Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Volkswagen California Ocean 2.0TDi 4Motion 204PS DSG

I was recently loaned a Volkswagen California ‘Ocean’ for a family summer holiday a few weeks ago - and whilst I had it, I took the opportunity to test it by taking the whole family on a ‘real’ camping trip - as this would allow us to use the ‘Ocean’ to cook for the family - and test out...

2016 Volkswagen Street UP! Review

Engine: The Street UP! is available in a 3 or 5 door and the version I recently tested was fitted with a 999cc 75PS engine that is one of the best no turbo units I have come across in recent years. Fuel consumption is around the 60mpg range if you drive it without pushing too hard on the throttle....

German investigation: Only Volkwagen used emissions testing defeat devices

Reports have emerged that an investigation undertaken by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has concluded that the Volkswagen Group was the only car manufacturer to use defeat devices to cheat its way past emissions testing for diesel-engined cars. Although the final report is scheduled for publication at the end of April 2016, the German business newspaper Handelsblatt has...

Why I wouldn’t buy a Volkswagen

It has been almost two years since a group of scientists at West Virginia University noticed the diesel Jetta they were testing had a bit of a gas problem, and more than six months have passed since the cause was found and Volkswagen admitted publicly that they'd betrayed almost every single person on the planet. 'Dieselgate' was born. In total,...

Meet the track-only Volkswagen GTI TCR

The regular Volkswagen GTI is arguably the best all-rounder hot-hatchback on the market - practical enough for everyday, yet quick enough to bring to a track day. But now there's a new type of GTI which has shaken off the practical side and focused instead on race track insanity - meet the VW Golf GTI TCR. The GTI TCR...

Claims VW made multiple defeat devices

If you thought the Volkswagen group were already in a world of pain following the 'Dieselgate' scandal, things could be about to get worse for the German vehicle manufacturer. Three anonymous insiders have spoken to the Reuters news agency, claiming that Volkswagen modified its emissions defeat device to work on at least four engines over a 7-year period. If...

Volkswagen Santana: The car that motivated China

When you sit back and look at it, the automotive industry in China really has undergone an incredible transformation over the past 30 years. If you were to jump into a time machine and flash back to 1984, China's population had already surpassed the 1-billion people mark, yet the country produced just 5,200 cars for the year. China was...

VW CEO Martin Winterkorn quits

Volkswagen has announced the resignation of its chief executive, Martin Winterkorn, and said the fallout from the diesel emissions test scandal would result in further executive scalps and a likely criminal investigation in Germany. Winterkorn said on Wednesday he took full responsibility for the scandal, in which the company admitted that some 11-million cars around the world were installed with...

Volkswagen Transporter G6 Launched

Volkswagen have today launched the sixth generation of their successful Transporter van that is produced in Hannover, Germany. Key updated technical features offer better safety, improved comfort and convenience and greater driving dynamics in combination with improved fuel economy and lower entry-level prices when compared to the previous model. Its predecessor sold some 2 million units around the world across...

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