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2014 vw e up qs What you missed on 8.28.14Electric VW e-Up! tested

The Volkswagen Up! is one of our favorite pieces of pint-sized forbidden fruit. The cute little city car is already one of the best-selling microcars in Europe, and VW aims to broaden its appeal with a new electrified version, the e-Up! Jonathon Ramsey recently took the electric Up! for a quick spin in Germany. Read his full report, here.

mazda mx 5 alfa spider mule 4 1 What you missed on 8.28.14Mazda MX-5 Coupe in the works?

We’re just days away from the reveal of the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, and already, the rumormill is swirling about what’s in store for the lovely two-seat sports car. New reports suggest that a long-awaited coupe model is indeed in the cards – of course, take that with a huge grain of salt. More details about future plans for the Mazda3 and Mazda6 are detailed here, as well.


2015 volvo xc90 live white 05 1 What you missed on 8.28.14Volvo model range details revealed

Tired of all the Volvo news this week? Good. Neither are we. Looking beyond the introduction of the 2015 XC90, or man Noah Joseph managed to get some more details about the future of the company’s model range, which happily includes sedans, wagons, and the well-liked Cross Country trims. See what else is in store in his deep dive, here.

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Porsche’s former CEO Wiedeking to stand trial over VW-share manipulation

 Porsches former CEO Wiedeking to stand trial over VW share manipulation

Former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking (left in the above photo) could potentially be facing some time in the slammer after all. The last we had heard, he and former Chief Financial Officer Holger Haerter (right) had avoided a trial in April due to a lack of evidence. However, an appeals court in Stuttgart has looked at the case again and overruled the earlier decision, finding that the executives should be tried for share manipulation during Porsche’s failed attempt to take over Volkswagen in 2008, Bloomberg reports.

The judges in the appeal “list numerous indications that could suggest that there was a hidden decision to increase the stake as they could suggest the opposite evaluation by the lower court,” said Stefan Schueler, a spokesperson for the court, in a statement cited by Bloomberg. Wiedeking and Haerter put out their own releases saying that there was no merit to the charges.

The prosecutors allege that Wiedeking and Haerter had a plan to buy up VW stock options in 2008 to take the automotive giant over but hid it from investors. The whole thing was a massive failure and eventually allowed VW the chance to acquire Porsche and forced the two execs to step down. In addition to the criminal investigation, hedge funds have attempted to sue the company multiple times in civil court for the same reason, but they have repeatedly failed.

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VW Golf Mk8 could arrive by 2017

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The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf (pictured above) only went on sale in the US in August, but it has been on the road in some parts of the world since 2012. The German automotive giant isn’t taking a moment’s rest for one of its most well known models, though. The latest rumor suggests that VW is already developing the eighth revision of its bread-and-butter hatchback, and it may be ready for launch as soon as 2017.

The rumors come courtesy of German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, and it claims that the new model will receive a thorough restyling of the current look. Not only will this mean the usual changes to the front and rearend design, but the next Golf will also be wider and sit lower than the current one, according to the magazine.

However, the real focus for the new generation will be more sophisticated powertrain, infotainment and safety tech. To meet Europe’s tightening emissions rules, VW will reportedly try to cut the Golf’s weight by about 110 pounds with lighter engines. Cylinder deactivation for some powerplants and possibly even a three-cylinder option are on the table, according to Auto Motor und Sport. Other recent rumors suggest that the next Golf model even use variable-compression and an electric turbo system to further shed CO2 emissions.

Much of the other technology will trickle down from the forthcoming, European-spec Passat that will go on sale later this year. The Golf will supposedly get the sedan’s pedestrian recognition system, parking assist, head-up display and Mirror-Link – a way to link the driver’s smartphone interface to the infotainment screen.

Of course the big question is when the eighth generation will make it to North America. With the latest model being built at an updated facility in Mexico, another staggered release between the US and Europe could be in the cards.

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Are you VW’s New Midsize Coupe?

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Back in April, Volkswagen showed its New Midsize Coupe concept at the Beijing Motor Show, previewing a new, sub-Passat model for the Chinese market. Now, Auto 163 has stumbled upon what appear to be the first shots of the production model, and while it doesn’t stray too far from the original concept, as expected, some of the flashier styling cues have been toned down.

Of course, because we live in a world where the term “coupe” is apparently applicable to a range of bodystyles, Volkswagen’s NMC is actually very much a sedan. At the concept’s debut, VW said it “envisions a sport sedan positioned below the Passat” – the car is “appreciably wider” than the Passat, but shorter than a Jetta. It rides on the company’s MQB modular architecture that currently underpins the Golf here in the United States.

No word yet on what its production name will be, but VW’s New Midsize Coupe is expected to debut in production form at the Guangzhou Motor Show this December, in advance of its Chinese-market on-sale date in early 2015, priced from about 180,000 yuan (about $29,000 based on current exchange rates). Power is expected to come from either a 1.4- or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. We’ll know more when the car officially bows later this year.

