Volkswagens Corrado – A sure fire future classic

cr 8ed21a8168ca0a08286fb88d71b55af0 Volkswagens Corrado – A sure fire future classicAuthor:  Robbin Florin
 
Volkswagens have always been known as "people's cars" this is actually what the name means.

They have maintained a great reputation for being solid and reliable cars and this is what has drawn so many buyers to them even over the desirability of the sporty GTi models such as the Golf.

In 1989 Volkswagen unveiled the Volkswagen Corrado. This was a new Volkswagen that broke the mould in terms of design and elegance and it went on to be Volkswagens fast ever car. Unfortunately after six years the model was to be discontinued due to cost cutting and the low profit margins in the vehicle.

The first UK right hand drive model Corrado's arrive in May of 1989 and had the Golf GTi 1.8 litre 16 valve engine fitted. Two years later after desirability for a higher performance model Volkswagen announced the arrival in April 1991 of the supercharged G60 model. This had previously been available only as a special order in left hand drive.

These early models all had alloy wheels, power steering and central locking as standard and a rear spoiler which was electronically controlled to rise automatically at 40mph. This was a feature that people loved similar to the Porsche 911 but it was more likely to be a selling feature than actually required for the aerodynamics.

1992 saw the 1.8 litre engine replaced with a 2.0 litre unit with a catalytic converter being mandatory. ABS brakes were also added with an increased torque to improve driveability but the power output of 136bhp remaining the same as the 1.8 litre model.

September of the same year saw the six cylinder VR6 engine included in the Corrado model line-up.  This was a 2.9 litre unit based on the Golf VR6's 2.8 and took the Corrado to become Volkswagens first 150mph car. They also included the option of an automatic transmission but production of the car only lasted a short period of time and production was ended in 1996.

With regard to specification, all models specs were high but the later models did have slightly better equipment hence these are the most desirable of the bunch.

Whichever model you decide to go for you will have a gorgeous looking sports coupe that can seat four adults comfortably and still looks great today in 2013.

Obviously the brand is renowned for its reliability and with the Volkswagen network parts aren't a problem although they aren't now as readily available as they once were and can be pricey.

The Corrado's handling is superb with excellent suspension and a fantastic chassis, show any variant of the Corrado a long winding road and it will lap it up with love even if a little of the firm side but this is a sports car…

This is probably Volkswagens best ever sports coupe and is still hugely popular with enthusiasts worldwide with owners clubs plentiful. An excellent car that is sure to be a future classic.

 

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I have spent all my working life involved in the UK motor trade. I have written articles for Wikipedia as well as car selling websites such as dealerbid.co.uk

2014 Volkswagen Polo R

The wait is almost over…the VW Polo R will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this Spring/2013!

The Polo R will be upgraded with neat new features to accommodate Volkswagen's customer base.  The 2014 Polo R will be derived based on speed to its loyal customer pool.  The Polo R is known for its high performance in the VW product line up.  As the R&D group continues its fine tuning there is excitement building for the vehicles arrival in the spring of 2013.

The Polo R is a fast and sporty vehicle displaying large rims and ground effect displays.  While the design continues to trend there is a belief that the brake system could be significantly upgraded due to previous customer dissatisfaction.  Perhaps the greatest improvement can be found in the engine.  Because the Polo R is known for its speed, the VW engineers increased its power to the 225 – 230 Horsepower range. It is anticipated to be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine benchmarked off the GTI MK6.

The Sedan model will be powered with a 1.6 liter @ 4 cylinder engine combined with a 6 speed automatic transmission.  The front fascia will be distinctive but still resembles previous Volkswagen models.  Both the 15 inch alloy wheels and fog lamps remain as standard options.  In essence, the VW Polo Sedan remains slightly longer than its European counterpart hatchback allowing for additional rear legroom for its loyal passengers. 

 

It is expected that the 2014 Volkswagen Polo R will hit a speed of 60 mph within about 6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 150 mph.  With these type of stats it's no wonder that the upcoming Polo R will be a huge success come its initial arrival in March/2013!

 

 

Standard Features:

 

CD/MP3 player is included in the base model

 

ABS and dual airbags (standard on the Polo sedan)

 

Electric adjustable side mirrors

 

Electric remote unlocking (boot lid)

Leather wrapped steering wheel

 

Gear knob

 

Central locking

 

Optional Features:

 

Parking sensors

 

Automatic air-conditioning

Volkswagen Golf R

cr 94f0680845aae327387c7e066df69b41 Volkswagen Golf RVolkswagen's Golf R is the most robust Golf vehicle in North America.  It supplants the VR6-powered R32 models that were produced from 2004 and 2008.  Volkswagen is shouting "ausbruch" (a term used to suggest break out) whereby it will present the Golf VII R concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.  Available in 2 or 4 door bodystyles, the Golf R will be powered by a 256-hp 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine in conjunction with a six-speed manual transmission.  Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system technology  is capable of directing 100-percent of its torque to the rear wheels when required.

