A history of the VW Golf – from Mk1 to Mk7

The VW Golf was the first premium hatchback, and to this day it’s still one of the best you can buy. Launched in 1979, with the Iron Lady still yet to move into Number Ten; forty years has done nothing to dent the Golf’s popular appeal. Currently on its seventh generation, the Golf we know(…)

VW takes Toyota’s crown as world’s biggest carmaker

Volkswagen has moved ahead of Toyota and become the world’s largest carmaker; this is the first time the German carmaker has held the position. Japan’s Toyota, which has led sales for the last four years, sold 10.175 million vehicles in 2016, falling slightly short of the 10.31 million sales posted by Volkswagen last week for(…)

Winter driving tips for VW drivers

With respect to general driving conditions; January and February are traditionally the most hazardous months of the year. The unpredictable British winter can chuck some genuinely horrendous variants of weather down onto our over congested roads; sub-zero temperature, floods, snow, high winds. It’s important to be prepared when we take our VWs out onto the(…)

The VW camper van is back – and this time it’s electric

If you were to ask a random stranger to list their ten most iconic cars, it’s a good bet the VW camper van would be on it somewhere. Loved by millions, the last edition of the people carrier was removed from production back in 2013. Since then, the various incarnations of the classic design have(…)

A history of the VW camper – Part Three

Today we conclude our look back at the history of the VW camper van. Picking up where we left off – back in… 1963 This was the year that saw engine size increased still further to 1500cc from the original 1200cc – the sliding door was made available as an option. 1967 The split screen(…)

A history of the VW camper – Part Two

Today we continue our look back at one of the best loved cars/vans ever to grace our roads. Picking up where we left off in 1949, we reach the dawn of … The Split. 1949 – 1947 The first generation of VW buses with split screens were released. Affectionately called ‘splitties’ by enthusiasts; the name(…)

A history of the VW camper – Part One

This week, VW released teaser images of the I.D. Buzz. Though labelled with a different name, the images effectively showed off what was basically just a re-Imagineering of an old classic. With self-driving possibilities and fully electric, it’s somewhat reassuring to know the iconic camper van, such a familiar sight on our roads for so(…)

VW to bring Amazon’s Alexa into its vehicles

Volkswagen has announced plans to follow in the footsteps of Ford Motors by integrating Amazon Alexa into its vehicles. In a statement, announced at the recent CES consumer technology exhibition held in Las Vegas, the German carmaker revealed its intention to roll out the technology in its forthcoming vehicles, allowing its drivers to operate the(…)

VW execs ordered to pay back private jet costs

Volkswagen executives have been ordered to repay millions of euros, after reports emerged that they had used the company’s private jet, for holiday travel. Newspapers in Germany are running stories describing how one senior chief, used the corporate jet to fly his entire family to Thailand for a holiday. Another used it to travel to(…)

VW Atlas coming to Europe?

Europe may see the seven-seat Volkswagen Atlas after all. Despite the car maker’s original plans for a car specifically tailored to the US and Chinese markets, VW’s head of full-size product lines Elmar-Marius Licharz has admitted that the company is weighing up whether to market the model in a small number of European countries. “We(…)