2007 Volkswagen Touareg to redeem its glory

The Volkswagen Touareg became a huge success in executing its role as a mid-sized SUV performing highly satisfactorily along rugged roads in perfect style and comfort. However, the 2007 Touareg came along with a lot of much more interesting upgrades for the off-road enthusiast. With its Off-road German Technology, the 2007 Touareg is as promising as its 45-degree hill climb capacity.
The new Touareg features three different engines for the Touareg. First up is a 3.6 liter, V-6 engine that produces 276 horsepowers and 266 pound-feet of torque. On V8 models, a 4.2 liter V8 delivers 350 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque. The range-topping Touareg V10 TDI has a diesel-fueled, turbocharged V10 displacing 5.0 liters. It is rated at 310 hp and a stout 553 lb-ft of torque. Each engine is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. It is 11.8 inches high above the ground and it can go through 22.8 inches of water. It can tow up to 7,716lbs. and it comes with the Hill Descend Assist and Hill Climb Assist which ensures a smooth mountain ride without rolling down unexpectedly.

Volkswagen Group was productive according to their substantial first-quarter reports

The Volkswagen Group proudly said that they have delivered more vehicles, generated higher sales revenue and increased earnings substantially in the first quarter of 2007.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand also increased its operating profit by €435 million to €386 million in the first quarter, which attributes primarily to the successful restructuring measures implemented last year.

“We made a good start to 2007 and further improved our financial position”, said Hans Dieter Pötsch, Volkswagen AG’s CFO, commenting on the publication of the quarterly figures. “Our new product initiative was successful. All Group brands increased their sales in the first quarter.” The Volkswagen Group delivered 1.5 million vehicles worldwide, an increase of 7.9 percent. Sales revenue grew by 5.1 % to €26.6 billion. “All brands contributed to this success.” At €1.1 billion, the Volkswagen Group’s operating profit was up significantly year-on-year. Profit after tax more than doubled to €740 million.

Pötsch said that all Group brands improved their operating profit. Like Audi’s operating profit increased by €56 million year-on-year. While, Lamborghini recorded positive earnings growth. The Škoda brand was again successful with a rising profit from €29 million to €172 million. SEAT posted an operating loss of €11 million, a substantial reduction in the previous year’s first-quarter loss.The Bentley brand increased its operating profit by €33 million to €38 million due to volume growth.

CFO Pötsch reiterated expectations for the current year, saying that the Volkswagen Group will continue the new model rollout, increase productivity and improve current processes. They also expect to slightly increase worldwide deliveries in 2007 and exceed 2006 sales revenue. For 2008, the Board of Management is confident in achieving a consolidated profit before tax of at least €5.1 billion.

Volkswagen introduces the new Passat Blumotion

Volkswagen Passat Blumotion

Volkswagen is introducing the new Passat BlueMotion to the market – the most economical car in the world in the 4.8 meter class. This Volkswagen, powered by a 77 kW / 105 PS TDI engine, breaks through the fuel consumption barrier of 5.5 liters for its class, as a sedan and Variant. Compared to the base model, the Passat BlueMotion saves 0.6 liters per 100 kilometers. Until now, such fuel economy values were exclusively attainable by much smaller vehicles.

Paired with its low fuel consumption values are reductions in carbon dioxide emissions by 10% of 15 g/km. A standard particulate filter is also integrated in the emission control system.

To notice any difference between a BlueMotion Passat and a regular one, you have to really look closely. The changes on the Passat happen on the underside, where various spoilers and skirts have been added to give a 12% improvement in slipperiness. It’s also been lowered by 15mm at the front and 8mm at the rear.

The prospects are good that the new Passat BlueMotion will be one of the most sought after models within the model series. Due to the fact that, not only does it protects the environment, it also protects the car owner’s budget. A single fill of its 70 liter fuel tanks lets the Passat BlueMotion reach theoretical operating ranges of 1,370 and 1,350 kilometers. The new BlueMotion will begin deliveries in June.

Volkswagen packs a rabbit punch

A new Volkswagen has finally come out of its shell. It is poised to sweep the roads, and make its competition eat the dust. The German maker of the highly-popular Beetle and American tuning giant Neuspeed have yet again, forged hands to come up with perhaps the ultimate sports compact hatchback in the business – the 2007 Volkswagen Thunder Bunny II.




Click here for the Rabbit’s story. Read how an auto junkie perceives how the Bunny would perform.

Volkswagen GTI Mk V Golf tops 2007 Automobiles

Another powerful conquer by one of the leading German automaker Volkswagen. The renewed Volkswagen GTI Mk V comes out on top, and that is without a doubt. This is how a real hatchback should work and its the VW GTI who showed all what it’s got.

