2018 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN DEBUTS NEW 2.0-LITER TSI® ENGINE THAT IS RIGHT SIZED FOR POWER AND EFFICIENCY

HERNDON, VA (May 23, 2017) — The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan arrives in dealerships this summer powered by the most advanced version ever of Volkswagen’s EA888 four-cylinder engine. The updated version of the benchmark EA888 four-cylinder, turbocharged and direct-injection engine uses an innovative modification to the conventional four-stroke cycle to offer an improved combination of power, efficiency and responsiveness.
First introduced in the 2009 CC, the EA888 continued Volkswagen’s move toward smaller, turbocharged engines that offer the fuel economy benefits of downsizing with the power of a larger-displacement unit. Though EPA estimates are not yet available, compared with the 1.8-liter EA888 Gen 3 engine that is fitted in the current Passat, Jetta, Beetle, and Golf family models, the new 2.0-liter EA888 Generation 3B is expected to offer improved fuel efficiency along with a 20 percent boost in maximum torque to 221 pound-feet. The majority of the engine—from the cast-iron block to the aluminum-alloy pistons and cylinder head to the valve springs—has been updated along the way.
During development, engineers focused on making the engine more efficient in the range of driving that most customers use every day, which led to the introduction of a modified Miller combustion cycle that is unique to the Volkswagen Group. Whereas the traditional Miller cycle closes the intake valves just before the end of the intake stroke, the so-called Budack-cycle closes the intake valves much earlier. This results in longer effective combustion as well as faster air flow for the incoming gases, which improves the mixing of the fuel and air. The net effect is lower fuel consumption and more torque than the 2.0-liter EA888 engine fitted in the 2017 Tiguan.
The key feature that enables the new engine to produce better fuel economy, as well as excellent performance, is the variable valve timing system on the intake camshaft. Depending on engine load, it is possible to switch between short and long valve opening. At idling speed and under partial load, the valve opening is shorter. When the engine is placed under greater load, a switch to the camshaft lobe that opens the valve for a longer period is made and the driver can make use of the full power and torque of the engine.
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The changes in the new version of the EA888 advance the twin goals of power and efficiency. The peak 184 horsepower (for the Tiguan) kicks in at 4,400 rpm, 400 revs sooner than in the 1.8-liter edition, and maintains its output until 6,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 221 lb-ft is achieved at 1,600 to 3,940 rpm. As in the previous 2.0-liter TSI® engines, the increased displacement comes solely from a longer piston stroke (92.8 mm vs. 84.1 mm in the 1.8 TSI), while the compression ratio rises to 11.7:1 due to a modified piston crown and combustion chamber. New TSI injectors can push fuel into the cylinder at a higher maximum pressure (250 bar or 3,626 psi), with up to three injection sequences per stroke depending on conditions.
The EA288 Gen3B retains many key features of its predecessors, from chain-driven double overhead camshafts to the twin balance shafts that not only counteract second-order internal forces but provide oil scavenging and crankcase breathing pathways. A new engine management system with four core processors monitors the system and adjusts as needed. Reducing friction was another goal for this engine. For instance, the lower brake mean effective pressure at full load in this engine allowed the crankshaft main bearing diameter to be reduced from 52 to 48 mm, while the balance shaft chain is narrower.
The new 2.0-liter TSI engine will be the only powerplant offered in the 2018 Tiguan. It will later be offered in other Volkswagen models.

EPA & CARB Approved Emissions Modification 2012 – 2014 Model Year 2.0 L TDI Volkswagen Passat

What is the issue?
EPA and CARB have determined that Volkswagen vehicles equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI engine do not comply with applicable emissions regulations. The emissions control systems on the vehicles allow emissions to exceed legal limits during typical driving conditions.
What will we do as part of this recall?
EPA and CARB have approved an emissions modification plan, available now. Volkswagen is also required to offer a buyback of your vehicle or terminate your existing lease as an alternative to the emissions modification, under settlement agreements reached with the DOJ, EPA, CARB, CAAG, FTC and Class Counsel. It is your choice whether to select the buyback/lease termination or the emissions modification. Please visit VWCourtSettlement.com to learn more and to file a claim. For owners selecting the emissions modification, eligibility, scheduling information, and details on logistics can be found at http://www.vwcourtsettlement.com, or through 844-98-CLAIM.

