. About 65 percent of the parts are carried over from the production version, including the basic engine components. Visually, the Golf GTI TCR gains its competitive look through 18-inch racing rims and a version of the award-winning MQB chassis that is about 0.6 inches wider than that of the production Golf. An adjustable aluminum-alloy rear wing—standard for all TCR cars—generates additional downforce. The car’s safety features include a racing seat with head protection, a racing roll cage, and an FIA-approved safety fuel tank.Volkswagen_GTI_TCR_Race_Car_Makes_U.S._Competitive_Debut_in_BMW_Endurance_Challenge_at_Daytona--7904.jpg

Das (Fastest) Auto: Volkswagen’s World’s 10 Fastest Models


Das (Fastest) Auto: Volkswagen’s World’s 10 Fastest Models

Volkswagen has a reputation for being cars that are both fun and frugal. Sometimes they can even be quite luxurious. But when it comes to high performance and sports cars, VW doesn’t always get all the respect it deserves. That’s why we’re here to set the record straight, to offer a list of some of the finest and fastest Volkswagen cars (and trucks) of all time.

Now, we didn’t add every single VW-badged performance machine to this list – you do have errands to run eventually, after all. And some of the classic models might not be absolute road-burners compared to today’s sports cars. But, remember, for their time they didn’t need to make any excuses in the face of the competition. In fact, the engine found in the early-1990s Corrado VR6 would eventually be re-engineered for use in cars from the likes of Bentley and Bugatti. Yes, that Bugatti!

So sit back, but don’t relax too much. Because these VWs are about to get your pulse racing!

Volkswagen to launch redesigned Chattanooga-made Passat in 2019


Volkswagen to launch redesigned Chattanooga-made Passat in 2019

January 16th, 2018by Mike Parein Local Regional NewsRead Time: 3 mins.

Contributed photo / Volkswagen took the wraps off its 2019 Jetta compact sedan on Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The car is one of a number of entries VW plans for the U.S. market over the next several years.


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Volkswagen plans to launch an all-new Chattanooga-made Passat next year in the first full remake of the sedan since the automaker began U.S. production of the car in 2011 as it tries to power up sales.

Also, VW is spending $3.3 billion in North America over the next three years, including $1.2 billion aimed at projects in the U.S., the company revealed at an auto show Monday.

“This market is a touchstone for our success. At long last, we want to get it right,” said Herbert Diess, chief executive of the VW brand globally.

Diess on Monday unveiled Volks-wagen’s redesigned 2019 Jetta compact sedan, which is larger than its predecessor but less expensive.

By the numbers

› $3.3 billion: Amount VW plans to spend in North America over the next three years

› 339,700: Number of VW brand vehicles sold in U.S. last year

› 6.23 million: VW brand vehicles sold worldwide in 2017

Source: Volkswagen

Contributed photo / Volkswagen’s newly redesigned 2019 Jetta…


The model will have a sales price starting at $18,545 when it hits dealers later this year.

“We’re putting the pedal to the metal in the U.S. market with the best Jetta of all time,” Diess said about the vehicle that is the VW brand’s best-selling single product in the U.S.

With a new design, added technology and safety features, and VW’s transferable, six-year/72,000-mile new vehicle warranty, he expects the Jetta will make “a huge splash in the compact market.”

Also Monday at the North American International Auto Show, VW officials rolled out its new 2018 Passat GT aimed at bringing more sportiness to the sedan built at its Enterprise South industrial park assembly plant that employs about 3,450 people.

Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of VW’s North American region, said the vehicle “brings real excitement” to the automaker’s sedan lineup.

He said the Passat GT, priced at just over $29,000, was designed and engineered in the U.S. That includes input from the company’s engineering and planning hub in Chattanooga.

“It’s the first production vehicle designed and engineered for the market from our local team in America,” Woebcken said.

A totally redesigned Passat that will be unfurled next year is expected to help inject new life into an aging platform, said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book.

“You need a sedan to be a player,” he said. “It’s an additional component to the SUVs.”

As Americans have turned to buying more SUVs and trucks, Passat sales have dropped. Sales of the sedan fell 16.8 percent to 60,722 units in 2017, according to the automaker.

The Passat’s slide occurred while VW last year introduced the Atlas SUV, also assembled in Chattanooga, which had its best month in December with sales of 6,070 units.

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Diess has said it’s “highly likely” the automaker will bring a five-seat derivative of the Atlas SUV to the market.

