Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Volkswagen

The Hotel VW California comprises six VW California SE camper vans, to be installed in sel...

Sounding a bit like an Eagles song gone awry, Hotel VW California is actually a marketing stunt by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and LateRooms.com that offers guests one night in a VW California SE camper van in a select UK location.  Read More

The 8th-generation Volkswagen Passat

The phrase "all-new" is overused in the motoring world. In the world of platform sharing and gradual, evolutionary midlife changes, it's rare that a manufacturer releases a car that is new from the ground up. So when Volkswagen released its 8th generation Passat, you could be forgiven for questioning just how "new" it really was. But to write it off as a mere update would sell VW short, because the new Passat really has been redesigned from the ground up.  Read More

VW's new Rallycross Beetle

Volkswagen has revealed more details of the vehicle it will use in the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship later this season. With 544 hp (405 kW) from its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the GRC Beetle is little more than a distant relative of your grandma's Beetle.  Read More

VW debuts the GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo at Wörthersee 2014

Much like Mercedes did with last year's AMG Vision Gran Turismo, Volkswagen brings the virtual world to reality with its own Vision Gran Turismo. Designed to drive the courses of PlayStation3's "Gran Turismo 6", the juiced up GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo was also built out as a show car for this year's Wörthersee festival. The 503-hp roadster takes styling from last year's Design Vision GTI to new extremes.  Read More

The audio package packs neatly into the Amarok's cargo bed

Forget using your pickup truck for hauling tools and supplies; load it up with speakers and DJ equipment instead. That spacious cargo bed "provides sufficient storage space for all the equipment needed for parties." So said Volkswagen's commercial arm when it brought the all-new Amarok Power concept to the Wörthersee GTI festival over the weekend.  Read More

Audi Q3 with Heimplanet tent

Heimplanet makes some of the most interesting inflatable tents on the market, including the three-person Cave and two-person Wedge. Its latest tent may be its most interesting of all. The model is designed to hook up directly to the Audi Q3, offering a lightweight car-camping solution.  Read More

The all-new Manx V is an electric version of the classic dune buggy

Fifty years ago, in the heyday of American surf culture, Californian Bruce Meyers created one of the most important off-road vehicles of all time. The lightweight fiberglass Meyers Manx helped to cement the dune buggy trend of the 1960s and inspire competitive off-road racing. The original Manx became just the second vehicle to find a place on the newly formed U.S. National Historic Vehicle Register this year, and it celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. As part of the ongoing celebration, Meyers has introduced the Manx V, an electric-powered dune buggy optimized for the 21st century.  Read More

Volkswagen has been working on a new 10 speed dual-clutch autobox (DSG)

How many gears are too many for the average commuter vehicle? If you’re pulling a load of cattle across Saskatchewan, then a semi-tractor unit with nine gears should suffice. But if you’re Volkswagen, then the magic number for your upcoming models is in fact 10.  Read More

Volksleisure T5 campervan

After more than a decade of avoiding the ever-popular Volkswagen van conversion, U.K. campervan specialist Wellhouse Leisure has released its first VW T5 camper. The camper van seamlessly transforms between living and hauling configurations thanks to an electric rear bench that slides forward to open up space in the rear.  Read More

The VW Golf R 400 makes its debut at the Beijing Auto Show from April 21 to 29

We’ve seen Volkswagen tease us with extreme variations of its iconic GTI now and again. Last year, VW showed off a 503 hp version of the car in the form of the Design Vision GTI, which unfortunately was mostly for show. Now, a 400 hp AWD version unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show badged as the Golf R 400 has come out into the light, and with it some serious performance chatter.  Read More

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