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1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van: Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van: Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary

A VW Van Dedicated to Woodstock

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 "Light" Van - Front Corner Overhead - Volkswagen of America - EuroDrift

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van – Front Corner Overhead – Volkswagen of America – EuroDrift

Recently, artist Dr. Bob Hieronimus debuted a unique tribute for Woodstock’s 50th anniversary. This tribute is a 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” van. The Type 2 was recently shown at the Orange County Transporter Organization Winter Meet on Saturday, February 16. The event was held at the Long Beach Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in California. Thankfully, through the help of supporters, Dr. Bob’s dream becomes a reality. Through $90,205 via Kickstarter and support from VW, this bus exists today! Now, the van is alive, well, and ready for a cross country adventure to Woodstock.

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 "Light" Van - Passenger Side - Volkswagen of America - EuroDrift

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van – Passenger Side – Volkswagen of America – EuroDrift

Time to Learn About Woodstock!

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 "Light" Van - Driver's Side - Volkswagen of America - EuroDrift

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van – Driver’s Side – Volkswagen of America – EuroDrift

In the summer of 1969, the well-known Woodstock Music Festival began on a farm in Bethel, New York. In attendance, half a million people wait for the show! This three-day music festival still lives on today, although not exactly the same. In the 1960s time period, Woodstock stands with the counterculture movement. For those that don’t know, this event did have its negatives. There were last minute changes to the venue, poor weather conditions, and hordes of people. But, everyone had a good time anyway… most people know why. Now, for a final bit – this is the event has a major connection with the 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” van.

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 "Light" Van - Interior - Volkswagen of America - EuroDrift

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van – Interior – Volkswagen of America – EuroDrift

Cross-Country Trip to Woodstock

1963 VW Standard Microbus aka Light Bus Created For Woodstock – DPCcars – YouTube

In the summer of 2019, the 50th anniversary of Woodstock takes place. For this event, the 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” van intends to attend. Starting in California, the van has a schedule to see its way cross-country. Being quite a journey, this van will see more than many people do in their entire lives. But, unfortunately for it, it won’t remember any of it… maybe just a few rock chips. Especially with all of those trucks on the road. Either way, Dr. Bob’s dream van is quite unique and definitely a Woodstock masterpiece.

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 "Light" Van - Rear Corner - Volkswagen of America - EuroDrift

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van – Rear Corner – Volkswagen of America – EuroDrift

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Volkswagen Considers Partnership with Ford for U.S. Production

Volkswagen Considers Partnership with Ford for U.S. Production

VW Considers Manufacturing in U.S.

Surprising to many, Ford and Volkswagen have become close friends in recent years with big plans in mind. Ford and VW are already partners for commercial vehicles, but there are quite a few other possibilities going to take place. No, VW will not have equity in Ford. But, the two companies will work together to benefit each other. This won’t be the first-time automakers from separate continents came together for both to benefit. For more details, expect a public statement sometime in January of 2019. For now, this article will cover what is known so far.

The Known & the Unknown

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

While it is already known that Ford and Volkswagen work together on commercial vehicles, the rest is not set in stone. There are quite a few possibilities to take place between the companies. Firstly, VW may build Ford vehicles in Europe. Secondly, Ford will build a Ranger style pick-up for VW. Now, VW has interest in building units at Ford’s U.S. plants. Why you may ask? Most likely due to current threats from the Trump administration. Trump has threatened European manufacturers with tariffs that would ruin their sales in the U.S.. Although an extremely dumb decision, European manufacturers have reason to worry. With a firecracker like this, who knows what will come next.

What Will Come of Ford & VW?

