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New Volkswagen Beetle Shows Its Heritage

Unquestionably, Volkswagen have always made good cars. Even those that were bad were good, if you can understand that. The last Beetle was a case in point. Not a bad car by any means but not great either. A case of form over function, perhaps.

The original car has a long history. First designed by no less a luminary than Dr Ferdinand Porsche at the behest of a certain Herr Hitler, the car was an instant success when introduced in 1938. An air-cooled rear-mounted engine (just like a you-know-what) powered this people’s car.

Massively popular in its time and going through many and various iterations, the car’s popularity declined as the motor industry became increasingly modernised and production faltered and stopped around the world; first in Europe and finally in Mexico where the last one rolled of the line in 2003.

Unusually, worldwide, the old car’s production overlapped that of its successor which started production in 1997. Although by now a front engined car based on a Golf platform, the new car strived to emulate the original design, not entirely successfully. Essentially the problem was that VW were trying to fit Golf stuff into an inappropriate body. There were problems. The retro design gave poor access to simple maintenance areas, like the front light bulbs, and there were other mechanical and electrical issues. Clearly however VW decided that another go at it was worthwhile and the latest version is about to hit the streets.

And what a great job they’ve made of the design. It is modern yet harks back to the original. From the back you really can see that Porsche heritage. Even the discreet rear wing resembles that on a 993 model Carrera Targa. The whole proportion of the car has been changed as it’s now wider, longer and lower than it was before, enhanced by a new nose. Why, it has even got vestigial running boards for that real retro feel!

In a more modern twist, a buyer can choose to co-ordinate the dash panel colour with the body paint. Air-con is, as ever, available as is the now expected ‘multi-device interface’ and Bluetooth. Just the one engine initially, the highly regarded 1.4 TSI with a punchy 160bhp and the terrific DSG ‘box. A smaller 1.2L comes on stream a bit later, followed by diesels and a bigger petrol unit.

The new car apparently has a fairly firm ride which seems to suggest that the more powerful engine options might be a more suitable choice for driving pleasure. No other car looks like a Beetle and that is a strong selling point. If you want a Golf buy a Golf, if you want something different in a modern yet retro body, then the Beetle is the one to buy.

2013 Jetta Hybrid is worlds fastest hybrid at 185 mph

To achieve the kind of horsepower needed to run at 185 mph (298 kph) at Bonneville, the powertrain was modified by Volkswagen R&D

Volkswagen announced today that a 2013 Jetta Hybrid driven by Motor Trend Associate Road Test Editor Carlos Lago recorded a speed of 185.394 mph (298.363 kph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Nevada, during the Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA) annual Speed Week. This is the fastest speed ever achieved by a production-based hybrid car on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.

“Achieving this speed at Bonneville shows that the all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid is a distinctly different offering in the compact hybrid class,” said Jonathan Browning, CEO and President, VW Group of America. “As well as being expected to achieve combined fuel economy of 45 mpg, the Jetta Turbo Hybrid also retains the fun-to-drive nature you expect from a Volkswagen in a segment dominated by less exciting vehicles.”

Lago drove a Jetta Hybrid specially modified to run according to SCTA rules. The all-new Jetta Hybrid marries a 1.4-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder TSI® gasoline engine that generates 150 horsepower with a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission and an electric motor that provides an additional 27 hp. The Jetta Hybrid is part of Volkswagen’s Think Blue® strategy, an initiative that encourages eco-friendly mobility and progressive ideas for responsible action in everyday life.

To achieve the kind of horsepower needed to run at 185 mph (298 kph) at Bonneville, the powertrain was modified by Volkswagen R&D in Wolfsburg, Germany. Project integration and other modifications to enable the car to run safely on the salt were handled by A-Salt Racing and Advanced Product Engineering, based in Camarillo, California. The implementation and final calibration of the drivetrain in the car was supported by the engineers from the Volkswagen Test Center California in Oxnard, CA.

“We are really proud that our new Jetta Hybrid is the world’s fastest hybrid,” said Marc Trahan, Executive Vice President, Group Quality. “It was a real challenge to integrate the complex hybrid elements and generate the power needed to run at these speeds. The Jetta Hybrid Land Speed Record project shows both the sporty nature of our Hybrid offering and the technical excellence of our engineers in Wolfsburg and in the Test Center California.”

Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh commented: “It is a real honor to partner with Volkswagen in this project and we look forward to sharing this adventure with our 1.1 million magazine subscribers, our more than three million website unique users, and our increasingly popular YouTube channel. And we hope that we will be back at the Salt very soon to go even faster with the Jetta Hybrid.”

- Volkswagen

Appreciably Enhanced 2012 Volkswagen EOS Will Be Seeing At LA Auto Show

The forthcoming Los Angeles Auto Show starting in November will be seeing the debut of Volkswagen’s “appreciably enhanced” 2012 Volkswagen EOS. The Los Angeles Auto show will be starting from November 17.

The exteriors of the car have been completely revamped to pursue “the code of Volkswagen design DNA”, and the car comes with a widespread grill that has shiny black louvers, a redesigned back bumpers finished with diffuser and two-part back LED lighting having fiber optics.

2012 Volkswagen Eos

Get in the “appreciably enhanced” all new 2012 Volkswagen EOS and you will see a multi-function instrument console having color display, a fresh keyless access system that has the capability of controlling the roof remotely, VW’s second-generation park assist, and there also is a Light Assist characteristic which swaps automatically in between the high and low beams when the traffic requires any such swap. The interiors of Volkswagen can also be optioned with Volkswagen’s “Cool Leather”, which reduces the surface temperature when the car is left top-down in the sun.

