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2012 and 2013 Volkswagens by Carey Russ +VIDEO


What’s new at Volkswagen? — and to demonstrate, VW recently members of the automotive press in Moon Bay, CA, just of San Francisco and conveniently close to the engineering research center in

2012 Volkswagen Golf R

were the 2013 CC four-door and the 2012 Golf R, the most Golf variant ever in the US. But there’s more — the hybrid Touareg and new Beetle are particularly noteworthy. The Passat is with American-spec models now in VW’s new plant near TN. The hardtop convertible Eos and Tiguan have freshened styling, and are trim and equipment changes for the minivan and Golf and GTI hatchbacks. The sedan, VW’s core in the US, gets trim and equipment and a new turbo GLI model.

The drive wasn’t exactly the best for a as it was the morning commute. Up Highway 92 had been closed all day one day the previous due to a collision between a semi and a truck) and over the hill to US 101 a fortunate few miles to Belmont, at the end of Silicon Valley.

201 Volkswagen CC

of the CC: the Sport is the base model. hardly that, as the standard list includes bi-xenon with LED daytime running and the Adaptive Front-Lighting System, LED rain-sensing wipers, automatic control, heated power seats, a touchscreen-controlled audio with iPod connectivity, technology, and V-Tex leatherette at a base price of $30,610. is considerably less than the four-door coupes on the market. comfortable, has fine road and reflexes, and the 200-hp turbo is as strong as ever.

The front and rear have restyled to bring the CC into with current Volkswagen language. Underneath, it’s the previous-generation Passat platform, no for that. Inside, besides styling and appointment is the most change — the rear now can hold three people, as the section has been upholstered and a third safety harness It’s not really meant for occupation by anyone, let alone larger than a ten year-old but does remove what was a reason that previous found not to buy.

Above the the 2.0T Sport Plus larger wheels and tires and a system. The six-speed dual-clutch manual DSG gearbox, optional in the is the only choice. Then the 2.0T Lux, with a luxurious interior and available and the 2.0T R-Line, to debut in 2013 with sportier styling and either transmission. VR6 are the new front-wheel drive Lux, a higher equipment spec the 2.0T model, and the premium drive 4Motion Executive.

Watch the VW CC promo video

a tour of the Electronics Research (see sidebar) it was time for the leg of the day. My partner got the good up 84 through Woodside to 35 on the top of the ridge of San Francisco, and from there to the day’s drive base. are familiar roads to those of us who are motorcyclists, and they’re just as in a CC.

Upon reaching the afternoon base, we could pick out and a variety of new VWs. Subject to and the Golf Rs always seemed to be So I arranged to drive one back to Moon Bay later in the afternoon. there was no shortage of interesting to test on the narrow mountain in the area.

Jetta TDI: The generation of Jetta TDI was a most car, with a fine of fun-to-drive character, especially a stick, and excellent fuel The new one’s even better. The is a bit firmer for less body and better control on twisty but it’s still as comfortable a sedan as is made. The example I had the six-speed manual transmission, and the 236 lb-ft 2.0-liter turbocharged, diesel is as happy to play as New to the Jetta lineup for 2012 is the which shares the GTI’s CC’s) 200-hp turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Upcoming, in 2012 as a 2013 model, is the Hybrid, which will a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline and 20kW electric motor a 220-volt, 1.1kWh lithium-ion pack driving through a DSG transmission for a combined 150hp and

2012 VW Touareg Hybrid

Hybrid: Speaking of Volkswagen this seemed a little Hybrid with a supercharger? The is V8 power with V6 fuel With a combined 380 hp and 428 lb-ft, is in abundant supply, and like the Touaregs, with the 3.6-liter, VR6 or 3.0-liter 225-hp/406 lb-ft V6 it can tow up to 7700 lbs. Acceleration is and then comes the surprise. off the throttle, and the engine is decoupled and off while on level ground or a decline. Regenerative braking stop it very well and the Touareg Hybrid can run at speeds of up to 30 mph in mode. EPA fuel economy is city, 24 highway, which well with the TDI’s 19 and 28.

2.5: I haven’t been in the Beetle since its debut, and so was The TDI is the new news in that lineup, and was one at the event. It was popular, and never when I was. It should be to the Jetta TDI on the road. The one I got into had the 2.5-liter, 170-hp five-cylinder It was plenty quick enough, typical VW good handling as Most apparent was a much-improved In the original New Beetle, you traded for style, especially in the rear A new roofline was an important part of the redesign, and if it makes the car look, as VW more masculine, it also rear headroom, with no in front. Besides the five-cylinder this one had the six-speed automatic Which worked quite in D, even on tight, steep and third-gear roads.

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Watch the VW Beetle promo

And that left the best for The Golf R is the heir to the throne of the but instead of the VR6 engine used in it has a more highly-tuned version of the with 256 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque for weight. The torque peak is at a useful 2400 rpm, and all wheels are driven, with a manual gearbox only. No For the first time in the US, VW’s hatch will be offered two or four doors. Base with two doors is $33,990, and 5000 of all varieties will be I suspect it’ll sell quickly. Exterior changes are subtle and appropriate. Inside, a premium-equipped Golf and then in base trim. The Golf R Sunroof and Navigation adds as well as pushbutton start/stop and an 300-watt Dynaudio® audio at $35,490, or with four for $36,090.

The example I drove back on Skyline and then west on 84 the coast was the base model and no at all. It’s the business, the upper level of its abilities sampled at a track day than on the Despite that, it’s well-appointed, and completely civilized. GTI on steroids. I’m hoping or all of the cars end up in the local press (yes, I live in that of the world and am familiar with the involved) and will have a look if that’s the case.

the Golf R promo video

Electronics Research Laboratory

Group has had a presence in Silicon for a while now. VW collaborated Stanford University for Stanley, a Touareg that won the DARPA for autonomous cars out in the Southern desert in 2005. The VWERL is the top RD center in the Valley and is there to Silicon Valley innovation and knowledge base with research and development. Location, location…

The ERL started out doing only, but now does plenty of Traditional electronic areas infotainment and multimedia systems, assistance systems, the human/machine and electronic mobility may be the core, but is also testing and validation of and powertrain research, encompassing not electric and hybrid powertrains but fuels as well. There are bio-fuel companies nearby and with VW.

Although run by the North American of Volkswagen Group, the ERL’s and output may be used by any of VW’s brands, which include Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Skoda, and SEAT in Europe.

The Earth navigation system in the current Audi A8 and A7 is a product of the as are the LED lights that were introduced on Audis and by now have copied by most auto There’s plenty more to

Watcht the complete VW Press at the 2012 Detroit Auto

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