New for 2015: Volkswagen
2015 Volkswagen Overview
Volkswagen is a brand determined to grow and expand its market share in the United States, a goal that depends significantly on the appeal of the company's various coupes, sedans, wagons, and crossover models. To keep buyers coming in the doors, VW has made changes across its entire 2015 lineup, including minor styling and equipment tweaks to the Tiguan and Jetta, offering a more powerful diesel engine on the Beetle and Passat, updating the alloy wheel designs for the CC, and creating a Final Edition trim level for what will be the Eos convertible's last year of production.
Most noteworthy is the redesigned 2015 Golf and its GTI and Golf R derivatives. All are highlighted by new styling, more room, and a broadened array of standard features. They're also now accompanied by an electric e-Golf offering an EPA-rated 83-mile range and a Golf SportWagen that fills a void created by the discontinued Jetta SportWagen.
2015 Volkswagen Beetle
For 2015, the Beetle returns in 1.8T, sporty R-Line, and diesel-powered TDI variants, all of which are joined by a new limited-edition Beetle Classic model equipped with distinct upholstery and a navigation system. White or black 17-in. alloy wheels are optional on the 2015 Beetle Classic, while upper trim levels add a blind-spot monitoring system. Available in coupe and convertible body styles, engine choices include a turbocharged, 170-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder; turbocharged, 210-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder; and a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel that delivers 150 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 41 mpg on the highway.
- Beetle Classic model
- More powerful and efficient optional diesel engine
2015 Volkswagen CC
With the exception of two sets of new 18-in. alloy wheels, the CC 4-door coupe has been carried over unchanged for the 2015 model year. Buyers have their choice of a front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2.0T model powered by a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or an all-wheel-drive (AWD) CC equipped with a 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder.
- Redesigned 18-in. alloy wheels
2015 Volkswagen Eos
Fans of the Volkswagen Eos hardtop convertible may be disappointed to learn that 2015 is the final year of this model's run. Fittingly, VW is offering a Final Edition version, which includes two-tone leather upholstery, 18-in. alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, and a rearview camera. The 2015 Eos is also available in base Komfort and top-of-the-line Executive trim levels. All iterations are equipped with a 200-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.
- Final Edition model (replaces Eos Sport)
- Pure White and Flash Red paint colors
2015 Volkswagen Golf
By far, the Volkswagen that has changed the most this year is the 2015 Golf. Completely redesigned for the new model year, the new Golf sports fresh styling, more spacious interior, standard 5.8-in. capacitive touch-screen infotainment system, available 150-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine, and an electric e-Golf version offering an EPA-estimated range of 83 miles. Volkswagen claims this zero-emission Golf's Lithium-ion battery can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.
Joining the e-Golf are Launch Edition and Sport variants, as well as the all-new 2015 Golf SportWagen, which replaces the less spacious Jetta SportWagen. Engine choices for this family-friendly Golf wagon include Volkswagen's turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder and the 150-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel.
- Redesigned for 2015
- Increased interior space
- 2- and 4-door hatchback body styles
- Turbocharged gasoline- and new 150-horsepower diesel-powered engines
- Additional standard features, including a 5.8-in. touch-screen infotainment system
- All-new Golf SportWagen, Launch Edition, Sport, and electric e-Golf models
2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Like the Golf model on which it's based, the 5-passenger 2015 GTI has been redesigned from headlight to taillight and boasts a more spacious cabin, upgrades such as an optional adaptive suspension system and enthusiast-minded sport mode for the electronic stability control safety feature, and standard amenities like a 5.8-in. capacitive touch-screen infotainment system and telematics technology. Under the hood is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 220 horsepower (requires optional Performance package) and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, output that's directed to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
- Based on redesigned 2015 VW Golf
- More powerful and efficient than previous-generation GTI
- Optional adaptive damping suspension
- Additional standard features
- Electronic stability control sport mode
2015 Volkswagen Golf R
Serving as the hot rod among current Volkswagen models, the 2015 Golf R ups the performance ante a few notches compared with the GTI by adding a standard AWD system, more aggressively tuned chassis, and a version of the turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 292 horsepower backed by 280 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Based on redesigned 2015 Golf and GTI models
- More powerful and efficient than previous Golf R
- Revised sport-tuned suspension
- Latest version of Volkswagen's 4Motion AWD system
2015 Volkswagen Jetta
There's significant news on the Jetta front this year, including the demise of the SportWagen and the introduction of a new Jetta Sport variant for the remaining sedan body style. That popular FWD 4-door also returns with revised styling, 150-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine shared with most other 2015 VWs, added safety courtesy of rear-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring systems, and a new Lighting package that bundles together adaptive HID headlights with LED daytime running lights. In addition to the Sport, the 2015 Jetta can be ordered in trim levels ranging from the base 2.0L S to the performance-oriented GLI and top-of-the-line Hybrid SEL Premium.