2012 Volkswagen Eos interiorOften disparaged as a “hairdresser’s car”, the 2012 Volkswagen Eos gets one of our favorite engines: the 2 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which also was seen in Golf GTI. The engine produces 208-horspower, and could be had with either dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual transmission. We also came to know that the 2012 Eos can sprint from a completely rest state to a highway pace in merely about 7.8 seconds. Buyers out of the country can also get the 2.0-liter diesel engine generating maximum power of 138-hp, and having the same transmission options. The 2012 Eos also gets Hill Start Assist from Volkswagen as its standard equipment, in addition to Vienna leather upholstery, 17-inch wheels, heated seats and some sheet metal enhancements which makes the car look like some other small cars from the company.

2011 Volkswagen Eos

The details for the car have only been announced for foreign markets. So we don’t have any specific and detailed information on the pricing, features and equipments of the car, but what we have now is the images of the 2012 Volkswagen Eos, so check them now an come back for more information on the vehicle.

2013 VolksWagen Golf Could Be Developed In U.S

German auto major Volkswagen motors mulling over its plans for production in their all new production plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and we have some of the ideas that the automotive giant is considering. There is a strong probability that VW will be producing their 2013 VolksWagen Golf at their Chattanooga plant in Tennessee.

It is worth noticing that VW intends to sell close to 800,000 cars with their badge in US by 2018. Now, insiders from Volkswagen reported that a major part of Volkswagen’s ambitious plan of selling around 800,000 VW cars in the USA by 2018, is largely pending decision as to whether they should be manufacturing the next generation 2013 Golf hatchback at their Chattanooga plant in Tennessee alongside the all new VW Passat. The Chief Executive of the Chattanooga plant, Mr. Frank Fischer was quoted saying that manufacturing at full potential of 250,000, the total number of cars can only be availed with three distinct production lines.

This is what has led to the probability of manufacturing of 2013 VolksWagen Golf at the US plant. If everything goes well then it is expected that the Chattanooga factory of VW may expand its production capacity and could be building the next-generation North American 2013 VolksWagen Golf alongside the Volkswagen Passat. Its also expected that the complete compact car family from VW could be manufactured in Chattanooga plant of the company in US, including the next Audi A3.

2012 Volkswagen CC – Typical VW

First Look :

Seeing at the recent cars from the German auto maker Volkswagen, it became pretty apparent that the company is foraying into a completely new forte of car making, where economical prices and abundant size will be taking over the expensive and luxurious cabin materials and different styling. But the all new 2012 Volkswagen CC that we are taking about here, is different from those cars and will attract people who don’t mind paying a tad extra for the top-notch construction, terse engines, Germanic driving dynamics and brilliant styling. So, if you liked all those aforementioned features in your previous VW’s then the 2012 Volkswagen CC surely is a welcome remnant from Volkswagen’s not-so-old school.

While the 2012 Volkswagen CC shares its platform, dashboard design and engines with the previous generating Passat, it differentiates itself from that car with a rakish 4-door body, which brings to mind a sleek coupe look (which is why the car has “CC” in its name, which stands for Comfort Coupe). This not only differentiates the CC from the rather dowdy new VW Passat, but also from many of the other midsize sedans as well. To be frank we think that there is plethora of car models that would have wanted to look as cool as CC.

As far as styling is concerned, the car doesn’t have any downside to its styling. The rear seat of the car not only is tight on headroom, but at the same times the car seats only 2 people. This makes the CC more coupelike, but at the same time it limits the usage of the car for families. Though many of the modern families don’t frequently requires five seats, the unexpected “five in a pinch” requirement puts the CC in a notable disadvantage.

The CC is also different from its previous Passat sibling in terms of engine as well. Though, both the cars comes with the same optional 3.6 ltr V6 engine, the VW CC comes with a slightly more powerful and complicated 2.0 ltr turbocharged 4-cylinder engine as its standard engine. This 2.0 ltr turbocharged engine is one of the best engines in market, and offers immense fuel economy and stunningly fast acceleration, considering the output of the car. Unlike the Passat, the 2012 Volkswagen CC doesn’t come with a turbo diesel model.

The 2012 VW CC might be having some practical drawbacks, but in general we think that the drawbacks of the car are overshadowed by the sleek styling and characteristically German character of the car. To say the least, we will like to tell that the CC is a lot more refined and stylish alternative for the family sedans just as the Hyundai Sonata, VW Passat and Honda Accord, and if you are going for the loaded CC, then the car will match some of the entry-level luxury branded vehicles such as the Acura TL, Infiniti G Sedan and Audi A4.

What’s New for 2012 Volkswagen CC ?

The 2012 Volkswagen CC comes loaded with slightly improved interiors for the model year 2011 including wood accents on its upper trim models and an ornamental analog clock.

Body Styling and Features :

The 2012 Volkswagen CC comes in a single body design of a 4-passenger sedan, which further is available in 6 different trims: 2.0T R-Line, 2.0T Sport, 2.0T Lux Plus, 2.0T Lux, VR6 4Motion Executive and 2.0T Lux Limited. The VR6 and 2.0T in the nomenclature of the trims indicates the engines powering the respective trim levels.

The standard equipments for the Sport trim of the VW CC includes 17 in alloy wheels, automatic wipers, automatic headlights, cruise control, heated mirrors, heated 8-way power front seats having lumbar adjustment, automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, premium vinyl “leatherette” upholstery, an 8-speaker sound system having a touchscreen interface, Bluetooth, auxiliary audio jack, HD radio, satellite radio and an iPod interface.

