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Report: Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept sketches leaked ahead of Shanghai

By Steven J. Ewing

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A handful of sketches of the Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept have leaked onto the web ahead of its official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show this week. The sketches show a small crossover from the German brand that could likely rival the Mercedes-Benz GLA that was also revealed this week. The leakage comes courtesy of German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, and follows in the footsteps of the larger, three-row CrossBlue concept that debuted in Detroit earlier this year.

The Coupe, however, will likely ditch the CrossBlue’s third row of seats, and if the larger Volkswagen concept is supposed to hint at the next-generation Touareg, perhaps this smaller, swoopier concept is our first look at the smaller Tiguan successor. All we know is that it’s based on Volkswagen’s flexible MQB small car architecture, and a lot of its elements could work its way across the VW lineup in the future.

Under the hood is reported to be a turbocharged V6 paired with two electric motors, good for a combined output of 409 horsepower. The CrossBlue Coupe concept can apparently sprint to 62 miles per hour in just 5.9 seconds, has an all-electric range of about 20 miles, and will reportedly achieve 78 miles per gallon in the US. Impressive.

We’ll have more details on the CrossBlue Coupe concept later this week, so stay tuned for all the official goods, as well as live impressions direct from Shanghai.

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New York: 2014 VW Golf brings storied hatchback's seventh generation to US

By Zach Bowman

2015 VW Golf, GTI and Golf TDI

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The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf in US-specification officially debuts at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The new model is the first VW in the States to ride on the company’s MQB architecture, and as such, it makes use of plenty of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel to keep weight down. All told, the new shell is 51 pounds lighter than the outgoing generation, despite the fact that the finished car is a full 2.2 inches longer and .5 inches wider than the 2013 model.

Buyers can expect to find a base model powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (blue car above) with 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. That means the powerplant delivers the same horsepower as the old naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder while weighing less and producing seven extra pound-feet of torque. TDI (silver car above) buyers, meanwhile, will enjoy a new 2.0-liter turbo diesel four-cylinder mill. VW says the engine yields 10 more horsepower than the old lump, which means the Golf TDI now boasts 150 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.

GTI (red car above) buyers will now get their hands on a revised 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with approximately 210 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque – Volkswagen hasn’t finalized power numbers for that machine. We’re happy to see that the GTI still features its trademark plaid seats. Volkswagen says the new Golf and GTI will go on sale as a 2015 model, but doesn’t say when the car will actually hit dealerships.

Check out the press release below for more information.

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2014 VW Golf brings storied hatchback’s seventh generation to US originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Here’s What the 2014 Audi A3 Looks Like Under a Sheet, Plus a Glimpse of Its Back Seat

By Alexander Stoklosa

2014 Audi A3 sedan teaser

Today, Audi released the photo above and announced that the unspecified mystery car in it is an all-new ride. Given the absence of any scale-providing objects, it could be argued that literally any Audi sedan could be hiding under that sheet—admit it, they all look pretty similar—but it’s a pretty safe bet that this is a peek at the 2014 A3 sedan. After all, the A4 was just recently refreshed, a new A6 arrived for 2012, and the A8 isn’t due for an update for another year or two. 



2014 Audi A3 sedan teaser

The A3 sedan and a two-door cabriolet are the only two A3 variants guaranteed to come to the U.S.; the three- and five-door hatchbacks likely will stay in Europe. As are the A3 hatches, the sedan is based on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB modular front-drive architecture. Based on an A3 sedan test mule our spy photographers caught out in the wild, the production model largely will look like a scaled-down, stumpier A4. Audi also released a brief peek at the the aft quarters of the A3′s interior, which promises to be more luxe than what the brand previewed at CES last year (we expect the dashboard to mimic the hatchback’s)—all the better for going up against Mercedes-Benz’s new CLA250.

Audi says it will provide fans with a sneak peek at the 2014 A3 sedan on March 27, which happens to be the first day of the 2013 New York auto show. We’ll bring you more info as soon as it becomes available.

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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: 300-HP 2013 Audi S3 Sportback unwrapped

By Seyth Miersma

2013 Audi S3 Sportback - front three-quarter studio view, red

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Not content to let Volkswagen have all of the fun with its GTI and Golf R, Audi is rebooting its five-door S3 Sportback with rather monstrous power. Headed for an official unveil at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the new S3 rolls out with a 300-horsepower, 280-pound-feet of torque turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI engine under the hood. The four-cylinder powerplant is strong enough to shove the Sportback to 62 miles per hour in just 5.0 seconds when connected to the optional S-Tronic gearbox, or 5.5 seconds with the traditional manual transmission. Top speed is said to be an electronically governed 155 mph. Almost as impressive as those performance figures are the fuel economy ratings: the S- S3 is said to average 34 miles per gallon.

