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8,000 Lamborghini Huracan Cars Completed in Three Years

Lamborghini Huracan

In just three years, there were 8,000 Lamborghini Huracan cars built already. The figure surpassed the number of Lamborghinis ever made before 1999.

The Huracan is Lamborghini’s entry-level model. It was introduced during the Geneva Motor Show in 2014 and it came into the market in the second quarter of that same year. While the three-year figure is minuscule compared to the number of cars other companies make within the same duration, for a Lamborghini, that is already lot.

RoadAndTrack estimated that Lamborghini reached the 8,000 threshold when it comes to the total number of vehicles it produced sometime in 1999. Citing a data from the International Lamborghini Registry, the brand already produced around 5,599 units, excluding the Diablo, before 1993. Doing the math, the 2,401st Diablo that came out during that period is possibly the brand’s 8,000th car.

The company also disclosed that it produced around 3,000 Diablos during its production run, which ended in 2001. Thus, this supports the assumption that the company already produced 8,000 vehicles in 1999.

Regardless of when the company achieved the said numbers, the 8,000 figure definitely speaks a lot about the performance of the brand in this era. It its worth mentioning that the name is already under the Volkswagen Group, which purchased the company through Audi in 1998.

Though the Huracan still has a long way to go if it wants to take the mantle as Lamborghini’s most popular car. The predecessor of the car, the Gallardo, remains the holder of that distinction.

The Lamborghini Gallardo was introduced in 2003. The production run of the auto was until 2013. It is considered to the best-selling model of the brand because it sold around 14,000 during its production period.

Some might argue that the number of its cars available now dilute the exclusivity of Lamborghini. However, it should be noted that there are still more Porsches than Lamborghinis in the road today.

4 Things We Learned About the New Volkswagen Touareg

Spy shot of the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg. (Photo Source: Motor1)

Spy shot of the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg. (Photo Source: Motor1)

New spy photos of the new 2018 Volkswagen Touareg while it was undergoing testing surfaced online. The subject in the photos shows a design similar to the Touareg in the market today, but there are several cosmetic updates noticeable in the auto.

Check out the four things we learned about the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg from Motor1.com:

1. Platform

The Touareg uses the MLB Evo platform of Volkswagen. The architecture is also being used by the Audi Q7 luxury SUV.

2. Design

The third-generation Touareg appears to carry many styling elements found in the Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE SUV that was showcased at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. Several enhancements are expected in the taped areas of the SUV’s headlamps and front grille though. Some portions of the sides show some thin strips too, which indicate upgrades. The rear reveal some stickers hiding the taillights as well. In addition, the upcoming vehicle sports twin exhaust tips.

Not much can be said about the interior of the Touareg for now as there are no clearer spy shots in its cabin yet. But like its exterior, its is possible that Volkswagen will just carry over the features of the SUV’s outgoing model.

Overall, the new Touareg retained the looks of its predecessor. However, Volkswagen seems to have ramped up its features a bit to address some of the blandness exhibited by its outgoing model.

3. Launching

The 2018 Touareg will probably debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is likely that an online reveal of the auto will come before the said event.

4. Assembly

The next Touareg will be made in the Bratislava, Slovakia assembly plant of Volkswagen. The production of the vehicle will commence in November this year.

Photos

Check out the new spy shots of the 2018 Volkswagen Touareg in the gallery below:

Hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade Concept Car Unveiled

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A hybrid model of the Volkswagen Golf GTI was just unveiled during the brand’s fan meet at the Lake Worthersee in Austria. The concept car was made by a group of young VW apprentices.

According to Autoblog, the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade was created to commemorate the 10 years of Worthersee show builds commissioned by VW. Peter Christ, Head of Automotive Technology Training in Wolfsburg, said that the goal of the project is for the apprentices of the company to learn the complexities of automobile production and to let them gain further experience through the use of digital technologies, application of system technology and electro-mobility.

Power Units

Rechristened as the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade, the vehicle packs a petrol-fueled engine. The unit is capable of producing a whopping 410 hp. All that power is directed to the front wheels of the car.