Volkswagen may use For manufacturing plant, in talks with Tennessee for new plant – CNBC Television – YouTube

Many people wonder, what will come of the partnership between Ford & Volkswagen? But, only the future will tell. Recently, VW CEO Herbert Diess spoke to reporters in Washington, D.C.:

“We are building an alliance with Ford which will strengthen Ford’s position in Europe because we will share platforms… We might use Ford capacity here in the U.S. to build cars for us.” – VW CEO Herbert Diess

With a statement like this, Ford and VW will most likely work together in some way, if not all. There is also a possibility that VW will build a second plant. The CEO has stated that VW is in “quite advanced negotiations in Tennessee but there might be other options as well.” In conclusion, the Ford and VW relationship could make for a beautiful friendship between major companies.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 Volkswagen Atlas – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Note: The featured image is the property of the Volkswagen manufacturer.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R: 40 Custom Color Options

2019 Volkswagen Golf R: 40 Custom Color Options

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

For the 2019 model year, Volkswagen is offering the Golf R in 40 custom color options. This range of color options can only lead to tougher decisions. But, first off, the VW Spektrum Program will increase the bill by around $2,500. So, after that decision is made, a tougher one sits in fate. Currently, Volkswagen is working to release a builder tool on their website to view all colors in 360 degrees colorization. Until then, the best option is to visit a dealership to view the available color options.

With the VW Spektrum Program, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R will cost over $40,000. Just think of the available colors as a bag of skittles. You could blindly pick one from the bag and hope its great. Or, you could take the time to sift thru all options analyzing what best fits your needs. Either way, this many colors is quite the addition to the new model’s option list.

Spec Expectations for Golf R

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R will most likely sport a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. This is the same setup as the current 292 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. motor. But, word has gotten around that VW will aim to provide a 400-horsepower version for 2019 or 2020. Depending on the source, the date varies, so there is no guarantee of the power ratio or model year. This means, the car should reach 60 mph in less than the current 4.8 seconds, probably closer to the low 4 range. As per top speed, it should increase from 150 MPH, unless strictly governed by manufacturer. But, that is nothing a tune can’t fix, while releasing an additional 50-100 horsepower from the turbo in comparison to other VW vehicles including Audi.

Wide Range of Possible Color Choices

2019 Volkswagen Golf R - VW Spektrum Program - View of 40 Color Choices - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Golf R – VW Spektrum Program – View of 40 Color Choices – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R has a huge range of possible color choices, 40 in total. On the list, are quite a few options representing VWs from current and past generations. Firstly, the Viper Green Metallic is from the European Mk3 Scirocco. Secondly, the Nagaro Blue Pearl is brought back from the Mk4 and Mk5 R32. Thirdly, Ginster Yellow arrives from the 1997 Driver’s Edition GTI. Finally, there is Mars Red rom the Mk1 GTI. On top of this, from the bag of skittle color options, there are also Caribbean Green, Copper Orange Metallic, and Violet Touch Metallic. Do note, this doesn’t even touch base to comprehend the total amount of available options.

A VW Built for Zipping Around

Volkswagen Golf R 2018 review – the best all-round performance car? – carwow – YouTube

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is a car built for zipping around town. Beyond the engine and color options, there is a sport suspension and 18” wheels. On the transmission side, there is a 6-speed manual factory. Furthermore, a 6-speed automatic with launch control is another option. But, this squanders in comparison to the color list. In conclusion, a Viper Green Metallic Golf R sounds like quite a vehicle to drive and make a scene.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R - Ginster Yellow - Rear Corner in Motion - Manufacturer Pictures - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Golf R – Ginster Yellow – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Pictures – EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Arteon: Entering the U.S. in Late 2018

2019 Volkswagen Arteon: Entering the U.S. in Late 2018

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon comes to America

2019 Volkswagen Arteon - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Arteon – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Earlier this year, the stylish, four-door Arteon made its American debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Consumers got a chance to view the newest Volkswagen that will find its way into showrooms during fourth-quarter of 2018.

There is a bit of controversy over what to call the Arteon. Volkswagen insists that it is a sedan. At first glance, the 4-door car does indeed look like a sedan or maybe a sports coupe. However, the Arteon has a hinged opening above the back windshield. In America, we call that a hatchback.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Arteon – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Volkswagen insists that the car is not a hatchback.

