News: VOLKSWAGEN CALIFORNIA 30 YEARS SPECIAL EDITION

As those heady endless days of summer disappear and we head inexorably into the darkness of late autumn, thoughts inevitably turn towards the summer to come and the undertaking of adventures as yet unknown. Historically, of course, camper vans were the living embodiment of the journeyman spirit, a way for the free thinkers amongst us to step outside of the establishment and get a taste of freedom that the winding road ahead offers. And this spirit of times gone by still resonates along the highways and byways of our green and pleasant lands with the Volkswagen California, a van that … Continue reading News: VOLKSWAGEN CALIFORNIA 30 YEARS SPECIAL EDITION

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News: RECORD 17 RACE-WINNERS CONFIRMED IN CAPACITY BTCC LINE-UP

The following news item landed on the #MotorMartinRacing desk just the other day and has been reproduced below in full for the benefit of MotorMartin’s readership. Enjoy: Series organiser, TOCA, has announced a capacity 32-car entry for the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at its annual Season Launch event at Donington Park yesterday (27 March). An unprecedented 17 race-winners headlines one of the strongest line-ups in the series’ illustrious 60-year history, as the best tin-top drivers in the country battle it out for the most coveted crown in UK motor sport. Four manufacturer-backed teams are joined by a … Continue reading News: RECORD 17 RACE-WINNERS CONFIRMED IN CAPACITY BTCC LINE-UP

News: THE LATEST MEMBER OF THE I.D. FAMILY: THE I.D. R FOR PIKES PEAK

Volkswagen’s latest motorsport project has been named: I.D. R Pikes Peak is the title of the all-electric prototype racing car, with which Volkswagen will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on 24th June 2018 in Colorado, USA. The four-wheel drive sports car, Volkswagen say, combines its ambassadorial role for the future, electric I.D. family with the sportiest range of Volkswagen products, the R GmbH models. At the same time, it is also the first step towards an intensification of the cooperation between Volkswagen R and Volkswagen Motorsport. The Volkswagen brand plans to offer more than 20 fully-electric cars … Continue reading News: THE LATEST MEMBER OF THE I.D. FAMILY: THE I.D. R FOR PIKES PEAK

News: READERS VOTE FOR THEIR FAVOURITE HOT HATCH OF ALL TIME AHEAD OF AUTOCAR AWARDS 2018

Autocar have let it be known to MotorMartin that they have called upon their readers to vote for their favourite hot hatch of all time ahead of the Autocar Awards, due to take place on the evening of 15 May at Silverstone. The Readers’ Champion award, Autocar say, gives their readers a voice in one of the most prestigious Awards in the automotive industry. This year, readers are being asked to vote for their favourite hot hatch of all time from a list of 31 ‘hot hatch heroes’ via this link: https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/features/autocar-awards-readers-champion The voting list features an eclectic range of … Continue reading News: READERS VOTE FOR THEIR FAVOURITE HOT HATCH OF ALL TIME AHEAD OF AUTOCAR AWARDS 2018

News: SIGN UP! NEW UP! GTI AVAILABLE TO ORDER TODAY

Great news for fans of Volkswagen and their iconic GTI badged cars as just a few weeks into 2018 and already one of the most keenly anticipated new cars of the year is making its debut in Volkswagen Retailers nationwide as the thrilling new up! GTI is available to order priced from just £13,750 RRP OTR. Even before the sporty new model’s official UK showroom debut, this exciting addition to the burgeoning GTI bloodline has already met with a rapturous media response. BBC Top Gear Magazine named it “pocket rocket of the year” CAR awarded the four-seat firebrand a rare … Continue reading News: SIGN UP! NEW UP! GTI AVAILABLE TO ORDER TODAY

News: VOLKSWAGEN AT THE BREMEN CLASSIC MOTORSHOW: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CORRADO!

