GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW 2016: VOLKSWAGEN UPDATES THE up! AND BRINGS OUT A SUPRISE CONCEPT CAR

Wolfsburg, 22 February 2016 Two models take center stage for the Volkswagen brand at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show: first, the new edition of the “up!” city car, which will soon be appearing on the market with an impressive variety of extra equipment and improved smartphone integration. Second, Volkswagen presents an exciting concept car, which will liven up the compact car class in the form of a trendy, affordable SUV.

The new up! Leaves nothing to be desired in terms of powertrain, with a choice between powerful gasoline engines (with an available 66 kW/90 PS unit), efficient natural gas or innovative electric power units. A number of models will be appearing–there are three equipment lines, a cross-version and the spacious, 2-seater load up!–as well as new exterior colors, seat fabrics, dashpads and decorative decal designs which give each up! its own individual character. Another novelty is the smartphone integration, allowing access to navigation, music and vehicle data when used with the Volkswagen app. In addition, the “up! beats”, with a 300-watt sound system designed in collaboration with US audio specialists BeatsAudio™, joins the lineup.

The concept car can be seen as the beginning of a broad SUV offensive. With this vehicle, Volkswagen gives a realistic perspective on a completely new model series and at the same time on the future production model. Its operating concept features hardly any switches, creating a conceptual bridge to the BUDD-e, which amazed an international audience at the CES in Las Vegas.

 

Article Courtesy of: http://media.vw.com/release/1144/up_5904

VOLKSWAGEN SHOWS MOMO EDITION JETTA GLI AT CHICAGO

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America. is bringing the MOMO Edition Jetta GLI that debuted at the 2015 SEMA Show to this year’s Chicago Auto Show. Built on the newly redesigned 2016 Jetta GLI, the MOMO edition show car focuses on the sports-oriented driver through OEM-plus tuning with a dash of Italian flair. Riding on 19-inch MOMO aluminum-alloy wheels, with the Volkswagen 210-horsepower, 2.0-literTSI® turbocharged and direct-injection EA888 four-cylinder engine under the hood, this special GLI offers a compelling blend of performance, practicality and style.momo_edition_jetta_gli_5869.jpg

The GLI 19 x 8.5-in MOMO Revenge wheels represent the first “mesh” wheel design from the Italian brand in almost 30 years and fill the GLI fenders perfectly. The split-10 spoke wheels feature concave centers and raised caps and are fitted with 235/35 ZR19 Pirelli P Zero high-performance tires. The low-profile tire sidewalls allow precise cornering turn-in and enable experienced drivers to enjoy enhanced handling, delivered through H&R suspension components. These include H&R Street Performance coilovers at each corner, as well as front and rear sway bars. The coilovers also allow the ride height to be tuned, giving the GLI the option of a more aggressive stance or something more akin to the stock look.

The powerful 210-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder Volkswagen engine has been mated to a stainless steel cat-back exhaust from Milltek Sport, delivering increased breathability and a distinguished, sporty sound. To bring the vehicle to a halt even more quickly, Brembo provided the 14.4-in diameter cross-drilled, two-piece front rotors and monobloc four-piston calipers. Using larger 12.2-in rear rotors and calipers from the Golf R, the comprehensive braking upgrade is finished with striking yellow accents to all four calipers.

Inside, 2016 GLI models benefit from the MIB 2 infotainment system that incorporates the full suite of USB and VW Car-Net® App-Connect connectivity. This special show edition also includes styling cues to create an even stronger driver connection. The yellow color scheme is continued in the cabin via a trim strip that flows around the Jetta door panels and dashboard, as well as yellow stitching on the seating surfaces and shift and e-brake boots. This matches the trim detail of the limited-edition MOMO GT50 Anniversario steering wheel. Introduced to celebrate the brand’s recent anniversary, this stylish steering wheel is perfectly suited and matched to the VW interior.

Additional driver connection comes by way of a vehicle information display in the driver’s side air vent. Produced by P3 Cars, the display is practically invisible when the ignition is off. While running, this seamlessly integrated unit shows everything from turbo boost and exhaust gas temperature to a timer, coolant temperature, throttle position, outside temperature, speed and more.

The MOMO Edition GLI’s styling and functionality are furthered through a number of official items from the Volkswagen Accessories collection. These include the roof rack, first aid kit, trunk liner, personalized floor mats, doorsill protectors, a cargo net, and cargo grips.

 

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
Notes:
This press release and images of the 2016 MOMO Edition Jetta GLI show car are available at media.vw.com.

“TSI”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. “Car-Net” is a registered trademark of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

 

About MOMO

The company was established in 1964 and is headquartered in Milan, Italy, with a subsidiary in the USA – MOMO Automotive Accessories Inc. The company sells products for the aftermarket and motorsport in more than 60 countries around the world under the “MOMO” and “MOMO Corse” brands.