All S3 Sportback models offer Quattro all-wheel drive, ride on a sport-tuned suspension tuned to a lower ride height (about one inch) versus the standard Audi A3. 18-inch wheels with 225-section tires are standard equipment, and 13.39-inch front brakes should offer serious stopping ability.

Audi has done a lot of work shedding pounds from this latest MQB-architecture S3, as well. The car has a curb weight of roughly 3,186 pounds, or some 154 pounds less than the outgoing model. 11 of those pounds were cut via weight-saving measures in the 2.0-liter engine.

The last generation S3 was never shipped to the US for sale, and Audi has given us no indication thus far that this one will be. We’ll expect to pin down a firm answer to that when we see the S3 Sportback roll onto stage at in Geneva.

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Next-Generation Audi TT to Move Upmarket, Narrow Gap to R8

By Jens Meiners

The next-generation Audi TT will be a sharper, far more angular vehicle, Audi chief designer Wolfgang Egger told us at the Detroit auto show this week. The third generation of the compact coupe and roadster—along with the next-gen A4—will introduce the brand’s new design strategy, which will emphasize the differences between its cars and its Q line of crossovers and SUVs. “We understand the criticism of our cars being too similar to each other,” Egger said, but he also hinted that his brand would not undergo radical changes such as those seen at BMW a decade ago. Key elements of future Audi models will be more-angular lines and more-daring headlight styling, made possible by the advent of full LED technology.

Under its lightweight skin, the next TT will be based on the MQB modular-transversal architecture, a front- and all-wheel-drive platform equipped with four- or five-cylinder engines. The straight-five, in fact, will play a growing role in Audi’s lineup. It will be offered in several power levels across the brand’s lineup. The top-of-the-line TT RS will produce close to 400 horsepower.



As the mid-engine sports car known as the R4 has been put on hold indefinitely, there is a considerable gap between the current TT and the R8. Taking the TT upmarket will narrow the gap between the two. And the sharpened styling language offers the chance to create a new icon—a quality that has been lost with the second-generation TT, which toned down its predecessor’s unique look.

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

Next-Generation Audi A3 to Get Sedan-Based Droptop Variant

By Jens Meiners

The 2015 Audi A3 cabriolet will be based on the A3 sedan, rendered here.

Audi is hard at work to counter Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming CLA in the premium-compact-sedan segment, and the result of that work will be the A3 sedan that’s scheduled to debut later this year. Now our sources in Ingolstadt tell us that Audi will do one better by offering an A3 cabriolet, which will be based on the A3 sedan as rendered above. The current, not-for-the-U.S. A3 convertible is based on the two-door hatchback, and it’s a rather-compact vehicle, similar in style to the Volkswagen Golf cabriolet—which also isn’t available stateside. Choosing the sedan for a foundation will make for more classic proportions, but, best of all, it’s a strong indication that such a car would be U.S.-bound. We understand that there’s a good chance there will be an S3 convertible, while an RS3 cabrio is possible, technically, but very unlikely (unfortunately).

The A3 convertible will be yet another vehicle from the VW Group to make use of the Group’s light-weight, modular-transversal MQB architecture. That means the droptop will be available with front- and all-wheel drive, and there is a vast corporate parts bin full of potential electronics and powertrain parts. In theory, Audi can take this vehicle in many directions.

Despite the number of powertrain options afforded by the versatile architecture, Audi is likely to remain conservative with the A3 cabriolet. The backbone of this model will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, or a 2.0-liter TDI.



The Audi A3 convertible will see competition from other compact premium convertibles, such as the BMW 1-series convertible and the upcoming 2-series that will replace it. Those A3 cabs that tick all the boxes on the options sheet are likely to be cross shopped with the upcoming BMW 4-series, the Mercedes-Benz E-class cabriolet, and, of course, the A5 convertible—whether Audi likes it or not. Of course, there’s also Volkswagen. As long as the Eos is on the market, it will be a challenge to this new Audi.

The Audi A3 convertible is likely to come to market in late 2014 or early 2015. Base models should start well below $40,000, while those at the highest reaches of the droptop’s pricing shouldn’t have any trouble cresting $50,000.

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver