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Volkswagen Model Names

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

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Volkswagen prefers to name its passenger car models after winds. The marketing division of the company take the names from obscurity. The Austrian Civil Aviation Association is an excellent source for the names. Following are some of the popular Volkswagen vehicles, and their names explained.

  • Golf – Named after Gulf stream, a warm ocean current flowing along the North American eastern coastline and the Gulf of Mexico. It eventually reaches the English channel’s south-end, till then it runs at around 35° north latitude.
  • Jetta – Named after the Jetstream, an upper-tropospheric collection of winds in the sub-tropic, most frequently used by planes to attain significant ground speed.
  • Scirocco – The Arabian name for this wind is Ghibli or Chamsin or Chili. It is formed as a result of the collision between warm and cold air streams over the desert. It flows to the north, in the Europe’s direction.
  • Corrado – According to the Volkswagen Corrado Club of Great Britain, Corrado is the Spanish name for Jetstream or wind current. It is derived from the Spanish word Correr, which means, sprint/run.
  • Bora – According to the United States Navy definition, Bora stands for either of the winds flowing from the Balkan area to the Ionian, Adriatic, and Aegean seas. Bora is usually very ferocious.
  • Passat – Named after a significant trade wind.
  • Polo – Volkswagen’s famous Polo car is named after the northern polar wind.
  • Vento – It is the Italian name for wind.

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Volkswagen Bets Big on Electric Cars

Monday, June 27th, 2016

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The press conference that was held in Germany, which was also live-streamed online, saw Mueller sharing some of the company’s future plans.

  • Volkswagen will launch a new division for mobility services. It will manage the company’s $300 million investment in ‘Gett’, a ride-hailing app. The division will be based in Berlin, well away from the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.
  • Volkswagen will reduce the expenditure in the R&D division. Along with the money saved, and the capital expenditures as a percentage of the revenue, the company will increase the VW Group’s operating profit margin from 6% to between 7% to 8%, by the year 2025.
  • Volkswagen will hire about a thousand software engineers to provide a boost to its autonomous vehicles. The company plans to widen the capabilities of its self-driving cars. According to Mueller, the company believes in the future of this technology, its revolutionary potential, and its quick expansion.
  • Volkswagen will turn its components division into a separate entity/company. As of now, the division employs around 67,000 people at 26 locations around the world.

The company is indeed betting heavily on the fully electric vehicles. The coming years will also see the German automobile Group investing in the research of battery technology. As of now, the company has not given many details regarding that. The Audi e-tron Quattro luxury electric crossover concept and the Porsche Mission E-sports car (named as the Tesla Fighter) are the two fully electric vehicles that the company is already working on.

The executive market analyst at Kelley Blue Book, Jack Nerad, is skeptical about the company’s heavy investment in the electric cars. The question that he is posing is whether the company would be able to gain dramatic product transformation and swift cultural changes, while cutting costs. Nerad is also doubtful about the fully electric vehicles’ mass-market viability. According to him, the future will see a lot of electric vehicles, however, for the e-vehicles, there is no general consumer groundswell. For Europeans, the love for diesel vehicles is deeply entrenched. The European market is the main playground for Volkswagen. Hence, it is very hard to imagine a future for Volkswagen without or with less number of diesel cars. Volkswagen’s diesel cars are very popular in the American market as well.

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The Best Golf GTIs Ever- III

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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2007 Golf GTI

2007 Golf GTI was equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, linked to a 6-speed manual transmission. It generated a torque of 207 pound-feet at 1800 rpm and 200 horsepower at 5100 rpm. Some of the interior features included sport front seats, height adjustable passenger and driver seat, remote keyless power door locks, heated mirrors, low fuel level warning, front seatback storage, and a 12V cargo area power outlet. The car also featured alloy wheels, performance tires, daytime running lights, stability control, tire pressure monitoring, and intermittent rear wiper. Cruise control was also available. 2007 Golf GTI provided a very engaging performance. Comparatively, the car was bigger and heavier.

2013 Golf GTI

Equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged direct-injection 4-cylinder engine, 2013 Golf GTI generated 200 horsepower, and a torque of 207 pound-feet. The transmission options included a 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual and a 6-speed manual. The recorded ‘0-60’ has been 7 seconds. It provided a fuel economy rate of 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with the manual, and 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the automatic. The Golf GTI featured stability control, 6 airbags, Bluetooth connectivity, Dynaudio sound system, front sport seats, a trip computer, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, and cruise control. Even though a small car, it handled tight corners pretty well.

From the time Volkswagen introduced the GTI in the market, its popularity never went down. It is still one of the economic and performance hatchbacks available in the market today.

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The Best Golf GTIs Ever- II

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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1995 GTI VR6

Credited as one of the best GTIs of the modern era, 1995 GTI VR6 was equipped with a 2.8L V6 engine, linked to a 5-speed manual transmission. It provided a top speed of 129 mph. Some of the features included a 6-disc trunk-mounted CD player, electric sunroof, burglar alarm, one-touch window lifts, trip computer, cruise control (very accurate), tilt steering, fog lamps, heated mirrors, seat heaters, and central locking. One of the safety features that the car boasted was the  traction control via the front brakes. Based on the 1995 standard, the GTI VR6 generated a lot of torque.