Next to that is a 48-volt electric motor. The unit gives the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade another 16 hp at the rear wheels. There are no details yet about the range of the car’s twin battery at full charge using the all-electric drive system, but the company says it is handy at short distances or in stop-and-go traffic. The regenerative braking technology of the auto provides it an improved energy efficiency.

Combining the petrol and electric motors of the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade allows it to optimize its performance with an all-wheel drive system.

Design

The Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade is finished in five-tone matte paintwork. The striking Atlantic Blue color in its exterior with decorative strips and contrasting Satin Ocean Shimmer foil paint, blacked out radiator grille, rear spoiler and set of 20-inch alloy wheels make the car very hard to miss on the road.

The interior design of the car features handcrafted black nappa and Alcantara surfaces with blue trim. Basically, every element found in the Volkswagen Golf GTI has been retained, except that the developers of the concept car removed the rear passenger seats to make way for a massive 11-speaker, 1,690-watt sound system.

3 Key Selling Points of the Volkswagen Tiguan

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the best medium-sized SUVs in the world today. The pricing for the auto starts at £22,995, which is around $29,835.55. So what are the things that make it worth your money?

Here are the top 3 selling points of the SUV based on a Top Gear review:

1. Engine

The Tiguan is available in various engine trims. The most affordable comes in the form of the 1.4 TSi BMT 125 S 5dr. The petrol-fed unit packs a good 125 bhp enabling it to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 10.5 seconds.

For the environmentally-conscious buyers who are also looking for the most fuel-efficient model, the 2.0 TDi BMT 115 S 5dr is highly recommended for them. The diesel engine of the auto has a CO2 emission of 123 g/km and its fuel efficiency is rated at 60.1 mpg. Its output is pretty decent at 115 bhp with zero to 62 mph acceleration of 10.9 seconds.

For the ones who prefer the quickest powertrain, they should opt for the 2.0 BiTDi BMT 240 4Motion R-Line 5dr DSG. Priced at £38,955, the vehicle produces 240 bhp that allows it to sprint from zero to 62 mph in only 6.5 seconds. The only trade off is its 167 g/km CO2 emission and 44.1 mpg consumption.

2. Exterior

The Tiguan possesses a muscular frame accentuated by its artistically-placed body lines. The SUV measures 4,486 mm in length, 2,099 mm in width, 1,657 mm in height and 2,681 mm in wheelbase.  The standard model is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels while the sportier, range-topping variant has 20-inch alloys wheels.

3. Interior

Not much can be said in the interior design of the Tiguan. The styling follows a practical approach, which puts over functionality and space before design. Owners can pimp up the interior of the auto with the optional Virtual Cockput TFT dials found in the Audi TT.

Photos

Check out the photos of the Volkswagen Tiguan in the gallery below

3 Key Features of the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

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The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is VW’s only entry to the electric vehicle segment in the the US market. The German car boasts a long range and a pretty decent output.

Recently, Green Car Reports took the EV for a test drive at the Grant’s Tomb located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in New York. Below are the top 3 features of the e-Golf based on the review:

1. Power

The Volkswagen e-Golf runs on a 100 kWh electric motor powered by a 35.8 lithium-ion battery pack. The output of the unit is 134 hp with 214 lb-ft of torque. It’s older model possesses 115 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque.

The output of the new e-Golf allows it to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 9.6 seconds. That’s a second quicker than the older model. The source noted that they could not sense any difference from its earlier version’s acceleration time though.

2. Range

The combined EPA-rated range of the auto is 125 miles. It is a significant increase compared to its predecessor’s 83 miles range.

The charging of the vehicle takes less than six hours in a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. Using the DC fast charger of the SE and SEL premium models, and as optional add-on on the e-Golf S, an 80 percent charge can be attained in around an hour with a CCS charging station.

The article showed admiration to the engine of the EV for being quiet. The auto was also praised for its smooth handling during acceleration and while being reversed for parking.

3. Design

The VW e-Golf is basically a VW Golf fitted with electric motor. So everything from the exterior to interior design of the e-Golf and the standard Golf is the same.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Test Drive Photos

Check out some of the photos of the Volkswagen e-Golf while it is being taken for a spin in the gallery below:

The Volkswagen ID Crozz Vs. Skoda Vision E

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Many automakers showcased their concept cars at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. Most of them offer a hybrid or all-electric powertrain. Among them were the Volkswagen ID Crozz and the Skoda Vision E concept cars.

