VW

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(…)

Success puts Skoda on collision course with VW

Skoda is a car brand that has been inexorably on the rise for some time. But has the brand’s outstanding performance figures put it on a collision course with its parent brand Volkswagen? The answer to this depends on who you listen to really. Certain VW sources suggest the firm is taking steps to check(…)

A look back at the Volkswagen New Beetle (1998 – 2011)

Is any car as iconic as the original Beetle? – A question that can be debated indefinitely without ever reaching a resolution. Of course there are candidates: the Citroen 2CV, all manner of Ferraris, the Mini… but few had films based around them, a honour the Beetle can proudly or embarrassingly claim (depends on your(…)

Greenpeace stage protest on VW transporter ship

Greenpeace activists have boarded a 23,498-tonne ship transporting VW cars to the UK from Germany. The ship was preparing to dock at Sheerness in Kent when the protesters boarded the ship from a small fleet of kayaks and boats. Volkswagen, one of the world’s largest car manufacturers, imports tens of thousands of cars to the(…)

VW Boss: Diesel is not dead

‘Diesel is not dead’ – so says the VW Group chairman, Matthias Muller, and he believes it’s up to the car industry to change the public’s increasingly poor perception of it as a fuel. At the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen revealed plans to launch 80 new electric models across the brand by 2025. Despite(…)