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Oct 23 2010

VW working on a rear engined VW Beetle?

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A recent report in Germany’s “Manager Magazin” about Volkswagen’s increased sales target revealed something really interesting. Dr. Martin Winterkorn told newspaper that VW wants to bring back the rear-engine VW Beetle on the market!

According to the source, 2011 brings the next generation VW Beetle to the market. The rear-engine variant would then follow some years later.


Sep 19 2010


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Ideal for Xmas gifts or as a treat for yourself.



This ‘blag’ enables VZi  users to purchase anything from Volkswagen’s Official Merchandise website and receive 10% discount  just for being a VZi Member. Please check HERE (click) This is a major endorsement for

Some of the official clothing is very funky and the official gifts, ranging from model Splitties, to VW cufflinks, from kids’ Beetle watches to rucksacks and all manner of goodies. Please take some time to check ALL of the very many pages on the VW MERCHANDISE website as there are literally hundreds of items on offer.



We particularly liked the RETRO pages (click) and the GTI pages (click) and the 10% discount is also valid for anything in the SALE (click) meaning there are some very, very cheap bargains to be had.

This offer is only available until the end of October 2010 – so please get in quick and grab a bargain!

Once you have chosen to purchase, before ‘checking out’, you will need to enter a code to receive the discount. This code can be found in the thread on HERE.


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Once again, we would like to say a huge thanks to ALL the companies who participate – and those behind the scenes at Volkszone that made these great  ‘blags’ possible.

Please visit the official VW Merchandise website HERE for more bargains and watch this space each month for details of further ‘Blagged By Brian’ discounts and deals.

Mar 22 2010

GTI Spring Festival, Santa Pod Raceway, Sunday 11th April 2010

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GTI Spring Festival
Santa Pod Raceway
Sunday 11th April 2010
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Well – it’s called the ‘GTI Spring Festival’, but the first major event of the water cooled VW season is actually aimed at every current and past model in the VAG group range. From Sciroccos and Golfs and Polos, through SEAT models, Ibiza, Cupra, Leon, Skodas, Audis – all are welcome at the show, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway, Bedfordshire on 11th April 2010. The ‘GTI Spring Festival’ now in its fourth year, is now without doubt a very major season opener. With Sprinting (RWYB), Show & Shine, Clubs, Autojumble and Traders, it follows a simple formula which has been hugely popular. The show itself offers all day sprinting for a single signing on fee, which means you can make one run, or as many runs as you can make during the entire day. But don’t forget your driving licence (you cannot sign on for sprinting without it.)


The Show & Shine is one of the best in the country, with in the region of 100 contestants. There is no charge for entry into the Show & Shine, and it is becoming a popular show at which to debut new or revamped cars after the winter lay off. Gates open at 8.00am with the dragstrip open from 10.00am. There is plenty of opportunity to browse trade stands, check out the autojumble and club displays, as well as watch (or even try a few runs on) the dragstrip. Overseas visitors to the show will receive free admission on production of their ferry tickets/proof of travel, so perhaps we will see a few more European visitors this year.


Santa Pod itself is just about the best venue for this type of event in the whole of Europe, meeting all international timing standards. The timing equipment is accurate to within less than one thousandth of a second.

If you are looking for those increasingly rare parts, check out the GTI Spring Festival Autojumble to see if you can find that extra bit you’ve always wanted! All of the autojumble plots are in a designated area which is filled on a first come basis on the day, and usually full of bargains for the eagle eyed buyer.

So, please don’t forget – April 11th, Santa Pod. And once again – all watercooled VWs are equally welcome, Golf, Polo, Lupo, Passat, Jetta, Scirocco, Derby, Corrado, Bora, New Beetle, Sharan, Octavia, Fabia, Cupra, Leon – the list goes on. If you are a VAG lover, it’s the one day show for you!