It is anticipated that the Golf R will show off a turbocharged 2.0-liter EA888 engine currently used in a combination of Volkswagen and Audi models(These include the Audi TT and the Volkswagen GTI). VW’s turbocharged 2.0-litre DOHC four-cylinder offers a robust engine package for the consumer.

The R engine could comprehend about 285 horsepower to achieve 250 km/h (155 mph).  While the R does not boast great acceleration data figures don' be fooled as the pickup is dramatic.  The brakes are precision sharp as well for the sporting driver.  The Volkswagen R comes only with a manual six speed transmission allowing for quick and short shifts.  The gearbox is vey crisp and functional.  A hill holder feature is also available which holds the vehicle in place for a few seconds on a hill to resist gravity from rolling backwards.  The sport-tuned suspension allows the driver to really feel the road dynamics.

The interior is outstanding.  The sport steering wheel is really neat being equipped with both audio and bluetooth controls.  The easy manuevrability via the steering wheel is evident and responsive.  The leather wrapped steering wheel, aluminum trim(dash/doors/pedals) and R logo presented in the vehicle make for a solid interior layout.

Large front air intakes and LED daytime running lights are easily noticeable on the exterior.  Also on the exterior is a rear bumper which includes a diffuser and dual exhaust tips.  The R comes fully loaded with the only option coming in the paint color.  The R is basically an Audi disguised as a Volkswagen including a powerful engine, seamless transmission and an intelligent AWD.

The Golf R should be exciting in 2013. With the Geneva Motor Show on the horizon(starting with its press days on 3/5/2013), consumers won't need to be in suspense much longer before what is frozen in the giant ice block is revealed!

 

Options:

Power sunroof

Dynaudio sound system

Navigation package

 

Standard Options:

Dual-zone climate control

Bluetooth

Adaptive Bi-Xenon Headlights

Six airbags

Heated leather seats

Keyless access/start

18-inch alloy wheels

Black painted brake calipers with the R logo

 

Golf R

Volkswagen Market Trends 2012/13

VOLKSWAGEN – FRANKFURT, GERMANY

2012 VW Jetta GLI Volkswagen Market Trends 2012/13

Volkswagen indicated that global sales of its key vehicles rose 11.5 percent in November to 504,800.

There are strong indicators that demand remains robust for vehicles in China, United States, Central/Eastern Europe and South America.

On a negative scenario, there is continued decline in shipments in western European markets – Italy, Spain and France due to weak consumer confidence which is keeping buyers idled in the market.

Volkswagen is spending $4 Billion in the United States to enhance its market share. As a positive result its sales rose +35%.

The Volkswagen brand is still on pace to set a new sales record this year. China remains VW's #1 market while Brazil is the largest single market.

Volkswagen Sales Chief Christian Klingler indicated that the perception for 2013 remains "challenging" overall going forward.

 

It is Volkswagen's goal to surpass General Motors to achieve the world's top selling OEM by 2018.

 

Volkswagen AG has earmarked $64.7 billion of investments over the coming three years as it works to become the largest automaker.

 

The VW Group includes Audi, Skoda, Seat and Bentley brands.

 

Trends in Global Market – Sales and Shipments

Global Volkswagen Brand Sales = +11.2 percent to 5.22 million through November

Sales in Central/Eastern Europe = +25.9 percent

Sales in South America = +8.2 percent

Total European Sales = 1.58 million.

Shipments in Western Europe (excluding Germany) = – 6.4 percent to 782,600 in the first 11 months of 2012

Shipments in Brazil = +10.9 percent

Shipments in Russia = +45.4 percent

Shipments in China = +19.3 percent

2012 Geneva Motor Show: 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet

2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet 2012 Geneva Motor Show: 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet

Our postings for today are everything on the floor of 2012 Geneva Motor Show which has sporty DNA and roofless styling. Dressing in not so threatening red paintjob, the 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet tries to impress the crowds of the Swiss’ auto event. It is not hard to find the original root for this coupe convertible as Das Auto is simply takes the roof off of the Golf GTI as the German carmaker knows that everything without roof is selling more especially the summer is approaching and people are planning to get sunlight and tanning as many as they can.

So, the 2012 Golf GTI Cabriolet doesn’t carry that complicated design and styling which doesn’t give the “too much” aura. It’s simple and practical. Apparently, the exterior and the cosmetic parts are not the main focus of Volkswagen, but the performance is. As we stroll through this coupe convertible, we are okay with the overall look; the headlights and the grille are not too fancy, but again, simple. But, as we look into the interior, the seating trimming to be exact, that is the area where we speechless.

