Engine will start appearing in Volkswagen vehicles this year

Volkswagen used the 377th Vienna Motor Symposium as the stage to introduce a new turbocharged gasoline engine dubbed the EA211. Set to arrive in late 2016, this engine is the first of VW‘s next-generation gasoline mills.

With a displacement of 1.5 liters, the EA211 has a small turbocharger to deliver plenty of torque from as low as 1,300 rpm, and is said to provide improved fuel economy.Volkswagen is using an exhaust gas turbo with a variable turbine geometry that’s electrically actuated. The engine features direct injection, a 12.5:1 compression ratio, an integrated exhaust manifold, and cylinder deactivation. Two versions will initially be available: a 129-hp version and a more powerful variant with 134 hp.

Thermodynamic efficiency has also been improved in the EA211 thanks to it running on the Miller cycle, where volumetric efficiency is lower compared to an engine with conventional valve timing. The exhaust gas turbocharger also helps provide high turbine output and charge pressure from low speeds, which helps improve the engine’s responsiveness. Volkswagen says that compared to the 1.4-liter turbo-four it will eventually replace, the EA211’s step change in load to maximum torque is 35 percent faster.

Volkswagen’s fourth-generation direct-injection system will also be applied for the first time in the EA211, and it has been optimized to increase injection pressure to 350 bar. As a result, the mixture formation has been improved and has led to a significant reduction in particulate emissions. The injector tip’s diameter has also been reduced to 6 mm, helping improve integration into the combustion chamber, improve stiffness, and reduce temperatures at the injector plate.

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Volkswagen Will Make a 305-HP Golf GTI Clubsport S

Just because Volkswagen is in the midst of a massive scandal over its emissions cheating diesel cars, doesn’t mean it can’t party from time to time. It announced Tuesday that it’s building a 305 horsepower version of the GTI Clubsport (pictured above) it debuted last fall that’s set to debut next week at the Worthersee festival in Austria.

Per Jalopnik, the GTI Clubsport S won’t just get a healthy power increase over the 261-horsepower Clubsport, but will also get some significant weight savings. VW hasn’t said exactly what the Clubsport S will weigh, but it won’t have backseats and some of the sound deadening will be removed. The Clubsport S will also get stiffer suspension and a louder exhaust.

Unlike the current range-topping Golf R, the GTI Clubsport S will send all its power to the front wheels. The standard Clubsport is offered with a six-speed manual or dual-clutch gearbox, so hopefully the Clubsport S will retain the optional clutch pedal. Also unlike the Golf R, the Clubsport S won’t make its way to the U.S.

VW says the Clubsport S will be set up for driving on the Nürburgring, so perhaps it’s gunning to unseat the Honda Civic Type R as the fastest front-driver around the Nordschleife. It’ll also be up against the ridiculous Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R in the battle for front-wheel-drive muscle supremacy.

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The Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Previews The Big SUV America Demands

The gas plug-in T-Prime GTE Concept follows the diesel plug-in CrossBlue Concept as Volkswagen is getting ready to launch its full-sized three-row hybrid SUV. This time, we’re looking at a combined output of 375 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque with an electric range of 31 miles. Can it make SUV-crazed Americans care?

While the T-Prime Concept debuted at the Beijing Motor Show, it’s no secret that an economical yet sporty three-row SUV is something that Volkswagen needs to have in America. In fact, this future model is only part of VW’s upcoming SUV offensive, which starts with the introduction of the 2017 Tiguan(and Tiguan Extended Wheelbase in Asia), followed by a new Touareg and the premier of two smaller SUVs, one based on the Golf and another on the compact Polo.

Europeans are well aware that the GTE hybrids are VW’s best offerings on the market today, with the Passat GTE wagon and Golf GTE truly representing the best of both worlds.

The Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Previews The Big SUV America Demands

The T-Prime GTE Concept might wow the Chinese audience with four seats this time around, but imagine this car with seven, and we’re in business.

Powered by the combination of a 2.0 TSI with 248 hp and 273 lb-ft and an electric motor packing 134 hp and a maximum torque of 258 lb-ft, the combined system output is 375 horsepower and 516 lb-ft in boosted mode. The power train is complete with an eight-speed gearbox sending the juice to all corners through a limited-slip differential for permanent all-wheel drive.

