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Official: Limited-edition VW Beetle GSR priced from $29,995*

By Steven J. Ewing

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR on show stand - front three-quarter view, yellow

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Volkswagen has announced that pricing of its limited-edition 2014 Beetle GSR will start from $29,995, *not including $820 for destination. This throwback to the original 1970s “Yellow Black Racer” first debuted at the Chicago Auto Show and will be limited to just 3,500 units worldwide.

The prominent black-and-yellow paint scheme sets the GSR apart from lesser turbocharged Beetle models, and the car rides on 19-inch Tornado alloy wheels wrapped in 235/40-series tires. That same color combination makes its way inside the Bug, with yellow contrast stitching on the black leather surfaces. Additionally, there are sport seats, a sport steering wheel (with a serialized number plaque), plus a unique R-Line dash pad and GSR shift lever.

The Beetle GSR builds off the R-Line model, powered by Volkswagen’s tried-and-true 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that puts out 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque in this application. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, though Volkswagen will offer the GSR with its six-speed DSG dual-clutch ‘box for an additional $1,100. Hitting 60 miles per hour takes just 6.6 seconds in the GSR, and top speed is limited to 130 mph.

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Official: Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe is a green fun-machine we want to drive

By Seyth Miersma

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Think back to January’s Detroit Auto Show. Those of you that are fans of the Volkswagen brand, impressed with green technology or simply fall into the “diesel geek” category, will almost certainly remember VW’s CrossBlue concept with its diesel/electric hybrid powertrain, seating for seven, and somewhat awkward crossover styling. It was an impressive piece of future tech, to be sure, though it left something to be desired in the, well, desirability department.

Here in Shanghai, VW has brought along a CrossBlue Coupe concept that would seem to include most of the goodness of the original, but flavored with more sport and style this time around.

The CrossBlue Coupe makes use of the same electric drive components as the larger three-row concept: two electric motors (front and rear) powered by a 9.8-kWh lithium-ion battery. However, where the original concept made use of a TDI four-cylinder, the Coupe substitutes a 295-horsepower, direct-injection, gasoline-burning V6.

In terms of performance, this combination of powertrains is impressive. Total system output is rated at 415 hp. With power flowing through a six-speed DSG transmission, the CrossBlue Coupe will scoot from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 5.9 seconds, and will continue on to a top speed of 147 mph.

The CrossBlue Coupe will scoot from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds, and will continue on to a top speed of 147 mph.

Even with that go-fast ability, however, the Coupe doesn’t belie its “blue” origins. As in the original concept, the CrossBlue coupe offers all-EV operation with a maximum range of 21 miles, and a top speed of 75 mph (though likely not both of those at the same time). VW quotes a combined fuel consumption figure of 79 miles per gallon on the European cycle – 34.1 mpg when running on the V6 alone – and a total theoretical range of close to 720 miles.

The CrossBlue coupe is shorter and lower than its three-row progenitor, but just as wide. The result, as you can see, is a far sleeker and more aggressive looking crossover that looks quite planted on its 22-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, we find an interior that is quite high-tech though not unrecognizable from the VW interiors on the current line. A muted black and gray pallet is accented with brightwork and a thick yellow trim line that surrounds the cabin. There’s a dominating 10.1-inch touchscreen up front, complete with proximity sensors, which is used to control all of the vehicle systems and entertainment options. In the back seats, passengers find twin iPad Mini units on the headrests (seen above), which they can use to, “enjoy audio, video and online programs.” Sounds like just the thing for the family’s summer road trip to

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The Men and Women Who Run Kingfisher

By Tony Reading, The Motley Fool

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LONDON — Management can make all the difference to a company’s success and, thus, its share price.

The best companies are those run by talented and experienced leaders, with strong vested interests in the success of the business, held in check by a board with sound financial and business acumen. Some of the worst investments to hold are those run by executives collecting fat rewards as the underlying business goes to pot.