2002 GTI 337 Edition

This hot hatch was equipped with a 1.8L turbo 4-cylinder engine, linked to a 6-speed manual transmission. It generated 180 horsepower. It featured 225/40R18 Michelin tires (18-inch BBS alloy wheels), unique red brake calipers, a rear spoiler, body-color side skirts, a front chin spoiler, and unique red brake calipers. Some of the interior features included leather-wrapped steering wheel, Recaro sport seats, a golf ball shift knob, floor mats(red trimmed), Monsoon sound system, and metal pedals. It came only in Silver color. It was officially introduced at the New York Auto Show. 2002 GTI 337 Edition was priced at $22,225.

Read more about the Best Golf GTIs ever in ‘The Best Golf GTIs Ever- III’. The two more GTIs included in the list are 2007 Golf GTI and 2013 Golf GTI.

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The Best Golf GTIs Ever- I

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Golf GTI

Golf GTI is Volkswagen’s one of the most influential and iconic automobiles ever. It has been, and is, one of the most affordable, performance cars available in the market. It was introduced by the company in the year 1975, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, as a  sports-oriented variant of the VW Golf. It was one of the initial small cars to be equipped with mechanical fuel injection. The car debuted in the United States, in 1983, as the Rabbit GTI.

1984 Rabbit GTI

Car and Driver named it as one of the ten best cars of 1984. It was equipped with a 1.8L engine, which generated 90 horsepower. This lightweight and agile car featured non-assisted steering, but it was direct and solid. It had a nice seating position. The cabin was spacious and comfortable. The car had heavily bolstered sport seats. It also features a slick-shifting gearbox. The Rabbit GTI weighed nearly 1000 pounds. It boasted excellent handling. The 1984 Rabbit GTI actually created a market segment for ‘hot hatch’ in the American market.

1992 GTI 16V

The GTI 16V was fitted with a 2.0L 16 Valve 4-Cylinder Fuel Injected engine. It generated 134 horsepower. The engine was linked to a 5-speed manual transmission. Some of the exterior features included a front spoiler with brake cooling ducts, rear wiper (intermittent mode), roof mounted antenna, rear hatch spoiler with integrated stop lamp, dual remote-controlled rear-view mirrors (outside), and black VW front grille. It was offered in Alpine White, Black, Tornado Red, and Montanna Metallic colors. Some of the interior features included bucket seats (height adjustable), stitched design shift knob, full cut pile carpeting, trip computer, and automatic shoulder belt system. The car also featured a manual sunroof. 1992 GTI 16V provided a smooth and fun drive.

Read more about the Best Golf GTIs ever in ‘The Best Golf GTIs Ever- II and III’.

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Volkswagen’s V6 TDI Technology

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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Volkswagen’s 3.0L V6 TDI engine has 6 cylinders, 3 to a side, angled in the shape of a ‘V’. Hence the name, V6. The engine is very compact in size. It delivers superior refinement and greater power. It returns higher fuel economy. VW’s V6 TDI common rail diesel engine is environmental-friendly, it emits less CO2.

The 240 PS engine, linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission provides a torque of 405 pound-foot. It has the capacity to provide an acceleration rate of 0 to 60 in 7.4 seconds. It gives a top speed of 136 mph. Comparatively, this is a significant gain in performance. The fuel economy (combined) is 38.4 mph.

The V6 TDI engines also feature Brake Energy Recuperation and Start/Stop technology, as standard. The Brake Energy Recuperation technology saves and stores energy generated during braking. It is then later used for starting, and acceleration. The Start/Stop technology helps to save fuel, and cut down emission, by turning off the engine automatically while the vehicle stops for traffic lights. Once you are ready to move the vehicle, the system will automatically start the engine as well.

Volkswagen’s TDI engines are fitted with turbochargers. They help to boost torque and output, while saving energy and cutting emissions. The Common Rail System provides a refined and efficient combustion, for improved fuel consumption and performance. The Diesel Particulate Filters fitted on Volkswagen’s advanced diesel engines provides for improved filtering, thus aids in cutting down CO2 emissions.

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Volkswagen’s TSI Technology

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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TSI is Volkswagen’s cutting-edge technology for Gasoline engines. TSI engines have high power. They use less fuel. They are compact, and they are cleaner. They emit comparatively less CO2, which makes them very environmental-friendly. In short, TSI engines are very economical, and they provide high performance.

A combination of different elements contributes to the efficiency of TSI engines. TSI engines are smaller and lighter. This helps to reduce the loss of power resulting from friction. The direct Gasoline injection works in tandem with a turbocharger. This helps to enhance the combustion efficiency of the engine. Hence, the power output of TSI engines is much higher than the traditional/conventional engines. On the TSI 1.4 160PS, the supercharger driven by the engine operates at lower revs, with the exhaust gas-powered turbocharger kicking in as the speed of the engine rises. A belt drive directly from the crankshaft powers the supercharger. This results in maximum pulling power as and when required, even during low engine speeds. The benefits, increased driving pleasure and lower fuel consumption.