Emissions Modification: During the modification Volkswagen will remove the software that reduced the effectiveness of your TDI’s emission control system and replace it with software that directs your vehicle’s emission controls to function effectively in all normal driving conditions.
We will extend the emissions control system warranty for certain components, as described in this letter.
Will this affect my vehicle performance?
Upon completion of the emissions modification, other than as described in this letter, customers should not notice any adverse changes in vehicle reliability, durability, or performance (for example, 0-60 mph time, top speed, etc.). The software modification approved by EPA and CARB will change the way your car’s engine and emissions control systems interact. This will affect technical functions under some operating conditions, for example when the vehicle is started for the day.
The new software will affect your car in the following ways:
• Engine sound will differ from your vehicle’s prior operation. There will be increased noise from the engine that is most noticeable at midrange engine speeds, specifically during moderate acceleration. Low fuel quality can amplify the sound. The change in sound will not result in any noticeable changes to the driving characteristics of your vehicle.
• Frequency and occurrence of special engine operating modes (such as when and how the diesel particulate filter regenerates) will differ from the way these modes operated with the previous software.
• Drive Mode Changes – While driving in normal Drive mode, the automatic transmission will shift at slightly higher engine speeds during medium acceleration. This is most noticeable at high altitudes and during engine warm-up.
• Sport Mode Changes – While driving in Sport mode, the automatic transmission will shift earlier at low accelerator positions for improved driving comfort which results in a lower engine speed at constant driving.
• Vehicle Drivability – There will be minor changes in engine torque while transitioning between operating modes. Volkswagen does not expect these changes to be noticeable for drivers.
• Decreased fuel economy – The EPA fuel economy estimate on the label provided with your modified vehicle will be the same as it was on the vehicle’s original label. However, depending on your driving style and habits, you may notice that fuel economy under real world conditions drops up to 1 mpg after the emissions modification. This is because the software that is being removed through the emissions modification caused vehicles to perform differently during emissions and fuel economy testing than during normal driving. These differences may have resulted in better fuel economy in actual driving than during tests to generate fuel economy estimates. Without the software, vehicles will perform the same way during testing that they do under typical road conditions and label values should more accurately predict actual, over-the-road fuel economy.
• On-board diagnostic (OBD) system changes – Your vehicle’s OBD system will be modified and certain emission thresholds within the OBD system will be adjusted. These thresholds set new malfunction detection limits that may be above what inspection and maintenance regulators are familiar with and may reduce the effectiveness of the OBD system in detecting malfunctions as a result of these changes. We don’t expect you will have any issues with the ability of your vehicle to pass the inspection and maintenance (Smog Check) test. The extended warranty coverage outlined in this booklet offers additional protection if your vehicle is still covered under warranty at the time of inspection. These changes should not be noticeable to a driver and do not impact driving characteristics.
More information regarding the technical details of this update can be found at VWCourtSettlement.com or vw.com.

Will this affect my vehicle maintenance intervals?
The new software will not affect oil change intervals, Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) cleaning, and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) ash loading as described in your maintenance booklet.
Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF, also known as AdBlue®) consumption for your vehicle will increase. The consumption will go from 0.12 gal/1000 mi on average to between 0.18 and 0.28 gal/1000 mi on average under normal driving conditions, representing an increase of 50% to 130%. The exact amount of the impact will depend on driving style and other factors. This is because the software that is being removed through the emissions modification caused vehicles to use less DEF during normal driving than will be the case after the modification. As a result, your vehicle will require more frequent filling, possibly even between service intervals. Please see your dealer for additional details.
We do not anticipate that the modification will affect the OBD system in a manner that would make identification and repair of any components difficult, compromise warranty coverage, or compromise your vehicle’s ability to comply with the inspection and maintenance (Smog Check) test of your vehicle.
How will the modification affect emissions?
Two additional labels will be installed under the hood of the vehicle after the modification is completed. The first label is an emissions modification completion label and the second is the updated Vehicle Emissions Compliance Information (VECI) label.
Your vehicle was originally certified to EPA and CARB emission standards. After the modification, your vehicle’s emissions will be reduced but will still be higher than the emission standard to which it was originally certified. The certified emissions standards compared with the emission limits that apply to your vehicle after the modification are shown in Exhibit 1.