The R-line model adds equipments like 18 in wheels, side-sill and special front bumper designs and dark and foglamps taillights. The Lux trim brings different 18 inch wheels, heated washer nozzles, foglamps, a navigation system (removes HD radio), and dual-zone automatic climate control and brushed-aluminum internal trim along with the equipments of the Sport trim. The Lux Plus will get you a panoramic sunroof, an improved navigation system, a rearview camera, digital music storage, HD radio, wood trim and mood lighting. Lux limited trim on the other hand will get you different adaptive xenon headlights and 18 in wheels.

Step up to the VR6 4Motion Executive, and you will be able to get all the equipments of Lux Limited trim and in addition you’ll get a V6 engine, headlamp washers, all-wheel drive, steering wheel shifter paddles, parking sensors, driver memory functions, a power rear sunshade, a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system and leather upholstery.

Under The Hood :

The power for the 2012 Volkswagen CC 2.0T, which are front wheel drive comes from a 2.0 ltr turbocharged 4-cylinder engine generating maximum power of 200 bhp and 207 lbs-ft of maximum torque. The standard transmission here on the Sport and R-Line is a 6-speed manual transmission, while a 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual (DSG) transmission is optional for these trims and standard transmission for Lux trims. Despite the average output power of the 2.0T engine, this engine is capable of taking the CC having the DSG from 0 to 60 mph in close to 7.3 seconds; this time is around a second faster than the conventional 4-cylinder midsize sedan. The estimated fuel economy for the engine is of 22 mpg in city and 31 mpg on highway and 25 mpg of combined fuel efficiency. The fuel economy comes down with the manual transmission, and becomes 21 mpg.

The VR6 4Motion Executive is an all-wheel drive model and gets its power from a 3.6 ltr V6 engine capable of generating maximum power of 280 bhp and 265 pounds-feet of maximum torque. The standard transmission here is a conventional 6-speed automatic.

Safety :

The standard safety equipments on all the 2012 Volkswagen CC includes antilock disc brakes having brake assist, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, hill-hold assist and side curtain airbags. In our performance testing the CC 2.0T Sport came from 0 to 60 mph in 123 feet. The safety test scores for the car are impressive and we don’t have any problems with the car.

Verdict :

The 2012 Volkswagen CC offers an attractive alternative to some of the other midsize sedans in the market; though the four person capacity and comparatively small trunk of the car could upset some of the car buyers.

2012 Volkswagen GLI – Practical- and Fun-To-Drive

First Look:

Usually there haven’t been a lot of models to pick from between the luxurious sports sedan from German automakers and the Japanese manufacturers’ “econosport” compact sedans. This probably is what Volkswagen saw years ago and introduced their GLI. This GLI was a VW Jetta, but with the engine of the performance-oriented GTI and suspension tuning. The last iteration of the car impressed us a lot, (VW dropped the model after 2009) and now we hear that the concept has been relaunched in the market as the 2012 Volkswagen GLI.

Now, considering the fact that we haven’t been a huge fan of the all-new small Volkswagen sedan till now, its perfect to be a tad concerned about the snappy variant of the new VW Jetta. The car flaunts plethora of changes introduced primarily for making the car even more affordable. Some apparent changes for the car includes, particularly low-quality internal pieces, the base model gets a winded engine and a comparatively primitive back suspension, in addition to all this the entry-level models also comes with rear drum brakes. Considering the spacious backseat of the all new Jetta, we will like to say that the Jetta still is a respectable car. But it should be noted that if you’re paying less, you will be getting less as well.


Luckily, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI has undone many of the changes that we’ve seen in the base model of Jetta. The interiors for GLI are nice and the stylish multilink rear suspension in the rear end of the car enhances the handling for the car. You also will be getting the 200 bhp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and sporty suspension tuning. The engine here delivers respectable performance as well as respectable fuel-efficiency. The 2012 Volkswagen GLI surely is not the best car as far as the handling is concerned, in comparison to the similarly priced sedans and hatches, but what it lacks in handling, it makes up for that with its quiet cabin, comfy ride and a lot more elegant nature.

Just as with the previous Volkswagen GLI, the 2012 Volkswagen GLI will also be an attractive niche choice. But overall the appeal for the car is a tad low, as we feel the car doesn’t have all that in terms of styling, to differentiate the 2012 Volkswagen GLI from the comparatively dull-looking Volkswagen Jetta. That could be a tad biased negative notion to be sure, but in practical terms the 2012 Volkswagen GLI just disappears when kept alongside the Ford Focus ST, Mazdaspeed 3, Honda Civic Si, Volkswagen’s very own GTI — all of these cars are rather furtive in their own way. Also considering the size and price of the Jetta GLI, we think that the Kia Optima SX definitely is worth considering.

What’s New for 2012 Volkswagen GLI?

The 2012 Volkswagen GLI enters the market after a hiatus of two years and enters the market as an all-new model which is based on the recently restyled Jetta.

Body Styling and Features:

The 2012 Volkswagen GLI comes in a single body style of a 4-door sedan, which is front-wheel-drive and could be had with 2 trim levels: Autobahn and 2.0T.

The standard equipments on the 2012 Volkswagen GLI 2.0T comprises of 17 in alloy wheels, air-conditioning, keyless entry, heated mirrors, complete power accessories, cloth upholstery, height-adjustable front sport seats, a 6 speaker sound system having a touchscreen interface, a leather-swathed tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a CD player, satellite radio, an iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack.

Go for the GLI Autobahn, and you could get equipments such as 18 in wheels, heated front seats, heated windshield-washer nozzles, a sunroof, a cooling glovebox, automatic climate control, a 9 speaker audio system and leatherette quality vinyl upholstery.

The Autobahn model could also be had with keyless entry/ignition and a navigation system.

