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Bugatti first announced the Chiron as the successor to the famed Veyron back in early 2016. The bodacious two-seater is powered by a monstrous quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine pumping out 1,479 horsepower and 1,179 lb-ft of torque. At the time, Bugatti said that channeling all of this power to the all-wheel-drive system through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission was enough to hit 60mph in 2.5 seconds and allow the vehicle to hit a top speed of 261 mph. While 261 mph is no doubt impressive, 300 mph sounds even better. And the Chiron has just shattered that barrier. Andy Wallace, who serves as a factory test driver for Bugatti, managed to take the Chiron to a positively minding-blowing... Read more...
No information is safe in the Internet age. Citycomp, an Germany-based IT services company, reported that they had been hacked and blackmailed. Some of their clients include Oracle, Airbus, Toshiba, Volkswagen, Leica, and Porsche. Citycomp is an IT services company that provides items such as servers, storage, and other computer equipment to other major companies. It appears that the hackers targeted the German branches of these international companies. The list of victims includes both corporations with an international reach and strictly German companies. The hackers, who go by the alias "Boris-Bullet Dodger", have distributed some of the stolen files on a website. Some of the affected firms... Read more...
When it comes to modern electric cars, your mind almost always wanders towards Tesla. Tesla is responsible for the rise in the modern EV, first with the Roadster and then with the groundbreaking Model S. Since that time, the company has released the Model X crossover and the entry-level Model 3. Volkswagen has of course watched as Tesla has made continual advances in the field, and even released its e-Golf in the United States. However, the e-Golf was not built from the ground-up to be an EV and has a driving range of just 125 miles. But as more European countries put plans on the book to ban diesel-powered vehicles in crowded city centers, Volkswagen is looking to step up its game in the EV... Read more...
Volkswagen has taken a beating in the U.S. market after it was discovered years ago that the automaker was purposely cheating with software designed to help its popular diesel cars pass emissions testing. VW is trying to put that behind it and get Americans interested in its cars again. A new concept called the Atlas Tanoak has debuted at the New York International Auto Show and with the market for mid-size trucks being so hot right now this could be exactly what VW needs to woo American buyers. VW says that the Atlas Tanoak gets its name from a species of tree that is native to the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and can grow up to 135-feet high. The Tanoak is the first pickup that is based on the... Read more...
Volkswagen's reputation is still somewhat stained by its diesel emissions scandal, and the company has been working overtime to erase that debacle from the memory of customers with its efforts in electric vehicles. The latest product of this "green" push is the new I.D. Vizzion all-electric concept that debuted today at the Geneva Auto Show. This is just the latest of VW's I.D. EV concepts and will represent the flagship vehicle in this product family. This particular sedan is built using VW's corporate MEB vehicle architecture, and is quite large for an electric vehicle (EV). It has a lengthy 122-inch wheelbase and measures 203.3 inches in length. For comparison, the Tesla Model S has a wheelbase... Read more...
This isn't the first time that Lamborghini has produced an SUV, and it likely won't be the last. We present to you the Urus crossover SUV. We doubt that you'd mistake it for anything but a Lamborghini with its sharp lines, gaping grilles, big wheels, and low-slung design. The Urus is built on Volkswagen's MLB [Evo] platform, which means that it shares its bones with the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and all-new Volkswagen Touareg. Of the four, the Lamborghini is no doubt the most brash design -- hands down. The Urus is strictly a four-seater, and given its sharply raked tailgate, we doubt that you'll be lugging much cargo in this crossover. Inside, you'll find a rather traditional -- for a Lamborghini... Read more...
On the same day that a Volkswagen exec was arrested by the FBI for his part in the massive TDI emissions scandal, the German automaker has pulled the wraps of the latest in a long line of “Microbus” concept vehicles. The I.D. BUZZ is perhaps the most faithful of these concepts to the original Microbus, and probably the most promising when it comes to actual production possibilities. The I.D. Buzz is being developed with two powertrain configurations. The base vehicle has a rear-wheel-drive layout with a single, 268 horsepower in the rear of the vehicle and an 83 kWh battery. A second, more powerful version features a second motor mounted up front for a combined 369 horsepower, and a 111... Read more...