In this series, I’m assessing the boardrooms of companies within the FTSE 100. I hope to separate the management teams that are worth following from those that are not. Today, I am looking at Kingfisher , owner of B&Q and Europe‘s largest DIY retail chain.

Here are the key directors:



Daniel Bernard

(non-exec) Chairman

Ian Cheshire

Chief Executive

Karen Witts

Finance Director

Kevin O’Byrne

CEO, B&Q and Koctas

Phillipe Tible

CEO, Castorama and Brico

Frenchman Daniel Bernard joined the board as deputy chairman in 2006, stepping up to become chairman in 2009. He has worked for several European retailers, and was chairman and CEO of Carrefour from 1998 to 2005.

Ian Cheshire was schooled at Boston Consulting Group, Guinness (where he was Ernest Saunders’s executive assistant), and Sears, before joining Kingfisher in 1998 as strategy director. He became CEO 10 years later in 2008, after being B&Q CEO from 2005.

Checkered history
He has thus seen Kingfisher’s checkered history first hand. The group grew to be a sprawling conglomerate in the late 20th century, before a failed bid to buy Asda led to shareholder pressure to refocus.

Mr Cheshire has increased operating margins, with emphasis on exploiting synergies between the company’s various international operations. The share price has doubled during his tenure, and though barely above what it was 10 years ago, that’s a considerable achievement given the economic background. The business is sensitive to consumer spending and housing markets in the U.K. and Europe.

A chartered accountant, Karen Witts has worked for several companies in finance roles, and was CFO of BT retail and CFO of Vodafone Middle East and Asian region before joining Kingfisher in October 2012.

Witts took up the job vacated by Kevin O’Byrne, who had been finance director since 2008. He had previously been finance director of DSG, and was poached after being passed over for the top job there.

Philippe Tible has spent his career in the French retail industry, joining Kingfisher’s French subsidiary in 2003. He joined Kingfisher’s board in 2012 as part of the reshuffle involving O’Byrne and Witts, intended, in part, to broaden the executive team’s experience. Also promoted to the board was the U.K. CEO, but he unexpectedly decamped to be CEO of the Co-op last December.

An impressive line-up of six non-execs includes a former CEO of Ikea, and CFO of Cadbury.

Ian Cheshire has 3.8 million pounds’ worth of shares, but the other executive directors, albeit recently appointed, have much smaller holdings, and sold substantial option awards last year.

I analyze management teams from five different angles to help work out a verdict. Here’s my assessment:

1. ReputationManagement CVs

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible Test Drive And Review – Top Down Fun

By Jason Fogelson, Contributor

I recently spent a week driving the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, which carries a pricetag that starts at $24,995. My Turbo example, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, came with the Fender Sound System, Navigation and a six-speed DSG automatic transmission, and a list price of $32,295 plus $795 for destination charges. The EPA estimates that the Beetle Turbo Convertible will achieve 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway with the automatic transmission. …read more
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Geneva: Seat Leon SC is the Golf cousin we're dying to <i>hola</i> at

By Seyth Miersma

2013 Seat Leon SC

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Despite Volkswagen bringing both GTI and Variant wagon versions of its new Golf to Geneva this year, some would argue that the best looking Golf on the show floor is wearing a Seat badge. The Spanish Volkswagen subsidiary has unveiled its three-door Leon SC for the Swiss crowds, and the car’s neatly creased hatchback form is, at least, a pleasant visual alternative to the slope-nosed VW.

The technical details about the Seat Leon have been available for a little while now (we’ve reported on both the five-door and the three-door cars already), but it’s good to see the thing in the metal and with live images. To refresh: the Leon will offer a full complement of diesel and direct-injection gasoline engines, both manual and DSG transmissions, and a whole host of technology from the VW corporate toy box.

Scroll down for a host of details in the Seat press release, and get a closer look at the real deal automobile in our gallery of live-from-Geneva images.