So, Arteon is a sleek hatchback-sedan that looks like a sports coupe and it comes with three trim levels: SE, SEL, and SEL Premium.

Features and Specifications

2019 Volkswagen Arteon - Engine - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Arteon – Engine – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon runs on a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, producing 268 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Handling is accomplished with an eight-speed automatic transmission and buyers can choose between front or all-wheel drive.

The 2019 Arteon comes standard with heated front seats (heated backseats optional)  and LED headlamps.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Arteon – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Actually, the full list of standard features is pretty impressive:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Forward Collision Assist
  • Proximity-Key Entry
  • 3-Zone Climate Control
  • 8.0-inch Touchscreen Control with Apple CarPlay and Android Support

Other options for the Arteon include Volkswagen’s full-LED gauge cluster, sunroof, heated rear seats, and for a truly luxurious ride – a massaging driver’s seat.

Pricing on the 2019 Arteon

Volkswagen Arteon 2018 review – is it better than an Audi? – carwow – YouTube

The official price points haven’t yet been published but should be released this summer. Volkswagen has said that they expect the starting price to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $34,000. If that is true, then it means that the base price of the Arteon will overlap the decked-out price of the Passat. Speculation is that a loaded Arteon SEL Premium will surpass the $40,000 mark.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Volkswagen Arteon – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift


Everyone Deserves a Second Chance… Including Volkswagen

Everyone Deserves a Second Chance… Including Volkswagen

VW Emissions Scandal & Why They Deserve a Second Chance

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

For the 642,000 people working for Volkswagen, the actions of a few have altered their lives irrevocably.

You are probably aware that from 2006 to 2015, VW based their US sales strategy on selling “clean diesel” vehicles such as the Passat and the Jetta. They claimed that these vehicles rivaled electric-hybrids like the Toyota Prius in both performance and emissions.

Sales records show that as many as 580,000 found their way into the garages of unwary consumers. All of these customers thought they were buying high-performance, EPA-friendly autos.

But they weren’t.

Instead, they were actually purchasing vehicles which spewed 4x the legal limit of noxious fumes allowed by the US Nox Regulations.

Who’s to Blame for VW Emissions Scandal?

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

So, how did this fraud continue for close to a decade? Who knew and who didn’t?

Actually, the emissions scandal was the work of only a handful of people.

About 40 people, worked together to cover up the results of the failed emissions testing. The fraud went all the way to the top and there is little doubt that the CEO, Winkerton, knew of the issue in 2016. Many feel that he knew about it before then and may have had a hand in its execution.

Once the story broke, vehicle owners began filing civil lawsuits and criminal investigations began. Several executives found themselves facing jail sentences and VW’s CEO was forced to resign. In addition, the company was hit with billions of dollars in fines and settlements.

2nd Chances for VW Workers

Volkswagen’s diesel scandal, explained – The Verge – YouTube

Unfortunately, the lasting implications for the 642,000 auto workers who had nothing to do with the VW Emissions Scandal are real. VW sales have still not returned to same levels they were before the diesel scandal. Some US auto dealers reported that they had days during the past two years when they didn’t see a single customer in their showrooms.

Yet, finally, this past quarter, VW sales have started to climb.

According to Autodata, it looks as if VW has gained 12% over previous year’s sales. This could mean that the public is willing to forgive and forget now that those who engineered the VW Emissions Scandal have had to pay the piper.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas - Front - PAS 2018 - EuroDrift

2018 Volkswagen Atlas – Front – PAS 2018 – EuroDrift

Google & Volkswagen: Automotive Quantum Computer Collaboration

Google & Volkswagen: Automotive Quantum Computer Collaboration

Google & Volkswagen Collaboration

Throughout the history of the automobile, different types of technology have seeped into industry. In recent times, a large motion of artificial intelligence and quantum computing are the future. Due to this, Google and Volkswagen are partnering on an automotive quantum computer collaboration. It will start off as a study but with positive results, it may shift the way automobiles compute information. In this article, we will review the concept and the goal of Google’s quantum computing project.

