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VW sets single-tank distance record with 1,527-mile Passat BlueMotion

bluemotion passat 450x289 VW sets single tank distance record with 1,527 mile Passat BlueMotion

What’s the most you’ve ever gotten out of a single tank of gas? 400 miles? Maybe 600 miles if you’re under diesel power? Volkswagen wanted to put its Passat BlueMotion to the test and see just how many miles it can cover on one tank. A team from the UK’s Sunday Times set off from Kent, England with a full tank of diesel – then drove to the south of France and back.

Averaging just over 45 miles per hour, the team watched as 1,527 miles came and went. The 1.6-liter TDI-equipped VW Passat BlueMotion used was a standard production model which features a lower standard ride height, Stop/Start tech, longer gearing and low rolling resistance tires. As two witnesses drove behind them to verify the attempt for the Guinness Book of World Records, the Passat rolled along to the tune of nearly 90 miles per gallon – much higher than the 64.2 mpg rating the vehicle carries.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - October 6, 2010 at 11:05 am

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition: How low is too low?

01 jetta tdi cup lt bumper damage 630op 450x300 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition: How low is too low?

My daily driver is lowered. Really low. Like damn-near-touring car low. Almost every car I’ve owned over the last decade has benefited from some kind of suspension setup that dropped its ride height. Traversing speed-bumps and steep driveways has always been a slow-speed, one-wheel-at-a-time affair for me. But with all these different cars with their low clearances, I’ve never had as many problems with scraping as I have with our long-term Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition.

The first time it reared its ugly head wasn’t in a parking lot or on a curb, but during my initial blast down a favorite backroad. I went into a banked right-hand bend, and as the left suspension loaded up, I heard a faint scraping noise up front. I figured it was a fluke until it happened a second time. Then a third. After the drive, I stopped to scope out the damage and found the paint stripped down to the base coat under the left bumper.

Since then, it’s only gotten worse, but it’s not the lower fascia that’s taking the brunt of the abuse.
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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - August 31, 2010 at 11:50 am

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We Repeat: Volkswagen Amarok not coming to U.S.

vw amorak 450x300 We Repeat: Volkswagen Amarok not coming to U.S.

We’ll say it once again, with feeling (aka, italics): The Volkswagen Amarok is not coming to the United States. If you want one, we’re sorry. Vee-Dub simply doesn’t think there are enough of you waiting in the wings with cash-in-hand ready to take the fateful trip down to your local dealership. And it’s probably right.

After all, the Amarok wouldn’t likely sell for less money than a well-equipped and V8-powered full-size pickup truck from one of America’s three specialists in the field, and its admittedly attractive specifications probably wouldn’t mean it would be more useful to the average Joe, either. Those that really want that torquey little diesel engine (and are willing to pay for it) wouldn’t amount to enough sales to make it worthwhile to VW.

Finally, Brazil media relations manager Gilberto dos Santos tells Inside Line that the General Pacheco manufacturing plant in Argentina is slated to be at full capacity churning out about 100,000 units annually, which is the expected demand in the markets the truck is already slated for. That said, if you’re feeling slighted, feel free to voice your opinion to your local dealer.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - August 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

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Rumormill: Volkswagen Touareg R Hybrid under consideration

01 touareg 630 450x298 Rumormill: Volkswagen Touareg R Hybrid under consideration

The words “performance” and “hybrid” are typically only bandied about in the same sentence by marketing types. Here in the real world, lugging around an extra few hundred pounds of batteries is no way to sharpen a vehicle’s dynamics, but if the rumors kicking around the interwebs are to be believed, that’s exactly whatVolkswagen has planned with a new R version of the Touareg. Auto Evolution reports that engineers are hard at work on a new version of the CUV that will pack a punch from both a gasoline V8 and a powerful electric motor.

As you might imagine, specs for such a monstrosity aren’t exactly solid, but the Italian rag says VW is shooting for 500 horsepower from the V8 and 47 horsepower from an electric motor. Sure, that means the high-rider will pack a grand total of 547 ponies, but we’re more interested in the mountain-moving levels of torque available from such a combination. Sounds like a fine way to embarrass a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, if nothing else.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - August 27, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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VW tops in Corporate Trust Index only a few years after sex and bribery scandal?

vw emblems in bin ap 630 450x219 VW tops in Corporate Trust Index only a few years after sex and bribery scandal?

No one could ever accuse the auto industry of having a sturdy long-term memory. According to Automotive News, Volkswagen Group has just been named the most trustworthy company in the German DAX stock index. Sure, Max, that adorable talking Beetle seems like a stand-up guy and all, but it wasn’t so long ago that VW ran into some serious legal trouble over its business dealings. Most notably, in 2008, Klaus Volkert, the former head of the company’s works council, was sentenced to three years in prison for breach of trust. The courts found that Volkert had received close to $3 million in order to influence votes on significant company decisions. Nothing like good old fashioned bribery to get things done.

Bad? Sure, but it gets worse. Another executive, Klaus-Joachim Gebauer, was found guilty of 40 counts of breach of trust after organizing pleasure cruises for members of the works council. Aside from the usual wining and dining, the cruises featured a full stable of prostitutes with orders to treat the council members “generously.” But hey, that was at least two years ago… right?

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - August 21, 2010 at 9:09 am

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