AutoGuide.com News » Volkswagen http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:29:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 AutoGuide.com News » Volkswagen http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/wp-content/themes/autoguide-proper/img/logo_autoguide_red.gif http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news Volkswagen Touran Spied, Could be US Bound http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/volkswagen-touran-spied-us-bound.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/volkswagen-touran-spied-us-bound.html#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:18:31 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=250826 Volkswagen Touran Spied, Could be US Bound Volkswagen Touran Spied, Could be US Bound
Volkswagen is rumored to be bringing its Touran MPV to the U.S. Likely based on the German automaker’s MQB platform, the next-generation Touran has been spotted by AutoGuide.com‘s spy photographers near the Nürburgring. The new MPV will offer more space than its predecessor and will also be lighter to help improve fuel economy compared to the... more]]>
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Volkswagen is rumored to be bringing its Touran MPV to the U.S.

Likely based on the German automaker’s MQB platform, the next-generation Touran has been spotted by AutoGuide.com‘s spy photographers near the Nürburgring. The new MPV will offer more space than its predecessor and will also be lighter to help improve fuel economy compared to the current model.

SEE ALSO: VW Seven-Seat Crossover to be Built in Chattanooga in 2016

It is believed that the next-generation Touran will share its engines with the Volkswagen Golf, but don’t expect a high-performance R version.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Touran Spy Photos

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VW Seven-Seat Crossover to be Built in Chattanooga in 2016 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/vw-seven-seat-crossover-confirmed-tenessee-production.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/vw-seven-seat-crossover-confirmed-tenessee-production.html#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:53:46 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=250734 VW Seven-Seat Crossover to be Built in Chattanooga in 2016 VW Seven-Seat Crossover to be Built in Chattanooga in 2016
Volkswagen announced today that it will build its new seven-seat crossover at its Chattanooga, Tenn. plant. Despite being the worlds number two automaker, Volkswagen is having a hard time in the U.S. market and the company hopes a large utility vehicle that will sit above the Touareg will help shore up its sales here. The... more]]>
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Volkswagen announced today that it will build its new seven-seat crossover at its Chattanooga, Tenn. plant.

Despite being the worlds number two automaker, Volkswagen is having a hard time in the U.S. market and the company hopes a large utility vehicle that will sit above the Touareg will help shore up its sales here. The mid-size sedan segment expanded from roughly 7500,000 in 2009 to about 1.4 million currently.

“The Chattanooga-built midsize SUV will allow us to fulfill the wishes of our dealer network, bringing new customers to our showrooms and additional growth for the brand,” VW Group of America CEO Michael Horn said. “We are eager to be entering this growing vehicle segment with a world-class, seven-passenger SUV from Volkswagen.”Volkswagen

Volkswagen’s yet-unnamed SUV will begin rolling off Volkswagen’s Chattanooga assembly line by the end of 2016, the company said today. Horn also said the MQB-based crossover will be offered with a diesel variant.

Apart from announcing the official decision to build the SUV there, Volkswagen also announced a commitment to invest $7 billion in its U.S. operation by 2018 including a new research and development facility in Tennessee that will employ 200 engineers. Early reports suggested that Volkswagen was leaning toward manufacturing the SUV in the U.S. over its Puebla, Mexico plant where the seventh-generation Golf is being built for this market.

“The Volkswagen brand is going on the attack again in America,” Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said today.

The news also means that VW’s Tennessee facility will be tooled up to build MQB-based vehicles by 2016 including the next-generation Passat. Horn expects the new SUV to become one of Volkswagen’s key sales pillars in the U.S. along with the Jetta, Passat and Tiguan compact crossover.

Production of the new SUV alone will merit an investment of about $900 million in Tennessee and 2,000 new jobs, the company said today.

“The United States of America is and will remain one of the most important markets for Volkswagen,” Winterkorn said. “We are now launching the second phase of the Volkswagen campaign in the US.”

