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vw_wrc_gewinnspielWho doesn’t want to win a VW VIP Rally weekend from April 12-14, 2013 in Portugal? Apply now on http://www.rallytheworld.com/en/win-a-trip/. and enjoy a sunny-breathtaking-highspeed VIP Rally Weekend.Take an exclusive look behind the scenes, meet & greet drivers plus the rally team and enjoy a unique motorsports experience from an absolute insider perspective.0

At the start of the season in Monte Carlo, this bold enterprise will launch in the form of the branded entertainment format “Ray & Nick”. A mockumentary, i.e. a mix of reality and fiction, where a rather wacky pair of presenters go on an adventurous mission. They will be traveling from race to race in an old, tricked out Volkswagen Bully, which will be equipped with a show-stopping attraction: a pull-out sofa in the load space that they can use as a commentator’s box.galleria_portugal2007a

That’s only the start of an exciting year for the World Rally Championships! The more the public interact on the platform and in social networks, the better “Rally the World” will become. Every click, like and share will open up more and more features on http://rallytheworld.com. Every action will be rewarded with exciting content. Checking it out really will pay off, considering the possibility to become part of a sunny-breathtaking-highspeed VIP Rally Weekend !To mark Volkswagen’s entry into the World Rally Championships (WRC), which is arguably the most exciting form of motorsport in the world, the new entertainment format “Rally the World” has also been launched. The aim is simple: bring the rally back to the people!


Rally legend Jacky Ickx was invited to participate in the finding of a proper successor for his personal helmet holder Franc Riemère, who was originally given the role in the new VW team, but had to retire from racing due to an injury.People are invited to upload a photo of theirs on a dedicated website and participate in the contest, with the opportunity of getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the WRC Rally Monte Carlo at first hand  in January.

The winner of the contest is to attend the 2013 Monte Carlo race, assisting VW’s racers Sèbastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala as their helmet holders.With the exceptional reward of receiving a full VIP status including a five-star hotel in the Principality, taken with a helicopter to Col di Torino for the famous “Night of the Long Knives”“Volkswagen”- The name says it all.

The R represents performance, spotiness, and dynamism.With  a maximum speed of 243 km/h from the 2.ol TSI engine*, 18-inch alloy wheels, rally paint finish, bi-xenon headlights and sport seats , supplied in pure white colour, there is no race you can not win, whether it’s on track or in everyday life.


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The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is certainly a step in the right direction, but the MSRP, low power figures and lackluster fuel economy might have us sniffing elsewhere if we were in the market for an adorable retro hatchback. Volkswagen has already teased us with the Beetle R concept, which may hint to the fact that a quicker version of the Bug will show up in the near future. Until then, we’ll leave this one to nostalgic baby boomers.

From behind the wheel, it’s clear that the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo desperately wants to seem sporty. Tricks like a flat-bottomed steering wheel, high-bolstered seats and a massive, easy-to-read speedometer are all quick to whisper apex temptations in your ear. But this is still an adorable commuter first and foremost, and real performance enthusiasts will itch for the execution in the Jetta GLI or Golf GTI. While those seats boast high bolsters, the foam is situated more for big-boned American book club members than your average autocrosser, and that big speedometer leaves the more important tachometer buried in the corner of the instrument cluster. Our DSG-equipped tester packed clicky-buttons on the back of the steering wheel, presumably for hot-shoe gear changes. Edge is clearly not a part of the Beetle Turbo recipe.

And the drivetrain bears that out. The base 2012 Beetle is saddled with the same loathsome 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine found elsewhere in the brand. We have to imagine the 170-horsepower engine has more than a little trouble hustling the 3,042-pound hatch with anything approaching a quickness. Our tester bore the slightly more lively turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine with 200 horsepower at 5,100 rpm and 207 pound-feet of torque from just 1,700 rpm. The powerplant can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed DSG. In the U.S., the dual-clutch has been specifically programmed to maximize fuel economy, which translates into plenty of short-shifts in daily driving.

