2016 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars: The Winners

Wait. A base price of $36,470 ($38,715 with dynamic chassis control and nav) for a VW Golf? Why, yes. In fact, when you consider some of its competition, the new all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Golf R comes across as a bona-fide bargain.

“A helluva lot of car for the money,” wrote Weiner. “And neatly bundled into a package most anyone can live with.” Jordan agreed: “This is the car the Audi TTS tries to be, only the VW is cheaper, better, and way, way more fun.” Indeed, more than one editor remarked that the Golf R even stood up impressively against another Audi in the field—the $191,150 R8 V10 Plus. True, the VW lacks the R8’s epic engine, but on the track and on real-world roads it felt anything but one-third the price. Noordeloos: “The Golf R does everything so well.”

Think of this new VeeDub as a GTI (also one of our favorite rides) cranked up to 11. The 2.0-liter turbo-four is boosted to 292 hp. Adjustable dampers allow tailoring of ride firmness from Comfort to Race. Each corner sports a 19-inch wheel wearing summer performance rubber. Touchscreen navigation and a Fender premium audio system are welcome options. The flat-bottom steering wheel and short-throw manual six-speed speak directly to an enthusiast’s soul. And then there’s the stealth factor. Said Weiner: “Only gearheads will know you’re not driving a plain-Jane Golf. A dirty little secret that never has to apologize for itself. My kind of car.”

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Debuts in U.S. Spec

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Here it is, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, finally making its debut in U.S.-market spec. The all-wheel-drive version of VW’s Golf SportWagen has been seen in European-market form, but now it’s ready for North American consumption.

The Alltrack follows the formula laid down by—and ridden to great success by—the Subaru Outback and now employed by the Audi A4 Allroad Quattro: Add four-wheel drive to a slightly lifted station wagon, garnish with SUV-like body cladding, and serve. For the Alltrack, that means taking VW’s Golf SportWagen and fitting the brand’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system, which defaults to front-wheel drive in the interest of fuel economy but can send up to 50 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels via a Haldex-5 coupling when slippage is detected. Additionally, the system uses electronic differential locks to apportion torque across the front and rear axles.

The torque the system is distributing—199 lb-ft of it—comes from the same 170-hp 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder that powers the regular SportWagen. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission offered at launch, although a six-speed manual will join the lineup later. The Alltrack’s drive-mode selector adds an Off-Road mode, which activates hill-descent control and also reprograms the traction-control system. In Off-Road mode, the display screen shows steering-wheel angle, a compass, and altitude.

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The Alltrack’s own altitude is 0.8-inch higher than that of the standard SportWagen, and to emphasize this increased ride height, the Alltrack is decked out with black cladding over the wheel arches and along the lower body. The Alltrack also gets a black honeycomb grille, model-specific front and rear bumpers, and silver accents on the side mirrors and roof rails. The Alltrack is offered in S and SE trim levels, which come with 17-inch wheels, and as an SEL that gets 18s. The interior features standard leatherette (available in Alltrack-exclusive brown), aluminum-trimmed pedals, ambient lighting, and Alltrack logos. Standard equipment includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen and a backup camera, while adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and parking sensors with Park Assist are all optional.

Volkswagen hopes the Alltrack can siphon off some of the herds of compact-crossover shoppers, particularly since its own compact crossover, the Tiguan, is aging and not particularly competitive. The Alltrack is the only way to get all-wheel drive in the sporty and engaging SportWagen, no doubt expanding its appeal when it finally arrives in U.S. showrooms this fall.

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Next-gen Volkswagen Polo due mid-2017

The sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo will reportedly make its market debut by June 2017. The message was made clear in a report by Wards Auto, which focused on the possibility of Volkswagen’s Landaben plant in Spain adding a second model to its production lines.

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Currently, Volkswagen’s Spanish facility only produces the compact Polo, delivering up to 1,400 units a week. In any case, production for the next-gen Polo is expected to be underway not to long from now, with Volkswagen already investing a total of 900 million euros (RM4.12 billion) in the plant for this reason.

The next-gen Polo is expected to adopt the Volkswagen Group’s smallest modular platform, known as the MQB A0. For styling, several reports suggest that the new Polo will be inspired by the brand’s latest concept models, one such example being the new T-Cross Breeze. Pictured in this story are design renders by graphic artist Theophilus Chin, showcasing what he believes the next-gen Polo could look like based on thenew Passat B8’s design.

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There’s isn’t much else we can tell you about the new Polo just yet, but it wouldn’t surprise us to see a string of three- and four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines featured. Similar to what’s available now, transmission options may also include a six-speed torque converter auto, a dual-clutch DSG unit and even a five-speed manual.

Beyond this, other reports claim that all-electric and plug-in hybrid variants of the Polo are likely to be made — coinciding with Volkswagen’s ambitions to introduce a horde of electrified vehicles in the near future.

