VW says 300-mile range EV will charge in 15 minutes and cost less than gas

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Two factors rank high on the list of reasons why people hesitate to buy all-electric cars: range per charge and high price relative to petroleum-powered models. A top Volkswagen exec touted a new electric vehicle (EV) planned for the 2018-2019 model year with a 300-mile range. Now the CEO of VW Group says plans include a 15-minute charge time and a price lower than gas models, according to Engadget.
Volkswagen chairman Hebert Diess told German magazine Wirtschafts Woche the Golf-sized car will debut as a concept model at next month’s Paris Motor Show. Deiss said the production model will be similar to the concept.
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Following the initial announcement, Matthias Müller, CEO of the full Volkswagen Group, confirmed the relative size and range to Autocar. Müller also spoke about charging time and pricing but did not confirm the launch year, sticking to an earlier mention of 2025 as a target date.

Müller characterized the plans for “the Volkswagen for the digital age” as a challenge to the group’s top engineers. Their goal: “to create an electric car that can be as iconic as the Golf and offer a 500km (310-mile) range while having a charge time of 15 minutes and costing less than a conventionally engined car.”
The promise of pricing competitive with petroleum-powered versions of similar cars in the VW lineup will likely need to be met by component cost control and production volume. Diess stated that VW will likely need to either build its own batteries or buy them from German firms to ensure supply and keep costs down.
Driving range per charge, charging time needed, and the availability of suitable chargers are EV technology issues faced by all current and potential electric vehicle manufacturers. Driving range is a factor of battery power, measured in kilowatt hour (kWh). The more powerful the battery, the greater the cost and the longer it takes to charge.
Engadget reported that charging a battery sufficient for 300 miles of driving in 15-minutes would require 800-volt charging technology. As a comparison point, Tesla’s Model S gains 58 miles of range per hour of 240-volt charging. So if VW is going to deliver on the 300-mile range with 15 minutes of charging promise, charging technology development will need to make a big leap pretty fast. And then the chargers will have to be widely available if owners are going to use the EVs for longer trips.
With autonomous vehicle and electric car development both promising huge advances in the next 5 to 10 years, all major car companies will see more changes than in any previous period. Volkswagen alone has said its line of “New Urban Vehicles” will include a coupe, a minibus, a small delivery van, a “city-ready” SUV, and a luxury sedan.
Article courtesy of: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/vw-electric-300-mile-15-minute-charge/


Volkswagen’s retro Beetle ups its styling game for 2017

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Volkswagen has given the retro-chic Beetle an array of updates inside and out for the 2017 model year. The refreshed model was presented to the public during this year’s edition of the Beetle Sunshine Tour in Germany, and Digital Trends was on location for the unveiling.

Visually, all members of the Beetle lineup look sharper because they receive new-look bumpers on both ends and redesigned lights. Select trim levels also get a wide, thin air vent between the hood and the bumper that improves airflow while giving the Beetle a sportier look. Additional 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs and new paint colors (including bottle green metallic and white silver metallic) round out the exterior modifications.

Inside, the Beetle is fitted with a new dashpad, and a redesigned instrument cluster that’s clearer and easier to read than the one in last year’s model. The center console and part of the steering wheel’s bottom spoke are now body-colored, which adds more retro style to the cabin; enthusiasts undoubtedly remember that the original Beetle had a body-colored dashboard for decades. Volkswagen’s intuitive touch screen-based MIB II infotainment system carries over for the new model year. The software is standard across most of the lineup, and it’s compatible with Google’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The new model year doesn’t bring any mechanical modifications. The Convertible model is exclusively available with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A Volkswagen spokesperson confirmed to Digital Trends that the Convertible lineup is broken down into three trim levels, called S, SE, and SEL, respectively, and the rugged-looking Dune model. The Beetle hatchback lineup is broken down in the same way, but SEL cars benefit from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder tuned to provide 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/2017-volkswagen-beetle-news-specs-pictures/#ixzz4I5tDL2R9

Volkswagen TDI Models Update

Volkswagen of America has now contracted the hiring of Settlement Specialists to handle buybacks. This team is currently being brought up to speed on process training for buybacks and modifications. In-Dealership training for buyback handling will take place in September. We know that many of you have been communicating with customers on this topic. In order to support those efforts and ensure consistent and clear messaging, we are currently working to draft materials for your use in customer outreach on the Settlement. We look forward to sharing this information soon.

As a reminder, the settlement for the 2.0L TDI vehicles is still under review and subject for final approval. The next court date is scheduled for October 18, 2016. We would like to personally thank you for the passion, drive and focus you continue to demonstrate. We know our collective efforts will help us emerge stronger than before.






Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Volkswagen BUDD-e has been named “2016 Concept Truck of the Year” at the 15th Annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards. Judges recognized the all-electric microbus concept for raising the standards of automotive design, with features that address both the utility and mobility needs of the present and future. The award ceremony was held at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich., on July 31, 2016.

Article courtesy of:  Samantha Millspaugh

Volkswagen’s U.S. CEO gives you a sneak peek at its American-made SUV

Next year, Volkswagen of America will begin offering its first American-built sport utility vehicle, an all-new midsize model aimed at families needing a stylish three-row hauler. Hinrich Woebcken, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and CEO of the Volkswagen North American Region, hosted a rare sneak peek of a pre-production version for a small group of journalists at the factory in Chattanooga last week; you can read some of their impressions here andhere. During the preview, Woebcken took a moment to describe the new model for the VW Newsroom, and how much the SUV means to VW’s future. Watch his comments in the video below.