While Volkswagen is in the midst of Dieselgate and is preparing to begin vehicle buybacks in the United States, the German automaker is betting its future on electric vehicles. Although American customers only have one Volkswagen EV to choose from today, the e-Golf, the company is forecasting that 20 to 25 percent of its sales volume will comprise of EVs by the year 2025. One vehicle that is expected to headline Volkswagen’s EV push is the I.D. The compact EV is built on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive (MEB) platform and is roughly the same size as today’s MK7 Golf. The I.D. is slightly shorter than the Golf, but its wheelbase is comparable to that of the midsize Passat sedan. That will translate... Read more...
If you own a Volkswagen Group vehicle that was manufactured within the last twenty years, chances are that a hacker would be able make their way into your “locked” vehicle with ease. A team of researchers from the University of Birmingham, led by Flavio Garcia, were able to clone the keyless entry codes used by Volkswagen vehicles simply by being within “a few tens of meters” of a fob when it is activated by its rightful owner. The scope of this vulnerability is massive, encompassing roughly 100 million Volkswagen Group vehicles manufactured since 1996. Affected brands include Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda. The remote entry hack is ongoing, as the researchers were able to determine that the... Read more...
The finish line is in sight for Volkswagen, and more importantly, diesel owners that were innocently caught up in the German auto giant’s emissions cheating scandal. Although an official settlement offer is expected to be revealed on June 28th, sources close to Volkswagen are revealing that the company will pay $10.2 billion to settle the matter. That $10.2 billion figure includes penalties that Volkswagen will have to pay to the United States environmental agencies, and funds to buyback affected diesel vehicles that can’t be brought into compliance with EPA requirements the company has cheated for years. Customers will also be given a separate cash payment as a goodwill gesture for their inconvenience... Read more...
It seems as though Volkswagen would do just about anything to take the public’s mind off its diesel emissions scandal. VW’s popular TDI has taken a huge hit in the United States as a result, and the company is looking to electric vehicles as the future of its “green” push. That change in direction is made readily apparent by the introduction of the BUDD-e concept vehicle at CES, which is seen as a Microbus for the 21st century. You won’t find a TDI or even one of VW’s gasoline engines under the hood the BUDD-e. Instead, you’ll be greeted with a single electric motor under the hood, and another electric motor in the rear of the vehicle nestled below the... Read more...
Volkswagen has come under immense global scrutiny for its willful negligence with regards to cheating emissions regulations with its diesel engines. In the United States alone, over 480,000 Volkswagen- and Audi-branded vehicles have “defeat devices” installed that allow the 2.0-liter TDI engine to pass Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions tests with flying colors under controlled testing. However, those same diesel engines emit up to 40 times the level of nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are legally permissible when operating on public roads. When the dust is settled, Volkswagen will likely have to retrofit roughly 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide with revised engine software and/or... Read more...
Well folks, here’s the first of Volkswagen’s actions to “make customers” whole with regards to #DieselGate. In case you need a refresher, Volkswagen admitted to installing a “defeat device” on 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines (under the TDI brand name), allowing them to ace the EPA’s emissions tests. However, under normal driving conditions, the vehicles emitted harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) up to 40 times greater than what’s legally permissible. In the wake of the scandal, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down, the number of affected vehicles swelled to over 11 million worldwide, and resale value for affected TDI vehicles in the U.S. have plummeted (even gasoline-engine Volkswagens... Read more...
Owners of Volkswagen vehicles with the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel (TDI) engine has been in quite a pickle over these past few months. It was revealed that Volkswagen weaseled its way to top-of-the-class fuel economy by cheating EPA emissions tests, affecting nearly 500,000 vehicles sold in the United States and over 11 million worldwide. Since that time, TDI owners have had to sit on their hands as resale values have fallen amid uncertainty concerning how Volkswagen will address the problem. This week, we’re getting a little insight into how Volkswagen will eventually compensate current TDI owners. According to information leaked by dealerships that were informed about the “TDI Goodwill... Read more...
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