- Updated styling
- More powerful and efficient optional diesel engine
- Jetta Sport model
- Lighting package
- Available blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and rear-traffic alert safety systems
- Jetta SportWagen discontinued; replaced by 2015 Golf SportWagen
2015 Volkswagen Passat
Though visually identical to the 2014 model it replaces, the 2015 Volkswagen Passat does arrive with a few key updates, not the least of which is the debut of a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine that generates 150 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque while averaging up to an EPA-estimated 35 mpg in mixed driving. The base turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder and range-topping 3.6-liter V-6 have been carried over unchanged. Trim levels include the 1.8T S, 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition, 1.8T SE, 1.8T SE with Sunroof and Navigation, 1.8T Sport, 1.8T SEL Premium, TDI SE, TDI SE with Sunroof, TDI SE with Sunroof and Navigation, TDI SEL Premium, and the 3.6L SEL Premium. The SEL variants now feature rain-sensing wipers, while the lesser S and Wolfsburg versions return with an available Technology package comprised of an 8-speaker premium sound system with satellite radio and a rearview camera.
- More powerful and efficient optional diesel engine
- Technology package (S and Wolfsburg)
- Rain-sensing wipers (SEL)
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan
Offered in FWD and AWD configurations, the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan crossover features a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and is available in S, SE, SE with Appearance, SEL, and R-Line trim levels. Changes are few this year, limited to a restyled rear bumper for the Tiguan R-Line and the addition of a rearview camera, touch-screen audio system, telematics, and an iPod cable as standard equipment on all trim levels.
- Redesigned rear bumper for R-Line
- Added standard features
2015 Volkswagen Touareg
Volkswagen's largest crossover, the Touareg, is back for 2015 with some mild styling tweaks, several new paint colors, and added safety features including lane-departure warning and intelligent cruise control. Like other VW models, the 2015 Touareg can be fitted with a variety of powertrains; in this case, the choices are a 3.6-liter V-6, 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel, and a hybrid system that delivers 380 horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Updated styling and redesigned alloy wheels
- Black Oak Brown Metallic, Sand Gold Metallic, Reflex Silver Metallic, Moonlight Blue Pearl, and Deep Black Pearl paint colors
- Available intelligent cruise control, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist safety systems
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|New for 2016: Volkswagen
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|2013 Volkswagen Passat Preview
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|2013 Volkswagen Touareg Preview
Given its full redesign in 2012, the Volkswagen Touareg arrives with very few changes for 2013.
|2013 Volkswagen Beetle Preview
Redesigned in 2012, the Volkswagen Beetle returns for 2013 with a new Fender Edition trim level, an optional diesel engine, and, after a 3-year hiatus, an all-new Beetle Convertible.
|2013 Volkswagen GTI Preview
First introduced to the U.S. market in 2006, the current-generation Volkswagen GTI is fairly dated in automotive terms, so it comes with no surprise to learn that an all-new version is set to roll out in time for the 2015 model year.
|2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Preview
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|2013 Volkswagen Eos Preview
Although it appears to be a 2-door Jetta coupe, the 2013 Volkswagen Eos is a hardtop convertible that delivers the fun of a drop-top Beetle balanced with the premium feel of a Passat or CC, according to Volkswagen.