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2016 PASSAT EARNS A TOP SAFETY PICK + RATING FROM THE INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that the 2016 Passat, when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system, has been awarded a 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2016 Passat recently underwent the IIHS Small Overlap Front Crash test and received the highest possible rating of “good”.  The Passat receives a fully reinforced structure, building on the model’s “good” ratings in the Institute’s other crashworthiness tests.

In addition, the new Passat offers a combination of both passive and active systems that are engineered to meet or exceed current crash regulations. The Passat is equipped with the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard and is available with the following advanced driver assistance features: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), an active Lane Departure Warning system (Lane Assist), passive and active Blind Spot Monitor (dependent on trim level) as well as Rear Traffic Alert with braking.

The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award is given to vehicles that have met TOP SAFETY PICK criteria—good ratings in the moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests—and have earned an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention system performance.

IIHS launched its front crash prevention rating program in 2013 to help consumers sort through a maze of technologies and zero in on the most effective systems. Under a three-tier rating program, models with optional or standard front crash prevention systems are rated as superior, advanced or basic. Ratings are determined by whether the vehicles have available front crash prevention systems, and, if so, how it performs in 12 and 25 mph autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning tests. To assess the performance, points are awarded based on the braking and warning performance in the tests. Vehicles that have a warning system only earn a basic rating, provided the system meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration performance criteria. For details, visit www.iihs.org.

The Passat’s Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system uses a radar sensor to help monitor the distance of traffic ahead of the vehicle. Within physical system limits, Front Assist helps alert the driver of critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by a clear warning symbol in the instrument cluster above 19 mph, and, if necessary, braking is initiated to slow the vehicle. If the driver fails to apply the brakes, the system autonomously applies them; if the pedal is engaged but the driver brakes too lightly, the pressure is increased by the system (braking support).  Below 19 mph, the vehicle applies the brakes and warns the driver simultaneously.

“The Passat’s IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award demonstrates Volkswagen’s longstanding commitment to vehicle safety and the development of innovative technologies,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “Features such as Active Blind Spot Monitor and perpendicular Park Assist are unique to the segment and not typically seen outside of the luxury market.”

The 2016 Passat is currently on sale at Volkswagen dealerships nationwide. Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) is standard on SE models and above. SE w/ Technology models and higher trim levels feature standard Blind Spot Monitor (warning only) and Rear Traffic Alert with braking. The active Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) system is standard on SEL Premium models, which are also equipped with the Active Blind Spot Monitoring system with corrective steering.

In addition to the Passat, 2016 Volkswagen Golf 4-door, Golf SportWagen, Golf GTI 4-door, and Jetta models have been awarded 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings by IIHS when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system.
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 R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at http://www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

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VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI TCR – 330-HP GOLF FOR CUSTOMER RACING RECEIVES GTI SEAL OF QUALITY

Wolfsburg (04 March 2016). The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has the seal of quality in its name: 40 years after the launch of the first Golf GTI, the customer racing version also possesses the acronym that, since 1976, has been synonymous with the Wolfsburg-based car maker’s sporting character, powerful engines and maximum performance. Since it was first unveiled in July 2015, the Golf has been hugely popular on the racetracks of this world: all the customer racing models for the 2016 season had already been snapped up by mid-January. The teams can field the 20 cars, which were developed by Volkswagen Motorsport, in up to 16 national and international TCR touring car championships. The cars for the international TCR championship in Abrera/Barcelona (E) are to be handed over to the customer racing teams from 11th March. An initial roll-out with the opposition is planned for the test drives at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia (E) from 14th March.

Dynamic appearance: Production-based Golf GTI TCR embodies racing genes

The acronym GTI stands for Gran Turismo Injection and is more than just a seal of quality – it is a trademark and an identity. Even to look at, the Golf makes no secret of its motor racing genes: 18-inch racing rims, a chassis that is roughly 40 centimetres wider than the production Golf, and a striking rear wing also guarantee optimal handling. An aerodynamic front splitter and carbon rear wing are among the modifications for the racetrack. Among the features that ensure maximum safety for the driver are a racing seat with head protectors, racing safety cage, and an FIA-approved safety tank.

Powerful and efficient: turbo engine with direct fuel inject, generating 330 hp

A powerful straight four-cylinder engine, a sequential gearbox with shift paddles located on the steering wheel, a consistently developed racing chassis – the new Golf has been meticulously prepared for its outings on the racetracks of this world. Volkswagen Motorsport developed the car in cooperation with the sport department at SEAT. This made it possible to call on the extensive experience gained with the SEAT Leon Cup Racer. As with the Volkswagen Group’s production cars, the MQB platform also offers many synergies when it comes to racing cars, thus reducing the costs involved in assembling and running the touring car. The 2-litre turbo engine with direct fuel injection is the same one used in the top sporting model, the Golf R. The racing version generates 243 kW (330 hp) and produces 410 Nm of torque.