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What are my options?
If you are eligible to participate in the settlements reached with the DOJ, EPA, CARB, CAAG, FTC and Class Counsel, you have two options once you have submitted a complete and valid claim under the settlements. You can keep your car, receive the approved emissions modification as part of this recall and receive a cash payment. Alternatively, you can choose to have Volkswagen buy back your car (or, if you’re a lessee, terminate the lease early) and receive a cash payment.
The modification option, described here, enables an eligible consumer to keep his or her vehicle, receive an approved emissions modification free of charge and an additional restitution payment, calculated using two components: 1) a percentage of the September 2015 NADA Used Car Guide Clean Trade including manufacturer-installed options; and 2) a flat dollar amount. Vehicles receiving an approved emissions modification will also receive an extended emissions warranty covering the emissions system of the modified vehicle, which includes a Lemon Law-type remedy to protect against the possibility that the modification causes subsequent service problems.
To receive the approved emissions modification plus the cash payment, file a claim on VWCourtSettlement.com. Once approved, you may schedule an appointment at your preferred dealership. Your Volkswagen dealer will complete the modification in approximately an hour. In case the modifications will take longer than three hours, Volkswagen will provide you with a loaner vehicle at zero cost to you.
There are occasionally outstanding recalls that your vehicle may be subject to. Any such open items will be completed at the time of the emissions modification and may require increased time at the dealer. You will be notified of any expected recalls and duration of the service action when calling in to schedule your appointment.
The alternative buyback option enables an eligible consumer to return his or her vehicle to Volkswagen and receive the buyback payment, which also includes two components: 1) the vehicle return amount derived from the September 2015 NADA Used Car Guide Clean Trade including manufacturer-installed options; plus 2) additional restitution, which is the sum of a set percentage of the vehicle return amount and a flat dollar amount.
For more information about the emissions modification, your options (including when and how to visit a dealer), or to check eligibility and file a claim, please visit VWCourtSettlement.com or contact us at 844-98-CLAIM.

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For vehicles that do not receive the emissions modification, certain emissions-related replacement and repair parts will no longer be available from Volkswagen. Accordingly, in the future, if your unmodified vehicle requires maintenance and repairs of the emissions system we may need to install parts associated with the emissions modification, and in some cases, install all aspects of the emissions modification. This may lead to changes to the vehicle’s operation or performance resulting from those modifications discussed in this letter.
Warranty Extension for Certain Emissions-Related Components
Once the updated emissions control system software has been installed in your vehicle, Volkswagen will extend your Emissions Control Systems Warranty for certain emissions-related components. The warranty period for the “Extended Emissions Warranty” is the greater of:
• 10 years or 120,000 miles, whichever occurs first, from the vehicle’s original in- service date; OR
• 4 years or 48,000 miles, whichever occurs first, from the date and mileage of the emissions modification.
The vehicle’s original in-service date is defined as the date the vehicle was delivered to either the original purchaser or the original lessee; or if the vehicle was first placed in service as a “demonstrator” or “company” car, on the date such vehicle was first placed in service.
The emissions control system warranty covers all components which are replaced as part of the emissions modification and any component which can reasonably be impacted by effects of the emissions modification.
The emissions system warranty shall cover the following parts or systems:
• The entire exhaust after treatment system, including the Selective Catalytic Reduction converter (SCR), Reducing Agent (AdBlue®) injector, other Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) system components,Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) including Oxidation Catalytic Converter, the exhaust flap, and all sensors and actuators;
• The entire fuel system, including fuel pumps, high pressure fuel rail, fuel injectors, vibration damper, pressure control valve and all sensors and actuators;
• The EGR system, including EGR valves, EGR cooler, EGR filter, EGR temperature sensor, all related hoses and pipes, and all sensors and actuators;
• The charge air temperature sensor and air-mass sensor;
• The turbocharger, including the turbocharger damper;
• The glow plug;
• The On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) system – any malfunctions detected by the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) system other than those related to the transmission.
Additionally, the engine long block warranty shall cover the engine sub-assembly that consists of the assembled block, crankshaft, cylinder head, camshaft, and valve train.
In our continuing efforts to assure proper performance of Volkswagen vehicles, your dealer will diagnose and replace the emissions-related components listed in this section, if necessary, at no cost to you as long as the vehicle remains within the time and mileage limits of this warranty extension. Please keep this letter with your warranty booklet and deliver it to any new owner, along with the owner’s manual.
This warranty extension covers only the diagnosis and replacement of the emissions-related components listed in this section. If the warranty service is expected to take longer than three hours, VW must provide a loaner vehicle. Should you ever sell the vehicle, this warranty extension is fully transferable to subsequent owners.