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How VW’s hyper-efficient XL1 will influence the next Golf

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In 2007, the European Union mandated fleet average CO2 emissions of 158.7 g/km. For 2015, that figure will drop to 130 g/km, and the target for 2020 is an ambitions 95 g/km. Thanks to some German politicking, that target will be phased in from 2020 to 2024, but it will still apply to 80 percent of passenger cars in that first year. In US miles per gallon, that’s the equivalent of going from about 35 mpg to 42 mpg to 57 mpg. The current Volkswagen Golf is rated from 85 g/km of CO2 to 190 g/km depending on model – and zero for the e-Golf, so for the next-generation MkVIII hatch due in 2019, to meet the goal, Volkswagen engineers will need to introduce a bunch of new tricks. According to a report in Autocar, VW be mining its hyper-efficient XL1 for some of them.

Predictions for the next Golf include a variable-compression engine, an electric flywheel and an electric turbo, along with taking greater advantage of coasting. Volkswagen could be getting help from Audi with the electric turbo and variable-compression engine and electric turbo, with Audi already having shown off the former and brand technical boss Ulrich Hackenberg confirming the VW Group is working on the latter. It’s possible the flywheel system could also have the mark of The Four Rings: Autocar mentions a British system that Volvo is testing, but the R18 e-tron Quattro racer has been using one for years.

The need for such features is because the company won’t be able to net enough future gains from just aerodynamic improvements and advanced materials. As price will be a factor (the regulations are expected to “add hundreds of euros to the cost of building a car”), adding much more aluminum or carbon fiber is an unlikely option. We’re told the next generation won’t be longer or wider than the current car, and being Europe’s most popular model, VW doesn’t want to make a big bet on futuristic aero, but the report says the MkVIII will “likely” have “the most aerodynamic treatment yet seen on a production vehicle,” the area where lessons learned from the XL1 will truly be seen.

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UAW claims it’s nearing majority at VW’s Tennessee plant

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After a rollercoaster push by the United Auto Workers to unionize the workforce at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, TN ended in defeat in February, the UAW may yet get its way. In July the labor organizer chartered UAW Local 42 based on volunteer participation of “any interested employees.” At the announcement, the UAW said that “Upon Local 42 signing up a meaningful portion of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga workforce, we’re confident the company will recognize Local 42 by dealing with it as a members’ union that represents those employees who join the local.”

But this isn’t just about the Local members. The UAW wants to get a majority of the plant’s 1,500 workers signed up, on the hope that Volkswagen will recognize the Local 42 “as the exclusive bargaining agent for all of them.” VW doesn’t have to do this and hasn’t offered any indication of its position, but the possibility is there. It is already public that VW’s Global Group Works Council supports the efforts to unionize, the head of the council suggesting the South might not get another potential VW plant “If co-determination isn’t guaranteed in the first place.” The UAW wouldn’t say how many employees have signed on to Local 42, only that it’s more than 670.

Naturally, the mere chance that a union could still take over in spite of the election loss has riled at least one anti-union voter, and if it looks like they’re being dragged into a situation they declined, we imagine the rollercoaster will get going again.

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VW Golf R pitted against BMW M235i in enthusiast’s choice battle

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Volkswagen recalls 150,000 Tiguans for fuel bubbles

VOLKSWAGEN ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALL
Aug 11, 2014

Herndon, VA – Volkswagen considers the safety and satisfaction of its consumers and passengers a top priority. As such, Volkswagen of America today notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will be issuing a voluntary safety recall affecting the fuel pump on certain 2009-2014 model year Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles.

The recall affects approximately 151,389 model year 2009-2014 Volkswagen Tiguan vehicles. In isolated cases, it is possible that gas bubbles may form in the fuel system when winterized fuel with high vapor pressures is used in warmer areas or during months with higher ambient temperatures or during engine hot soak. The condition occurs when the engine is restarted within a short period of time, before the engine has fully cooled down. When the vehicles affected by this recall have been operated under low load for an extended period of time, deposits may collect and degrade the electrical current flow inside the in-tank fuel pump, thus leading to reduced fuel pump performance and pressure. If these conditions occur in combination, the fuel pump may not be able to overcome the vapor pressure under low loads and can potentially result in a vehicle stall directly after engine start. Potentially, this could lead to a crash.

To fix the issue, authorized Volkswagen dealers will install revised Electronic Control Module (ECM) software on all affected vehicles. This will be performed free of charge to the customer.

No accidents or injuries related to this issue have been reported. Volkswagen will notify all owners of affected vehicles and will instruct them to arrange for an appointment with an authorized Volkswagen dealer.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 644 independent U.S. dealers.


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RECALL Subject : Bubbles in Fuel may Result in Engine Stall
Report Receipt Date: JUL 21, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V441000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 151,389
Manufacturer: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2009-2014 Tiguan vehicles manufactured July 2007 to June 2014. When using winterized fuel, in certain conditions bubbles may form in the fuel system which could result in the vehicle stalling.

CONSEQUENCE:
A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle’s software to increase the fuel pump pressure, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 19, 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 24AV/2W.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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