|2013 Volkswagen Golf Preview
With decades of production, it would be safe to assume that the Beetle is Volkswagen's all-time best-selling model. Truth be told, the Golf holds the crown, logging more than 29 million sales worldwide, according to VW.
|2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI Preview
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|2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Preview
The Volkswagen Beetle Convertible returns for the 2013 model year, offering 4-passenger seating and a new power-operated soft convertible top that drops and raises in just over 10 seconds, according to German automaker Volkswagen.
|2014 Volkswagen Golf Preview
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|2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Preview
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|2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Preview
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|2013 Volkswagen CC Preview
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|Concept-Volkswagen New Compact Coupe Preview
Critical Knowledge:Hybrid concept hints at next-generation Jetta150-hp, turbocharged, 1.4-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine20-kilowatt electric boost motor (27 horsepower)Lithium-ion battery cells7-speed dual-clutch "DSG" transmissionCombined fuel economy estimated at 45 mpgIntroductionThe Volkswagen Jetta arrived in the mid-1980s as a variant of the company's popular Golf (also offered as the "Rabbit") with a conventional trunk replacing the standard hatchback. Now a fifth-generation model, last redesigned for the 2005 model year, the Jetta has been offered in both 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan models over the past two decades.
|2012 Volkswagen Passat Preview
Highlights:All-new redesigned modelSame width and height, but slightly longerMore amenities than its predecessorStandard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (optional 3.6-liter 6-cylinder)Standard 6-speed manual transmission (optional 6-speed dual-clutch automatic)Standard front-wheel drive (available "4Motion" all-wheel drive)Independent suspensionNew technology includes City Braking and Fatigue DetectionAvailable early
|New for 2011-Volkswagen
What's New for 2011: VolkswagenVolkswagen welcomes an all-new, completely redesigned Jetta compact sedan and Touareg sport utility vehicle for 2011HistoryVolkswagen Motor Company, a German automaker, was founded in 1937. Under government orders, the young company was tasked with designing a car that could transport two adults and three children at more than 60 miles per hour. The so-called "People's Car" would be sold to German citizens at about the same price as a motorcycle.
|2011 Volkswagen Touareg Preview
Critical Knowledge:Completely redesigned for 2011Lighter and more fuel efficientLonger wheelbase increases interior roomGasoline, diesel and hybrid powerplants (market specific)New all-wheel-drive (AWD) systemNew automatic headlight dimmingNew "area view" camera systemNew front-and-side-assist radar systemNew 8-speed automatic transmissionOptional "Terrain Tech" off-road packageIntroductionIntroduced for the 2004 model year, the Touareg was the first SUV from Volkswagen. Designed in conjunction with the Porsche Cayenne, the 5-passenger Touareg delivered "a blend of car-like handling and off-road prowess," according to the manufacturer.
|2011 Volkswagen Jetta Preview
Highlights:All-new sixth-generation modelA unique platform, no longer shared with the Volkswagen GolfLarger and more spacious than its predecessorMore upscale with more premium appointmentsGasoline and diesel engines carry overStandard front-wheel driveManufactured in MexicoIntroductionThe first Volkswagen Jetta debuted in 1979. As opposed to developing an all-new model, the automaker simply converted its Volkswagen Golf-a popular import hatchback-into a slightly roomier sedan. When it proved as acceptable to buyers as its sibling, the German automaker seized the opportunity and offered the Jetta as a 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and as a 5-door station wagon in both front- and all-wheel-drive derivatives.
|2010 Volkswagen Golf Preview
Critical Knowledge:All-new design for 20103- and 5-door versionsFront- or 4Motion all-wheel drive (AWD)Gas and diesel powerplant optionsManual or DSG transmissions offeredSet to debut at the 2008 Paris Motor ShowSales in the United States in fall 2009IntroductionIntroduced in 1974 as a replacement for the air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle, the Volkswagen Golf has been one of the German automaker's greatest hits. With more than 25 million units sold worldwide since its first introduction, the Golf (and its sibling "Rabbit" in the United States) is the world's third best-selling model, according to VW. Over the past five generations, the compact-sized Golf has been configured in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, station wagon, and convertible variants. Originally conceived as a simple front-wheel-drive (FWD) 4-cylinder economy hatchback in the 1970s, the diversity of late-model versions demonstrates the flexibility of the platform. Today's Golf/Rabbit offerings range from fuel-efficient diesel-powered sedans to high-performance, race-oriented, AWD 6-cylinder hatchbacks.