EV Battery Technology, Machine Learning, & Traffic Flow

The reasoning for the Google and Volkswagen partnership is to solve the question of how to apply quantum computers to automobiles to solve fundamental problems. These issues include EV battery technology, machine learning, and traffic flow. Each of these issues need to be addressed to take automobiles to the next level. Quantum computing is a newer concept that’s primary goal is artificial intelligence and simulations. By investigating its use in the auto field, the way people commute may change forever.

Quantum-Mechanical Phenomena

Quantum computers, the new generation of computation, use quantum-mechanical phenomena to perform data operations. The quantum-mechanical phenomena include entanglement and superposition. Both of these concepts are part of quantum physics, one of the most difficult physics subcategories in the world. Quantum computers use quantum-mechanical action which means the power of atoms performs memory and tasks. Yes, actual atoms… the ones you learn about in chemistry.

Era of Quantum Computing Competition

Google is one of the top two quantum computer competitors alongside IBM. Google’s universal quantum computer is exponentially more powerful than silicon-based, conventional systems. With technology like this, Google expects to take the entire world to the next leap in technology. The concepts of entanglement, quantum computing, and superposition are over most people’s heads. Regardless, fortunately for everyone, there are the select few who are able to understand and make use of this science.

EV Battery Technology

Google’s purpose for researching EV batteries is an attempt to increase the efficiency of these batteries. EV batteries are used in mostly all electric vehicles and provide power to the vehicle. These batteries have come a long way through the years but there is still much need for improvement. Current vehicles can make it a few hundred miles before requiring a recharge. The goal is to improve EV batteries to a point that recharging becomes less than half as frequent.

Intelligent Machine Learning

Intelligent machine learning is part of the artificial intelligence realm. The concept of machine learning means that a computer will learn naturally rather than through programming. Basically, as the computer operates, it will attempt to understand certain phenomena and adapt to the situation. This can be from how to handle road obstacles to passenger preferences. With this technology, artificial intelligence computing will be able to handle every day situations without the need for constant alterations by a programmer.

Traffic Flow Research

In Google’s traffic flow research, Google will look at the entire infrastructure of the entire system rather than individual vehicles. Changes to one vehicle may benefit the passengers of that vehicle but that doesn’t resolve the entire issue of traffic as a whole. With this project, Google hopes to resolve traffic around the world. Considerations that Google will take into play include the vehicle and its surroundings. These include barriers, bypass vehicles, lanes, road lines, and other surroundings. In addition, improving traffic flow will also require car-to-car communication through signal waves.

Quantum Computing is the Future

Overall, Google is attempting to take the automotive world into the future with quantum computing. By teaming up with Volkswagen, Google will be able to work with an auto manufacturer to complete its task. It is beginning as a research study and may lead into the next generation of automobiles. Furthermore, quantum computers will be the norm in the near future and now is the time for big businesses to figure it out. In conclusion, quantum computing may be the norm in the years to come.

Volkswagen Electric Race Car: Eyes Set on Pikes Peak Record

Volkswagen Electric Race Car: Eyes Set on Pikes Peak Record

Volkswagen’s Eyes Set on Pikes Peak Record

After 31 years of not participating, Volkswagen is taking aim at the Pikes Peak hill climb record. To do so, VW is building an electric race car with hopes of accomplishing this goal. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place at Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs. The 2018 hill climb event will occur on June 24, 2018. By this date, VW hopes to build a car that will defeat any and all competition.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

In the year 1916, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began taking place in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. At a length of 12.4 miles, this hill climb takes drivers up a total of 4,700 feet in height to reach the peak. The summit of Pikes Peak is slightly over 14,000 feet above sea level. Back in 2016, the hill climb record for a modified electric vehicle was 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds. For this record, driver Rhys Millen drove a e0 PP100 vehicle. In the same year, the Tesla Model S set the record for a production vehicle climb at 11 minutes and 48.264 seconds.

