Golf VII Photos and Info

First official images of VW’s best-selling car—and the first model off the new MQB architecture.

Herndon, VA –  Volkswagen today unveiled the new Golf, its best-selling car, at a press conference in Berlin, Germany. This seventh-generation version of one of the world’s most popular cars is striking in that it offers more features, even better safety, and more performance than the outgoing vehicle, while breaking the cycle of being heavier than its predecessor.

Overcoming the weight spiral
Indeed, the latest Golf is up to 220 pounds lighter than the outgoing car, thanks to careful focus on weight savings in all aspects of the car’s construction, from the electrical architecture through to the engines and the body-in-white. The air conditioning unit is, for example, six pounds lighter than the old car’s; the seats have shed 15 pounds; and the body-in-white is 51 pounds lighter. One major reason for the bodyshell’s weight loss is the extensive use of high- and ultra-high strength steels. The share of the high-strength steels overall has gone from 66 percent in the previous Golf to 80 percent in the new one. Of this, the share of ultra-high-strength steel has gone from six to 28 percent.

Better fuel efficiency
One benefit of lowering the Golf’s weight is better fuel economy: the European-market 1.4 TSI® that uses a 140-horsepower, turbocharged, 1.4-liter engine fitted with cylinder de-activation gets a European Cycle combined fuel consumption figure of 49 mpg, while the base 105-horsepower TDI® Clean Diesel engine delivers 62 mpg on the EC combined cycle.

Longer, lower, wider
The new Golf is 2.2 inches longer than the old car, with an overall length of 167.5 inches. Similarly, the wheelbase has grown by 2.3 inches to 103.8 inches. Since the front wheels are now located 1.7 inches further forward, the proportions are sportier, the crash structure is improved, and the interior package further optimized. The new car is 0.8 inches lower and 0.5 inches wider than the old car.

Improved interior
The new Golf is more spacious, with a passenger compartment that is 0.6 inches longer than before, giving 0.6 inches more rear kneeroom. Shoulder room is improved by 1.2 inches in both the back and front of the car. Cargo capacity has also been enhanced, while the load area is more accessible.

A key feature of the interior is a new infotainment system, which incorporates a five-inch touchscreen, even on entry-level European models. At the top end, the Golf features a navigation system which has a large, eight-inch touchscreen.

The Golf 7 is expected to arrive in the United States as a 2014 model!  As usual, stay tuned to or for updates!
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VW Announces 2013 Line-Up

Lots of great new stuff coming for VW!  Take a look below…


Volkswagen is on a roll in the United States. Overall sales for the brand were up 35.4 percent year-on-year for the first six months of 2012. And the momentum continues into model year 2013 with the introduction of new derivatives of the Jetta and the Beetle, a significantly changed CC four-door coupe, and some important upgrades to the Jetta and the Eos. All models except the Routan get changes for 2013.

The most important introduction for 2013 will be the Jetta Hybrid, Volkswagen’s first offering in the compact hybrid category and VW’s second-ever hybrid model. This is VW’s first turbocharged hybrid and the first hybrid in the world to use a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. Competitively priced with other compact hybrid sedans, the Jetta Hybrid will offer class-leading performance combined with excellent fuel economy.

VW will also add a second convertible to the lineup when the Beetle Convertible goes on sale. The car will be available with 2.5-liter naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter turbocharged, and 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engines and will feature a fast-acting top that preserves the sleek lines of the coupe. With an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 41 mpg on the highway for the manual transmission model, this means that VW now has no fewer than six models in the lineup with EPA ratings of more than 40 mpg on the highway. More details about this exciting new addition to the Beetle range will follow nearer to market introduction.



  • Beetle Convertible is added to the range.
  • Beetle TDI coupe arrives in August.
  • Beetle Fender Edition makes its debut in the fall of 2012.
  • All Turbo models now have a standard armrest.
  • Turbo with Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation gains new 19-inch “Tornado” aluminum-alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, and LED license-plate lighting.