Under The Hood:

The 2012 Volkswagen GLI will be powered by a 2.0 ltr turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which generates 200 hp of maximum power and 207 lbs-ft of maximum torque. The engine here is mated with a 6 speed manual transmission, which is standard transmission here and sends the power generated to the front wheels of the car. The optional transmission for the car includes a 6 speed dual-clutch automated, which also is known as DSG. The VW GLI is expected to come to 0 from 60 in as quick as 7 seconds.

Safety:

The standard safety equipments for all the 2012 Volkswagen GLI includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, side curtain airbags and front side airbags.

Verdict:

The 2012 Volkswagen GLI is a practical- and fun-to-drive 4 door sedan which soon will be abridging the gap between the sporty economy cars and the expensive luxury sport sedans.

2012 Volkswagen Eos – Deserves Consideration

First Look:

Eos is the name of a goddess of ancient Greeks. She was the goddess of dawn and was said to open the gates of heaven for welcoming the sun. The same can be said about the 2012 Volkswagen Eos having retractable hardtop convertible top or the exclusive in-built sunroof. But unlike its goddess namesake, the VolksWagen Eos do not get lot of respect – and by respect we doesn’t means offerings in the form of goat meat and wine.

When it comes to convertible rankings, the Volkswagen Eos almost gets forgotten despite its plethora of niceties. In addition to the ground-breaking roof, the VW Eos also comes with a 2.0 ltr 4-cylinder turbo engine, which is shared with GTI, but is capable of delivering punchy power and has superb fuel economy and also a quickly-shifting DSG automatized manual transmission. The cabin of Eos is impeccably developed to a certain standard which easily exceeds many of the similarly priced convertibles and also offers plethora of customary features, which helps in justifying the price premium of the car over other rivals such as the Chrysler 200, Mini Cooper and Ford Mustang.

With its front-wheel-drive layout and size, the VW Eos falls in between the comparatively low priced and high-end luxury drop-tops such as BMW 3 Series and Audi A5, and is a perfect option for users looking for convertibles on both the ends of the price scale.

Now, many of you might be wondering, “Why hasn’t Volkswagen Eos tasted better success?” so, although we don’t know many reasons for that, but the couple of reasons that are on top of our mind includes its comparatively less spacious rear-seat (though you we are sure you didn’t expected splendid back space in the convertible, did you?). And possibly the pedestrian styling of the Volkswagen Eos, which although has been updated for the model year 2012, doesn’t actually impress a lot, especially when you look around in the segment. Lastly, the Volkswagen Eos doesn’t enter with any special vitality, though the car is a proficient and contented cruiser. Finally, we would say that you decide whether the aforementioned reasons are deal breakers or not, and if you are considering this little convertible, we would say you arent making any mistake.

What’s New for 2012 Volkswagen Eos?

The 2012 Volkswagen Eos’ frontage resembles pretty much with the frontage of Volkswagen Jetta, but the interiors of the car have been significantly improved and get the next-generation climate controls and infotainment system. The DSG automated manual gearbox of the car now is standard equipment, on the other hand the keyless entry/ignition and HD radio now are available as optional equipments.

Body Styling and Features:

The 2012 Volkswagen Eos comes in a single body style of a five-passenger convertible having retractable hardtop roof, which features an included sunroof. The Eos comes in three different trim levels: Lux, Executive and Komfort.

The Komfort is the base trim and gets a 17 in alloy wheels, heated windshield washer nozzles and mirrors, foglights, keyless entry, a wind deflector, heated 8-way power seats having 4-way modifiable lumbar support, cruise control, a leather-covered shifter and steering wheel, “leatherette” premium vinyl upholstery and Bluetooth. The 8 speaker standard sound system of the car comes with an auxiliary audio jack, HD radio, an iPod interface, a CD player, a touchscreen interface and satellite radio.

The Luxury trim brings 17 in wheels, power-folding mirrors, parking sensors, keyless entry/ignition, leather upholstery, automatic wipers, a navigation system (HD radio is canceled) and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The Executive trim on the other hand gets a sport-tuned suspension, a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system which restores HD radio and 18 in wheels. Go for the Tech package which is offered with Executive and Luxury trim only, and you will get LED running lights, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a color trip computer display and headlight washers.

Under The Hood:

The power for all the 2012 Volkswagen Eos comes from a 2.0 ltr 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, which generates maximum power of 200 bhp and 207 lbs-ft of maximum torque. The power generated is transmitted to the front wheels of the car using a 6-speed automated manual gearbox which is called here as DSG. According to Volkswagen the Eos can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds.

The EPA estimated fuel economy for the car is of 22 mpg in city and 30 mpg on highway, which comes to a combined fuel efficiency of 25 mpg.

Safety:

The 2012 Volkswagen Eos gets antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags which extends up for head defense and pop-up rollover bars as its standard safety equipments.

Verdict:

Finally we would say that the Volkswagen Eos gets a lot more consideration than the car actually gets. The Eos comes loaded with a lot of modern equipments and has superb build quality, which makes it a superb choice for drop-top sun seekers.

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2012 Volkswagen Passat – A Sophisticated Car with High-Quality Interior

Good

Top notch interior; voluptuous rear seat; plenty of upscale features come standard; offered fuel efficient turbodiesel powertrain.

Bad

Offset pedals; ho-hum performance from 2.5 liter engine; below average braking distances.