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First Images of New Volkswagen Golf Variant / SportWagen Break Free [2013 Geneva Auto Show]

By Austin Lindberg

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The appearance of the new Volkswagen Golf Variant / SportWagen shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone familiar with VW’s recent work. And with the all-new MKVII Golf appearing last fall, it was only a matter of time before we saw a new Golf Variant—that’s German-market-speak for “wagon”—the previous version of which was sold here as the Jetta SportWagen. Thanks to a few images leaked somewhere between Wolfsburg and the nether regions of the interwebs—from Russia, perhaps—we now see that the new wagon wears a rakish set of duds largely cribbed from its stablemate.

The new model eschews the bulbous rear of the old car in favor of a look that falls in line with VW’s more-creased current design language, and it also sports Wolfsburg’s latest taillamp style. Full details will have to wait until later, but we have a good idea of what to expect. A U.S.-market version should be available with a 1.4-liter turbo four or a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel under the hood, with transmission choices including VW’s DSG dual-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual. The outgoing Jetta SportWagen made use of the PQ35 architecture, but this new model will share its MQB bones with the new Golf.

Further questions remain regarding the car’s name in this country; the “Jetta SportWagen,” “Golf SportWagen,” and “SportWagen” monikers are all in the running. Regardless of the car’s name on this side of the pond, it will head into production later this year. The MkVII three- and five-door Golf hatchbacks don’t arrive here until the spring of 2014, so don’t look for this in American dealerships until after that.

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Official: 2014 Volkswagen GTI to start a new hot hatch era in Geneva

By Seyth Miersma

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The upcoming Geneva Motor Show is going to be stocked with important new production models and sexy concept cars, but hot hatch enthusiasts will undoubtedly see it as the coming out party of the MkVII Volkswagen GTI. And while we’ve only got European specifications and pricing to go on for now, we can tell from the get-go that the new GTI will be a proper heir to VW‘s hot hatch legacy.

This seventh-generation GTI is powered by a turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in base form. For the first time ever, Volkswagen is also offering a performance pack for the GTI as well, which ups the horsepower to 230 (torque remains unchanged). With a slightly lower curb weight to push around – the new base car weighs 2,978 pounds versus 3,034 for the current three-door GTI – 0-62 miles per hour is now achieved in 6.5 seconds, and top speed is 153 mph. (Cars with the performance pack offer 0-62 mph in 6.4 seconds, and a 155-mph top speed.) Buyers my choose between a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed DSG unit.

Visually, the new GTI has obviously adopted the slant-nosed looks of the MkVII Golf, though with plenty of added drama. The exterior is dominated by the 17-inch “Brooklyn” wheels wearing 225-section rubber, and the aggressive front fascia gets black honeycombed inserts in the upper and lower grille sections. At launch, Volkswagen will offer the GTI in three colors: the Pure White seen here, Tornado Red and Black. Tartan patterned seats are of course still an option for the interior, while the GTI-specific steering wheel and shift knob are standard.

The new car is set to go on sale in Europe in May of this year, with an asking price of 28,350 euros to start. North American timing and pricing are still up in the air, however. There’s a bit more information about the 2014 Volkswagen GTI in the press release below for your perusal. Expect plenty more in the way of information and images when we see the car live at Geneva, too.

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Official: Seat shows Leon SC three-door ahead of Geneva

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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Seat has just unwrapped the Leon SC three-door hatchback ahead of its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Unlike some transformations from five- to three-door hatches, the Seat Leon underwent some meaningful surgery in the changeover, losing nearly an inch and a half of its wheelbase while still retaining the same amount of cargo capacity behind the rear seats.

The SC, which stands for Sports Coupé, is said to be more nimble than its larger counterpart, and therefore more fun to drive. A range of turbocharged and direct injected gasoline and diesel engines will be available in Europe ranging from 1.2 to 2.0 liters and with up to 184 horsepower. Manual transmissions with five or six gears will be offered, depending on the engine chosen, as will a six-speed DSG automatic.