MOMO IS focused on light alloy road wheels, while also developing innovative racing products used by top teams and club racers alike.

MOMO represents the finest Italian style, a long tradition of quality, extensive racing experience and technological innovation. We turn cars from simple tools into a way of life

Driving a Euro-spec VW Tiguan, and what it means for the US

The next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan won’t arrive in the United States until the summer of 2017. That’s over a year from now, despite the new Tig’s unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015. Europeans will be able to pick up their new Tiguans in April of this year. So in an effort to show us some of what’s in store for this important new model, Volkswagen flew us to Arvidsjaur, Sweden for a closer look at the totally new Tiguan.

Ten bucks says you (probably) can’t pick out Arvidsjaur on a map. But if you’re a car buff – and Autoblogreader – you’ve undoubtedly seen pictures of this place without even knowing it. All those spy shots of European test mules and prototypes in the snow? Most of them are from in and around Arvidsjaur. Many car companies have winter driving schools up here – Volkswagen included. So despite the bitterly cold temperatures, this tiny town in northern Sweden is a hotbed for wintertime development. And since a big feature of the new Tiguan is its improved 4Motion all-wheel-drive system with an Active Control function, what better place to get a sense of its snow prowess than the very place where these systems are developed?vw-tiguan-habanero-tsi-00007-1

Now, because the US-spec Tiguan is so far away, the car we drove is extremely dissimilar to the final product that will end up on our shores. So rather than just tell you what the not-for-US Tiguan is like to drive, we’re instead bringing you some details of what to expect for our upcoming new model, with the snowy roads of Sweden as a backdrop and some Euro-spec impressions spliced in. It may be over a year away, but we’ve got a good idea of what to expect for America’s next Tiguan.

Our version will be longer, with an optional third row of seats.

Like the looks of the Tiguan pictured here? Well, don’t get too attached. The US-spec model will be longer, riding on a stretched wheelbase – final dimensions are still being confirmed. Volkswagen isn’t just making our Tiguan longer for no good reason. In an effort to maximize versatility and functionality, the Tiguan will be offered with three rows of seats in the US. That said, way-back seating will be an option, so if you’d rather just have a Tiguan with a huge cargo area, Volkswagen will happily sell you one. Euro-spec Tiguans offer 58.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded, and the US market car will be even more capacious.

The long-wheelbase, three-row model will be sold in Europe along the shorter, five-passenger model you see here. Plus, the car pictured here has the European “off-road” front end treatment, something we won’t be getting in the States. Instead, expect our Tiguan to have a more squared-off fascia appearance, similar to what we saw in Frankfurt last year. As for the possibility of getting either the short-wheelbase Tiguan or its rugged front fascia in the States, Volkswagen says neither is likely.

There’s a new 4Motion Active Control system.

4Motion all-wheel drive isn’t new, but it gets a few new tricks in the Tiguan. Since it rides on the same versatile MQB architecture as the Golf, the Tiguan gets the same fifth-generation, multi-plate-clutched Haldex system as the Golf R. This means when all-wheel-drive power isn’t needed, the rear axle can be decoupled for better efficiency. But that’s old news in Volkswagen’s world. What’s brand-new for the Tiguan is something called 4Motion Active Control, with a rotary dial on the center console, just behind the gear lever, that lets drivers toggle between different drive modes.

Active Control isn’t a new concept – think of it as a less-robust version of Land Rover’s TerrainManagement system. All 4Motion-equipped Tiguans will get this – you can switch between Onroad, Snow, Offroad, and Offroad Individual settings, which alter the different drive systems for better performance in different conditions. We’ll go into more detail shortly.

We only get the gasoline 2.0-liter turbo-four (for now).

Europe gets eight different powertrain options. Eight. There are four gasoline and four diesel combinations, each powered by four-cylinder, turbocharged engines. European cars also use a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, or a six-speed manual with the base, diesel engine. None of this will be coming to the US.

When our car launches, it’ll only be powered by a gasoline 2.0-liter turbo-four. But it’s not the one you’re familiar with right now – it’ll be an updated version, so consider it a mid-cycle refresh. Our 2.0T will have 184 horsepower (the torque number is still being finalized) and will be mated to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission from Aisin. Volkswagen says its US customers prefer conventional automatics for non-sporty cars; DSGs will only be used for more performance-oriented vehicles (read: not the Tiguan). And don’t even think about a manual transmission.

There’s a plug-in hybrid GTE model coming to Europe, too, but it’s still unclear if this powertrain will make its way Stateside. We can always hold out hope for the diesel, but, well, you know….

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Article courtesy of: http://www.autoblog.com/2016/02/03/volkswagen-tiguan-euro-spec-first-drive-review-video/#slide-3786763