A look back at the Volkswagen Jetta (1979 – 1984)

Today we look at one of the more interesting additions to the VW range. The Jetta was initially based on the illustrious Golf, but didn’t hit the markets until five years after the car that inspired it. Originally, the Jetta was aimed at more conservative customers, in particular – those in the US who found(…)

VW Amarok now available to buy

Volkswagen’s new Amarok pickup is now available to buy. With prices starting at £32,493 for the Trendline variant, the Amarok features a 3.0-litre six cylinder diesel engines, and four-wheel-drive replacing the old 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit. Other features to have been improved include the headlights; optional bi-xenon versions with integrated LED daytime running lights are(…)

VW release teaser sketches of new upper midsize car

Volkswagen has released some teaser sketches, complete with some basic specifications of their planned new premium saloon – the Arteon. The forthcoming model will be unveiled in Geneva next March and is expected to be taking the place of the CC, an often overlooked Volkswagen family member. Sources have revealed that production on the CC(…)

A look back at the Volkswagen Corrado (1988 – 1995)

In 1988, Volkswagen rolled out their replacement for the Scirocco, successfully updating the Golf Mk1’s three-door hatchback style and origami like creases in the bodywork. The Corrado was in many ways closely linked to the Golf Mk2, but featured the dashboard of a Passat. The debut edition came complete with a 1781cc engine in 16V(…)

A look back at the Volkswagen Polo Mk1 (1975 – 1981)

Much like the Passat, the Polo was another example of a Volkswagen that started life as an Audi. Disregarding the 1990’s A3 or A2, the first proper small Audi was actually the 50, which was then subsequently rebranded as the Polo in 1976. The car was styled by Bertone and featured all-new EA111 overhead camshaft(…)

LEGO recreate VW camper van

It was bound to happen at some point. LEGO have finally immortalised the iconic VW camper van – complete with yellow and red curtains in the windows – just in time for Christmas. This Yuletide, children – and quite possibly their parents too – can spend many a happy hour recreating their own LEGO version(…)

London major Sadiq Khan demands VW compensation

London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has said he believes that VW should pay £2.5 million worth of missed congestion charge payments, in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal. He went on to say that 80,000 Volkswagen engines that had been fitted with the ‘defeat devices’ were registered in the capital. The devices were able to(…)

Volkswagen to cut 30,000 jobs

Over the next four years, Volkswagen will shed 30,000 jobs as car production moves more towards mechanisation. Attempts to maintain profitability in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal are also behind the cull. The controversy has already seen the company fined $14.7 billion. The news was revealed at a press conference at the firm’s(…)

2016 Rally Australia sees the end of an era as VW bow out on top

The 2016 Kennards Hire Rally Australia will mark the end of an era, as Volkswagen bids farewell and sails off into the sunset. Also saying their goodbyes will be the current generation of WRC cars before the all new 2017-spec is introduced. Already both the Driver’s and the Manufacturer’s titles have been decided, so you’d(…)

VW 2016 rally car to be offered to privateers?

Despite VW ruling out the chance of their all-new 2017 design being passed onto privateers, it has revealed itself to being open to negotiations with teams or drivers showing an interest in renting the current Polo R WRC. A spokesman for VW Motorsport told Autosport: “We will discuss possibilities for renting the 2016 car next(…)