Looking at the two vehicles, they surely bear a striking resemblance with each other. After all, their brands are closely related. Here is a quick look at their key features:

Exterior

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Skoda is a Czech brand but it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group since 2000. Therefore, it is no longer surprising that the Skoda Vision E shares the same platform with the Volkswagen ID Crozz concept.

Side-by-side, the two concept SUVs have the same form, dimensions and panoramic roofing. They also got rid of the traditional front grille. The noticeable differences in their exterior lies in the lighting system, bumpers, body lines, wheels and badges only.

Interior

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Skoda had taken liberties in the interior of the Concept E compared to the ID Crozz of Volkswagen. While the ID Crozz offers what looks like a futuristic but minimalist approach, the Concept E is adorned with a lot of gizmos, including three displays in the dashboard and more controls. The Concept E appears to have more prominent wood trims and leather accents too.

Power Unit

The new Volkswagen and Skoda concept vehicles share the same powertrain. Each auto is powered by two electric motors located at the front and rear.

The front motors of the ID Crozz and Concept E each provides an output of 75 kW. The rear electric motor produces 150 kW. Overall, each vehicle has a total output of 225 kW.

The concept cars are powered by a 83 kWh battery with regenerative braking technology. The tech is a form of energy recovery mechanism, which adds to the energy efficiency of the vehicles. Based on Skoda, the EVs can cover a distance of 500 km at full charge.

Photo Sources: Motoring and Drive

2018 Volkswagen Polo Spied Without Camo Ahead of Its Debut at Frankfurt Motor Show

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The 2018 Volkswagen Polo is expected to make its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. We are still a long way from September but the car has already been spied without its camouflage.

CarThrottle claimed that the spy shots of the sixth-generation Polo were taken while it was being tested in South Africa. The pictures show the car in a modest set of standard black steel wheels like the ones usually given out as a spare.

At the front, the new Polo resembles the Golf model of Volkswagen. A closer examination though would reveal that it is bigger than the said car. Therefore, it follows that the Polo is a bit more spacious. In addition, the upcoming Polo appears to have updated headlamps and taillights.

The Polo is noticeably sharing the same platform used by the Golf, Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia. It rides on the scalable MQB-A0 architecture of its maker.

According to Autocar, the Volkswagen Polo aims to go head-on against the Ford Fiesta in the market. The entry-level model of the auto will come with a 1.0-liter three cylinder petrol engine with 64 bhp. Other models will also carry the same engine but with configurations of 74 bhp, 94 bhp and 113 bhp.

A 1.5-liter engine version of the vehicle will have an output of around 128 bhp to 148 bhp. A Polo GTI variant is rumored too equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of producing 200 bhp. The source stated that the Polo GTI will be the range-topping model of the series as the brand will no longer offer a Polo R. Look forward to a hybrid Polo as well.

The Polo will still be available in diesel-fed engines. The report mentioned that it will drop the 1.4-liter three-cylinder diesel engine in favor of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit. The engine will be configured to deliver 79 bhp, 94 bhp and 108 bhp.

The Polo might not get a four-wheel drive system. On the other hand, its power will be distributed via five-speed and six-speed manual gearboxes. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox will be optional.

5 Quick Facts About the Volkswagen Arteon

Another car that will be gracing the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March is the Volkswagen Arteon. More than a week before the big event, Volkswagen released the teaser images of the car through a sketch as well as closeup look at its front grille and taillights.

1. About the Car’s Name

The Volkswagen Arteon’s name is derived from the words “art” and “eon”. “Art” points out to the stylish lines and curves of the car. On the other hand, “eon” refers to its status as a premium model.

2. Arteon in the Volkswagen Hierarchy

According to a report, the Volkswagen Arteon is referred to by its maker as a fastback. The auto is the successor of the CC sedan and a notch above the Passat midsize sedan. The car is based on the Sport Coupe GTE Concept shown in the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

3. Design of the Arteon

As seen in the spy photos, the Volkswagen Arteon sports a futuristic design. The headlamps appear to be integrated in both ends of the car’s radiator grille. VW claimed that the Arteon will possess their latest generation of driver assistance systems while the front and back lighting system come in LED.