Celebrate 40 years of the Golf GTI!

A lot has changed over the last 40 years, but during that time the iconic Volkswagen Golf GTI has remained a constant and evolved through seven generations. Rightfully the nice people at Volkswagen are really proud of this and want to celebrate in style, and they’ve asked us to get involved too.

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What they’ve come up with is an enticing proposition for anyone that owns a Golf GTI. On Saturday August 20, Volkswagen are inviting GTI owners to come along to a special celebration morning at their HQ in Milton Keynes. Aside from being a part of this unique one off event that is the only official celebration of the 40th anniversary taking place in the UK, there will be GTIs of all vintages for as far as you can see! Volkswagen’s own heritage vehicles will also be on show, as will the already-legendary Golf GTI Clubsport S, which is a UK first. On top of all of this, they’re laying on free food for all attendees as well as top notch refreshments courtesy of the Volkcafe. There will also be some other goodies and entertainment to top it all off.There is space for just 150 cars, with a maximum of two people per car. Just to be absolutely clear though, anyone is welcome to sign up providing that they are driving a genuine Golf GTI. No R32s, Golf Rs or Rallyes allowed. Only Golf GTIs. They’ll have a GTI aficionado at the gate and they really won’t let you in if you’re not in a bonafide GTI!

The PH Team will be in attendance, and we’ll have our merchandise stall set up for you to buy stickers and T-shirts just like we have at Sunday Services. We’re sure it is going to be a fantastic and very memorable morning, so if you have a GTI make sure that you don’t miss out on being a part of this special celebration.

Tee off time:
0900h, Saturday August 20
Close: 1200h
Refreshments and breakfast: Free for all attendees
Passengers: Allowed, one per car (maximum 2 people per car)
Children: over 16s only
Merchandise: PH stall in attendance, cash and card accepted

If you want to come along then simply sign up on the calendar, being careful to list the exact car you’ll be attending in. Sign up here!

Article Courtesy of: http://www.pistonheads.com/news/general-pistonheads/celebrate-40-years-of-the-golf-gti/34752?

New VW Tiguan 2.0 BiTDI review

We’re already quite familiar with the new Volkswagen Tiguan. But when we tested it against its closest rivals, the Renault Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai, it finished only third. So does an engine upgrade change anything?

VW has made the SUV available with its punchy BiTDI twin-turbo diesel. The 237bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder appeared first in thePassat saloon last year, and the Tiguan is the next car to benefit. Extremely high injection pressures on the twin-turbos ensure it’s no ordinary diesel; in fact, it’s the most powerful engine of its size on the market.

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With a whopping 500Nm of torque from as low as 1,750rpm, it has considerably more grunt than any mid-size SUV in the mainstream class. This means the Tiguan finally gets the performance to compete in the premium sector VW has priced it at. On paper, the numbers make for impressive reading; 0-62mph is dispatched in 6.5 seconds, which is 1.4 seconds faster than the next best diesel Tiguan, and a mere three-tenths off Jaguar’s 3.0-litre V6 diesel F-Pace. In-gear acceleration is brisk, but don’t make the mistake of thinking this means the SUV feels like a Tiguan ‘GTI’ on the road.

Being a boxy SUV, body roll is ever-present, and while the steering is quick it does feel quite numb. As for the engine, power delivery is extremely linear, and it builds speed deceptively rapidly with real smoothness – so you find yourself going much faster than you might anticipate. 

The standard-fit seven-speed DSG gearbox contributes to this feeling, slurring shifts nicely in auto mode and responding quickly to manual changes. This powertrain is effective rather than exciting, but it certainly fixes the rather sluggish nature for which we’ve criticised lesser Tiguans.

The Tiguan BiTDI is available only with VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system, which (along with the monstrous torque) is part of the reason the SUV can tow up to 2,500kg. It also makes the car feel very surefooted on the road; there’s precious little fun to be had, but it’s composed and comfortable nonetheless. Thank the optional adaptive dampers for this. Without them, the Tiguan’s ride is on the choppy side.

You can spec the BiTDI Tiguan only as an SE-L or range-topping R-Line model. SE-L – tested here – is probably the one to go for. Although it doesn’t have as many muscular styling add-ons, you get the same quality feel, intuitive cabin layout and a decent kit list. There’s also loads of space; the sliding rear seat ensures you can prioritise space for passengers or luggage, depending on your needs. 

There is a downside with this version, however, and it isn’t only the ambitious list price: efficiency takes quite a big hit on paper. UK specs have yet to be confirmed, but in Germany VW claims the model will manage around 45mpg and emit 167g/km of CO2. That doesn’t sound too bad, but the 148bhp 2.0-litre will return nearly 60mpg. In fact, a 3.0-litre V6 diesel F-Pace is cleaner than the bi-turbo VW. So it’s hardly surprising that a mere 10 per cent of Tiguans sold in the UK will be fitted with this engine.

Article courtesy of:  http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/tiguan/96539/new-vw-tiguan-20-bitdi-review?