“By 2020, we will offer at least two new [Volkswagen] U.S. models annually, covering key segments in the United States,” Diess said.

Woebcken said Monday the Atlas is aimed “right at the heart of the SUV market” with the size, features and comfort Americans expect.

“With a competitive price and … the best bumper-to-bumper warranty, sales of the Atlas are continuing to build,” he said. “In order to grow, we needed to reach the heart of the market and offer a fresh lineup of SUVs.”

According to VW, the first of a family of full battery electric vehicles will be added starting in 2020. The first model to go on sale in America will be an SUV.

Woebcken said the automaker made “significant progress towards the comeback of the Volkswagen brand in the U.S. in 2017.”

The U.S. contributed to the overall delivery record of the Volkswagen brand in 2017 with around 339,700, up 5.2 percent, the company reported.

Worldwide, 6.23 million Volkswagen passenger cars were delivered to customers in 2017, 250,000 vehicles more than in the previous year.

The VW Group also sells Audi, Porsche and other brands in the U.S. and worldwide.

Diess acknowledged the diesel emission scandal that hit sales and shook trust in the brand.

“We disappointed many people,” he said. “But we must and will make up for it. We’re working hard on it.”

Contact staff writer Mike Pare at or 423-757-6318.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta debuts at the Detroit auto show


2019 Volkswagen Jetta debuts at the Detroit auto show

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 Volkswagen Jetta —Volkswagen

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show with a new look, an upgraded interior, and a suite of advanced technologies. The Jetta was first introduced in 1979, and since then, VW has sold 16 million Jettas worldwide, 3.2 million in the U.S. alone.

“The Jetta has long been Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle in the United States,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region for Volkswagen. “We expect that this all-new car will continue to resonate with buyers in the compact sedan class. With its combination of great technology, fuel-efficient drivetrains, sporty styling, upscale interior and amenities, and fun-to-drive nature, we expect that the Jetta will make a huge splash in the compact sedan market when it goes on sale.”


This year’s Jetta is longer, wider, and taller than the outgoing model, making more room for passengers. The extra height combined with a sloping roofline make this sedan look sporty and more like a coupe without cutting into rear-seat headroom. There’s a large front grille, sharper lines, and more chrome than before along with standard LED lighting to give it a more upscale, modern look.

The interior is fully redesigned to combine the high-tech features today’s customers demand along with top-quality materials and plenty of soft-touch surfaces. There are new fabric colors and new designs for the seats and door trim, as well as available 10-color customizable ambient lighting to create just the right mood.

The Jetta will offer heated and ventilated front seats, a power driver’s seat with memory, leather seating surfaces, and dual-zone automatic climate control to keep everyone comfortable. There’s also a redesigned center storage cubby that holds 5 liters, which is enough to fit a standard iPad. Dealer Specials:

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
The Interior of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. —Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display, which is standard on the SEL and SEL Premium trims, lets drivers reconfigure the display to suit their unique preferences. This includes allowing navigation to display front and center so it’s easier to follow the route. There’s also Volkswagen Car-Net, which provides connected vehicle services including a wide range of standard apps with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.


The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is also the first Volkswagen with an available 400-watt BeatsAudio system.Volkswagen put the focus on the driver starting with an infotainment screen that’s higher in the dashboard to make it easier to reach. There’s also Driver Personalization standard across the lineup. Depending on the trim, it allows drivers to customize various settings, including driver’s seat memory, driver assistance system preferences, temperature, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit arrangement, ambient lighting color, radio presets, and navigation.

Advanced safety features are also upgraded with available forward-collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, high beam control, and lane departure warning. The Jetta includes active and passive safety systems that exceed current regulations, including an automatic post-collision braking system.

Power for the Jetta continues to be a 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injected 4-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired to either a new standard six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic that becomes standard on higher trims. Models with an automatic transmission also feature start/stop technology for improved fuel efficiency.

The Jetta includes the People First Warranty with the best bumper-to-bumper warranty in America. It provides vehicle coverage for six years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first. That warranty is also transferable to new owners through the entirety of the warranty period.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will be available in S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels. Those looking for a sportier vibe will also have the option of going with the R-Line with its more aggressive styling, unique interior and exterior design elements, R-Line badging, and electronic differential.


Expect to see the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta in dealerships beginning in the second quarter of this year.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. —Volkswagen