GALLERY: Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

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Volkswagen GTI Sales Halted Over Suspension Issue http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/vw-orders-stop-sale-gti.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/vw-orders-stop-sale-gti.html#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:11:12 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=250226 Volkswagen GTI Sales Halted Over Suspension Issue Volkswagen GTI Sales Halted Over Suspension Issue
Volkswagen has ordered its dealers to not sell about 800 units of the 2015 Golf GTI because some of the vehicles have a safety defect. The front stabilizer link fastening on the cars can become loose over time, which would affect the car’s steering. Volkswagen will notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the issue immediately,... more]]>
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Volkswagen has ordered its dealers to not sell about 800 units of the 2015 Golf GTI because some of the vehicles have a safety defect.

The front stabilizer link fastening on the cars can become loose over time, which would affect the car’s steering. Volkswagen will notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the issue immediately, and owners of affected GTIs will be notified by mail. In total, about 2,000 vehicles are affected.

VW will replace the front stabilizer link at no cost to any existing owners of problematic cars. The company is in the process of tracking down the affected units that are waiting to be sold, to administer the fix.

UPDATE: Volkswagen says that both the standard VW Golf and Golf GTI are affected by the issue. 

 [Source: Jalopnik]

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2015 Volkswagen Passat Revealed for Europe http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/2016-volkswagen-passat-bows-ahead-paris-debut.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/2016-volkswagen-passat-bows-ahead-paris-debut.html#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:36:46 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=249944 2015 Volkswagen Passat Revealed for Europe 2015 Volkswagen Passat Revealed for Europe
You won’t have to wait until the Paris Motor Show to check out the all-new Volkswagen Passat. The German automaker revealed its eighth-generation Passat, at least in European form, with new sleek styling found in recent concepts such as the T-Roc and NMC. A narrow, three-slat radiator grille is accented by a rippled hood and... more]]>
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You won’t have to wait until the Paris Motor Show to check out the all-new Volkswagen Passat.

The German automaker revealed its eighth-generation Passat, at least in European form, with new sleek styling found in recent concepts such as the T-Roc and NMC. A narrow, three-slat radiator grille is accented by a rippled hood and angular headlights that is modern, yet Volkswagen.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Volkswagen Passat Previewed in Sketches

Overall, the body of the vehicle looks similar to the current model, but the rear end has also been overhauled with LED tail lights and a rounded bumper. Most importantly, the new Passat will weigh up to 187 lbs lighter than its predecessor as the German automaker has incorporated aluminum and high-strength steel to the body. In terms of dimensions, the Passat will actually be smaller but will have a more spacious interior and larger trunk.

Inside, expect a 12.3-inch TFT screen that will replace the traditional instrument cluster on the higher-end models, which will also receive a head-up display. Naturally with every new generation, the interior will also benefit from higher-grade materials and new-generation technology such as Side Assist with Rear Traffic Assist, Trailer Assist, Front Assist System with Emergency Braking and Traffic Jam Assist.

Under the hood, the 2016 Passat’s powertrain will range from 118 hp to 276 hp. The TDI model will benefit from a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel with 236 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission. The company will also add a plug-in hybrid variant with a 1.4-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor for a total system output of 201 hp and will have an all-electric range of 31 miles.

The European Passat will go on sale across Europe later this year, possibly as a 2015 model year. The redesign is expected to arrive North America as a 2016 model year.

GALLERY: 2016 Volkswagen Passat

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Volkswagen Beetle Dune Confirmed for Production http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/volkswagen-beetle-dune-confirmed-production.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/volkswagen-beetle-dune-confirmed-production.html#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:20:23 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=249772 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Confirmed for Production
Another concept car has managed to avoid being cast away into automotive history by getting the green light for production. The Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept will be built according to Car Magazine, and will hit showrooms sometime in early 2016. Essentially, the Dune is a taller, wider version of the Beetle that is meant to handle some light... more]]>
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Another concept car has managed to avoid being cast away into automotive history by getting the green light for production.

The Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept will be built according to Car Magazine, and will hit showrooms sometime in early 2016. Essentially, the Dune is a taller, wider version of the Beetle that is meant to handle some light off roading. We say light because the Dune will only be offered with front-wheel drive. Overall, this car will sit two-inches taller and about 2.2-inches wider than a standard Beetle.