The Beetle coupe went on sale in 2012 in 2.5-liter and 2.0-liter TSI® forms. In August, the Beetle coupe range will be rounded out with the 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine that will achieve an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 41 mpg on the highway when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

Later in 2012, the Beetle Fender Edition will go on sale, in 2.5L and Turbo forms. As well as featuring the award-winning Fender® Premium Audio System, this special edition will also have a striking sunburst-style dashboard, Fender logos, special seat stitching, brushed chrome door mirrors, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs, and 18-inch “Disc” aluminum-alloy wheels. Additionally, Turbo models will get exclusive seat fabric inserts.


  • New front and rear styling enhances an already dramatic design.
  • High-luxury, high-quality interior now has seating for five.
  • Bi-Xenon headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights are now standard.
  • New exterior colors, wheels, and trim available.
  • New LED taillights.
  • R-Line design joins the range at the end of 2012.

The newly refreshed CC went on sale in March. There are two powertrain offerings: a 200-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter TSI, mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the front wheels; and a 280-hp VR6® engine driving all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Mated to the manual transmission, the 2.0T achieves EPA estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, while the VR6 4Motion® model gets EPA estimates of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The popular R-line trim line will return to the range at the end of 2012. With interior and exterior enhancements, this makes the CC an even sportier vehicle. Compared with the Sport model on which it is based, the R-Line gains a more aggressive front bumper design that incorporates a large lower air intake and projector-style foglights with a striking chrome motif. Side skirts and the R-Line logo on the grille further differentiate the R-Line from the Sport model, along unique 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside, there are stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates and a multifunction steering wheel that has paddle shifters for the DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.


  • New Sport trim joins the lineup and gains: 18-inch “Vicenza” aluminum-alloy wheels; a lowered sport suspension; Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS); headlight washers; LED license-plate lights; “Black Peak” interior trim; brushed stainless steel pedals; multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters; black exterior side mirrors; and a rear spoiler.
  • Lux and Executive models receive Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs and AFS, headlight washers, LED license-plate lights, and a new optional leather interior color: Atlantic Blue.
  • The Lux also receives a lowered sport suspension and 18-inch “Chicago” aluminum-alloy wheels.
  • Executive model also gains a rearview camera.
  • New exterior color: Black Pearl.


  • For 2013, the Golf incorporates minor changes over the 2012 models.
  • A front center armrest, in addition to front and rear floor mats, is now standard on all models.
  • Golf with Convenience trim features a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and handbrake lever.
  • Golf with Convenience and Sunroof models now feature a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, shift knob, and handbrake lever.
  • Four-door 2.5L is no longer available with a five-speed manual transmission.


  • For 2013, the GTI incorporates minor changes over the 2012 models.
  • A new 18-inch “Laguna” aluminum-alloy wheel now distinguishes the Convenience and Sunroof trim and Sunroof and Navigation trim from the rest of the lineup.

Golf R

  • For 2013, the Golf R continues in limited quantity with no changes over the 2012 models.


  • VW’s most popular model receives extensive updates for model year 2013.
  • Introduction of all-new Jetta Hybrid in late 2012.
  • All Jetta models from S with Sunroof receive an adjustable front center armrest.
  • SE trim level and above feature power recline for driver and front passenger seats.
  • Launch control now standard on GLI models equipped with the DSG transmission.

Following record sales in 2011—the sixth-generation Jetta’s first full year on sale in the U.S.—the best-selling model in Volkswagen’s line-up receives a number of technology and interior comfort updates.

Starting with the popular 2.5-liter engine models, standard updates to the SE trim include power-recline driver and front passenger seats, new decorative metallic trim on the dash and door panels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and handbrake lever. Exterior enhancements include a chrome radiator grille and chrome window trim.

The SEL trim adds a six-way power driver seat with manual lumbar support, sport-comfort driver and front passenger seats, and a soft-touch dash. A two-tone black-and-beige interior complements the changes for 2013.