TSI technology is a perfect blend of TDI diesel and Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) engines. According to Volkswagen, they would never stop refining their TSI technology. Some of their latest ideas for the 1.4L 122PS include:

A lightened cylinder head cover and a light-weight camshaft to save weight

A new injector with 6 fuel bores for electronic direct injection to optimize fuel mixture

Reduced volume of the charge air system for much quicker high charge pressure build up, for improved dynamics.

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Volkswagen’s TDI Technology

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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TDI (Turbocharged direct injection) identifies all of Volkswagen‘s advanced diesel engines using a turbocharger and direct fuel injection. TDI engines offer high levels of torque. They are energy efficient, hence are very economical.

The turbocharger in the TDI, driven by the exhaust gases, squeezes oxygen/air more tightly into the cylinders. The air is then cooled by an intercooler. The cooled air then enters the combustion chamber. The combustion chamber is where the diesel is directly injected into the cylinders at very high pressure via a nozzle. The intensive mixing of the cooled compressed air with the highly atomized fuel results in a very efficient combustion.

The TDI engines are fitted with exhaust turbochargers featuring variable turbine geometry in order to boost torque and power output. The air needed for the burning of the fuel is compressed by them, allowing the engine to draw in more air while its revs and displacement stay the same. The energy in the exhaust gas actually powers the turbocharger. To overcome turbo lag, a delay in the available power, TDI engines uses VTG (Variable Turbine Geometry) turbochargers.

The key factor in diesel direct injection is the pressure at which the diesel is injected into the cylinder. Volkswagen uses the multiple-injection technology. A pilot/double pilot injection, main injection, and a post injection is used depending on the design of the engine, load, and revs. The injection pressure is stored in a high-pressure fuel reservoir called ‘common rail’. Its main advantage is that the fuel can be delivered at a higher pressure.

The DPF (Diesel Particulate Filters) integrated with the TDI engines provides for a very effective way in cutting emissions.

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The Fastest GTI is also a Nurburgring Record Holder- II

Friday, June 10th, 2016

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The ESC and drive modes have various new settings. Volkswagen has altered the ESC in Clubsport S to intervene later and reduce torque less. The VAQ front differential lock (electronically controlled) has a variable degree of locking. It works in tandem with the ESC.

One of the interesting features of Clubsport S is the ‘Nürburgring mode’ that is available in the Driver Profile selections. Enabling the mode will set the Dynamic Chassis Control of the Suspension into a mode that is tuned to aim the car for a track speed that is worthy of Nürburgring. However, there is no need to worry about the car shattering to pieces upon hitting a pothole, because, according to Volkswagen, the chassis of a car that is fine-tuned for driving on normal race tracks is manufactured pretty hard. However, this is not helpful on the Nordschleife, hence, they have fine-tuned the suspension in such a way that the wheels are guided ahead on the field track perfectly. What this means is that the Clubsport S will be fairly soft vertically, but stiff when it comes to lateral dynamics.

The VW GTI Clubsport S marks the 40th anniversary of the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The Clubsport S was unveiled during the 2016 Wörthersee GTI festival. The festival saw thousands of GTI fans admiring the Clubsport S. The motto of Europe’s biggest GTI event has been, ‘Back to the Roots’.

The available colors for the Clubsport S include Deep Black Pearl, Pure White, and Tornado Red. Volkswagen will be making only 400 units of Clubsport S.

The VW Golf GTI Clubsport S, in effect, is a limited-edition track weapon.

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The Fastest GTi is also a Nurburgring Record Holder-I

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S holds to its name two records. It is the fastest front wheel-drive car to lap the Nürburgring (7:49.21 lap time), and it is the most powerful production Golf ever manufactured (261 bhp up from the regular GTI Clubsport and 10 bhp more than the 4-wheel drive Golf R).

Compared to the regular Golf GTI, the Clubsport S has a number of additional features, including a completely new exhaust system and a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine. The Clubsport S does not have rear seats, instead, in its place, is a parcel shelf, arm rests, and few of the noise insulation. There is also a smaller battery installed as well. Volkswagen binned the electronic limiter for the Clubsport S as well. The end-result is a 2998-pound car, which alongside the additional power, provides a top speed of 165 mph, and a recorded ‘0 to 62’ of 5.8 seconds. Also unique to the Clubsport S is its exhaust system. It is designed to reduce backpressure, and to crackle and pop more under braking.

The car features 19-inch ‘Pretoria’ alloy wheels. The brake system features aluminum covers and brake bells. Clubsport S sports a black painted roof and has racing bucket seats. It features the golf ball gear knob, an Alcantara trimmed steering wheel, piano black trim, and seat belts with red lines.

For increased stability, Volkswagen has finely tuned the suspension of the Clubsport S as well. It helps to eliminate oversteer/understeer moments. There is an option to turn the stability control system completely off also.

Read further about the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S in, ‘The Fastest GTi is also a Nurburgring Record Holder- II’.

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