Official: Pics Aplenty: VW Golf R gets a few more looks

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Performance, Hatchback, Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen has seen fit to release an additional 21 images of the 296-horsepower, all-wheel-drive 2014 Golf R. Our crack team covered the monstrous little hatchback ahead of its debut at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but know that a brand new gallery of the thing couldn’t hurt, either.

As a recap, power comes from a massaged 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, while a six-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed stick dispatches the power to a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. The suspension has been adjusted for improved handling while the aesthetics are suitably brawny for the GTI’s bigger, meaner brother.

Take a look in the updated gallery above to see all the new images of the 2014 Golf R.

Pics Aplenty: VW Golf R gets a few more looks originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen has seen fit to release an additional 21 images of the 296-horsepower, all-wheel-drive 2014 Golf R. Our crack team covered the monstrous little hatchback ahead of its debut at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but know that a brand new gallery of the thing couldn’t hurt, either.

As a recap, power comes from a massaged 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, while a six-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed stick dispatches the power to a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. The suspension has been adjusted for improved handling while the aesthetics are suitably brawny for the GTI’s bigger, meaner brother.

Take a look in the updated gallery above to see all the new images of the 2014 Golf R.

Pics Aplenty: VW Golf R gets a few more looks originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Spy Shots: VW prepping new big-boy Golf Plus for Europe

Filed under: Spy Photos, Europe, Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf Plus Spy Shots

Volkswagen is readying a new version of the Golf Plus, the compact MPV that was last seen as part of the fifth-generation Golf range. The Plus sports a higher roof for improved headroom, with our spy shooter estimating an extra 15 centimeters (six inches) of noggin space over a comparable Golf hatchback.

The new model is expected to look more or less like the Mk VII Golf, outside of the taller overall design and subtle styling tweaks. Sharing its bones and its looks with the newest Golf means the Plus will get most of the same engines and transmissions, although we shouldn’t expect a hot version with the GTI’s powerplant or an all-wheel-drive model.

The main difference in the cabin should be a set of adjustable rear seats, allowing a bit more room and flexibility in the tallish hatchback. As is usual, don’t expect this Golf variant to cross the pond. Take a look above for our full gallery of spy shots of the new Golf Plus.

VW prepping new big-boy Golf Plus for Europe originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Official: Mercedes knows its buyers, designs golf cart of the future

Filed under: Concept Cars, Mercedes-Benz, Design/Style, Electric

Mercedes-Benz Vision golf cart concept - rendering - front three-quarter view

The Mercedes-Benz Vision golf cart isn’t a golf cart at all, it’s an electric luxo-buggy that you can use on the greens and that should have its own model-line designation, like Tee-Class. The Germans gathered suggestions from around the world for the ideal golfer carrier, and the top poll findings are wrapped in a design language that the doodlers at the Advanced Design Center call “Sensual-Purity.”

The doors can be clicked in or out. There are solar cells on the roof to charge the batteries. It’s driven by a center-mounted joystick so that the driver or passenger can take the helm. There’s a head-up display, docking station and touch screen monitors for control of amenities like air conditioning, stereo and Bluetooth, weather updates and maps of the course layout. And a refrigerator and retractable lightning rod. And then there’s the “fore button” – press it and it tells the other nearby Vision golf carts to sound “a warning signal” about an errant shot.

Mercedes says of its creation, “Simplicity is the key.” Obviously. You can read about the rest of its amenities in the press release below.

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Video: VW Golf GTI wrung out by Chris Harris

Filed under: Performance, Europe, Videos, Hatchback, Volkswagen, Celebrities

Chris Harris with Mk VII Volkswagen GTI - video screencap

Enthusiasts like nothing more than to crucify modern interpretations of their favorite performance models for failing to live up to some imagined ethos. Even the Volkswagen GTI has suffered its fair share of slings and arrows for growing in size and curb weight. Chris Harris recently spent some time with the all-new MK VII GTI to find out if growing up means giving up on what makes the machine so special.

Judging by his comments, Harris certainly doesn’t think so. Yes, the new GTI is considerably more comfortable than its predecessors, but that’s hardly a bad thing. The multitude of driving modes actually seem to add depth to the car rather than simply try to force one tool to do many jobs, and Harris even finds the machine’s electronic power steering tolerable. As a result, Harris goes so far as to call the Volkswagen GTI “one of the best cars to actually own.” How’s that for high praise? You can watch the video for yourself by scrolling below.

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New VW Golf TDI BlueMotion is ‘most fuel-efficient ever’ with 73.5 mpg

Filed under: Diesel, MPG, Volkswagen

vw golf tdi bluemotion

Volkswagen claims its newly launched Golf TDI BlueMotion is about as good as it gets with that old standby, the internal combustion engine. The new Golf consumes 3.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, the equivalent of getting 73.5 US miles per gallon (on the European cycle), a 15-percent improvement in fuel economy over the previous model.

