We reported with great envy last November at the Sao Paulo auto show when Volkswagen showed off the Tarok pickup concept bound for the Brazil market. Perhaps our bitterness was misplaced, however, as VW is now showing the same concept at this year's New York auto show.Unlike the V-6-powered Tanoak concept, which we drove last year, the Tarok makes do with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine producing 147 hp. No torque figure has been stated, but if the Golf-derived powertrain is anything to go by, expect the four-cylinder to yield about 184 lb-ft. The concept uses a six-speed automatic transmission to send power to all four wheels. VW uses its front- and all-wheel-drive, unibody MQB platform for the Tarok, the same architecture found under everything from the European Polo subcompact to the Atlas three-row SUV. At 177.7 inches, the Tarok's wheelbase is 0.4 inch longer than that of the Atlas, but the pickup is nearly five inches shorter overall. It's narrower, too, at … [Read more...] about VW Tarok Pickup Concept Makes an Appearance in New York
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VW’s Versatile Hatchback Ups Its Electric Capabilities Fun to drive and quiet–and I will buy dinner if you can find a tailpipe. Yeah, I know there are no tailpipes on an all-electric car, but sometimes stating the obvious is necessary to drive home a point. All Golf; all electric The point is that the Volkswagen Golf line-up is well-known as fun-to-drive small hatchbacks that get excellent fuel economy. The Golf even comes in Hot Hatch GTi and R versions that take the driving experience up a few notches. So with all their worldwide success with the extremely popular Golf platform, why would VW offer an electric Golf? Drive a 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf and the reason becomes clear real, real fast. e-Golf Technology The e-Golf has become a favorite at Clean Fleet Report. Introduced in 2014 and unchanged through 2016, the 83-mile driving range was right in line with EV competitors at that time selling in the mid-$30,000 price range. In 2017, the e-Golf has upped the driving … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2017 Vollkswagen e-Golf
Tweet TweetThe Volkswagen Golf is a nice hatchback but the hotter versions are always faster, cooler and therefore, generally better versions that are truly show worthy. After several years of fan-boy events, cult followers and even complaints for missing out from the U.S. buyers, a truly impressive decision came from Wolfsburg. A version of the Volkswagen Golf R will be available there wearing a 2012 model year and all the V-dub goodness enthusiasts will enjoy to a new point. Even though the Volkswagen Golf R is coming about a year later to the Americas, it retains the same powertrain setup and all the added performance. The 2012 VW Golf will be powered by a 2.0 liter TSI direct-injected and turbocharged 4 pot that develops 266 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Once you send all of that through the great VW DSG dual-clutch or a 6 speed manual as standard, the U.S. spec Golf R goes from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds and the top speed figure remains artificially imposed at 155 mph. … [Read more...] about New York 2011 has Volkswagen bring the Golf R to the U.S.
Regardless of where we think Volkswagen’s true strengths prevail, the company is dead set on electrification. Granted, much of this is the direct result of the diesel emissions fiasco. But it doesn’t appear to be solely interested in providing lip service to an angry public; it wants to build these cars and it really wants you to be excited about that. The brand’s current lineup doesn’t include much in the way of electrics, e-Golf notwithstanding, but CEO Matthias Mueller has promised to unveil a new EV “virtually every month” as its multi-billion-dollar investments into new battery technologies and charging infrastructure begins to bear fruit. In the meantime, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing VW parade a steady stream of electric concept vehicles. Normally, these are part of Audi’s e-tron lineup or the VW’s new I.D. sub-brand. However, the electric push has started spilling over into the core brand, and the latest product is … [Read more...] about Fewer Seats, More MPGs: Volkswagen Debuts Atlas Cross Sport in New York
Top 20 Worst-Selling Vehicles In America for February 2018 Here you will find the Top 20 Worst-Selling Vehicle sales leaders in the United States for February 2018. Each month we compile the Top 20 Worst-Selling Vehicle sales data and reports for North American markets and analyze it to create the Worst selling list below. Quick NavigationOur Take On The NumbersWorst Seller Report & RankingsSegment Analysis Also check out our other Segment reports. Our Take On The Top 20 Worst-Selling Vehicle Sales Numbers 38% of Hyundai’s total sales in February were of SUVs. February saw the arrival of the Kona, the brand’s latest crossover, to the US market, while sales of the Tucson shot up 31% year-on-year for its best February ever. There had to be a casualty amidst all this, and appearing at the top of our worst-sellers above 2500 units chart for February 2018 is the Hyundai Sonata. Sonata sales halved on last February’s volume. While last month it made an … [Read more...] about Top 20 Worst-Selling Vehicles In America – February 2018