|2010 Volkswagen GTI Preview
Critical Knowledge:Completely redesigned2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine210 horsepowerFront-wheel driveElectronic limited-slip differentialOn sale in summer 2009IntroductionMany enthusiasts consider the Volkswagen GTI the original "hot hatch" compact car. Based on the Golf platform, the GTI was introduced to the U.S. in 1983 as the performance-oriented version of the Rabbit (then, as now, the Golf was renamed the Rabbit for the American market). With its ideal combination of utility, efficiency, and fun-to-drive character in a single package, the GTI is one of the most-recognized Volkswagen models on the road, due in part to the fact that the Golf from which it springs is VW's perennial best-selling platform. Originally a 2-door hatchback, a 4-door GTI model joined the lineup in 2008.
|New for 2010-Volkswagen
Critical Knowledge:2010 New Beetle: The instantly-recognizable retro-styled coupe and convertible welcome "Final Edition" models for its final model year. Also, there are several new colors, and drop-top models receive a standard convertible boot cover.2010 CC: The 4-door coupe receives a dual-clutch DSG transmission in place of the standard automatic. Also, Bluetooth phone connectivity is now standard on all models, as is a new touch-screen radio.2010 Eos: The hardtop convertible is enhanced with a new touch-screen radio, standard Bluetooth phone connectivity, and new cosmetic touches on the exterior and interior.
|2009 Volkswagen Scirocco Preview
Critical Knowledge:All-new, third-generation modelStyling evokes earlier Giorgetto Giugiaro designFront-wheel-drive (FWD) platformGasoline and diesel enginesOn sale in late summer 2008North American sales not announcedIntroductionThe Volkswagen Scirocco traces its roots back to the Karmann Ghia, the German automaker's popular Italian-styled coup_ that was in production for nearly two decades beginning in the mid 1950s. Volkswagen was looking for a more modern replacement for the Beetle-based Ghia, so they chose to build the new car on their updated front engine/FWD Rabbit platform. The first Scirocco debuted in 1974 at the Geneva Motor Show. With styling penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the 2-door coup_ with a liftback was much sleeker and sportier than its platform twin, even though they shared nearly all of the same running gear. Over the next 18 years, the Scirocco continued to be the sportiest model in the lineup, even as it was sold side-by-side with Volkswagen's popular Rabbit/Golf GTI. VW discontinued the Scirocco in 1992, replacing it with the short-lived Corrado. The 2008 Geneva Motor Show marks the 34th anniversary of the first launch of the Scirocco, and the first introduction of an all-new, third-generation model. At this time, the 2009 Volkswagen Scirocco is designated for sale only in European markets.
|2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Preview
Critical Knowledge:To be sold as 4-door sedan or SportWagenMarks return of diesel technology to Volkswagen passenger carsNew 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engineExpected fuel economy to exceed 40 mpg city/50 mpg highwayFuel economy will be 30 percent greater than a gasoline-powered Jetta with a similarly sized engine, according to VolkswagenDelayed introduction due to "technical issue" Arrives in summer 2008 as a 2009 modelWill be sold in all 50
|2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Preview
Critical Knowledge:Pronounced (tig-wan)Small SUV designed for agility and safetyTurbocharged four-cylinder enginesStandard four-wheel-drive systemInitial engine will be a 200 hp four cylinderVW says electronics set a standard in the classThe first SUV available with automatic Park AssistNorth American sales start in Summer 2008IntroductionThe Touareg, launched in 2004, was Volkswagen's first official SUV. With a competent full-time all-wheel-drive system and solid mechanicals underneath, the midsize Touareg is heavy (and thirsty), but admirable off-road. To address those who do not plan a race across the Sahara in the Dakar rally, and those looking for more urban agility, on-road prowess, and fuel economy, Volkswagen introduces the 2009 Tiguan (tee-wan). This is the Touareg's little brother, and it bears a strong family resemblance to the bigger VW SUV. The Tiguan will find itself in US showrooms in the summer of 2008.