Once you’ve travel-led 31 miles without burning any fuel, VW says the car will charge up from a flat state in eight hours using a conventional 220-volt outlet, or in two and a half with a 7.2 kW public charger.

The Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Previews The Big SUV America Demands

Inside, the T-Prime goes all Audi with the most advanced gesture- and voice control features, touch-sensitive surfaces even for the gearbox operation and a digitalized instrument panel located under a curved piece of glass.

The infotainment system is fully customizable and recognizes swiping motion, so that there’s really no need for conventional buttons messing up all those huge clean surfaces.

We just have to wait and see how much of these futuristic gizmos can make it into production.

The Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Previews The Big SUV America Demands
The Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Previews The Big SUV America Demands
The Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Previews The Big SUV America Demands
The Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Previews The Big SUV America Demands
The Volkswagen T-Prime GTE Previews The Big SUV America Demands

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Update on TDI Emissions Compliance Issue

Today, Volkswagen again appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer, who presides over hundreds of civil lawsuits pending in the Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in San Francisco, regarding the TDI emissions issue. The Judge announced that the parties had reached certain agreements in principle to resolve matters relating to 2.0L TDI vehicles.

These agreements in principle are an important step on the road to making things right. Volkswagen is committed to earning back the trust of its customers, dealers, regulators, the American public, and you, our employees. As noted today in court, customers in the U.S. do not need to take any action at this time.

The court emphasized that parties’ discussions regarding the agreements in principle must remain confidential. As a result, we are not in a position to provide further details. As soon as we can provide you with more information, we will share it with you.

We continue to appreciate your patience, dedication and hard work; it is essential to VWoA’s success moving forward. Thank you. We will continue to keep you updated as we have additional updates to share. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, feel free to email

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Is Volkswagen’s Beijing Concept a Touareg Preview?

Volkswagen Beijing Concept

Volkswagen has teased a plug-in hybrid SUV concept bound for the Beijing Motor Show later this month, but the powertrain numbers are reminiscent of a model recently axed.

From the images provided, the Beijing Concept SUV has flanks far more sculpted than we’re used to seeing from Volkswagen, but it’s in keeping with the brand’s new design language. It’s a large SUV that looks to be of the two-row variety, a niche currently filled by the venerable Touareg.

The vehicle’s dimensions aren’t stated, but Volkswagen says the concept’s plug-in powertrain makes a total of 376 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque. In fully-electric mode, the vehicle can travel up to 31 miles without burning a drop of gas, while delivering a combined 78 miles per gallon on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The automaker claims a 0-62 mile per hour time of six seconds.

Volkswagen says the concept previews the latest in digitalization, as well as showing off the brand’s efforts in elevating sportiness and elegance in SUV design.

For the 2016 model year, Volkswagen killed the hybrid version of the Touareg, which made 380 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque, and hit 62 mph in 5.8 seconds. Mileage wasn’t outstanding, and the added technology hugely inflated the price.

Knowing this, the numbers given for the Beijing Concept seem familiar, minus the battery-only range and mileage. Volkswagen has been looking to boost its green bona fides (and sales) ever since thediesel emissions scandal broke, and crossovers and SUVs are seen as the biggest money makers for this or any company.

A model with numbers like the Beijing Concept could challenge green SUVs like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and possibly the more upmarket Volvo XC90. Volkswagen already has a three-row SUV nearing production, while the Touareg received a mild refresh this year after the current generation bowed for 2011.

Whether the Touareg is replaced by a new model in the near future or adopts the styling cues and powertrain of the concept remains to be seen, but it’s clear the company wants (and needs) to add some vigor to its utility offerings.

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Jetta 2.0T GLI SEL proves VW can turn out strong cars in hard times


Pros: Comfortable, efficient, safe and user-friendly
Cons: Lots of competition at this price point

It’s no secret that these are challenging times for German automaker Volkswagen. The dieselgate scandal likely will cost VW billons — that’s with a “B” — of dollars and years of litigation.

Cheap gas isn’t helping either, as right now VW sells mostly thrifty cars, not the big gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs and crossovers that Americans have the hots for. It’s hard to get sell fuel economy when gas is less that $2 a gallon.