Introduction

2012 Volkswagen Passat is the biggest passenger vehicle in the company’s lineup that has all the refinements and technology expected of sophisticated German car, but is now designed and developed in United States of America especially for North American market. Engineered and designed in Germany, but made in America for Americans, the fully redesigned Passat deserves serious consideration from midsize family saloon shoppers. It has been completely redesigned for 2012 model year with newly offered turbodiesel engine and spacious cabin. Its Automatic Vehicle Illumination is a stylish and simple feature and is part safety, part comfort, part design and all Passat. Standard on Passat are power windows with one touch control, which makes opening window to let in breeze well. It reflects bolder and larger styling direction that customers may recognize in new Jetta. The all new Passat is 191.7 inches long and four inches longer as compared to outgoing Passat and its wheelbase has also been increased about four inches.

2012 Volkswagen Passat

The Volkswagen Passat is essentially a full size family vehicle produced and introduced by Volkswagen Passenger Cars through 6 generations since 1973. Between Volkswagen Jetta/Golf and Phaeton in the current lineup of Volkswagen, Passat and its derivatives have been badged variously as Dasher, Carat, Santana, Corsar, Quantum and Magotan. In the month of January 2011, the company announced its midsize sedan being developed at Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant for North American market, which would be known as Passat. The all new 2012 Volkswagen Passat is especially designed for North American market and replaces B6 Passat sedan and wagon for 2012 model year in Mexico, Canada and United States.

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is a midsize sedan, which combines many of the qualities that likely drew you to German vehicles in the first place such as more sporting driving dynamics and elegant styling. It is the first vehicle to be developed at Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant, Tennessee. As compared to its predecessor, it is meant to better appeal to American tastes with significantly lower price, spacious cabin and new selection of engines. It features an all new inline five-cylinder 2.5 liter engine with six-speed automatic transmission. The TDI diesel is certainly more interesting and offers 40 miles per gallon of fuel economy in highway driving. There are plenty of other models in the market, which provide superior performance such as Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata along with Nissan Altima and Mazda 6, but the 2012 Passat remains distinctively positioned for satisfying your desire to drive own American and European.

2012 Volkswagen Passat

Trim Levels, Body Styles and Options

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is a premium luxury sedan, which is available in three broad models such as 2.5L, 3.6L and TDI, which are further classified into trio of trim levels, including S, SEL and SE. The base S comes equipped with standard features and equipments, which include keyless entry, 16-inch steel wheels, automatically controlled dual-zone climate system, full power accessories, eight-way manual driver seat, Bluetooth, telescoping and tilt steering wheel, eight-speaker surround sound system with CD player and auxiliary audio input and steering wheel audio controls. The offered Appearance package gets six-speed automatic transmission, rearseat center armrest and 16-inch alloy wheels.

2012 Volkswagen Passat

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat SE variant adds chrome exterior trim, 17-inch alloy wheels, power driver six-way seat, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, heated front seats, touchscreen audio interface and sliding front armrest. Options on SE include navigation system and sunroof. The TDI SE buyers can get foglights and 18-inch alloy wheels. The 3.6L SE comes with these options, except navigation system that remains optional. The Fender nine-speaker premium surround stereo system is also included.

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L SEL features Fender sound system, upgraded navigation system and upgraded front seats. The SEL Premium package gets remote ignition, keyless ignition/entry, power passenger seat, foglights, leather/faux suede upholstery and driver memory functions. Both 3.6L and TDI can also be equipped in SEL guise, but Premium package is mandatory.

Engines and their Performance

Powering the front wheel drive 2012 Volkswagen Passat is an entry level 2.5 liter inline five-cylinder engine with maximum output of 177 pound feet of torque and 170 horsepower. The engine is paired with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and offers the fuel economy of 31 mpg highway and 22 mpg in city driving.

2012 Volkswagen Passa engine

Those who want superior acceleration and maximum fuel economy can opt for the 2012 Volkswagen Passat’s TDI fuel efficient four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbodiesel engine, which is good for churning out 236 pound feet of torque and 140 horsepower. This engine comes mated with automated manual six-speed or six-speed manual transmission and offers the fuel economy of 43 mpg highway, 31 mpg city and 35 mpg in combined driving.

The high performance 3.6 liter V6 engine of 2012 Volkswagen Passat generates 258 pound feet of torque and 280 horsepower. It comes with dual clutch automated manual six-speed transmission and accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the time range of 6.4 seconds, which is pretty fast for a sedan in its segment. The estimated fuel economy for this engine model is 28 mpg highway and 20 mpg in city driving.

Safety Features

Standard safety features on 2012 Volkswagen Passat include antilock brakes, side curtain airbags, stability and traction control and front side airbags. The Intelligent Crash Response System automatically cuts off fuel supply, turns on hazard flashers and unlocks doors. In brake testing, the Passat came to a stop in 131 feet from 60 miles per hour, which is really unimpressive.

Special Features and Interior Design

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat comes with one of the uniquely designed, beautifully crafted, well appointed and best in class interiors that offers ample headroom and legroom for both driver as well as passengers. The available leather seating surfaces are sporty looking and ready for you to find the perfect driving position in. The offered sunroof tilts, slides and is perfect for amateur astronomers and sun worshipers alike. The maximum cargo capacity behind rear seats is 15.9 cubic feet, which is better as compared to other rivals in the market. The layout of controls and gauges is also intuitive, while the Fender surround sound system is tuned to acoustics of the cabin.

2012 Volkswagen Passat interior

Driving Impressions

The performance from the 2012 Volkswagen Passat’s 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine is adequate and should be acceptable choice for most customers; however the performance and fuel economy are nowhere best in class. The 2.0 liter turbodiesel engine provides significantly better fuel economy with livelier low end power. Its four-corner independent suspension is designed to soak all the bumps and lumps on the road. The DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic provides imperceptibly rapid gear changes.  It’s probably something you would get accustomed to, but something to be wary of during the test drive.