A new trim, SEL with Navigation, adds the acclaimed Fender Premium Audio System and the RNS-315 touchscreen navigation system.

Similar to the 2.5-liter gasoline trims, all TDI Clean Diesel models receive interior and exterior enhancements. All models now include power-recline driver and front passenger seats in addition to a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and handbrake lever. A new iridium trim enhances the dash and door panels. The exterior now features a chrome radiator grille along with chrome window trim.

The top-of-the-line TDI Premium with Navigation trim includes a six-way power driver seat and a new 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheel.

The performance-driven Jetta GLI model now features Launch Control. All Jetta GLI models equipped with the DSG automatic transmission include a Launch Control program that can be engaged by the driver when the vehicle is at a stop, allowing for a perfect launch with controlled wheelspin. Technology updates to the sporty GLI Autobahn with Navigation trim include a rearview camera and Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs.

Volkswagen’s first hybrid compact, the Jetta Hybrid, launches in the late fall. It will offer a manufacturer-estimated combined 45 mpg. Further detail on trims and pricing will be announced at launch.

Jetta SportWagen

  • For 2013, the Jetta SportWagen incorporates only minor changes over the 2012 models.
  • The S trim now features a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel and multi-function display.


  • For 2013, the Passat incorporates minor changes over the 2012 models.
  • The only German-Engineered sedan available in the mid-size segment, with class-leading rear-seat legroom.
  • TDI Clean Diesel model with manual transmission has class-leading range of 795 miles.
  • SE trim and above get a new center console that incorporates rear air vents, a new cupholder design, and a revised covered front stowage area.
  • All SEL trim models get a rearview camera.The Passat has been an instant success for Volkswagen, with more than 100,000 being built since it went on sale in September of 2011. The car has also been a hit with media, too, winning Motor Trend’s 2012 Car of the Year and multiple comparison tests in top U.S. publications. The popular TDI model also set a long-distance driving record, achieving 1626 miles on one tank of Clean Diesel fuel from Houston, Texas, to Sterling, Virginia, driven by acknowledged mileage experts John and Helen Taylor.



    • For 2013, the Routan carries over unchanged.


    • For 2013, the Tiguan incorporates only minor changes over the 2012 models.
    • All Tiguan trim lines get an electronic parking brake, hill-hold control, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, and a leather shift knob.
    • SE trim receives a partial power passenger seat.
    • SEL trim has a power passenger seat and a rearview camera.


    • For 2013, the Touareg incorporates only minor changes over the 2012 models.
    • Touareg TDI Clean Diesel models get a power hike, from 225 horsepower to 240.
    • 18-inch “Karakum” wheels are available on VR6 and TDI Sport trims.
    • Executive and Hybrid trims get Vavona wood interior trim.
    • Hybrid models receive LED taillights and rear license-plate light. 40+ MPG Test 40+ MPG Test

Just the Facts:

  • The 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI managed an “incredible” 45 mpg in’s 40-MPG Challenge.
  • The Mazda 3i Grand Touring took the second spot, followed by the 2012 Ford Focus SFE.
  • The Kia Rio had the lowest average fuel economy in the test at 35.5 mpg.


SANTA MONICA, California — The 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI managed an “incredible” 45 mpg in’s 40-MPG Challenge, beating out such competitors as the 2012 Hyundai Veloster and 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Turbo for the top spot among six cars.

The diesel-fueled Passat TDI’s win was characterized by editors as a “true shocker,” given that it was by far the largest, heaviest car in the test. It averaged 43 mpg even in city driving and an amazing 51.7 mpg on the Interstate highway portion of the test route…. Read more here!

Especially with fuel prices here in Southern California, in LA and Orange County, good fuel economy saves us more than most.  And not to mention the longevity of VW’s TDI Passat, Jetta, and Golf etc gives them a huge benefit in resale value!

Contact me if you’d like to learn more about VW TDI technology, fuel-saving tips, or even cooler upcoming VW models!