The new Golf TDI BlueMotion produces 85 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer, which Volkswagen says is one of the best values worldwide for a car powered by internal combustion. Most impressive is the claim that this sort of efficiency, and the car’s 50-liter fuel tank, allows for a potential driving range of 1,500 kilometers (about 932 miles) between fill-ups. Upgraded aerodynamics – a lowered chassis, a special roof spoiler, and a radiator grille that gets cooled through partially closed air inlet screens in the bumper, for example – improve the Golf’s mpg.

The Golf TDI comes with a new common-rail, turbodiesel direct injection four-valve, four-cylinder engine that operates efficiently across a wide range of rpm. It offers 108 horsepower between 3,200 and 4,000 rpm, which VW says is ” a very fuel-efficient operating range.” Starting at 1,500 rpm and on through to 3,000 rpm, the new Golf TDI Bluemotion delivers a torque peak of 250 Nm (184 foot pounds). Put is all together with the modified six-speed gearbox and you get a 0-62 miles per hour time of 10.5 seconds. But, hey, 73.5 mpg.

This is the first Golf to be available in two well-known Volkswagen specification levels for those interested in spiffing it up. “Trendline” comes with 15-inch Lyon alloy wheels, a large rear spoiler and a redesigned and nearly closed radiator grille. “Comfortline” is additionally equipped with the ParkPilot parking assistance system front and rear, a “high quality” instrument cluster (no, we’re not exactly clear on what that means, either) and a few other perks. If you’re a North American buyer, don’t hold your breath for this model’s availability, but if you’re still interested in seeing how the other half can live, check out the press release below for more specs and details.

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Official: Volkswagen builds 30-millionth Golf

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing, Hatchback, Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf Generations

Volkswagen has officially built 30 million Golf units since the first hatch rolled off the assembly line in early 1974. The company says the accomplishment has cemented the compact’s place as the most successful European car ever built, though we imagine the original Beetle might have something to say about that. Even so, Volkswagen says that statistically speaking, the company has sold 2,000 Golf units for every day of production. Chew on that notion for a moment. The Golf has remained relevant over the past four decades thanks to a steady stream of generational updates, and last year, the Volkswagen Golf took the honor of being named the World Car of the Year.

A Golf TDI was the 30 millionth unit produced, and Volkswagen says the machine will be on display at the automaker’s Wolfsburg facility. You can read the full press release below for more information, including a generational breakdown of each Golf model.

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VW creates edible print ad for Golf R

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising, Hatchback, Volkswagen

volkswagen golf r edible ad

Ever heard someone say their car eats up the road? Volkswagen is taking that phrase to a whole new level in a new print ad for the 2012 Golf R. Placed between the pages of South Africa’s Auto Trader magazine, the road on the page is edible… as in, you can literally eat this road.

We’re not sure how many calories this will add to your daily intake (perhaps you could figure it out… VW says the page is made from glutinous rice flour, water, salt, propylene glycol FD&C color and glycerine). Also, we’d wager that this page needs some Ranch dipping sauce or Red Hot (or both) to make it remotely tasty.

Regardless, it’s a smart bit of advertising, and we expect that auto repair shops across South Africa are filled with Auto Trader mags bearing teeth marks.

VW creates edible print ad for Golf R originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 May 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pics Aplenty: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio gets flirty with its top

Filed under: Convertible, Volkswagen

2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet – Click above for high-res image gallery

Have you been dying to pour through images of the all-new 2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet? Good news, everyone Volkswagen fans! The automaker has just released this mega-gallery of its all-new drop-top.

It’s certainly a handsome little convertible, this Golf, but right now there’s only enough room in the United States for one redesigned Volkswagen with a disappearing roof. The U.S. has been designated an Eos-only country for the time being, meaning our high-res image gallery is the closest you’ll get to ever seeing one of these cuties in person.

Gallery: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

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Pics Aplenty: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio gets flirty with its top originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 03 May 2011 21:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Turbine-powered golf cart is the quickest way to the clubhouse

Filed under: Aftermarket, Etc., Videos, Humor

Jet-powered golf cart

Jet-powered golf cart – Click above to watch video after the jump

There are plenty of fine reasons to play golf. Everyone needs an excuse to get outside and stretch their legs, and smacking the life out of a little white ball is a socially acceptable way to relieve stress with a club. But for many of us, the only reason to get on the green is to get behind the wheel of a golf cart. Our short game may be the living definition of embarrassing, but we’d like to imagine we could execute a fine handbrake turn behind the wheel of an electric rental.

If that’s not entertaining enough to wet your whistle, you can always add the thrill of a turbine engine to the mix. We’re not exactly sure where the gentleman in the video after the jump got the idea to strap a small jet engine to the back of his custom golf cart, but we like where his head’s at. Odds are the other players may have a small problem with the racket that his contraption makes, but that’s their problem, right?. Hit the jump to check it out.

[Source: YouTube]

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