Seat also says that the new Leon boasts more expressive styling than the five-door, and we can see where they are coming from. Of particular note, says the automaker, are the size and shapes of the glass areas and the sweep of the tailgate toward the ground. Take a good look at the new three-door Leon in the image gallery above, and feel free to read all the details in the full press blast below.

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Report: Next Volkswagen Golf R to get 286 horsepower?

By Steven J. Ewing

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The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf hasn’t launched in the United States just yet, but we’re already setting our sights on the range-topping R model. According to Autocar, the next Golf R will be more powerful than the current version, producing 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful production Golf ever.

Powering the new Golf R will be a further evolution of Volkswagen’s well-liked 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, and when mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, the hotter hatch will reportedly be able to sprint to 62 miles per hour in five seconds flat. That’s over half a second quicker than the current US-spec model.

Other updates for the new Golf R include the addition of VW’s Haldex 5 all-wheel-drive system found in the latest iteration of 4Motion. Furthermore, thanks to the use of lightweight materials, the new R is expected to weigh in around 2,650 pounds – that’s a massive 675 pounds less than the current US-spec car. The exhaust has reportedly been reworked to provide more aural delight, as well.

Herein lies the rub, though: It’s unclear whether or not Volkswagen will offer this same power upgrade in the States. After all, the current US-spec Golf R is rated at 256 hp and 243 lb-ft while its Euro counterpart produces 270 hp and 258 lb-ft. What’s more, European versions can be had with the delicious six-speed DSG, whereas US models are only available with the six-speed manual ‘box. Volkswagen’s US arm tells Autoblog that since the car is still so far off, “there is no final decision” on whether our car will be identical to the Euro model.

Autocar reports that the Euro-spec Golf R will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, with the first cars hitting the streets of Europe in early 2014.

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Chicago: 2013 Volkswagen GTI Driver's Edition brings exclusivity to the granddaddy of hot hatches

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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<p>The <a target=Volkswagen booth at this year’s Chicago Auto Show was filled with various special edition models of the Beetle and GTI. In addition to the GTI Wolfsburg Edition, the Volkswagen GTI Driver’s Edition helps to wrap up the 2013 model year as VW readies the all-new MkVII Golf next year.

Only 3,000 of the GTI Driver’s Edition models will be produced in four-door body style only, and the available color palette will be limited to just Candy White, Carbon Steel Gray and Deep Black. The package will come standard with the GTI‘s Sunroof and Navigation package, and it will add unique features such as the 18-inch “Laguna” wheels, a golf-ball shift knob, partial leather seats and red-stitching on the carpeted floor mats. Buyers of this package will also get a certificate of authenticity and some GTI swag such as a hat, keychain and parking sign.

Starting price for the 2013 Volkswagen GTI Driver’s Edition is $29,695 with the six-speed manual and $30,795 if you choose the DSG – both prices exclude destination charges.

The press release for both limited-edition GTI models is posted after the jump.

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Chicago: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR is black and yellow, black and yellow

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR

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Way back in 1973, Volkswagen decided it was high time to take the loveable air-cooled Bug racing. No, it wasn’t painted in Herbie colors – Volkswagen called its sport-tuned machine the Beetle GSR, “Gelb Schwarzer Renner” or “Yellow Black Racer.” Hence, the somewhat shocking paint scheme.

VW is bringing its sporty black and yellow Beetle back for 2014, and you can see live photos of it above. It’s got a 210-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood (that’d be the hood up front, unlike the car’s forebear), and a six-speed manual or DSG automatic transmission sends those ponies to the front wheels. Note that this car’s output is up 10 horses on other turbo VWs, and the Jetta GLI and Beetle Turbo for 2013. The 0-60 run takes 6.6 seconds, and top speed is limited to 130 miles per hour.

Besides the in-your-face black and yellow paint, the GSR is outfitted with a large rear spoiler and 19-inch wheels shod with 235/40 tires. The bee-like hue carries over inside, with yellow stitching on black leather. Only 3,500 will be produced, each with its own unique plaque. Pricing has not yet been announced, but you’re free to read through the press release below all the same.

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