And it is brand new. This new GTI sits on the spangly new Mk VII platform; a platform that consists of many Lego-spec parts that can be rearranged to make up to 10 million VW Group models in the coming years.
To this Mk VII chassis - or Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB) - Volkswagen has bolted on a 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine that is such a teacher’s pet, it already conforms to the EU-6 emission standards that come into place next year. Apple polisher.
But you don’t care about emissions as much as you care about poweeerrr. To this end, the ‘standard’ new VW Golf GTI produces 217bhp and 258lb ft of torque, which is sufficient to propel the GTI’s 1,351kg heft from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds (a tenth quicker than before) and on to a top speed of 152mph.
Volkswagen has taken the opportunity of the Detroit Motor Show to showcase an American-only concept: it’s the CrossBlue SUV.
Weighing in at around the same size as an Audi Q7 - and thus, huge - Volkswagen reckons that should this ever make production, it will slot in between the Tiguan and the Touareg in VW’s SUV line-up.
Underneath the Tonka-truck exterior sits a diesel-electric hybrid setup mated to a DSG gearbox and four-wheel-drive, strapped to the VW Group’s new MQB platform (the same platform underpinning 10 million VW group products). So you’re looking at a 187bhp TDI engine with 295lb ft of torque, together with a lithium-ion battery pack - laying across the central tunnel - powering one electric motor on the front axle and one on the rear axle.
Altogether, the CrossBlue’s drivetrain - much like the Cross Coupe concept shown at last year’s Detroit show - produces 300bhp and a not inconsiderable 516lb ft of torque. 0-60mph is quoted as seven seconds, while the top speed is 127mph (or 75mph if running in electric-only mode).
This is Volkswagen Taigun, and you don’t need a degree in English to decipher that name: it’s an anagram of Tiguan.
It’s been unveiled at the Sao Paulo motor show, previewing - what Volkswagen reckons - the look of a possible small SUV based on the ‘New Small Family’ platform. Confused? The platform’s shared with the Up, too. So it’s pretty handy.
The Taigun measures just 3.86m in length and 1.73m in width, with short overhangs and a 1.0-litre, three-pot turbo producing 107bhp and 129lb ft of torque, all pushed through a six-speed manual gearbox. 0-62mph takes 9.2 seconds - quicker than a Polo 1.2 TSI - while the mini SUV will top out at 115mph.
Oh, and because that engine is tiny and the SUV weighs hardly anything - just 985kg - Volkswagen reckons it’ll return 60.1mpg.
You know, for the Geneva Motor Show:
Celebrating the motor show’s host nation is the Swiss Up concept, designed to show how versatile the city car really is. And that versatility is reflected in a special pouch behind each front seat that stores the famous knife. Oh, and some red paint with white door mirror housings.
The Winter Up concept is based on the Cross Up - first seen at Frankfurt - featuring snowboards on the roof, and a white and blue livery. It gets a higher ride height and greater underbody protection to help navigate its snowier destiny.
Next is the X Up, equipped for night time expeditions. For this, read, it’s got a roof box with built in searchlights. Your ‘night time’ expeditions will not go unnoticed, mind, thanks to its Burnt Orange paint scheme.
Finally, there’s Cargo Up concept, which features a 1,400-litre storage capacity. It is the Transit of the Up range. It too benefits from a raised ride height and underbody protection - to help tackle pot holed streets - while the rear seats have been binned to allow that cavernous load space.
Think you can imagine your own special edition Up? TopGear.com wants you to photoshop your own and send them the results. From there, they’ll post their favs. Details here.
Ah, the Super Bowl. An epic battle of skill, strength, and creativity where position means everything and 30 seconds can feel like an eternity.
And that’s just the advertising.
Last night we asked the followers of @TopGear_BBCA what their favorite Super Bowl car ads were and they responded like Eli Manning on a late fourth quarter drive. Here we give you the play by play:
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Audi was first out the gate with their vampire sendup for the new A7.
It was undoubtedly funny but $3 million seems like a lot to spend on a headlight ad.
Another early fan favorite was Volkswagen’s “The Dog Strikes Back” introducing their redesigned Beetle.
Chevy had strong showings with it’s “Happy Grad” Camaro and “2012” Silverado commercials…
But it was its Chevy Sonic stunts which we are unofficially calling “Chevy’s Unofficial Tribute to Top Gear” which got the most mentions of the three.
Acura’s highly touted Jerry Seinfeld commercial starred their new NSX concept, a car that we are excited to see built…
… but it’s the fine print at the end that makes us cringe. As we’ve stated before, the NSX isn’t scheduled to debut for another three(!) years
“Concept vehicles shown. Actual models may vary. NSX projected debut in next three years. Dates subject to change.”
We feel bad for all of those potential NSX buyers who will have to line up for Acura’s new compact sedan instead.
Fiat seemed to come out of nowhere to secure the lonely hetero male non-Italian-speaking vote:
But it was Chrysler’s “It’s Halftime in America” ad with Clint Eastwood that seemed to knock Top Gear fans on their collective emotional rears.
Strange enough, there was little mention among Top Gear fans of Honda’s “Ferris Bueller” spot for the CRV.
But of course, the greatest car ad of all time, Super Bowl or not, is the advert that James and Jeremy came up with for the VW Scirocco.
Yes it was, @Cowabunga. Yes it was.
When the VW Passat CC debuted in 2008, it was jokingly referred to as the “poor
man’s person’s CLS” due to it’s sexy but height restricting roofline.
But it was also a rather good car and perhaps what the original Passat should have been.
Well now VW wants you to drop the “poor persons” bit and consider the updated CC “luxury class”:
The front and rear of the new non-Passat CC has minor styling tweaks, and VW claims it’s now nearer the “automotive luxury class”. There’s also bi-xenon headlights, static cornering lights and a new LED rear headlight system as standard.
VW has also fitted it with stainless steel sill plates, safety head restraints and - somewhat tellingly - fatigue detection. Can’t imagine why…
In the words of Kanye West, perhaps the CC is now the ‘other other other’ Benz.
From the description:
“Jeremy Clarkson isn’t very impressed by the Volkswagen Jetta.”
This is “Nils”, Volkswagen’s fully electric, lightweight “go-kart” concept. It’s a single seat vehicle that you sit in like, well, a go-kart or a Formula-1 race car:
Volkswagen has announced that it will showcase this little EV concept dubbed ‘Nils’ at the Frankfurt motor show. It is posited as a solution to the hordes of German commuters making journeys of around 15 miles. As such, the Nils gets a 20bhp electric motor (with a peak 34bhp) powered by a lithium-ion battery, enabling a zero-emission drive of up to 40 miles, a 0-62mph time of under 11 seconds and a top speed of 80mph.
It’s part VW Up and part Minority Report. So what do you think? Would you drive one of these for short commutes?
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