This warranty extension will not cover:
• Any damage or malfunctions caused by installation of non-EPA or non-CARB certified emissions related parts, including such damage or malfunction to parts needed for proper diagnosis of a covered part.
• Damage or malfunctions caused by outside influence, such as damage due to an accident, or vehicle misuse or neglect.
All normal warranty provisions remain in effect. The extended emissions warranty includes parts, labor, and applicable taxes. The extended emissions warranty shall not void or supersede any existing warranty. Conflicts concerning the warranty are to be resolved in favor of the consumer.
If the vehicle has been modified by the customer prior to receiving the emissions modification in a manner that may yield a non-compliant emissions system (for example, removal of a catalyst, installation of parts that impact emissions or emissions- related parts, or modifications to the ECU or computer software of the vehicle), Volkswagen may not be able to perform the emissions modification until the customer corrects such modification.
More information about your extended emissions warranty coverage is available at http://www.vwdiesellookup.com.
What should you do?
Please review the materials on VWCourtSettlement.com to understand what benefits may be available to you under settlements associated with this vehicle. Information there will allow you to determine your eligibility for Class Action benefits and if eligible, instructions on how to file a claim. You can also direct questions to the Settlement Support Team at 844-98-CLAIM. If you choose to receive a modification, the modification will be performed by an authorized Volkswagen dealer.
Instructions on how to schedule those appointments can be can be found at VWCourtSettlement.com.
Lease vehicles and address changes
If you are not the lessor and registered owner of the vehicle identified in this action, please forward this letter immediately via first-class mail to the lessee within ten (10) days of receipt. If you have changed your address or sold the vehicle, please fill out the enclosed prepaid Owner Reply card and mail it to us so we can update our records.
Can we assist you further?
If you have any questions regarding this notice or the settlements associated with the referenced vehicle please visit VWCourtSettlement.comor contact Volkswagen at 844-98-CLAIM.
Checking your vehicle for open Recalls and Service Campaigns
To check your vehicle’s eligibility for repair under this or any other recall/service campaign, please click on the Look Up Recalls link at vw.com or VWCourtSettlement.com and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the Recall/Service Campaign Lookup tool.

VOLKSWAGEN JETTA NAMED ONE OF KBB.COM’S 10 COOLEST CARS OF 2017

Herndon, VA (May 23, 2017)  — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is proud to announce that the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta has earned a spot on Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 of 2016 list. The annual list is the publication’s longest running accolade, going back to 2003.

“Volkswagen is honored to receive this award from Kelley Blue Book,” said Hendrik Muth, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The Jetta represents the heart and soul of Volkswagen, with its sporty driving dynamics and high-quality workmanship.”

“The most affordable European sedan on the market combines the uniquely satisfying driving manners and rich interior sensibilities that help define and distinguish its pricier, luxury-badged brethren,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.

Two longstanding criteria – that the vehicle is both fun to drive and fun to own – are critical among the deciding factors of what Kelley Blue Book editors freely admit is a very subjective “cool factor,” the over-arching No. 1 criterion for a vehicle to place on this list.  Each vehicle is available for purchase starting at $18,000 or less, using Kelley Blue Book’s exclusive Fair Purchase Price as the yardstick.  Kelley Blue Book® Fair Purchase Price and Fair Market Range are part of KBB.com’s Price Advisor tool, showing what consumers can reasonably expect to pay this week in their area for a new vehicle when purchasing from a dealer.  Factors such as current market conditions, vehicle availability, local demand, and seasonal buying trends all help determine a vehicle’s Fair Market Range and Fair Purchase Price.  For more information about KBB.com’s 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 of 2017, please visit https://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/coolest-new-cars-under-18000/2100004174/.

The sixth-generation Jetta has held the crown as the best-selling Volkswagen in America for many years, a title that has continued to this day. The 2017 model added more standard equipment across a simplified lineup, making features like a sunroof, KESSY® keyless access, push-button start, rain-sensing wipers and Climatronic® automatic dual-zone climate control available at lower price points. Starting MSRP for the Jetta is $17,895 for the S with manual transmission.

The 2017 Jetta has earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Jetta models equipped with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), standard on the SEL trim, have earned a TOP SAFETY PICK for 2017 by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. A rearview camera comes standard on all Jetta models, and available driver assistance features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert.