SEE ALSO: VW Beetle Dune Concept Video, First Look

Based on the Beetle R-Line, power should comes from the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes 210 hp. Unique looks come to the car thanks to large flared fenders and a ski rack on the rear of the car that has been integrated into the spoiler, and both a hatchback and convertible version of the Dune will be offered.  Big 19-inch wheels along with a front skidplate are also fitted.

Interior upgrades include the addition of an inclinometer and a tilt gauge along with some unique contrast stitching and body-colored accents.

The Dune should cost roughly £2,800 ($3,800) over ‘regular’ Beetle according to Car. 

A Volkswagen USA spokesperson declined to comment on the story.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept

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[Source: Car Magazine]

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Volkswagen Announces Infotainment Development Center http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/volkswagen-announces-infotainment-development-center.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/volkswagen-announces-infotainment-development-center.html#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:30:31 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=249656 Volkswagen Announces Infotainment Development Center Volkswagen Announces Infotainment Development Center
Volkswagen is investing in developing the future of vehicle connectivity and infotainment by taking over a research and development facility in Germany. Waterloo, Canada-based BlackBerry is continuing to sell assets and Volkswagen is the latest to cash in on the opportunity. The German automaker announced today that it purchased BlackBerry’s European research and development centre... more]]>
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Volkswagen is investing in developing the future of vehicle connectivity and infotainment by taking over a research and development facility in Germany.

Waterloo, Canada-based BlackBerry is continuing to sell assets and Volkswagen is the latest to cash in on the opportunity. The German automaker announced today that it purchased BlackBerry’s European research and development centre in Bochum, Germany where newly-formed Volkswagen Infotainment GmbH.

Volkswagen is currently seeking to overtake Toyota as the world’s largest automobile manufacturer and part of that plan will involve augmenting its ability to create connected car technologies without relying on third party developers.

SEE ALSO: Experts Divided on Future of Infotainment Systems

“Many customers are expecting connected vehicles of a new dimension in terms of convenience and road safety. Around the globe, our customers’ aspirations will change rapidly, leading to shortened cycles of innovation for systems and functions,” Volkswagen development boss Heinz-Jakob Neußer said.” In order to be able to meet these challenges it is necessary for us to broaden and expand our options through additional know-how.”

The future of infotainment systems is a subject of debate among industry leaders. Volkswagen is betting on in-house technology, but that isn’t a view shared by other industry titans.

“We’re not going to write an OS… that would be silly,” GM chief infotainment officer Phil Abram said during the Telematics Update conference in Detroit last month.

Many major automakers rely on software development companies to provide the systems that underpin their vehicle infotainment systems. Ford’s Sync software comes from Microsoft while BlackBerry-owned QNX develops the software that powers touch screens in vehicles from Toyota, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover and General Motors.

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle Adds Premium Package http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/2014-volkswagen-beetle-adds-premium-package.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/2014-volkswagen-beetle-adds-premium-package.html#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:01:33 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=249489 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Adds Premium Package 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Adds Premium Package
Starting next month, Volkswagen Beetle shoppers will be able to opt for a Premium Package. The new Premium Package is a top-of-the-line offering exclusive on the coupe and convertible trims of the Volkswagen Beetle equipped with a 1.8T or TDI Clean Diesel engine. Not only does it offer features that are new to the Beetle... more]]>
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Starting next month, Volkswagen Beetle shoppers will be able to opt for a Premium Package.

The new Premium Package is a top-of-the-line offering exclusive on the coupe and convertible trims of the Volkswagen Beetle equipped with a 1.8T or TDI Clean Diesel engine. Not only does it offer features that are new to the Beetle lineup, but also equipment that was previously only available on the Beetle R-Line trim.