Statement by Dr. Frank Welsch of VW’s Board

“The Pikes Peak hill climb is one of the world’s most renowned car races,” stated Dr. Frank Welsch, a VW board member. “It poses an enormous challenge and is therefore perfectly suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technology.”.

VW Sets Target for Electric Vehicles

This statement by Frank Welsch is a signal that VW is aiming to leap forward in vehicle technology. By succeeding at Pikes Peak, VW would improve their reputation in the auto community. This is definitely a necessary requirement after the entire diesel emissions fiasco. Welsch hopes that the Pikes Peak program will provide VW with a gain of knowledge in the electric vehicles realm. Volkswagen aims to release an EV crossover in 2020 as well as revive the Microbus as an EV for 2022.

Volkswagen is Determined to Win

Overall, Volkswagen is aiming to obtain the Pikes Peak record. A victory like this would prove beneficial to a company that had a dip in reputability in the last few years. The fiasco may have injured VW’s reputation but a leap forward into the electric cars could prove beneficial. If VW is able to make competitive EV vehicles, it will join in on the competition of the future. Brands such as Mercedes already have major goals for electric vehicles meaning. In June 2018, the world will have their eyes set on VW as they attempt to obtain the Pikes Peak record.

Volkswagen at NAIAS 2017

Three of Volkswagen’s newest models were featured prominently at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). First, was the Tiguan, a compact crossover vehicle previously introduced in 2007. Volkswagen also prominently displayed the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, their full-size sports utility vehicle. However, the car that generated the most “buzz” was the I.D. Buzz concept car.

Volkswagen at NAIAS 2017
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan - Front - NAIAS 2017 - EuroDrift
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The Tiguan

The Tiguan uses the PQ35 platform developed for the Volkswagen Golf. The previous version of the Tiguan featured two rows of seating. However, in 2018 a third-row of seats will be standard on all front-wheel-drive versions of the car and optional on the all-wheel drive cars.

“I truly believe that this auto show marks a real turning point for Volkswagen in the United States, based on an upcoming strong product momentum with vehicles that are truly tailored to what American buyers want,” – Hinrich J. Woebcken, VW North America CEO

Optional on the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan are all the new Volkswagen safety systems: forward-collision warning, blind-spot detection, pedestrian monitoring, and lane-departure warnings.

Under the hood, the Tiguan sports a 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Direct-Injection Engine. This spunky little motor puts out 184 Horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode.

The Atlas – Volkswagen’s Full-Size SUV

The Atlas is the largest vehicle Volkswagen produces on its Volkswagen Group MQB platform. Unlike some SUVs, the third-row seating comfortably accommodates adults. Despite the size, the Atlas drives more like a car than an SUV.

The 280 Horsepower, 3.6-Liter V6 engine produces plenty of power for acceleration and hill climbing. A 238 Horsepower four-cylinder engine will be an option for the Atlas, along with Volkswagen’s all-wheel drive system. All versions of the Atlas include an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Weekender edition of the Atlas offers amenities that remind one of the Vanagon (Microbus). Plenty of cargo space along with a built-in pet barrier makes road trips more comfortable. Carriers for skis, bikes, and other sports equipment make it easy to pack up for a weekend of fun. The 2018 Atlas is Volkswagen’s answer to the modern recreational vehicle.

The I.D. Buzz Reinvents the Classic VW Van

Volkswagen took their classic van and turned it on its head. First of all, the I.D. Buzz is all electric. Second, it offers autonomous driving. Third, it seats eight passengers. There is only a few things about the I.D. Buzz that resemble other Volkswagen models.

The I.D. Buzz runs on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). The MEB has been in development since 2015 and is similar to what powers the Tesla. The Buzz can go 270 miles on one charge. With the I.D. Buzz, Volkswagen began their quest to reach 373 miles on a single charge. If they succeed, they will outperform all other European electric cars on the market.

Under the hood, the van’s two motors put out 369 Horsepower to its all-wheel drive system. This drive system is a departure from the rear-wheel design found on lesser Volkswagen models.

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