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The Volkswagen Jetta is the least expensive German sedan/wagon in the North American market, now in its sixth generation. The Jetta SportWagen helps to bridge the gap between the Golf and the Tiguan in VW’s lineup.

The Jetta sedan and SportWagen offer four different engines, a 115-hp 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder (sedan only), a 2.5-liter gas five-cylinder generating 170 horsepower, a 140-hp 2.0L TDI clean-diesel four-cylinder for those looking for maximum fuel economy, and a 200-hp 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder in the GLI. Buyers that go with either gas engine can choose between a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed Tiptronic automatic; while TDI and GLI buyers select from either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed DSG auto with Tiptronic. All Jetta’s are standard with safety features such as six air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability program, tire pressure monitoring, brake assist, seatbelt pretensioners, traction control and head restraints at all seating positions.To set the GLI apart, it includes sport bumpers and side skirts, tinted taillights, red brake calipers and 17-inch alloy wheels. The GLI Autobahn trim adds features such as 18-inch wheels, a power sunroof, heated seats and an all new Fender premium sound system.

For 2012, the Jetta GLI returns to the line-up for the first time since 2009.

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We have a soft spot for rugged wagons like the Volvo XC70 and the Audi Allroad, and while these useful soft-roaders are slowly going the way of the dinosaur here in the United States, they’re still quite popular in Europe. Volkswagen is now getting in on the action with this, the 2012 Passat Alltrack – a more capable version of the Passat Estate that isn’t offered Stateside.

The Alltrack rides a full 30 millimeters higher than a standard Passat wagon, comes standard with 4Motion all-wheel drive and has an off-road mode. When engaged, the off-road setting activates hill descent assist, alters the ABS mapping to allow for higher thresholds on loose terrain and quickens the reaction time of the electronic differential locks in an effort to prevent wheelspin on gravel. In the UK, Volkswagen will offer the Passat Alltrack with two versions of its popular 2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-four, rated at 138 and 168 horsepower.

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Let’s get one thing straight: This is not a coupe. Not even close. But ever since BMW kicked off the bastardization of the word ‘coupe’ with its X6 crossover, automakers seem to think that any vehicle with a sloped roofline can be classified by this word that has always been – and should always be – reserved exclusively for two-door cars. That’s a whole different rant, though. In the meantime, we’d like to introduce you to the Volkswagen Cross Coupe concept.

Debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Cross Coupe is the first vehicle to ride on Volkswagen’s new modular transverse matrix architecture, and it previews the future of the automaker’s crossover range. It may look large, but the Cross Coupe is actually smaller than the current Tiguan, closer in size to that of a Nissan Juke. It certainly isn’t bad to look at, even with that big, grinning face. The compact shape is well-proportioned, though it appears that the chrome wheels were ripped right off a loaded Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Cross Coupe is powered by a unique all-wheel-drive hybrid drivetrain, with two electric motors (one for each axle) paired with a turbocharged gasoline engine. Volkswagen estimates that this powerplant will produce around 262 horsepower, but will be able to drive on pure electricity for about 25 miles. Running to 60 miles per hour will take around seven seconds.

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Riding a motorcycle isn’t for everyone. Aside from the requisite blatant disregard for personal safety, there are a host of inconveniences to deal with. Bugs, heat, dirt, dust, grime and the stench of road kill can all put a kink in an otherwise enjoyable afternoon of riding. We understand that, but it doesn’t mean we’re going to be trading the bike for what could very well be the most bland compact available on the market right now. Volkswagen South Africa has released a new ad for the company’s Jetta featuring a duo of would-be motorcycle heroes as they endure the slings of motorcycling on a pair of beautiful Kawasaki steeds.

After a variety of calamities ensue, the two decide to swap their bikes for the ultimate symbol of domestication: the Jetta. Approving nods from seasoned bikers ensue and the screen rolls to black. As you can likely tell, we have a bit of an issue with the ad, entertaining as it may be. Perhaps the spot would have gone down a little easier if our two failed bikers had swapped their machines for a GTI.


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