|2009 Volkswagen Touareg V-6 TDI Preview
Critical Knowledge:50-state emissions compliant diesel3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine221 hp and 407 lb.-ft. of torqueEstimated 25 mpg highwayHighway cruising range of more than 600 milesIntroductionIntroduced for the 2004 model year, and designed in conjunction with the Porsche Cayenne, the Volkswagen Touareg was VW's first SUV. The 5-seat Touareg delivered a blend of car-like handling with truck-like off-road prowess despite its low stance, according to the manufacturer. The 2007 model year saw the return of the diesel-powered Touareg, with a 10-cylinder twin-turbo engine that delivered better acceleration and fuel economy than its gasoline-powered counterparts. It's price-at the top of the Touareg model range-and the fact it wasn't 50-state emissions compliant led to its removal from the U.S. lineup. The Touareg received a significant update in 2008 that initiated a name change to differentiate the model from the prior years (it was now the "Touareg 2"). In 2009, Volkswagen is re-introducing a diesel powerplant to the Touareg. This time around, the automaker has chosen an efficient 50-state emissions compliant V-6 TDI powerplant.
|2009 Volkswagen Passat CC Preview
Critical Knowledge:The first Passat 4-door coup_Four-passenger seatingFour- and 6-cylinder powerplantsSix-speed manual and DSG Tiptronic transmissionsUpscale interior and a new instrument designManufactured in GermanyAvailable late 2008IntroductionThe Volkswagen Passat is now in its sixth generation. Over the past 30 years, each generation of the Passat platform has been offered in many different configurations. Whether manufactured as a sedan, hatchback or station wagon, all have shared the same basic exterior and interior architecture. Volkswagen has broken tradition with the introduction of the Passat CC: its first 4-door coup_. While still bearing a strong family resemblance, the all-new Passat coup_ is styled like none of its predecessors. According to Volkswagen, "The CC features a muscular shoulder line, which visually connects the front wheel wells to the taillights, providing the emotional and expressive stance of a sports coup_ with the convenience of a sedan." The Volkswagen CC will be in showrooms in late 2008.
|New for 2009-Volkswagen
Critical Knowledge:CC is a new, stylish 4-door coupe based on the PassatRoutan marks Volkswagen's return to the minivan marketTiguan compact SUV is a new crossover model for 2009Jetta TDI introduces Volkswagen's latest CleanTDI powerplantNew Beetle gets new wheels and paint color choicesPassat loses the V-6 engine and AWD option, but gains new standard equipmentTouareg's V-10 powerplant is dropped for 2009Eos loses its V-6 engine for 2009Volkswagen
|2009 Volkswagen Routan Preview
Critical Knowledge:7-passenger capacityDual power sliding doorsPower liftgateConversation mirrorEuropean suspension tuningFront-wheel drive (FWD) Standard 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engineAvailable 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engineIntroductionThe Volkswagen Type 2 "Microbus," launched in 1950, demonstrated the convenience of carrying more than four passengers in a boxy, utilitarian-shaped vehicle. With the driver positioned over the front wheels, and the engine low in the rear of the chassis, the vehicle configurations were limitless. Over the years, the Microbus platform was built as a bus, camper, cargo van, pickup truck, and even as an emergency vehicle. The Volkswagen van proved popular, and the original platform continued to evolve over the decades through the introduction of the Volkswagen Vanagon in 1979, and the Volkswagen Eurovan in 1990. Unlike its predecessors, the later Eurovan models featured a front-mounted, water-cooled engine and the driver was positioned behind the front wheels in a more conventional (and safer) manner. The Volkswagen Eurovan was sold in the United States until 2003.