Feb 10 2010

Officially Official: 2011 Audi A1 finally arrives

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After two concepts and an insufferable amount of teasing, the 2011 Audi A1 has officially arrived with its sights set squarely on the Mini Cooper writes


Inspired by the Metroproject Quattro from 2007, the all-new A1 is a faithful recreation of its conceptual predecessor, complete with a squat stance, short overhangs and four customizable colors for the roof arches. With a profile reminiscent of a stretched and squashed TT, the A1 spans 155.5 inches long, 68.5 inches wide and 56 inches tall, with a 97.2-inch wheelbase. Ten exterior colors are available, along with front and rear LEDs and Xenon headlamps.

Audi’s focus on the interior begins and ends with customization, with available LED lighting, black, grey, beige or “wasabi” green contrasting materials, colored air vents and an optional MMI system with a 6.5-inch screen, 10-speaker, 465-watt Bose audio system, 20 gig harddrive and Bluetooth connectivity. Although backseat passengers were apparently an afterthought, the A1 boasts 9.43 cubic feet of storage space in the rear, with 32.49 cubic feet of space available when the rear seats are folded flat.

Motivation will be provided by a choice of either two gasoline or diesel powerplants, with the 1.6-liter TDIs churning out either 90 horsepower and 169 pound feet of torque or 105 ponies and 184 lb-ft of twist. The gasoline mills will be available in either 1.2- or 1.4-liter TFSI variants, with the former putting out 86 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque and the latter delivering 122 hp and 147 lb-ft through either a five- or six-speed manual. An optional seven-speed S tronic (dual clutch) transmission is available, and both gasoline engines deliver an average of 46 mpg. For the time being, the A1 is only available with front-wheel drive.

The 2,303-pound hatch will go on sale in Europe later this year after it’s official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, with prices starting at around 16,000 euro. Two trims – Attraction or Ambition – are available, with an S Line accessories package and 18-inch wheels coming at launch. All the details can be had in the press release after the jump, but still no word yet on U.S. availability.

Dec 22 2009

VW finished eating companies, will now focus on digestion

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We have a feeling historians will spending a fair portion of next few years finding new words to describe just how bad this year was for the auto industry writes Autoblog. And then, at some point, they’ll get around to Volkswagen, a company that has been zagging while almost all others zigged. Over the last twelve months, VW has taken a stake in Suzuki, bought Karmann, won European Car of the Year, won the Dakar Rally, turned its eye to F1, released a litter of well received cars, put autonomous cars everywhere, thrown huge money at hybrids and electric cars, and made recycling fun. And it’s building a $125 million dealership in Manhattan. And then there was that whole Porsche thing. And it took the crown of No. 1 automaker. We could continue, but there’s a post to finish…

When it comes to mergers and acquisitions, remarks from company CEO Martin Winterkorn suggest that VW is finished doing its impression of 18th century England. “We are satisfied with the current line-up,” he has told Automotive News. “I don’t see any need (for further M&A activity).” That, in spite of his assertion that other companies “want to come under our roof.”

VW will focus on what is sure to be a busy year ahead, integrating Porsche and its interest in Suzuki, at the same time as it gears up Karmann’s factory for the Boxster, and builds its U.S. plant and prepares its new NMS model. Winterkorn is expecting VW’s market share to increase in 2010, which might solidify a place at the top position; although after the shellacking General Motors and Toyota took while they wore the crowns, we don’t know why VW would want the attention. And as for the end of M&A, perhaps Winterkorn hasn’t heard the rumor about Piech’s eyes on Ducati

Dec 1 2009

VW Polo is European Car of the Year 2010

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New Volkswagen supermini Polo scoops European Car of the Year 2010 for new cars in Europe.


Volkswagen’s Polo has won the 2010 Car of the Year award, garnering votes from each of the 59 European judges and the most maximum marks writes the Telegraph.

The vote was close, though, with the Polo scoring 347 points against 337 for the innovative Toyota iQ urban car, which came second in the annual award.

