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Volkswagen ID. Xtreme. The Off-Road Duty SUV

The test car

When creating a car, between 100 and 200 test cars are made. They go through many different tests from light scratches to severe crashes, including adverse weather conditions. Most such cars remain for scrap, others in warehouses. However, Volkswagen has taken a different approach with one of the ID.4 test cars. The Xtreme Concept, on display in Locarno, Switzerland, gives an idea of what an off-road version of Volkswagen’s electric crossover could look like.

Configuration

The concept is based on the ID.4 GTX, which means it’s ID. Xtreme has two engines and four-wheel drive. After software changes to the control unit, the electric car makes 382 horsepower, which is 87 horsepower more than the standard GTX.

Exterior

ID. Xtreme also gets an aggressive, more extreme off-road look. This is thanks to the 18-inch off-road wheels and approximately 2.0-inch-wider 3D-printed wheel arches. The redesigned front bumper has a butch bull bar and a Led light bar is well fixed on the roof for night adventures as well. A completely closed aluminum underbody has been installed to protect the battery. Volkswagen has not provided photos of the interior, but they have said that there are redesigned seats that are wrapped in Alcantara. ID. Xtreme is equipped with a sound generator in the wheels that project some kind of noise while driving.

Volkswagen ID. Xtreme

Summary

We highly doubt we’ll see this version in production, even though rivals from Honda, Hyundai and Subaru have provided similar cars in this class. Maybe Volkswagen will join, who knows.

October 09, 2022

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Volkswagen considers production cuts in Europe due to gas crisis

German carmaker Volkswagen AG is considering closing European plants and moving production outside the European Union (EU) if gas supply difficulties persist. This was reported by Bloomberg, citing Gen Wu, the head of the company’s public procurement department.

As medium-term alternatives to EU assembly, we will focus on greater localization of production, redeployment of capacity, finding technical alternatives similar to solutions used to overcome the effects of semiconductor shortages and other recent supply chain disruptions.” he said.

The company plans to implement these measures if gas supply problems continue “for an extended period of time beyond next winter,” the agency said.

In this case, “Volkswagen’s major plants in Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as well as the company’s energy infrastructure in southern Europe” would be at risk of closure.

source: bgnes

September 24, 2022

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New powerful sports station wagon from Volkswagen: Golf R Variant

The new station wagon from Wolsburg’s portfolio has both a sporty spirit and comfort, adding loads of practicality. Owners can store 611 liters of luggage with raised seats and 1642 liters after folding. It is no problem to order a towbar – the model can tow a trailer load up to 1.9 tons. It will be available from mid-August 2021 only for Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland.

Thanks to 320 hp, 420Nm and 7-speed DSG transmission, powered by 4×4. Weighing 1630 kg, the Golf R Variant accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds (0.2 seconds slower than the hatchback) and reaches a top speed of 250 km / h.

Customers will be able to buy the station wagon with a starting price of €51,128 and 71,579 for the model with all the extras.

July 08, 2021

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Skoda aims to be among the top 5 in Europe

Skoda aims to surpass Ford and Toyota, with the goal of being among the five best-selling brands in Europe by 2030. This was stated by CEO Thomas Schaefer. This is part of Skoda’s plan and the strategy will be achieved by “further strengthening the brand’s position in the entry-level segments,” Schaefer added.

Schaefer referred to the new small Fabia car, which will go on sale later this year with a starting price below 14,000 euros ($ 16,750).

Skoda is currently the 8th brand in Europe in terms of sales based on data from 2020 from the ACEA industry association, which reports registrations in the markets of the European Union, EFTA and the United Kingdom.

The brand is also rolling out sales of the Enyaq full-electric compact SUV, its first model based on VW’s MEB platform.

Skoda will have to overtake Ford and Toyota to reach the top five. The Volkswagen brand was the best-selling brand last year, followed by Renault, Peugeot, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Skoda sold 643,019 cars in Europe last year (2020). Of course, sales fell during the pandemic, but the carmaker increased its market share to 5.4% from 4.8% a year earlier.

Skoda was the second best-selling brand in the Volkswagen Group’s portfolio throughout Europe during the year.

June 26, 2021

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