2012 Volkswagen Passat interior

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan – An Affordable Compact SUV

Good

Solid build quality; compose handling and ride; lively turbocharged engine; premium interior appointments.

Bad

Expensive as compared to rivals; shy on cargo space.

Introduction

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact sport utility vehicle with European sophistication and design, offering different flavor in bland segment by trading some practicality for European driving manners and high quality interior. It is a sport utility vehicle with design parallels to bigger Touareg. All variants of Tiguan receive freshened exterior styling along with tweaks to automatic transmission, which boost 2mpg of fuel economy in highway driving. The high end models feature 19 inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lamps and adaptive HID headlamps. A sport utility vehicle, which is a versatile, ideal companion for life on move with its great practicality, excellent all-around performance, up to 2500kg trailer load with 4MOTION all wheel drive system, many cleverly designed features and 1510 litres of cargo space. Excellent quality design is about clean, simple lines. This is mirrored by Tiguan’s flawless combination of stylish leather wrapped steering column, simple chrome headlamps and soft touch materials.

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a small crossover sport utility vehicle originally designed and developed by German automobile manufacturing company Auto 5000, but now produced by Volkswagen based on PQ35 platform of Volkswagen’s Golf. Its production began in the year 2007 in Wolfsburg, Germany and started marketing shortly after. The Tiguan was revealed in the year 2006 at Los Angeles International Motor Show as concept vehicle. The production Tiguan was revealed in 2007 at Frankfurt Auto Show and launched as 2008 model for Europe. The biggest markets of Tiguan include Europe, Australia, Russia, Brazil, United States and China. The road-oriented Tiguan comes packed with plenty of features such as ESP, six airbags, Isofix child seat anchorages on back bench, RCD 210 radio with integrated CD player, electronic parking brake with auto hold function, four electric window lifts, “Climatic” semi-automatic climate control system, Multifunctional Display Plus (trip computer), heated outside and electrically adjustable mirrors, various storage compartments and bins and RF remote control of central locking.

Utility may be the sport utility vehicle’s middle name, but expediency is not always the most significant consideration for some shoppers. What really sets apart the all new 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan from other compact crossover sport utility vehicle is its sophisticated driving dynamics and upscale cabin, both of which are perceptibly superior as compared its rivals. The cabin inside is quite luxurious and approaches Audi in its overall sense of quality. It is powered by a turbocharged engine that generates 200 horsepower. While the cargo hold might be spacious than average midsize sedan, its capability can’t match the space provided by compact sport utility vehicles. The Jetta Sportwagen provides more cargo room. There are plenty of other models in the market such as Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Rogue, Kia Sportage, Chevrolet Equinox, Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V; all of which come with larger cabins, which make them good and more useful for everyday commuting.

Trim Levels, Body Styles and Optional Features

The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is a small crossover sport utility vehicle, which is available in S, SEL and SE variants. The base S comes equipped with standard features and equipments, which include heated mirrors, 16-inch wheels (alloy with automatic and steel with manual transmission), cruise control, keyless entry, full power accessories, air-conditioning, telescoping and tilt steering wheel, cloth upholstery, trip computer, Bluetooth, 40/20/40 split rear seats with reclining seatbacks and 8-speaker surround sound audio system with CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The panoramic sunroof is optional and brings with it tinted windows.

Stepping up to SE variant of 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan adds additional chrome exterior trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, roof rails, tinted windows, heated washer nozzles, heated front seats with manual height adjustment and driver side power recline, leather wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, upgraded surround sound stereo system with satellite radio, touchscreen interface, steering wheel controls and iPod interface. Optional is a panoramic sunroof bundled with navigation system.

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan interior

The top of the line 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL comes with all the above equipments plus sport tuned suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, keyless ignition/entry, automatic wipers, automatically controlled dual-zone climate system, leather upholstery, auto dimming rearview mirror and power driver eight-way seat with memory functions and power lumbar adjustment. The SEL can also be equipped with upgraded navigation system with rearview camera and larger touchscreen. To this, the Dynaudio eight-speaker premium surround sound stereo system can be added.

Engines and their Performance

Powering the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan is a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, which is good for pulsating 207 pound feet of torque and 200 horsepower. The engine is mated with six-speed manual transmission with optional six-speed automatic transmission. It offers a choice of either front wheel drive or four-wheel drive system. In performance testing, it accelerated from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the time range of 8.4 seconds, which is on an average as compared to other vehicles in its class. A handful of engineering tweaks have resulted in slightly better fuel economy. The estimated fuel economy for front wheel drive models is 27 mpg highway, 22 mpg city and 24 mpg in combined driving, while for all wheel drive models is 21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 23 in combined driving.

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan engine

Safety Features

Standard safety features on 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan include antilock disc brakes, side curtain full length airbags, stability and traction control and front seat side airbags. In brake testing, it came to a stop in 126 feet from 60 miles per hour, which is on an average. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Tiguan the highest rating as “Good” for roof strength, frontal offset and side impact crash protection.

Special Features and Cabin Design

Like all Volkswagen vehicles in the lineup, the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan comes with one of the premium-style interiors, which approaches Audi in its overall sense of quality. Solid craftsmanship and high quality materials improve the premium feel. All controls are well placed and large, while the navigation system comes with user friendly, reasonable interface. The 8-way adjustable seats with Vienna leather appoint upholstery. Some of the interior features include 60/40-split backseat with fore/aft and backrest angle adjustments, Bluetooth connectivity, flat folding front passenger seat, heated front seats, iPod connectivity, push-button start, navigation system and Dynaudio premium surround sound audio system. The maximum cargo capacity behind rear seats is 23.8 cubic feet, which is less as compared to other models like Toyota RAV4 and Honda Cr-V.