First Drive: 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Siblings are funny things. They share DNA and similar upbringings, but kids raised in the same household are typically distinct. Take the siblings of the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf family. They’re all born of VW’s brilliant MQB architecture and seem nearly identical at first glance, but look closer and they’re as different as spinach and ice cream.

The Golf R and GTI are the studs of their varsity squads, the rulers of the high school hallway. The base model Golf is the kid who’s liked by everyone who once took Mary Jane next door to a kegger and got to second base. Then there’s the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, the freshman nerd that’s captain of the Model United Nations club and designated Dungeon Master of all Dungeons & Dragons tournaments. The funny thing about nerds, though, is that they tend to grow out of their awkward stage. After all, who would you rather be — the Al Bundy-esque captain of the high school football team reliving the faded glory days or Elon Musk?

For 2018 the e-Golf picks up additional power, and range improves to an EPA rating of 125 miles (up from 83 miles for the 2016 model), granting the e-Golf a 119-mpge city/highway rating. With this upgrade, the e-Golf’s range now bests that of two of its closest competitors, the 114-mile BMW i3 (118 mpge) and 107-mile Nissan Leaf (112 mpge). Interestingly, while the Volkswagen offers just a little more than half of the Chevy Bolt EV’s 238-mile range, the two receive the same 119-mpge rating.

Its impressive increase primarily comes courtesy of it’s lithium-ion battery pack, which has been increased in capacity from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 and now features improved chemistry. Horsepower and torque increase thanks to a 100-kW motor in place of the 2016 model’s 85-kW one, which sends 134 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels — an increase of 19 hp and 15 lb-ft

A 7.2-kW on-board charger now comes standard on all e-Golfs, which enables the battery to be fully charged in less than six hours at a 240-volt charging station. DC Fast Charge functionality is optional on the base SE trim and standard on both Limited Edition and SEL Premium trim levels; it can charge the battery to 80 percent within an hour. e-Golf owners have access to the ChargePoint network of public EV charging stations (the largest in the world), which boasts more than 34,000 ports across North America.

To see if the new bennies help make the e-Golf feel more like its big bros or not out on the open road, We set out on a leisurely drive from Los Angeles up the coast to Malibu. As expected, the e-Golf is solid for cruising through the city. It’s comfortable, easily maneuverable, and has the family’s good looks.

Out of the gate, the increased power is noticeable. It’s not launching like a Tesla Model S P100D, but it’s got nice acceleration thanks to all that instant torque. Then we hit 35 or 40 mph and, well, the asthma started kicking in. Its 0-to-60 mph time of 9.6 seconds is best described as leisurely. There are no fireworks here, but fireworks aren’t junior’s thing. Top speed is limited to 85 mph, so there’s not a lot of excitement happening on open straightaways. With the e-Golf being the responsible, straitlaced type, it suits.

If you want to make your e-Golf go even slower (and get more efficient), it has three modes that progressively dial back power in order to preserve energy: Normal, Eco, and Eco+. For example, power and top speed are limited to 74 hp, 129 lb-ft, and 56 mph in Eco+. There are also three different levels of regenerative braking (D1, D2, and D3/B) to choose from.

To get a better sense of how the e-Golf handles, we diverged from VW’s meticulously planned route and shot off into the tasty canyon roads above Malibu. It didn’t take many swooshing curves and tight bends to make the connection to the GTI and Golf R. The e-Golf’s instant torque partially made up for the battery’s extra battery heft, providing a bit of snap when exiting corners. Steering felt about as nimble and responsive as that of any other Golf we’ve driven, its anti-roll-bar-equipped strut-type front and multilink rear suspension doing its best to keep body roll to a minimum.

The e-Golf also comes with VW’s XDS Cross Differential System — one of those kick-ass hand-me-downs from its varsity Golf siblings. XDS is sort of an electronic substitute for a mechanical limited-slip differential that measures data from each wheel sensor; if it feels less pressure on one wheel than the other, the system applies braking to the driven inside wheel to reduce understeer. The result? Increased stability, pluckier handling, and improved cornering performance. Overall, our back road experience was decidedly Golf-y — that is, peppy and fun.