Despite the compact styling of the fastback, VW said that the vehicle offers a spacious interior. That is thanks to the MQB platform of the auto, which was adapted from the Passat. Expect the same level of interior elements and tech from the Passat to be carried over to the Arteon too.

4. Engine

The US market-bound Arteon might be equipped with a 2.0-liter TSI engine with an output of more than 270 bhp. It should be noted though that the test mules of the car that we have seen so far in a series of spy shots were using a watered down version of the engine with 190 bhp. All that power is distributed via a 7-speed DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox.

5. Competition

The Arteon aims to rival the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe when it comes out of the market.

4 Things To Take Note Of In The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R-Line

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By the end of 2016, we saw the Volkswagen Golf get its much-needed mid-life cycle facelift. All models under the Golf line got upgraded, both in the exterior and a bit of its interior. What we’re surprised is that Volkswagen did not seem interested to promote the R-line of its Golf model.

Apparently, you can now get the VW Golf with the R-line package, which is a bit like getting the GTI/R (because of the sportiness of the package) minus the upgrade on the powertrains. Here are three things you need to take note of with the VW Golf R-line based on a source:

1. Exterior

The R-line package can be applied both on the hatchback and the wagon segments. This caters to the needs of drivers who want all the sportiness and the design of the higher-end models, without necessarily the upgrades in the engine and power.

The R-line package brings to the table the following upgrades on the exterior: redesigned front and back bumpers, sill extensions in glossy black, and new rear spoiler with aero flaps. There is also the option to have a diffuser at the back with the trapezoidal exhaust tips with chrome finish.

2. Interior

Inside, you can find that the compact has a slew of changes such as stainless steel door sill panels, foot rest, pedal caps, sport seats, and black roofline. You also have the option to have leather seats instead of the sport seats. Then, there are also what they call the “decorative inlays,” which basically means these: floor mats, contrast stitching for the gear shifter, and a sportier steering wheel with the R-line badge,

3. Pricing

The R-line package is fully customizable, pricing wise. Owners can just choose to have the exterior treatment, which is priced at €1,295 or €1,105 in Germany for the Comfortline and Highline models, respectively.

If you want the full package, you can get it for €2,295 for the entry-level specs and €1,800 for the Highline.

4. Photos

Check out the imgages of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf with the R-Line package in the gallery below:

3 Must-Knows About the Volkswagen Atlas SUV In R-Line Attire

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is where Volkswagen’s much-anticipated seven-seater SUV is going to be seen once more. Together with the regular Atlas is the R-Line package, which we can expect to be launched later in the year.

The regular Volkswagen Atlas will be available in five trim levels, and will arrive as a 2018 model in spring, according to reports. The R-Line package, expected to arrive by the year’s end, will only be available in the upper SE and SEL trim levels.

Exterior

The R-Line aims to add a touch of sportiness to the already well-equipped and functional Atlas. For the exterior, the package will boost the Atlas with 20-inch aluminum-alloy twin-spoke wheels, new front and rear bumpers, new side skirts, and air intakes and rear with a diffuser design. Of course, never to forget is the R-Line badging that would essentially separate this from the regular Atlas.

Interior

The changes inside the cabin are not that much. In a nutshell, it has a small R clip on the steering wheel, stainless steel pedal covers, and an R-line logo on the infotainment screen when the vehicle starts up. This pack is available for all powertrains, whether the four- or six-cylinder engines with either front- or all-wheel drive.

Powertrain

That being said, there’s nothing new with Atlas R-line’s powertrain. Under the hood, you’ll find the same engine as non-R-line models: there’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or the 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The four-cylinder engine gives off 235 horsepower while the V-6 produces 276 horsepower. Standard to both engines is the eight-speed automatic transmission.

Front-wheel drive is what’s packing in the four-cylinder engine while the 4MOTION all-wheel drive is available for the V-6 engine.

Pricing for the R-line Atlas has not been revealed for now, but let’s wait if we’ll get more details at the Detroit Auto Show.

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