VW forming dedicated ‘R’ performance division

February 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

BMW has M. Mercedes has AMG. Audi has Quattro. Now Volkswagen is ready to launch the R brand as a separate performance division of the company.

The official announcement is expected at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. After that, the stage is set for additional performance models to come out of the new R division. Recent offerings include the new Golf R (which is arriving in NZ this month), the Scirocco R, and there are reports of an upcoming Jetta R previewed by the new Compact Coupe concept unveiled in Detroit.

It may look to many as simply a new marketing strategy but if we get some exciting new performance-focused vehicles, everyone wins.

VW Touareg – Baja race

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

VW’s history in the Baja race, plus the new Touareg blasting through the dunes


Volkswagen Scirocco

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

On-track driving, plus static beauty shots of the VW Scirocco

Suzuki and VW to start joint projects in January

December 18th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Suzuki VW logo

Newlyweds Volkswagen and Suzuki won’t waste anytime in getting started on their new joint projects. At the recent launch of the new Suzuki Alto, CEO Osama Suzuki told reporters that the teamed up automakers will begin “Actual, detailed execution — with our people going there and their people coming here… after January.”

That first project will be a new small car that will be sold in developing countries, which could be outsourced from Suzuki’s Indian Maruti operations and is rumored to cost between $4,300 and $5,400 USD.

Volkswagen has much less experience in building ultra-small cars than Suzuki, which is a leader in Japan’s tiny Kei car class, and an expert at making money with low pricing.

Volkswagen Scirocco – design interview (part 2 of 2)

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

An interview with Marc Lichte, head of exterior design of the VW Scirocco


Volkswagen Scirocco – design interview (part 1 of 2)

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

An interview with Marc Lichte, head of exterior design of the VW Scirocco


Sixth-generation VW Golf

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Volkswagen shows us the generation six Golf

Volkswagen Concept BlueSport – static

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Static beauty shots and interior footage