VW Passat Wins Best Family Sedan!

Herndon, VA –  The list of accolades for the American built Volkswagen Passat just got a little longer. As part of their annual rundown of Best Family Cars, Parents magazine and editorial staff named the Volkswagen Passat as a Best Family Car of 2012. In addition to test-driving, analyzing, and comparing prices and features, Parents and consulted parents who own vehicles on their list. The Passat was lauded for its impressive list of features and space offered at an accessible price point.

“Larger, more fuel efficient and more affordable than ever before, VW’s redesigned Passat isn’t just built in America, it’s built for Americans,” Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief, said. “The sedan now offers one of the largest backseats in its class and still delivers the upscale, German-engineered ambiance Volkswagen vehicles are famous for.”

“We’re delighted that Passat continues to garner attention,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America. “With the Passat, we set out to offer a midsize sedan with a winning combination of features and comfort at an accessible price, with German engineering at the forefront. It’s very rewarding to see our efforts being recognized.”

Parents and included the Passat among the sedan category in their Best Family picks of 2012. Each car on the list was judged on performance, interior, exterior and family-friendly features. In addition to being designated as a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Passat offers standard Bluetooth® connectivity, dual-zone climate control, and class-leading rear seat legroom.


TDI Beetle Details Announced!


The only Clean Diesel offering in the compact coupe category goes on sale in August

• Volkswagen’s sixth TDI® Clean Diesel model available in the U.S.

Herndon, VA –  Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced pricing for the Beetle TDI® Clean Diesel coupe. The Beetle TDI is the third model in the Beetle lineup and joins the 2.5-liter five-cylinder and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline models, which launched to great acclaim in 2011. The Beetle TDI features VW’s 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection Clean Diesel engine that produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with a manual transmission, the model has manufacturer fuel economy estimates of 41 mpg highway and 32 mpg city.

Model Lineup
Three trims are available with the TDI® Clean Diesel powertrain. All models feature a standard six-speed manual transmission with Volkswagen’s acclaimed six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission as an option. All three are very well equipped, with standard features such as power windows with one-touch up/down; cruise control; V-Tex Leatherette seating; front-center armrest; the “Käeferfach” secondary glovebox; Bluetooth® technology; leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with audio controls; three-color ambient lighting; auxiliary instrument package; Keyless entry with push-button start; SiriusXM Satellite Radio®; and a Media Device Interface with iPod® cable.

Manual $23,295
Automatic $24,395
The base TDI model comes standard with unique 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, all the equipment listed above, and an interior and exterior chrome package. The standard RCD310 audio system has an AM/FM radio, CD player, Bluetooth® technology, SiriusXM Satellite Radio® and eight speakers

TDI with Sunroof
Manual $24,895
Automatic $25,995
This model adds a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof and Volkswagen’s touchscreen Premium VIII radio to the Beetle TDI trim.

TDI with Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation

Manual $26,195
Automatic $27,295
In addition to the above features, the top model includes the RNS 315 navigation system and the award-winning Fender® Premium Audio system.All prices exclude a destination charge of $770.

2013 Beetle TDI Pricing
2.0L 140 hp TDI® engine, six-speed manual transmission; 17-inch alloy wheels; power windows with one-touch up/down; cruise-control; V-Tex leatherette seating; trip computer; front center-armrest; auxiliary instrument package; keyless access with push-button start; RCD 310 eight-speaker sound system with aux-in and Media Device Interface with iPod® cable; SiriusXM® Satellite Radio; three-color ambient lighting
+ Six-speed DSG® transmission
TDI w/ Sunroof
(Includes Beetle TDI features)
+ Panoramic sunroof with power tilt and slide
+ Six-speed DSG® transmission
TDI w/ Sunroof, Sound, and Navi
(Includes TDI w/ Sunroof features)
+ RNS 315 touchscreen navigation, Fender Premium Audio System
+ six-speed DSG® transmission
$     770
All Prices Exclude Destination Charge
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