SEE ALSO: Volkswagen Beetle GRC Race Car Revealed With 544 HP

Those opting for the Premium Package will get features such as: Bi-Xenon automatic headlights, sport suspension, grey door sills and mirror caps, R-Line bumpers and foglights, 18-inch Disc wheels or 19-inch Torando wheels, Climatronic automatic climate control, RNS 510 with navigation and satellite radio, rain-sensing windshield wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, unique seating surfaces with leather inserts, Fender sound system, iPhone 5 cradle, contrast stitching and three exterior color options (Oryx White, Platinum Gray, Deep Black).

The 2014 Beetle Coupe with Premium Package will start from $28,175 including destination for the 1.8T model, while the TDI starts at $30,175. Convertible lovers will cough up $31,575 for the 1.8T and the TDI will start from $33,575.

GALLERY: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Premium Package

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Top 10 Best Engines of 2014 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/2014-international-engine-year-awards-announced.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/2014-international-engine-year-awards-announced.html#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:32:01 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=249191 Top 10 Best Engines of 2014 Top 10 Best Engines of 2014
Since 1999, Engine Technology International Magazine has awarded the International Engine of the Year Award and this year’s winners have been announced. The 2014 International Engine of the Year Awards jury is comprised of 82 members from 34 countries and in total, 12 winners were announced across various categories. Each category is broken down by... more]]>

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Since 1999, Engine Technology International Magazine has awarded the International Engine of the Year Award and this year’s winners have been announced.

The 2014 International Engine of the Year Awards jury is comprised of 82 members from 34 countries and in total, 12 winners were announced across various categories. Each category is broken down by engine size, ranging from sub 1-liter engines up to above 4-liter. Special awards are also handed out for the best Green Engine, New Engine, Performance Engine and International Engine of the Year.

Read on to find out which engines made the cut.

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Volkswagen Beetle Dune Under Consideration for Production http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/volkswagen-beetle-dune-consideration-production.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/volkswagen-beetle-dune-consideration-production.html#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:32:10 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=249075 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Under Consideration for Production Volkswagen Beetle Dune Under Consideration for Production
Did you forget about the Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept that debuted earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show? The German automaker has released a new batch of photos as the company continues to mull over producing the Beetle Dune. The beach-ready compact is based on the Beetle Turbo with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder providing... more]]>
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Did you forget about the Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept that debuted earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show?

The German automaker has released a new batch of photos as the company continues to mull over producing the Beetle Dune. The beach-ready compact is based on the Beetle Turbo with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder providing 210 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. But what makes the Beetle Dune unique is that the German automaker raised its ride height by two inches and outfitted it with 19-inch wheels, a rear-mounted ski/snowboard rack and a fake skidplate up front.

SEE ALSO: Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept Poised for Production

Though the concept was in front-wheel drive form, a production Beetle Dune could benefit from all-wheel drive capability. It seems likely that Volkswagen wants to produce the Beetle Dune, mentioning in its release, “While it remains a concept car, everything about it is feasible – it is practically a production vehicle.”

Would you line up at your local Volkswagen dealership if the German automaker decided to produce its Beetle Dune?

GALLERY: Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept

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New VW Crossover to be Built in Chattanooga http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/new-vw-crossover-built-chattanooga.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/new-vw-crossover-built-chattanooga.html#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:50:04 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=248729 New VW Crossover to be Built in Chattanooga New VW Crossover to be Built in Chattanooga
We know that a new seven-seat crossover is on its way from Volkswagen, and now it seems that the mystery of where it will be built has been solved. According to Reuters, VW is nearing a decision to choose its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to build the crossover, rather than the company’s new facility in Puebla, Mexico.... more]]>
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We know that a new seven-seat crossover is on its way from Volkswagen, and now it seems that the mystery of where it will be built has been solved.

According to Reuters, VW is nearing a decision to choose its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to build the crossover, rather than the company’s new facility in Puebla, Mexico.

Tennessee is offering a lot of incentives to make sure that VW chooses the state, including tax breaks, free land and infrastructure upgrades worth up to $300 million.

SEE ALSO: Seven-seat Crossover from VW Coming to America in 2016

An attempt to save falling sales in North America, the new crossover should launch sometime next year as a 2016 model. The brand has already offered us a glimpse of the new crossover with the CrossBlue Concept (picture above), which was motivated by a plug-in hybrid diesel power train.