Aside from the mechanical goodies, the 2017 e-Golf is the first in the family to get a couple of new cosmetic upgrades that will be coming to the rest of its Golf bros for model year 2018. Restyled bumpers, grille, and front fenders, new color options, headlights, and revised interior trim, to name a few. Additionally, an 8-inch infotainment display replaces the 6.5-inch unit and Volkswagen’s Car-Net App Connect becomes standard.

The 2017 e-Golf will maintain the model’s signature C-shaped LED daytime running lights and can be had with optional LED headlights, which come standard on the SEL Premium trim. To make the kid feel like the rest of the gang, Volkswagen’s given the e-Golf a rear chrome trapezoidal “detail” element, which in you-and-me talk is a phony exhaust. This is about as purposeful in life as the dog-face Snapchat filter, but I don’t know anyone who hasn’t faked something on social media to make their life look more “normal,” so it’s hard to blame Volkswagen. Its goal was to create an EV that didn’t look like a spaceship or something out of the future, so we get the rationale.

For now, availability of the e-Golf will continue to be limited to just 10 coastal states, but Volkswagen is looking at the remaining 40 for future sales. For those who don’t feel comfortable driving an EV because they’re too “progressive,” remember, VW put that fake exhaust on there just for you so your neighbors will never know.

While we can’t tell you exactly how much of your allowance you’ll have to fork over to get your hands on a 2017 e-Golf because pricing isn’t available yet, expect it to run somewhere between $31,000 and $36,000, depending on trim level and before any tax incentives (the 2016 e-Golf starts at $29,815). That’s a fairly considerable premium over a base Golf, which can be had for a little over $20,000 (college is expensive these days), but the e-Golf’s EPA- estimated annual “fuel” cost of only $550 will leave enough in your pocket to occasionally splurge at the local comic book store.

With a total of eight All-Stars awards between them, Volkswagen GTI and Golf R have are clearly the star athletes of the family — at least for now. If the 2017 e-Golf is any indication, however, the Golf family’s parents will soon need to clear some space on the shelf as the nerdy sibling will only continue to grow as it matures.

VOLKSWAGEN ANDRETTI RALLYCROSS CONTINUES PODIUM STREAK IN LOUISVILLE THRILLER

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross was in strong form again at the second race of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship in Louisville, racking up multiple Heat and Semifinal race victories before taking home a third-place finish in Sunday’s final, courtesy of reigning series champion, Scott Speed. Tanner Foust finished directly behind his teammate in fourth, earning good points that set the two Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers further ahead of the rest of the field in the championship battle.
Speed began the weekend in Louisville quickly, setting fast times in practice on Saturday morning. His early advantage would not last, however as Foust claimed pole position in Qualifying at the last moment, in the team’s second 1-2 Qualifying result of the season.
Speed won his first two Heat races, while Foust got his first win in Heat 2A and continued the trend in 3B. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers started at the front of the grid in each Semifinal, and earned a pair of victories, setting up front-row starting positions for Sunday afternoon’s Final.
As cars waited on the grid for the lights to go green, rain began to fall, setting up a treacherous and difficult track for the race.
Despite strong starts, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross pair were shuffled to the middle of the pack in the dirt section of the course and were forced to jockey for position for much of the 10–lap, heavyweight battle. Racing close to teammates and protecting a growing lead in the championship points caused both drivers to
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err on the side of caution in the sloppy conditions, and the pair had to settle for third- and fourth-place finishes.
“Our race went according to plan until contact knocked me off the track and dropped us back to fourth,” said the driver of the No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC after the race. “It was really, really fun racing, and I guess this weekend proved that we can fight back from the middle of the pack and don’t need to start up front to do well.”
Foust was disappointed in his fourth-place result after an especially strong performance in Qualifying and the preliminary races.
“It was certainly a crazy weekend with the weather changes, and it was just an absolute battle out there,” said the driver of the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC said. “In the Final, I couldn’t see much and it felt a lot like bumper cars. It was honestly just mayhem in the mud.”
Speed’s third-place extended Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’s streak of podium finishes to nine races, dating back to Daytona in 2016. After Louisville, Speed and Foust maintain their positions in the championship, with Speed leading the overall point standings ahead of Foust.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will be back in action for the first doubleheader weekend of the 2017 season in Thompson, CT June 3-4. Both races will be broadcast live on NBC with Race 1 airing at 5:00PM (ET) on Saturday, June 3, and Race 2 at 5:00PM (ET) on Sunday, June 4.
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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Aims to Be an SUV Alternative

This VW crosses into Subaru Outback territory with more fun and less gear

It makes sense to view the new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack as a competitor to the Subaru Outback. First off, Alltrack rhymes with Outback. Second, just like pet owners who know how to hide medicine within a treat, both companies disguise the earnest practicality of a station wagon beneath an SUV veneer. And while the premium-feeling Alltrack brings driving enjoyment to this newfound rivalry, it might not impress on the price and size front.