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan might not have the most impressive acceleration in its class, but torquey power delivery offered by turbocharged engine makes it feel energetic. It has range of responsive and powerful engine with German-engineered performance features. One of the exquisite features found in this model is the Fatigue Detection System that analyzes driving characteristics and alerts when you feel sleepy. The new Tiguan is offered in 2 monochrome paints –”Deep Ocean Blue” and “Candy White”, 8 metallic paints –”Pepper Grey”, “Night Blue”, “Silver Leaf”, “Reflex Silver”, “Toffee Brown”, “Titanium Beige”, “Acapulco Blue” and “Wild Cherry Red”, along with pearl effect paints –”Venetian Green” and “Deep Black”.

2012 Volkswagen Touareg – Capable Off-Road And Luxurious

Pros

High towing capacity; confident driving dynamics; fuel efficient and powerful engine options; high class interior; impressive equipment roster.

Cons

Upper trim levels get expensive; lacks 3rd row seat; spongy brake pedal feel.

Introduction

2012 Volkswagen Touareg is a larger, more spacious sport utility vehicle, which is designed and engineered to be more economical, yet lighter. Delivering a surprising level of luxury, it is a serious rival amongst more established high end brands. With the available power sliding panoramic sunroof, you can make the great outdoors an ultimate addition to your ride. You will have a gorgeous view of blue sky while you are riding or driving inside it. Whether you are driving in a downpour or a light drizzle, the rain sensing windshield wipers have you covered. Featuring a rain sensor which detects the amount of rainfall on your windshield, the wipers automatically adjust to how heavily it is raining and helps keep debris and moisture out of your line of sight, so you can keep your eyes on the road. Using just your key, you can close and open the rear liftgate with a simple press of button. So gardening supplies or loading groceries or your latest find from your favorite vintage store into the trunk just got a whole lot easier.

The Volkswagen Touareg is basically a midsize crossover sport utility vehicle produced and introduced by German automobile manufacturing company called Volkswagen since 2002. It was named after Tuareg people, a Berber speaking group in North Africa, while the Touareg V10 holds the world record for heaviest load towed by a passenger car, pulling a Boeing 747 aircraft as a part of advertising campaign. Internally called Typ 7L, it was a joint venture project created by Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen Group. The goal was to produce an off-road vehicle which could handle like a sportscar. The team with more than 300 people was led by Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, and situated in Porsche main base Weissach im Tal, Germany.

2012 Volkswagen TouaregCurrently, the Volkswagen Touareg is developed and designed in Bratislava, Slovakia. The manufacturing facility shares production with Touareg cousins, the Audi Q7 and the Porsche Cayenne. Due to the exchange rates of euros against US dollar and the demand, as well as different environmental policies and pricing in United States, the V8 and V6 engine variants make up most of the company’s American Touareg offering. Nevertheless, a limited number of V10 TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) diesel powerplants were offered in 2004 model year. They were brought back to America for 2006 as a “Tier I emissions concept. The first facelift of Touareg was revealed at 2006 Paris Auto Show, and introduced in North America as 2008 model. It now features shield grille from others in Volkswagen Passenger Cars lineup. The upgraded Touareg has over 2300 redesigned parts and boasts plenty of technological features.

Brighter than halogen or regular filament bulbs, the available Bi-Xenon light is created by an arc of electricity inside the bulb that’s filled with xenon gas. It’s so effective that both the low and the high beams can use the same bulb. The Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) comes standard with the Bi-Xenon headlights and actually turns the headlight up to 15 degrees around corners, helping you to effectively see into the future. The days of locking your keys in the car are essentially over thanks to the available keyless access with push-button start feature. With your keys in your pocket or purse, your door will automatically unlock as you touch the door handle. Then, once you’re inside, a simple press of the start button turns on the ignition so you can drive off on your next adventure.

The all new 2012 Volkswagen Touareg has made dynamics strides not just with regard to its powerplants, but also in its looks. The team led by Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen design head set out to offer the Touareg a drastically more stylish appearance based on new Volkswagen Design DNA. This applies as much to the new horizontally aligned front end with its unique headlamps as it does to the rear section usual of Volkswagen Touareg and its leaner, athletic body and unambiguous night-time rear light design. This has resulted in a sport utility vehicle, which has a sustainable visual effect, timeless styling which makes a qualitative statement, showing dynamic presence and proportions, yet remaining reserved in its stylish and elegance.

2012 Volkswagen TouaregWith the introduction of today’s Scirocco, the company launched its new Design DNA and at the same time a new concept for the “face” of models in wide variety of vehicle segments. Key elements here are the high gloss black trim of upper radiator grille with its continuous chrome trim strips, the middle level of bumper painted in car color, lower air and U-shaped inlet framed almost completely in chrome trim as a 3rd level and the headlamps, which are always visually incorporated in these lines. Every class and every model, however, shows its own distinctive visual character – unmistakably.

Underneath the middle section of bumper which is painted in body color are the lower air intakes. In the case of 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid as well as Touareg V8 TDI, the middle intake is designed with another U-shaped frame and chrome fins. Situated in bumper’s lowermost segment are front foglamps and radar sensors of optional ACC (adaptive cruise control system plus Front Assist). With its short overhangs, lower body height, the clear sculpting of its surfaces and a dynamic line of side windows, in contrast to other sport utility vehicle, this vehicle’s side profile doesn’t in the least have a massive appearance.