2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet interior and side view 2012 Geneva Motor Show: 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet

Dear Volkswagen, grey and squares are not the perfect matches and you are successfully ruins the entire compact coupe convertible styling on the 2012 Golf GTI Cabriolet. Yup… we are beginning to like this German coupe, but as soon as we laid eyes on the seats, we dropped the “like” meter by up to 5 bars below. Okay, Das Auto promises that the engine and performance part are way better than then grey and squares trimming combination.

2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet rear view 2012 Geneva Motor Show: 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet

According to autoblog.com, the 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet is powered by none other than the GTI’s 2.0L turbo which coupled to 6-speed transmission which available either in manual or DSG. Oh, we almost forget to mention that the soft-top equips with electrically powered fabric roof which folded in 9.5 seconds even if you go as fast as 18 mph. The UK market will be getting the German coupe convertible later this year, but unfortunately, not the US market. Bummer, eh?

Spawn Production Model of Volkswagen Cross Coupe Ready in 2013

Volkswagen Cross Coupe Spawn Production Model of Volkswagen Cross Coupe Ready in 2013

The first time we spotted the Volkswagen Cross Coupe was during the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show and it presented as concept that ready for production. The VW Group needs to rush their production line up as they want to be recognized as the most productive automaker in the world. The Cross Coupe will be arriving as production compact crossover form for the next three years and using the VW Golf as the platform.

No wonder Das Auto seems to be very confident to fasten the Volkswagen Cross Coupe production as they don’t need to develop new platform. We know that Das Auto has to use the compact crossover model as efficient as possible as the platform can be built for multiple versions; including the odd “coupe” which VW Group thinks it will be attractive for their customers.

We still do not know whether the Volkswagen Cross Coupe will get new styling cues or stay as a 4-door version compact crossover. The styling cues are somehow redefined the usual styling on Volkswagen’s SUV line-up as well. Yup… Das Auto is looking for any new styling and design because they want to conquer the US market and what the US market interested in buying the VW is no longer involving the Beetle, but bigger vehicle. Bigger vehicle here refers to seven-seater SUV which means that the Cross Coupe is the only perfect candidate for this job.

Engine Options on Volkswagen Multivan Business

Volkswagen Multivan Business Engine Options on Volkswagen Multivan Business

Volkswagen realizes that there are so many businessmen and women who have to finish their work while they are on the road and ordinary sedan, hatchback even coupe can’t offer what they need. That is why, Das Auto proposed the new Volkswagen Multivan Business where people with busy schedule can continue their work or even throw a meeting on the van.

The Volkswagen Multivan Business is available not only the usual TDI engines, but also the 2.0L TSI turbocharged direct-injected engine which is the same engine that powered the Golf GTI. This particular engine can bring the practical Multivan Business with 204 horsepower. If that power is not enough, VW mentioned that the 2.0L TSI is considered the most tuning-friendly engine on the market which means that you can modify it, tweak it up, and voila… VW Multivan Business with extra power to go around.

Volkswagen Multivan Business interior Engine Options on Volkswagen Multivan Business

A tuning kit for Volkswagen Multivan Business from aftermarket developers offer total power output around 310 horsepower without any explosion on the cylinders. To complete the engine options on this luxury van, Das Auto assigns the DSG double-clutch transmission and four-wheel drive 4MOTION system.  Do you know what luxury features does the Multivan Business have?

Volkswagen Multivan Business side view Engine Options on Volkswagen Multivan Business

Volkswagen Multivan Business carries features such as two electric sliding doors, privacy glass, 17-inch alloy wheels, wireless internet and Digital Voice Enhancement systems. This sophisticated voice system allows passengers to have communications among them by using the Dynaudio premium audio system where you can also use this system for pilot and copilot communication. Das Auto offers this luxury business-only van for €67,595.

First Look at Volkswagen California Beach

Volkswagen California Beach First Look at Volkswagen California Beach

If you live near the beach, then spending your weekend with Volkswagen California Beach will be perfect for you. This camper van has base price up to £34,970/€40,159. Going camping with this van will not be difficult, but it will be all fun and practical.

The California Beach van can load up to 7 people that sounds more than enough as its sister Up able to load 16 people. The German van is available in two- or three-seat rear bench and the individual chairs as its optional features. The front seats can be turned to the face the rear, and we can also find a portable table which place in the sliding lateral door. The other two folding seats are hide nicely on the tailgate.

The term camping van for Volkswagen California Beach means it has sleeping accommodation up to 4 persons and if that is not enough, the bench seat folding can be two-berth bed which fit the width of the vehicle. A manual pop-up roof can be used as pop-up bed too.

Volkswagen California Beach interior1 First Look at Volkswagen California Beach

The engine of the California Beach camping van is available in 2.0L TDI with BlueMotion Technology with 114 horsepower. Das Auto said that it has eco-features such as a start-stop system, cruise control, brake regeneration, longer gearing, and low rolling resistant tires.

The other features for the Volkswagen California Beach is 32L cool/warm box which is powered by second leisure battery, privacy glass, programmable parking heater, satnav, and xenon headlight with LED daytime running lights.