The most electric day ever: VW up Lite concept

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2009, No Comments


This is up Lite concept from VW. It is Lite on fuel. Using only the faintest whisker of fumes of fuel to go on to a consumption figure of just over 2 liters per 100km.

How? Well the name kinda gives it away. Weighing in at only 695kg it really is Lite. It weighs as much as a stack of feathers because of the extensive use of Aluminium, Carbon fibre and lightweight batteries.


Breaking: VW Amarok First Pictures

Published by on Dec 2nd, 2009, 11 Comments


The Volkswagen Amarok is scheduled to make it’s world debut on the 15th of December. We have however decided to not make you wait that long. All hail Carblog.

Good news is that you don’t have to ride around in one of those hideous looking Transporters if you want a double cab from VW. Isn’t this thing just the best looking double cab you’ve seen in a while. From every angle it looks the business and if the engine stats are anything to go by it will mean it too.

Initially there will be a 2 liter 4 cylinder common rail diesel producing about 120kw and 400nm which will be the strongest unit available. Fuel consumption will be awesome as the predicted range


Car Of The Year finalists announced

Published by on Nov 27th, 2009, 2 Comments


The finalists for the 2010 South African Snoozefest Car of the year have been announced. The finalists in no particular order of monotony are:

  • Alfa Romeo Mito 1.4i Turbo Petrol
  • Audi Q5 2.0 T STronic
  • Chevy Cruze 1.8 LS
  • Hyundai i20 1.6 GLS
  • Suzuki Alto 1(!) litre GLS
  • Toyota Prius
  • VW Golf 6 1.4 TSI 90 kw Comfortline
  • Volvo XC60 3.0T Geartronic

From here on the finalists go on a couple of tests which include high speed dynamic assessment, parking ability, handling and other tests all while monitoring the fuel consumption.

I suppose they will have a proper car to tow some of these babies around to get them to high speed because on their own steam they won’t get there.

Anyway, which one do you think will win and why – leave a comment.

Spied: Next Gen Touareg

Published by on Nov 27th, 2009, No Comments


I like the VW Touareg. It’s got a bit of attitude and went against all the perceptions that you shouldn’t pay big bucks for a VW.

This is the new one. Updated to fall in with the new VW design language – front looks alot like the new POLO and GOLF6. From the rear though it doesn’t look like much is going to change and it basically looks like the current one.

I’m thinking it looks more like a facelift than a complete new model which looks like it’s a bit of a VW trademark these days like they did with the Golf.

Let’s hope its more than just a nosejob.

Volkswagen-Porsche Now World's Number One Auto Maker, Toyota Gets 2nd Place

Published by on Nov 10th, 2009, 1 Comment


Believe it or not, Toyota is no longer the world’s largest automaker as they’ve been overtaken by the VW-Porsche group who sold 4.4 million units this year, 400,000 more than the Japanese manufacturer. After joining forces with Porsche, the Volkswagen Group got help from the German government and benefited from programs in the UK and even China, that has helped with their sales. However, analysts believe that the title will soon be brought back to Toyota’s HQ considering that the company has a production capacity to manufacture about 10 million vehicles a year, far more than VW-Porsche. Enjoy the crown guys, it’s nice being #1. [ via ]

VW America Releases Mid-size Sedan NMS Teaser Sketch

Published by on Oct 29th, 2009, No Comments


It’s not just the next generation VW Passat that will arrive in 2011, as Volkswagen America have confirmed that it will also ready a new mid-size sedan (NMS) for a late 2011 release. The black and white design sketch does not reveal much. Although reported to be larger in size, the VW NMS will cost $8000 less than the current Passat model which means it will compete with the likes of the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.

Speaking of Honda, the company incidentally announced the Acura TSX Sport Wagon for an American release in 2010, stiffening the competition furthermore. Taking advantage of the weak dollar, Volkswagen will build it at their Chattanooga, Tennessee facility, and aims to sell 100,000 NMS units per year. Looks great, isn’t it?

Spied: Next Generation VW Touareg

Published by on Oct 5th, 2009, 2 Comments

New Volkswagen Touareg

The next generation Volkswagen Touareg has been captured by spy-photographers yet again and this time these images reveal a host of new features. The first conclusion drawn from the photographs is that a smaller Touareg is also in the works other than the SUV but nothing more can be said about it. The bigger SUV will come with new LEDs at the front and a new set of taillamps at the rear. The Touareg will be powered by a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 which is also found in the hybrid drive system of the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid. Other engine options will include the range topping 5.0 liter biturbo V10 TDI diesel capable of churning 350 hp and 850Mn of Torque. [via ]

Golf GTI ECUTuning to 250hp by APS

Published by on Oct 5th, 2009, 6 Comments

The Volkswagen GTI has also been an adorable hatch but that is not enough at times to draw admiration. Certain power-upgrades can do the trick and that is what UK Tuning House APS has done with the Golf. It has made the iconic hatch touch 250 horses courtesy of a turbocharged engine. The upgrade has also picked up the torque to 395 Nm which gives this commuter a breath of fresh air as far as the engine is concerned.

Volkswagen Golf GTI MkVI

The tuning house calls this power upgrade-Stage One, which is reflective of the higher power upgrades to come. APS outfitted the Golf with a turbocharged engine that helps achieve 250bhp with 395 Nm and 5800 rpm. Courtesy of this engine, this car clocks 0 to 60mph in 6.2 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 155mph. The price of this ECU is £599.