Successful start: Concept car shows great potential at TCR outings

The racing car based on the seventh generation of Golf has already enjoyed success in competition: in 2015, cooperation partner Liqui Moly Team Engstler fielded two cars in the TCR International Series. The production-based concept car showed great potential: at its first race weekend, the Golf promptly won the second race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport: The most powerful production GTI ever celebrates its anniversary

The racetrack is not the only place the Golf GTI is celebrating its 40th birthday. To mark the anniversary, Volkswagen is launching the most powerful production GTI ever: the Golf GTI Clubsport. Volkswagen presented sketches of the new car at the GTI meeting at the Wörthersee in May 2015, before unveiling a production model at the International Motor Show (IAA) in September. The 2-litre TFSI engine generates 265 hp – that is 35 hp more than the previous most powerful Golf GTI. Another feature of the turbocharged direct-injection engine is a boost function, which allows the driver to briefly increase the engine power by ten per cent to 290 hp.

 

Quotes on the customer racing project with the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

Jost Capito, Volkswagen Motorsport Director
“The Golf GTI TCR allows customer racing teams to partake in reasonably-priced motorsport with a Volkswagen. Furthermore, the teams can expand their motorsport commitments in numerous TCR championships, both at national and international level. We are providing them with a car that is ideally suited and prepared for this purpose: the Golf has not only made an outstanding impression at tests, but also shown its great potential in competition. We are delighted by the high demand for the car among customer racing teams, which confirms that we are doing a good job.”

Eduard Weidl, Head of Customer Racing and Special Projects
“The use of the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in customer racing is a great opportunity, the likes of which we have not seen before on the motorsport scene at Volkswagen. When developing the technology, our main focus was on keeping the running costs at races as low as possible. Together with the customer racing teams, we now face the challenges in the various TCR championships. We will provide on-site contact partners on race weekends, to ensure that the Golf GTI TCR is perfectly prepared when it takes to the grid. Furthermore, a cooperation is planned with SEAT in the TCR International Series. This will deal with service, logistics and on-site supervision, in order to make the outings as efficient as possible for the teams.”

Technical Data

Engine

Type Straight-four engine with turbocharger and intercooling, transversally mounted in front of the front axle
Capacity 1,984 cc
Output 243 kW (330 hp) at 6,200 rpm-1
Torque 410 Nm at 2,500 rpm-1
Bore/stroke 82.5 mm/92.8 mm
Engine control unit Continental SIMOS

Power Transmission

Gearbox Six-speed sequential racing gearbox, shift paddles on steering wheel
Gearbox final drive Front-wheel drive with multi-plate differential
Clutch Multi-disk sintered clutch

Chassis

Front axle McPherson struts; height, track and camber of chassis can be adjusted; anti-roll bar can be adjusted in three stages
Rear axle Multilink axle, height, track and camber of chassis can be adjusted; anti-roll bar can be adjusted in three stages
Steering Rack-and-pinion steering with modified software and hardware
Braking system Disc brakes with all-around inside ventilation (Ø 362 mm front; Ø 310 mm rear), aluminium brake callipers (six pistons at front, two pistons at rear)
Wheels/tyres 10 x 18 inch; 27/65×18 Michelin

Chassis/body

Design Strengthened production steel body (in accordance with FIA
regulations)

Dimensions

Length/width/height 4,365/1,960/1,195 mm
Wheel base 2,665 mm
Minimum weight 1,280 kg (incl. driver)

Performance

Acceleration 0–100 km/h in approx. 5.2 seconds
Top speed approx. 230 km/h

 

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2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Limited Edition: More for Less

If you were to find yourself browsing Volkswagen’s Golf SportWagen lineup, it might come as something of a surprise to discover that the base S model starts at $22,445—and that the mid-level SE starts at $27,845. That’s quite a pricing gap from the entry-level model to the next-least-expensive variant. Volkswagen is fixing that situation, however, with the 2016 SportWagen Limited Edition, which slots between the S and the SE and brings a host of driver-assistance and convenience features that aren’t available on the S—and a few that are available on the SE.

Limited Edition buyers will get, for $25,815, 17-inch wheels, chrome window trim, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, keyless entry with pushbutton ignition, heated seats and windshield wiper nozzles, and a panoramic sunroof. That’s more or less everything you get on the more expensive SportWagen SE model, save for that car’s Fender audio system. In fact, the SE doesn’t even come with the safety features listed above, at least not standard; they’re available on the SE grouped into a $1495 Driver Assistance bundle. Tallying up the figures, that means the Limited Edition brings you nearly the entire SE experience—with the Driver Assistance package included—for $3525 less than a similarly equipped SE.

If you’re in the market for a Golf SportWagen—at least one with an automatic transmission and a bunch of safety nannies—the Limited Edition seems like the way to go unless you absolutely can’t live without a Fender audio system.

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