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First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI and TDI

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Such a feelin’s comin’ over me
There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes
And I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream

It’s 9:45 a.m., local time. I’m standing at one of what must be a hundred overlooks in Wildcat Canyon Park, looking down on, well, everything.  If you’ve never been to the Bay area (as I had not until this point), there’s no way for me to describe to you the view before me—one that photography has no hope of doing justice. There’s so much going on, yet it’s all encapsulated in a way. One could easily convince a child that the entire world exists within the geography visible from this vantage point. That goes a long way toward explaining the mindset of the average resident, I think.

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2013 NAIAS – VW Releases 7-Passenger SUV Teaser

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Volkswagen has released this teaser of their new MQB platform, Passat based 7-passenger SUV that will make it’s world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.   This new SUV will be positioned below the popular Touareg SUV, and will be built at VW’s Tennessee plant alongside the Passat.

2012 NAIAS: Volkswagen Bugster Concept

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This is the Beetle based e-Bugster concept from Volkswagen for the 2012 NAIAS.  While this chopped hot rod Beetle is just a concept, VW hopes to highlight the “Blue E-motion”  114hp all-electric powertrain which Volkswagen says has a range of 100+ miles.  The e-Bugster uses a 695 lb. lithium-ion battery which sits where the rear seats would normally be in a regular Beetle.

While this all sounds good on paper, we’ve yet to see VW actually build any of the concepts it shows at the NAIAS.  That’s a shame, because the e-Bugster is the best looking Beetle yet.

Volkswagen Announces Passat Alltrack

Volkswagen has announced an addition to the Passat lineup with the Passat Alltrack for the European market.  Available only in estate form, the Passat Alltrack features Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system and is powered by a 2.0-liter TDI engine in either 140 PS or 170 PS flavors.  The 140 PS models are mated to a six-speed manual transmission while the 170 PS models get a six-speed DSG transmission as standard.

To back up the Alltrack name, Volkswagen has fitted the Passat with front and rear underbody skid plates, and has increased ground clearance from 135mm to 165mm.  As a result, breakaway angle has increased from 9.5 degrees to 12.8 degrees and restyled bumpers increase approach angle from 13.5 to 16 degrees.  Volkswagen has also altered the ESP programming on the Passat Alltrack to make it better suited for loose surfaces by making use of an electronic differential to control wheel spin.

The Passat Alltrack will make its debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show and will go on sale in Europe in July, though there is no word on this model making its way over to the North American market.