As Automobile Magazine puts it, “The 2.0T is a successful marriage of exemplary drivability and superior economy.” This newest release of the GTI line up proved that the glory of the hatchback still should be crowned to the GTIs with its turbocharged engine now running at 200hp @ 5100 rpm and a torque at 207 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm. Not bad, for a renewed car. This proves that it still GTIs are still one of the top selling cars in the industry.

VW GTI Mk V Golf is a budget car but still full of performance and with that concept alone, it remains to be the third best-selling cars of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Group was productive according to their substantial first-quarter reports

The Volkswagen Group proudly said that they have delivered more vehicles, generated higher sales revenue and increased earnings substantially in the first quarter of 2007.

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand also increased its operating profit by €435 million to €386 million in the first quarter, which attributes primarily to the successful restructuring measures implemented last year.

“We made a good start to 2007 and further improved our financial position”, said Hans Dieter Pötsch, Volkswagen AG’s CFO, commenting on the publication of the quarterly figures. “Our new product initiative was successful. All Group brands increased their sales in the first quarter.” The Volkswagen Group delivered 1.5 million vehicles worldwide, an increase of 7.9 percent. Sales revenue grew by 5.1 % to €26.6 billion. “All brands contributed to this success.” At €1.1 billion, the Volkswagen Group’s operating profit was up significantly year-on-year. Profit after tax more than doubled to €740 million.

Pötsch said that all Group brands improved their operating profit. Like Audi’s operating profit increased by €56 million year-on-year. While, Lamborghini recorded positive earnings growth. The Škoda brand was again successful with a rising profit from €29 million to €172 million. SEAT posted an operating loss of €11 million, a substantial reduction in the previous year’s first-quarter loss.The Bentley brand increased its operating profit by €33 million to €38 million due to volume growth.

CFO Pötsch reiterated expectations for the current year, saying that the Volkswagen Group will continue the new model rollout, increase productivity and improve current processes. They also expect to slightly increase worldwide deliveries in 2007 and exceed 2006 sales revenue. For 2008, the Board of Management is confident in achieving a consolidated profit before tax of at least €5.1 billion.

Volkswagen introduces the new Passat Blumotion

Volkswagen Passat Blumotion

Volkswagen is introducing the new Passat BlueMotion to the market – the most economical car in the world in the 4.8 meter class. This Volkswagen, powered by a 77 kW / 105 PS TDI engine, breaks through the fuel consumption barrier of 5.5 liters for its class, as a sedan and Variant. Compared to the base model, the Passat BlueMotion saves 0.6 liters per 100 kilometers. Until now, such fuel economy values were exclusively attainable by much smaller vehicles.

Paired with its low fuel consumption values are reductions in carbon dioxide emissions by 10% of 15 g/km. A standard particulate filter is also integrated in the emission control system.

To notice any difference between a BlueMotion Passat and a regular one, you have to really look closely. The changes on the Passat happen on the underside, where various spoilers and skirts have been added to give a 12% improvement in slipperiness. It’s also been lowered by 15mm at the front and 8mm at the rear.

The prospects are good that the new Passat BlueMotion will be one of the most sought after models within the model series. Due to the fact that, not only does it protects the environment, it also protects the car owner’s budget. A single fill of its 70 liter fuel tanks lets the Passat BlueMotion reach theoretical operating ranges of 1,370 and 1,350 kilometers. The new BlueMotion will begin deliveries in June.

2007 VW Eos Base Window Price starts at $28+K

Volkswagen of America has launched its newest addition to their 2007 line up, the 2007 Eos Base, with a window price starting at $28,110. Eos has been dubbed as the world’s first hardtop convertible with a sunroof. With its hardtop convertible built by Webasto, rest assured that the wear and tear issues won’t be a problem anymore. It also features a sunroof, an interestingly new add-on to hardtop convertibles.

Its engine boasts of a 2.0L turbocharged, 4 cylinders with 16 valves and 500hp and drivers could also rev it up to 5100. It has a 6 speed manual transmission and a gallon of gasoline could take you 23 miles in the city and 32 miles highway. Environmentalist drivers would be happy to know that Eos got a 67 green rating, 4 points higher than other compact cars.

Still, other standard features apply such as 8 speakers, AM/FM radio, and a CD player. Ipod enthusiasts will be more than anticipated as Eos incorporated the fashion there is in the MP3 world. Drivers have the option to buy an iPod adapter for their Eos.