From the outside, changes that metamorphose the Golf SportWagen into the Golf Alltrack are minor. Sport/utility wagons like this aim to attract outdoorsy owners, and the Alltrack follows the successful Outback recipe. Black body cladding on the bumpers, fender flares, and side sills provide a bit of added protection but mostly just makes the car appear more rugged. Added ground clearance is more for an optical illusion rather than to tackle off-road excursions. With 6.7 inches of ground clearance, the Alltrack is less than an inch higher than the rather low SportWagen. (The Subaru has a hefty 8.7 inches of clearance.) Standard roof rails help with hauling bikes or kayaks.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack front

Mechanicals are shared between both all-wheel-drive versions of the Golf wagon. The 1.8-liter, 170-hp turbocharged four-cylinder delivers plenty of pep. The Alltrack has standard 4Motion AWD, which becomes an option on the base SportWagen SE for 2017. VW’s six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission is paired with the 4Motion system; a six-speed manual transmission arrives later. (You can’t get a stick shift Outback anymore.) Don’t expect a TDI turbodiesel version; the EPA hasn’t approved any VW diesel engines for 2017. (Read more about the VW diesel emissions scandal.)

To be honest, we hoped for little change from the great-driving SportWagen, and the Alltrack delivers, driving almost identically to its lower sibling. Spry, nimble handling makes the Alltrack a joy to pilot along twisty roads. Monotonous highway miles are eased by the quiet cabin, and the car feels planted, secure, and substantial at speed. The Alltrack has a slightly firmer ride than the regular SportWagen, but it remains comfortable and composed.

All of these qualities mostly reward the driver. The Alltrack is definitely sized for small families—it’s not a beast of burden. Firm, supportive front seats are decent road-trip companions, but full 12-way power adjustments, including lumbar, come only on the top SEL trim, pushing the car into the mid-$30,000s. Adults can fit in the rear seat, but space there isn’t exactly generous; same goes for the cargo hold. When it comes to pleasing passengers, the much more spacious Outback wins.

Safety equipment is hit or miss. Forward-collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) are included in the VW’s optional Driver Assistance package, along with adaptive cruise control. While the SportWagen includes blind-spot monitoring in its $595 Driver Assistance package, oddly it’s not available at all on the Alltrack. That’s a big disappointment for a car that typically stickers for above $30,000.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack interior

Value is where the Outback most clearly beats the Alltrack. You simply get a lot more outdoorsy wagon for your money at the Subaru dealer. A 2017 Outback 2.5i Premium with the EyeSight package, including FCW and AEB, blind-spot monitoring, and a power liftgate, comes in at $30,595.

Meanwhile, the Golf Alltrack SE with the Driver Assistance package that we bought stickered for $32,515. That’s pretty steep, given that our car lacks that Subaru’s full power driver seat, automatic climate control, blind-spot monitoring, and power liftgate—all features that we expect for its price. (At least the VW gets standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which the Subaru lacks.) No question, the VW feels more premium and fun to drive than the slower and more utilitarian Outback. But it’s hard to ignore some skimping on gear.

Perhaps this is all academic. Most buyers will go for a small SUV over a wagon anyway. And why not? Most SUVs are roomier, and if you pick wisely (say, a Mazda CX-5), you don’t sacrifice much of the Alltrack’s driving verve. Ultimately, the Alltrack will remain a novelty, a European station wagon that makes a nod toward SUV fashion to win a few more sales.

Volkswagen Alltrack rear
Article Courtesy of: http://www.consumerreports.org/2017/2017-volkswagen-golf-alltrack-first-drive-review/

2018 VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS FIRST DRIVE REVIEW

The first thing you notice about the newest Volkswagen is its name stretched across a large chrome strip on the rear tailgate. And it’s missing the T.

AtLast. It should be called the AtLast because it’s a good decade and a half overdue. Then again, given the tongue-twisted names of other VW crossovers (Touraeg, Tiguan), maybe we shouldn’t complain.