Volkswagen’s U.S. deliveries fell by seven percent in 2013 as a push into the midsize car market didn’t pay off. The new crossover, which may be only be sold in North America, is showing VW’s commitment to the North American market.

[Source: Reuters]

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Volkswagen Beetle GRC Race Car Revealed With 544 HP http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/volkswagen-beetle-grc-race-car-revealed-544-hp.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/volkswagen-beetle-grc-race-car-revealed-544-hp.html#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:30:43 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=248540 Volkswagen Beetle GRC Race Car Revealed With 544 HP Volkswagen Beetle GRC Race Car Revealed With 544 HP
A turbocharged VW Beetle isn’t normally all that exciting, but it also doesn’t usually make 544 hp. Volkswagen revealed its GRC rallycross car today based on the third-generation Beetle. It uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and will replace the Polo GRC car starting in the third round of this season’s competition to be driven... more]]>
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A turbocharged VW Beetle isn’t normally all that exciting, but it also doesn’t usually make 544 hp.

Volkswagen revealed its GRC rallycross car today based on the third-generation Beetle. It uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and will replace the Polo GRC car starting in the third round of this season’s competition to be driven by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed. grc_beetle_4098

“After Volkswagen of America’s impressive start on the rallycross scene with the Polo, the launch of the new Beetle GRC rallycross car represents the next major milestone. The Beetle boasts a unique appearance and state-of-the-art technology. It will sweep fans off their feet,” Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito said.

Volkswagen previewed the car during the Chicago Auto Show in February wearing Rockstar Energy livery. The company engineered it specifically to compete in GRC including 9.1 inches of suspension travel, 14-inch brakes in the front and 11.8 inches in the rear. While VW isn’t revealing what the car weighs, it ought to run from 0-60 mph in 2.1 seconds.

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VW Plug-In Hybrid Golf Wagon Spied in US http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/volkswagen-golf-gte-wagon-spotted-us.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/volkswagen-golf-gte-wagon-spotted-us.html#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:52:31 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=247885 VW Plug-In Hybrid Golf Wagon Spied in US VW Plug-In Hybrid Golf Wagon Spied in US
It looks like Volkswagen is getting ready to release a wagon version of the plug-in hybrid Golf GTE, and it might even be sold in the U.S. These photos, snapped near the San Francisco airport, show a VW Golf GTE Wagon completely undisguised. Full specifications on the GTE have already been released, though up until... more]]>
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It looks like Volkswagen is getting ready to release a wagon version of the plug-in hybrid Golf GTE, and it might even be sold in the U.S.

These photos, snapped near the San Francisco airport, show a VW Golf GTE Wagon completely undisguised. Full specifications on the GTE have already been released, though up until now we have only seen the GTE badge on the shorter Golf hatchback. Hybrid and diesel-powered wagons are usually reserved for Europe, so spotting this vehicle in the US is a surprise.

Automakers regularly bring Europe-only vehicles to the U.S. for testing, so this doesn’t mean that the Golf GTE Wagon is coming. Volkswagen is planning to sell both the GTE hatchback and Golf SportWagen here in the States, so it isn’t a stretch to think that the brand would offer an electrified wagon.

SEE ALSO: VW Golf GTE Info

The GTE offers 201 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque with up to 31 miles of range in all-electric mode. Total driving range is said to be 584 miles. Power comes from a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine combined with an electric motor, and VW says the battery will take on a full charge in about 3.5 hours.

Details regarding this wagon are sparse, as it was posted on a forum with no details. We reached out to Volkswagen USA for an official response and have yet to hear back.

Update: Volkswagen’s Manager of Product & Technology Mark Gillies responded, “We frequently test cars in the US that don’t necessarily end up coming here. We have our Electronics Research Lab in the Bay area, so they may have been looking at some aspect of the car, such as its infotainment system or battery technology. Or it could simply be in SF for testing purposes for other markets.”

GALLERY: VW GTE Wagon Spy Photos

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[Source: Golf GTE Forum]

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