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How does VW’s Budack engine cycle work?

Volkswagen isn't reinventing the way your internal combustion engine works. The automaker has, however, created a new twist on the Otto cycle that's a revised version of the Atkinson cycle. Your standard Otto cycle is the one with which you're most familiar. It's made up of intake, compression, combustion, and exhaust. The Atkinson version of this cycle...

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Electric SUV based on VW ID Crozz concept coming in 2020

Volkswagen's next electric car on sale in the United States will be a production version of the ID Crozz SUV concept first shown in April at the 2017 Shanghai auto show. It will arrive in showrooms in 2020 and is expected to be similar in size to the Tiguan. VW made the confirmation on Tuesday at a preview event for the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show...

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Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line adds style and spice for a reasonable price

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a nice, handsome option in the small SUV segment. It is not, however, very sporty looking. Enter the latest Volkswagen R-Line package. Attached to the 2018 Tiguan, this affordably priced trim package adds an extra dose of spice to this currywurst of a crossover. There's new front and rear fascias, the former of which is so low...

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End of an era as Ferdinand Piƫch finally cut ties with VW Group

Two years ago, Ferdinand Piëch, then chairman of the Volkswagen Group, resigned from his post following a public spat with Martin Wintekorn, who was the automaker's CEO at the time. The 80-year-old has now cut all ties with the VW Group by offloading his sizable stake in Porsche Automobil Holding (Porsche SE), the holding company founded in 1931...

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Next Volkswagen Beetle to be electric, rear-wheel drive?

Should reported plans for a next-generation Volkswagen Beetle pan out, the iconic car will see a major transformation. On Friday, Autocar reported VW is actively considering a rear-wheel-drive, all-electric Beetle. The change would harken back to the original Beetle, which was rear-wheel drive with an engine placed in the rear. Per the report, if an...

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI spy shots

Volkswagen is working on a new generation of its Jetta compact sedan. We'll see it unveiled next January at the 2018 Detroit auto show, as a 2019 model. Shortly after the launch will be the arrival of the sporty Jetta GLI, a prototype for which has been spotted. We know this is the GLI due to its dual-tip exhaust, lowered suspension, and Golf...

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VW testing Polo R but undecided on production

Volkswagen in the summer unveiled a new generation of its Polo subcompact. The most potent model is the Polo GTI with 197 horsepower on tap, but an even spicier Polo R has not been ruled out. The German automaker unveiled a prototype Polo R in 2014. The car was based on the previous-generation Polo platform and had about 250 hp. It also had an...

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VW to return to Pikes Peak with radical electric racecar

It appears Volkswagen's motorsport division has been busy since ending its dominant run in the World Rally Championship at the close of the 2016 season. The German automaker has confirmed it will be returning to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018. Along with the confirmation, the automaker dropped a series of teaser shots of its new...

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