Alas, the Atlas is the latest entry in the crowded midsize three-row, seven-seat SUV segment. It competes directly with the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander,Mazda CX-9, and, to some extent, the five-passenger Jeep Grand Cherokee.

It also looks like many of those vehicles. Or most of them, in fact—the Atlas looks like everything and nothing, just like one of those renderings used in insurance companies’ advertisements. Its styling is inoffensive but also devoid of any clear family resemblance to other VW products.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas front three quarter 05

And it’s huge by VW standards. The Atlas is 9.5 inches longer than the Touareg, and its rear seat does something few of its competitors do: It fits full-size adult human beings. This isn’t a seven-seater just on paper, and accessing the rearmost two seats is fairly easy, thanks to a middle row that slides and tilts forward. That’s a good thing because there’s a new Tiguan on its way to take up five-passenger duty.

The Atlas is also far less expensive than the Touareg—and many of its competitors—starting at just $31,425. That’s a theoretical price, though, because it’s for a base model that won’t be available at launch and in a spec few will want. The base Atlas uses VW’s 2.0-liter turbo-four, sending 235 hp and 258 lb-ft to the front wheels only.

Most Atlas customers will wind up with a 3.6-liter VR6 (narrow-angle V-6) under the hood. Excluding a limited-availability launch model, the Atlas realistically starts at $35,915 for front-drive and $37,715 for all-wheel drive. That puts it in the ballpark of the established players, albeit with a small premium over a comparably equipped Honda Pilot.

With a claimed curb weight of 4,502 pounds, the Atlas is a heavyweight. The big six-cylinder has its work cut out for it, and its 276 hp and 266 lb-ft should be enough to drag the big VW to 60 mph in just under 8.0 seconds. Thankfully the VR6 sounds better than any of the V-6s in this class, and it’s commendably smooth and quiet in its operation. The sole transmission, an eight-speed automatic supplied by Aisin, shifts smoothly, but a huge gap between second and third gears leaves the Atlas without an ideal passing gear when you need it most—in the 45–65-mph range. And fuel economy isn’t a strong suit, with preliminary EPA mileage estimates at just 17/23 mpg city/highway for the all-wheel-drive six-cylinder Atlas.

At highway speeds, the VW’s cabin is suitably quiet with occasional wind noise as the only real nuisance. The ride quality is excellent—aided by a long 117.3-inch wheelbase—though big bumps can send structural jitters through the cabin. Cornering grip is good, and the Atlas will use all four tires as it approaches its handling limit. Proof, in some distant way, that it uses the same basic architecture as a GTI? Sort of.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas cabin 02

Where a GTI is dripping with personality, the Atlas just isn’t. Our test car’s interior was a sea of black plastic and vinyl with Volkswagen’s trademark no-nonsense interior design. The primary ergonomics are excellent, the touch points (steering wheel, armrests) are padded, and the seats themselves are all-day comfortable, but many trim pieces use hard, ungrained, cheap-feeling plastic. And although the new infotainment screen is slickly integrated behind touch-sensitive glass, the navigation system is, in typical VW fashion, nicht gut.

The highest trim level (the $49,415 SEL Premium) is the only way to get leather seats, a Fender audio system, LED taillights, and a digital instrument cluster that replicates some of the functions of Audi’s virtual cockpit. It’s not worth it—the vinyl seats are fine, the taillights are for the enjoyment of those behind you, and the digital dash doesn’t offer much real benefit. Lesser-equipped models are just fine—all Atlases come with full-LED front lighting, for example. A full suite of semi-autonomous driving aids is available, including active cruise control with stop-and-go functionality.

The Atlas’ only major miss is that it has no single standout feature. Without the Mazda CX-9’s interior quality and exterior styling, the Hyundai Santa Fe’s 100,000-mile warranty, the Ford Explorer’s available EcoBoost power, and the Honda Pilot’s and Toyota Highlander’s perceived reliability, we wonder how exactly Volkswagen will attract customers. That old “German engineering” tagline is a tough pill to swallow in the days after Dieselgate—and especially on an SUV designed specifically for and built in America.

This is a crowded segment full of established players, and the Atlas is a fine entry, but a wallflower arriving late to the party will have a hard time getting noticed. Let’s hope VW comes up with some clever way of marketing its new, biggest-ever SUV. Maybe they should have called it the AtLast after all.