Eos flashes a luxurious and sporty style fitting both the elite and adventurous people. Performance plus style continue to live on.

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It’s almost a month since I’ve posted here. I’ve taken the opportunity to have some much-needed break from writing.

Anyway, watch out for more Volkswagen news and features as the brand have been bullish in the marlet lately.

Til next post.

Passat Wolfsburg edition now available

volkswagen passat wolfsburg edition
The Wolfsburg edition of the Volkswagen Passat is now available at dealers, Volkswagen of America announced March 20.

VW would be selling only 6000 of the special edition Passat.

The Passat features a 2.0L, 200 hp turbo-charged engine with a standard six-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission.

The wolfsburg edition hosts a plethora of safety features, which includes six standard airbags, plus an optional two rear side airbags. It also has a four-wheel Antilock Braking System (ABS) with four-wheel disc brakes.

Luxury amenities include a 17-inch alloy wheels, a four-spoke leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel, letaher wrapped gearshift knob and boot, 12-way full power adjustable driver’s seat, six-disc in dash CD changer with MP3 capability, heated front seats, power sunroof, fog lights, heated windshiled washer nozzles and Sirius satellite radio.

Will Skoda Influence Future VW Offerings?

The automotive world is seeing some dramatic changes thanks to the opening up of markets in China and India and the development of plants producing models that can retail for much less than ten thousand dollars in North America. The lower end of the auto market is booming and cheaper priced cars will be soon heading to America to swell the ranks of vehicles selling for bottom dollar. Volkswagen will be doing its part to compete against all that the world has to offer, but not with models currently being built by the German automaker. However, Skoda, a car company owned by the Volkswagen Group is likely to start selling some of their cars in the U.S. once competition heats up. Read on and we’ll take a look at how Skoda may transform the basic Volkswagen offering for the lucrative, but competitive American market.

Ask the average American consumer if they ever heard of Skoda and more than ninety percent are likely to give you a “no” answer. Conversely, if you asked these same consumers if they ever heard of Volkswagen, the name recognition would be virtually one hundred percent. Such is the popularity of the car company that brought the Beetle and Rabbit to the American market.

Skoda is much less known globally, although they have been producing vehicles for more than one century. Indeed, the once Czech government run car company had a small following, mostly in the communist states of eastern Europe. During the early 1990s, the Czech government decided to sell its interest in Skoda and Volkswagen became the happy owner. Today, Skoda cars are made in five countries and sold in 21. New plants in Russia and China are being developed to join plants already operating in eastern Europe and India.

So, why would VW turn to Skoda in order to remain competitive in North America? For two reasons:

Even if VW sends their lowest price car to the American market, the Polo, it will still be priced at around $12,000 which will be several thousand dollars more expensive than the cars to be imported from Chinese automakers.

Already the Skoda is one of the best priced brands in the world. Instead of pouring millions of dollars into a new VW model and tapping a factory that produces more expensive vehicles, a base Skoda model will likely anchor the Volkswagen line up within the next five years. Perhaps the Roomster, Skoda’s tiny four passenger automobile will be the car that helps VW stay strong in the US. Powered by a tiny 3 cylinder 1.2L engine, the Roomster is uniquely designed and easier to tell apart from other cars in its class and the Roomster is likely to be popular in China once production begins late next year.

And what is the biggest advantage of the Skoda Roomster? It will retail for less than ten thousand dollars once imported versions of this car arrive from Chinese factories to American soil. Now for the remaining dilemma: will the car be rebadged as a VW or will America finally learn what Skoda is all about? Stay tuned!

Volkswagen forum

While searching out some information about all the new models I found this Volkswagen Forum which had plenty of information on the current models and some of the older ones.

My search for the ultimate car involves the quest for Formula One handling and the budget of a low end, second hand karting unit. So the Audi and BMers went out the window pretty fast. Didn’t even visit the dealer lots.

So it was time to look at the germans. For information about the Volkswagen Passat the article on the Volkswagen forum helped me find out about the new 2007 wagon. While the car seems to fit the bill its that price tag that is still killing my purchase plan. No matter what financing deal they throw my way it does not work out. I might as well have been looking for my Paris Dakar ready for action Touareg model. Its was working out to the same price but I was trying to get a lower price just because the Touareg is so ugly. Plus you can barely pronounce the name.

It does not matter whats under the hood in all situations, sometimes you have to look at the outside when you’re buying a car and the Volkswagen Touareg really needs some more work in that department. But than again I’m not some german Volks/Porsche car designer living the good life in the Black Forest. Yes I think its time to find an old Volks Fox wagen, that might fit in the budget.