VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC FLAUNTS ITS GOODS IN NEW VIDEO

Volkswagen will debut the T-Roc on August 23, but until then, it’s previewing the new subcompact crossover in its most revealing teaser video yet. This latest teaser shows off the headlights, taillights, bodywork, and parts of the model’s interior.

As revealed in the video, the T-Roc features a bold design that departs from the somewhat-conservative look of VW’s other crossovers. Case in point: the new wide radiator grille with integrated headlights. Creases on the hood hint at the T-Roc’s athleticism, and the silver trim brings out the vehicle’s golden paint job. In back, the T-Roc features a bulbous rear end and unique taillight signatures.

Inside, it looks very much like a Volkswagen, save for the bold yellow accents on the interior. Simplicity dominates the cockpit, and in the center sits a familiar rectangular multimedia infotainment unit.

The T-Roc will ride on Volkswagen’s MQB platform and should offer a range of turbocharged gas and diesel engines in Europe. Production gets underway in the second half of this year, as we reported in our initial First Drive review. It’s unclear if the model is coming to the U.S. market or not, but if so, it would compete against the Mazda CX-3Toyota C-HR, and Honda HR-V in quite a favorable market for crossovers.

2018 VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS EARNS 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK RATING FROM THE INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY

Herndon, VA (August 4, 2017) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that the all-new, seven-passenger 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, when equipped with available Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), has earned a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK award is issued to vehicles that have earned “Good” ratings in IIHS crash tests evaluated in five categories: frontal impact moderate overlap; frontal impact small overlap; side impact; roof strength; and head restraints. It must also offer an autonomous emergency braking system (AEB) that earns at least an advanced rating for front crash prevention. The 2018 Atlas earned a “Superior” rating on the AEB test.
“Volkswagen’s commitment to safety and driver assistance technology is unwavering. We take great responsibility to ensure our driver assistance technologies get smarter,” said Hendrik Muth, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy. “The Atlas is an example of our ongoing commitment to offering these features, and we are proud it has been recognized as an IIHS 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK.”
The Atlas is the only vehicle in its class to offer the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which is standard across all trims. This system builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System addresses this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
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Other driver assist systems available in the Atlas include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot), Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist); High Beam Control (Light Assist) and Overhead View Camera (Area View).
IIHS launched its front crash prevention rating program in 2013 to help consumers sort through the maze of available technologies and focus on the most effective systems. For more information on IIHS, visit http://www.iihs.org. All IIHS ratings are available at http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings.

VW’s car of the future borrows from the past

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Volkswagen Group’s idea for the car of tomorrow borrows a lot from yesterday.

Matthias Erb, Volkswagen AG’s chief engineering officer, explained at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars that the automaker’s I.D. Buzz microbus, an autonomous, electric van that debuted in January at the Detroit auto show, borrows design and functionality elements from the company’s first eight-seater, the T-1 bus known as the Bulli.

“It’s the new version with a lot of new features for today,” Erb said, speaking about driverless car design.

The I.D. Buzz concept shown in Detroit features a floor-mounted 111-kilowatt-hour battery pack and up to 369 hp with an effective range of up to 270 miles under U.S. standards. It features VW’s I.D. Pilot autonomous driving system, complete with a squared steering wheel that retracts into the instrument panel when the autonomous driving system is engaged.

The cockpit also includes a touch-sensitive steering mechanism, an augmented reality head-up display and a large, detachable center-mounted tablet information screen. It also features swivel chairs and the capability to turn the third-row seats into a bed.

While the interior looks futuristic, the exterior harkens back to the microbus that VW started selling in 1950. But it does include new-age LEDs that can react to a driver’s presence.

Erb said the automaker envisions the I.D. Buzz as an ideal way to haul up to eight people for car-sharing services, or for commercial use. It’s built on the automaker’s new MEB platform, and the concept version featured an electric motor at each axle.

“This is the platform of the future,” Erb said.

Executives designed the first Bulli because they wanted a vehicle with a similar powertrain and chassis as the original Beetle but with the option to seat eight. By 1956, the bus had a 91 percent market share in its segment, Erb said. It featured three body styles, including a pickup version.

VW discontinued Bulli sales in the U.S. in 2003, but it has continued to sell the microbus in Europe, where it is in its sixth generation.

“We have to go back in our history to move on and build a bridge between cultures and apply that to our products and design language of the future,” he said.