Add it all up and, not surprisingly, VW sales in the United States are down 12.5 percent through the first three months of 2016, at a time when its VW Group ofAmerica siblings Audi (+4.6 percent) and Porsche (+7.1 percent) are turning in strong performances.

That said, if things like efficiency matter, VW remains a good choice.

And after spending a week behind the wheel of a 2016 VW Jetta 2.0T GLI SEL, it’s obvious to me that the German automaker is still churning out quality automobiles.

Let’s start with safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations gives the new Jetta a five-star safety rating, its highest overall vehicle rating. In individual categories, the NHTSA gives the Jetta five stars for side crash protection and four stars each for frontal crashes and rollovers.

Likewise, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Jetta as a Top Safety Pick, with ratings of “Good” in five different measures of crashworthiness.

So far, so good.

From a mechanical perspective, this version of the Jetta is powered by VW’s well-proven 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 210 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque.

That’s enough power to move the relatively light, 3,194-pound Jetta smartly down the road. It isn’t a sports car or a muscle car, certainly, but the Jetta isn’t a slug, either. Fuel economy is 24 miles per gallon city, 33 highway and 27 overall.

On lower trim models, a 1.4-liter, 150-horsepower turbo four in the powerplant of choice, with both manual and automatic transmissions, is available.

New this year is a comprehensive suite of connectivity features that allow users to connect to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.

More importantly, at least for a non-millennial guy like myself, the electronics in the Jetta are simple, intuitive and easy to use. This is a plug-and-play car. You won’t have to spend two weeks with the owner’s manual trying to decipher dense technospeak about how to operate the car.

The 6.3-inch touch screen that controls the major functions — navigation, audio and media — is much, much easier to use than those found in some pricier cars, including VW’s upscale cousins from Audi.

Note to other automakers: This is how cars are supposed to work. The 2016 Jetta earns high marks for marrying modern technology with ease of use. And trust me on this, you need both to be happy behind the wheel and you get it with the Jetta.

Some other features I liked: The trunk is cavernous, outward visibility is excellent and the upright seating position and firm seats made for a high level of comfort. All in all, this is a solid offering.

The biggest knock against the Jetta isn’t anything wrong with the car itself; no, it’s the dizzying amount of high-quality vehicles made by the competition at or near this size and price point.

VW’s done an admirable job with the Jetta, just as Chevrolet has done with the all-new Malibu, Honda has with the all-new Civic, Hyundai has with the Sonata and Kia has with the Optima, and the list goes on and on and on.

Tough to choose among so many good cars, but the Jetta definitely merits serious consideration.

Price as tested: $31,200
Body type: Front-engine, four-door midsized sedan
Engine: 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Horsepower: 210
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 104.4 inches
Length: 182.2 inches
Weight: 3,194 pounds
Combined mileage: 27 mpg

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Volkswagen hints at Golf R 400 production car

Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept.

Volkswagen is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI with a bang.

While Australian customers are already set to benefit from an upgraded special edition GTI with more than 200kW of power, the brand’s engineers have more than that in mind.

Much more.

Volkswagen teased the world’s hot hatch fans in 2014 with the Golf R 400 concept, a beefed-up hatch with around 300kW of power and the ability to rip to 100km/h in less than four seconds.

Asked whether the Golf R 400 is set to go on sale any time soon, Volkswagen head of product communications Dominik Hoberg says “let’s see”.

“There might be a surprise coming. We have this year the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI. Be surprised in May or June. Let’s see what will happen.”

While Hoberg couldn’t confirm whether the Ferrari-baiting Golf R 400 is set for production, he did confirm that “there will be something” and it will be fast”.

VW has been spotted testing modified versions of the Golf R at Germany’s Nurburgring circuit.

The concept model called for a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with a massive turbo pumping in boost to rival the pressure Volkswagen’s emissions engineers have become accustomed to in recent months.

But reports out of Germany suggest that Volkswagen may ditch the four-cylinder theme in favour of a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine nicked from Audi’s excellent RS3.

Either way, May and June both provide excellent opportunities for the manufacturer to unveil the ultimate high-performance Golf.

The annual Worthesee meeting takes place in Austria in May, where thousands of hardcore VW fans gather every year for a festival on par with Australia’s Summernats extravaganza.

June is home to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, an event of increasing importance that gathers the attention of millions of motoring and motorsport enthusiasts each year.

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