Like the front end, the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg’s rear is marked by horizontal lines. On the top, the tailgate features a spoiler which was styled to aerodynamic criteria that at the same time extends the roof section visually. The large rear window extends into D pillars. It can tackle the most rugged of terrain yet cruise down the highway in luxurious comfort. And a properly equipped Touareg is rated to tow up to 7,700 pounds. With a range of powerful engines, an interior that rivals those of its German brethren and a driving feel, which instills confidence, the Touareg shares some of its underbody structure with more upmarket Porsche Cayenne.

2012 Volkswagen TouaregLike other luxury sport utility vehicles, the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg offers a variety of choices for prospective shoppers. Beneath the hood, you can choose between a burly yet economical TDI diesel, a Hybrid model which delivers on its promise of V8-like performance with V6 fuel economy or a plenty-capable gasoline V6 engine. On the inside, even base-model VW Touareg has interiors that are on par with those from established luxury makes such as Lexus and BMW. You will find abundance of metallic accents, high quality materials and rich wood along with plethora of entertainment features and up-to-date electronics. Of course, if you must have a vehicle with a luxury badge, you will perhaps want to check out the redesigned Mercedes Benz M-Class and the BMW X5. Both provide diesel engine options, like the Touareg. On hybrid front, the Lexus RX450h is a notable bargain when you consider the $60,000 price tag of Touareg Hybrid.

Variants, Body Types and Options

The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg is a midsize sport utility vehicle that offers comfortable seating capacity for five passengers. It is offered in 4 main trims: Lux, Sport, Hybrid and Executive. All but the Hybrid can be had with either turbodiesel (“TDI”) V6 power or gasoline V6 (“VR6″).

Standard on Sport trim include bi-xenon headlights, 18-inch wheels, roof rails, foglights, cruise control, a power liftgate, eight-way power and heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer, touchscreen control, iPod integration and satellite radio and leatherette upholstery. Adding the optional navigation system also integrates a rearview camera.

2012 Volkswagen Touareg interiorOpting for Lux will get you all the above equipments plus a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels, walnut cabin accents, heated sideview mirrors, 12-way power front seats with power lumbar support for driver, leather upholstery, power rear seat releases in trunk and driver memory presets. Stepping up to Executive adds a heated steering wheel, 20-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, a Dynaudio premium sound system and heated rear seats.

The Hybrid comes loaded with all the abovementioned features and equipments, plus rear parking sensors, a power adjustable steering column, passenger power lumbar seat support, metal door sill plates and passenger seat memory presets. Options are few and include carpeted floor mats, the Protection package (that comprises of a rubber cargo area mat, mud guards and rubber floor mats) and a Towing package.

What’s Beneath the Hood of 2012 Volkswagen Touareg?

All trim levels of 2012 Volkswagen Touareg come standard with four-wheel drive system and eight-speed automatic transmission. Motivation for the VR6 variants comes from a gasoline 3.6 liter V6 engine, which is good for pulsating 280 horsepower with 265 pound feet of torque. Powering the TDI versions is a turbodiesel 3.0 liter V6 engine with maximum output of 225 horsepower with prodigious 406 pound feet of torque. The Hybrid model is powered by a direct injection supercharged V6 gasoline 3.0 liter engine mated to electric generator; both combine for generating an impressive 428 pound feet of torque with 380 horsepower, enough for catapulting this Touareg from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds.

The estimated fuel economy for VR6 is 23 mpg highway, 16 mpg city and 19 mpg in combined driving, while for TDI is 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 22 mpg in combined driving. The Hybrid is tuned more for performance unlike maximum economy, rates only slightly lower than TDI at 20/24/21. Once properly equipped, it provide up to 7,700 pounds of towing capacity that’s more than most rivals.

2012 Volkswagen Touareg engine

Safety & Reliability

Standard safety features on 2012 Volkswagen Touareg include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, full length side curtain airbags and hill hold assist. In brake testing, the Hybrid came to a stop in an admirable 121 feet from 60 miles per hour. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Touareg its top score of “Good” in side impact, roof strength and frontal offset tests.

Special Features and Cockpit Design

There is very little not to like about the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg’s accommodations and creature comforts. For those days when a little customization is in order, the company gave Touareg rear reclining seats, which slide back and forward with an option of heating them, so your passengers can relax and stretch out, or you can put a little extra cargo in back. One touch of available supple Nappa leather seating surfaces and you will never go back. Some things were just meant to be. When you climb behind the wheel, driver and front passenger can fine-tune the available power front 12-way seats exactly the way you like them, and then have the option of letting the Touareg remember the settings for you.

Go ahead; grip the multifunction steering column that comes with incorporated controls for easy access to your Bluetooth connection and the entertainment system. It is your connection to your car, the road and so much more. You would think that regulating temperature would be simple. But at times you are too cold and your passenger’s too warm, which is precisely the company has included dual-zone climate control on all Touareg models, as comfort is personal. On hybrid Touareg, the navigation system comes with an onscreen display of hybrid system information which enables you to monitor your driving range, battery percentage and energy usage. So you can help minimize your trips to the gas station or maximize your power.

Driving Impressions

In spite of lacking a low range transmission for off-road excursions, the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg offers a fair amount of trail prowess with its decent ground clearance, compliant suspension and minimal front/rear overhangs. The 3.6 liter V6 is one of the most powerful engines and comes standard on Touareg with 8-speed automatic transmission. With 265 lbs/ft of torque and 280 hp, fused with double wishbone front, a rear independent steel spring suspension and 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system, the V6 turns the gas pedal into a gift that keeps on giving. With all-wheel drive on your side, the Touareg will help you navigate almost any type of terrain with ease. That’s because it knows when to punch up the power and when to ease up on each individual wheel. It is an ultimate kind of teamwork, and you enjoy all the benefits without even having to lift a finger.