The Bremen Classic Motorshow traditionally marks the beginning of the new classic car season and this year was certainly no different with Volkswagen attending the small but impressive classic car show in the northern German city in its own right for the first time. It’s centrepiece was a sports coupé celebrating its 30th birthday this year – the Volkswagen Corrado. The dynamic 2+2-seater was introduced in 1988 and was originally planned as the successor to the Scirocco II. But the latter continued to be manufactured alongside the Corrado until 1992, while production of the Corrado ceased in 1995. It’s been … Continue reading News: VOLKSWAGEN AT THE BREMEN CLASSIC MOTORSHOW: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CORRADO!

News: AGAIN IN A CLASS OF THEIR OWN IN 2017: VOLKSWAGEN’S SUCCESSFUL MODELS GOLF, TIGUAN AND TOURAN FROM WOLFSBURG

The following news from Volkswagen has been shared with MotorMartin recently and is published below in full: The success story of the Volkswagen Golf, Tiguan and Touran has entered the next round. With almost a million deliveries to customers over the past 12 months, the Golf, with its different body variants, continues to be the Volkswagen brand’s most successful model. The Golf hatchback is especially popular and has a strong lead in its segment in Germany and Europe. The Tiguan also convinced many customers, with about 730,000 units delivered throughout the world, representing remarkable growth of 40 percent compared with … Continue reading News: AGAIN IN A CLASS OF THEIR OWN IN 2017: VOLKSWAGEN’S SUCCESSFUL MODELS GOLF, TIGUAN AND TOURAN FROM WOLFSBURG

News: VOLKSWAGEN up! GTI IS NAMED BBC TOPGEAR MAGAZINE’S ‘POCKET ROCKET OF THE YEAR’

Volkswagen have explained to MotorMartin recently that even before its official UK debut, set for early 2018, the forthcoming up! GTI is already a winner – scooping the charismatic title of ‘Pocket Rocket of the Year’ from BBC TopGear Magazine. Describing the soon-to-be-launched smallest member of the GTI family, the BBC TopGear Magazine experts shared with MotorMartin that the up! was: “As unserious and playful a car as Volkswagen has made this decade.” Volkswagen are rightly proud of the littlest member of their hot hatch family, created, they say, as a tribute to the iconic original Golf GTI, and coming … Continue reading News: VOLKSWAGEN up! GTI IS NAMED BBC TOPGEAR MAGAZINE’S ‘POCKET ROCKET OF THE YEAR’

News: 160 CLASSIC CARS FOR AUCTION AT CCA’S FESTIVE DECEMBER SALE

Warwickshire-based auction house and friends of MotorMartin, Classic Car Auctions (CCA), will present 160 classic cars spanning 72 years of motoring history at its festive December Sale at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday 2nd December. Bidders, Classic Car Auctions say, will be spoilt for choice with the huge variety of quality ‘everyman’ classics on offer, including 17 BMWs, 14 Fords, 12 Mercedes-Benz, 11 Jaguars, eight Volkswagens, seven Triumphs and even a Porsche tractor. Among the highlight lots in the auction, two modern classics with motorsport heritage are expected to draw bidders from far and wide. The homologation specials that … Continue reading News: 160 CLASSIC CARS FOR AUCTION AT CCA’S FESTIVE DECEMBER SALE

News: MANUAL LABOUR: NEW GEARBOX BROADENS VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK APPEAL

It’s come to MotorMartin’s attention that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have broadened the appeal of their Amarok pick-up, by introducing a manual gearbox option to the range in combination with the 204 PS engine. This, Volkswagen say, reduces the entry price of the range by over £650 to £25,600 (basic RRP exc VAT and OTR), and so broadens the appeal of the popular pick-up to a wider audience. Volkswagen have confirmed to MotorMartin that until now, the Amarok has been available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and permanent 4MOTION four-wheel drive. The new model, available in Trendline trim, combines a six-speed … Continue reading News: MANUAL LABOUR: NEW GEARBOX BROADENS VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK APPEAL