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 |  Aug 25 2014, 9:26 AM


Sporty cars are not dead. Rumors of their demise are premature. Thrill-packed machinery litters the automotive landscape, available to suit nearly every budget.

When it comes to motoring fun, one of the most intriguing segments is the under $30,000 price bracket, where several enticing choices can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes.

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 |  Jun 03 2014, 9:32 AM


Volkswagen wants to have a little bit of its own Gymkhana fun.

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 |  May 30 2014, 9:02 AM


The Volkswagen apprentices have revealed their custom Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition at this year’s Worthersee Tour.

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 |  Nov 04 2013, 3:49 PM

Volkswagen-at-SEMA-Main-ArtVolkswagen is showcasing a couple of exciting vehicular improvements and some specially modified cars at SEMA in Las Vegas this week.

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 |  Jun 14 2013, 8:58 AM


Over the span of seven generations, Volkswagen has produced 30 million of its Golf hatchbacks.

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 |  May 01 2013, 1:02 PM


Volkswagen likes to show off exciting new vehicles at its Wörthersee meet every year, and for 2013, the brand is debuting a new high-performance GTI Concept that foreshadows what we might see in a future version of the sporty Golf. 

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 |  Apr 23 2013, 12:50 PM

Der neue Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen released a new set of photos today detailing the 2015 Golf GTI, which will arrive in North America sometime in late 2013.

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 |  Mar 05 2013, 10:33 AM

Nothing says hot-hatch like a Volkswagen GTI, and at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, VW showed off the latest version of the gussied-up Golf, which has subtle style changes a new platform and more power. Continue Reading…

 |  Mar 05 2013, 7:19 AM

Volkswagen’s cult-followed GTI hot hatch debuted in its seventh generation today at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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 |  Sep 28 2012, 3:32 PM

The seventh generation VW Golf GTI hit the show floor at Paris yesterday, showing off massive weight savings and boosted power. 

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 |  Sep 28 2012, 7:13 AM

Still unconfirmed as a production model, the near-finished seventh-generation Golf GTI just hit the Paris Motor Show floor.

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 |  Sep 26 2012, 11:28 AM

In its seventh iteration, the next Volkswagen Golf GTI has just broken cover a day before its official reveal at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. 

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 |  Feb 23 2012, 2:01 PM


The 2013 Volkswagen Golf Mk7 will be the first vehicle released on VW’s all new MQB platform, with a host of others to follow. Our spy photos of the car still don’t reveal any real styling details, but show off the shape and size of the newest generation VW.

The Golf will come with a wide range of powertrain options, with plug-in hybrid, gasoline and diesel engines all finding their way under the hood. The base model will receive a 1.4L four cylinder turbo engine capable of squeezing out 138 hp. There will also be 1.8L and 2.0L  gas engines available. There will be two diesel options, a 2.0L producing 181-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque as well as a twin-turbo diesel with an output of 220 hp. The Golf GTI will reportedly get a 260 hp 2.0 liter turbo, making it a seriously sporty hot hatch.

The MQB platform uses aluminum construction to help the new Golf shed some serious weight for the 2013 redesign. Some new technological toys will be outfitted in the new VW as well, including  an eight inch iPad style infotainment screen that includes adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue detection and even 360 degree parking sensors with semi-autonomous capability.

The new Golf will bow at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.

GALLERY: 2013 Volkswagen Golf


 |  Nov 08 2011, 7:00 PM

Congratulations are in order for Volkswagen. The Routan has just earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award, making it the ninth Volkswagen vehicle to receive this rating. This also means that Volkswagen has received the highest number of IIHS awards for vehicle safety.

Helping them reach this coveted spot, Volkswagen scored high marks with 2011 models including Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, CC, Passat, Tiguan, Touareg, Golf and GTI. To drive away with a Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must earn a rating of Good in the IIHS crash-test series, which includes front, side and rear crash tests, as well as pass the roof-strength test. That means that these VW vehicles provide the best overall protection in the most common accident situations.

“We’re delighted that the Routan has been given this prestigious award. We are even more delighted that Volkswagen now leads the American automotive industry with nine Top Safety Picks,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “This is the reward for all the hard work we continually put in the development of new technologies for our cars.”

 |  Jun 06 2011, 8:29 PM


It’s always a treat to see an automaker roll out a modified version of one of their models. At Wörthersee this year, Volkswagen allowed their younger generation of employees to modify a Golf GTI for everyone to admire at the show. The Golf GTI Reifnitz, as it was named, in homage to where the event takes place, sports 370-hp, an impressive increase from the factory’s 210-hp figure.

Aiding in the performance increase is the addition of ARP’s Stage III turbo kit and intercooler. Complementing the turbo and cooling upgrade is an exhaust system from RSC. To give it some show to go along with the go, Volkswagen outfitted the GTI with a widebody kit and vented hood, which gives the Golf GTI an even more aggressive profile.  The paint scheme is pretty unique too, sporting a red, white and prominent blue theme.

Inside, Volkswagen gave the GTI Reifnitz a race-inspired theme, gutting the interior and tightening up the chassis with a roll cage. For seats, Alcantara-clad racing buckets were tossed in.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Golf GTI Reifnitz

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