Volkswagen

A look back at the Volkswagen Beetle – oval window (1953-1957)

Has there ever been a vehicle that has stayed the course with more endurance than the Volkswagen Beetle? A few perhaps, Citroen no doubt would throw the 2CV into the ring – although the production run was shorter by some distance. The Ford Fiesta shows no signs of flagging, but with production starting not-so-long-ago in(…)

Greenpeace protests outside VW headquarters

Greenpeace is staging a protest outside Volkswagen’s UK headquarters in Milton Keynes. The group are demanding to speak with the firm’s UK boss Paul Willis, about the effects of diesel emissions on public health. The protest involves a makeshift clinic highlighting the dangers of diesel emissions on the human body, particularly those caused by nitrogen(…)

A look back at the Volkswagen K70 (1970 – 1974)

For a considerable part of its long history, Volkswagen was firmly wedded to rear wheel drive technology. It was only when the German car giant purchased NSU and Audi at the end of the 1960s, that attention was turned toward front wheel drive. The 1974 Golf was the car that kicked it off and it’s(…)

45,000 UK drivers team up to fight VW over emissions

Almost 45,000 UK motorists have joined forces to fight VW over the emissions scandal in a class action lawsuit. The pre-trial hearing is scheduled for next month. It was back in 2015 that the German car giant was found guilty of manipulating software in its cars, helping them ‘cheat’ laboratory tests on emissions. The news(…)

VW pays cabbie after dieselgate leaves him out of pocket

The true ramifications of Dieselgate have been far reaching and varied for VW, not to mention expensive. But it has also taken a sizable toll on the company’s customer base, one of which is Tyneside taxidriver, John Denholm. John’s VW Passat broke down days after it had been ‘fixed’ by the automaker, the loss of(…)

VW drivers – Tips on driving in London

London can be a law unto itself. Driving in the capital can be pretty hairy, especially if you’re not familiar with the often cavalier approach of other drivers. This festive period, we have a few tips for our VW drivers brave enough to venture into the mean streets of the big smoke. Be prepared. Before(…)

Volkswagen say no to US plug-in hybrids

VW paid a heavy price for Dieselgate. Part of the company’s penance was an enforced shove towards electrification. To be fair, the strides towards this made by the company to date have been significant. A huge development programme is well underway and is already starting to bear fruit. That said, Volkswagen have revealed they have(…)

A look back at the Volkswagen Type 2 Camper – bay windows (1968 – 1979)

After many years of hard work and popular service, 1968 saw the Volkswagen Transporter given a deserved overhaul and thorough reworking. The second generation, imaginatively called the Type 2, was designed with the futuristic 1970s in mind and yet it still retained the looks and style of the T1 now firmly established in the public’s(…)

VW deliver its 150 millionth car

German car maker VW celebrated a significant landmark last week as the firm’s 150 millionth car was delivered to a customer. In what could be interpreted as a nod towards the company’s long term future, the 150 millionth car turned out to be a plug-in hybrid Golf GTE – far removed from the tainted legacy(…)

The evolution of the VW badge

Surely one of the most iconic car emblems worldwide, the VW logo has evolved through a number of different designs over the years. Simple yet effectively iconic, the logo consists of two white letters (a V over a W in a monogram) in a circle of the same colour, in a blue background. The white(…)