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(…)

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(…)

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(…)