Volkswagen plans to recall cars in China over gearbox defects.

In the statement, which came after China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said it told the German automaker to conduct a recall,Volkswagen said they will conduct a voluntary recall related to its direct-shift gearbox system. Read the rest of this entry

The seventh- generation Golf GTI made its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and it already received its first tuning kit. The package was announced by German tuner, ABT Sportsline, and it features two different upgrade kits and an aerodynamic kit that transforms the car into the coolest GTI you will ever see. Read the rest of this entry

Volkswagen unveiled its  XL1 261 mpg car at GMS. The company has worked on developing the 1-liter car for years- a vehicle that can travel 100 kilometers on a single liter of fuel. After a number of concepts, the company announces the XL1, more than achieving its goal fuel economy goal. The XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid only needs 9-liters of fuel to go 100 kilometers, which works out to 261 mpg.

The XL1 will be able to travel up to 32 miles on electric power only, according to VW. Its top speed will be 99 mph, while a zero-60 run will take a leisurely 12.7 seconds. The car weighs just 1,753 pounds, or about half the weight of your average family sedan. The XL1 keeps the weight down through the extensive use of carbon fiber, and by staying small. Read the rest of this entry

This, remarkably, is the production version of the Volkswagen XL1, the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, a car we’ll see in Geneva in a little over a week.

Barely changed from the concept version shown at the Qatar motor show two years ago, the production XL1 is the first production result of VW’s 1-liter project – to design a car that uses less than 1l/100km (282.5mpg imperial) – that started with the lozenge-shaped, tandem-seat 2003 1L and the later L1 of 2009. The XL1 actually beats that by sipping just 0.9 liters with CO2 emissions of 21g/km. Read the rest of this entry

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