Third place went to the new version of Vauxhall’s Astra hatchback and fourth to the Skoda Yeti, with the Mercedes-Benz E-class, Peugeot 3008 and Citroën C3 Picasso respectively completing the seven shortlisted cars.

Although the Polo has been placed in the top three in the Coty award’s 45-year history, this is the first time it has won. Volkswagen has been shortlisted 11 times for its cars but only the Golf has won the accoldae, in 1992.

It is also the first time that Coty judge and Telegraph Motoring correspondent Andrew English has picked a winner.

“I am delighted,” he said. “The Polo is a worthy winner whose time seems about right.”

Dec 1 2009

2011 Audi A8 First Look

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Audi’s Electrified Wellness Lounge


We haven’t the slightest clue what a “wellness lounge” might be, but it sure sounds like a better place to spend time than in the “pestilence antechamber.”

The interior of the upsized 2011 Audi A8 is described by company literature as a wellness lounge for the senses and we cannot disagree for the reason stated above. In any case, it sure does look nice writes

This is an area in which Audi has long embarrassed the more successful full-size luxury sedans offered by its competition. For at least the last two generations, the Audi A8 has had an effortlessly elegant interior in place of the Very-Serious-Command-and-Control-Center/Button-rific approach of its rivals.

How much Mercedes-Benz and BMW are sweating the arrival of the new Audi is another matter. Presently the A8 entices a measly 6 percent of people who buy cars in this class in the U.S. And with sales of high-end luxury items going down the gold-plated toilet, the world isn’t getting easier on the premium Audi.

Now being introduced for Europe and scheduled for release in the United States next fall as the 2011 Audi A8, the new car maintains the model’s customary strengths — as in the aforementioned elegant interior and standard all-wheel drive — and then brings a little more size, a host of new electronic doodads and more LEDs than, well, something that has a whole freakin’ lot of LEDs.

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Dec 1 2009

Breaking news: New Audi A2 plans confirmed

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Audi is currently planning a new A2, company boss Rupert Stadler has told Autocar.

“As we gave the A1 that nomenclature there’s clearly room for another product and another concept between the A3,” he admitted.

Stadler wouldn’t be drawn on what exactly a new A2 could be, but admitted that it would be an obvious propostion.

“If you don’t have to explain a car like the A2 then it works,” he said.

However other insiders have admitted that the A2 is likely to be an ‘E2’: an electric car based on the the A1 but with a unique bodystyle and look.

Stadler also quashed rumours that Audi was planning a car based on the VW Up!, possibly badged A0, saying that there was no possibility of the company slotting in a car under the forthcoming A1 supermini, which will be launched at the Geneva motor show in March.

Nov 30 2009

Audi reveals new A1 details

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Audi will be pegging prices of the A1 close to the Mini, an inside source has revealed writes Autocar.


The upmarket supermini, due to go on sale at the end of 2010, is likely to start at around £13,000 for the base three-door model, although the bulk of the range will retail between £15,000 to £20,000.

Audi A1 Sportback and Audi Metro Project quattro pics

The new A1 is set to share a lot of mechanicals with the recently launched VW Polo. Exact details are scarce, but it’s likely to be powered by a range of existing VW group engines and some newly developed motors.

The petrol model range begins with an 86bhp, 1.2-litre petrol engine, with a turbo version offering 104bhp. Further up there will be a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre petrol with 122bhp and a high-performance, turbocharged version of the same unit that puts out 170bhp.

Diesel engines are likely to be a 1.6-litre common-rail injection unit in three states of tune: 75bhp, 90bhp and 105bhp.

Audi sources say that the company is keen to offer A1 buyers a similar ownership experience to that of the Mini. That’s likely to include a wide range of options to personalise your car and the company is planning a all-in service package, designed to give a fixed ownership cost over three or five years.

Nov 19 2009

Quattro Shock: Forthcoming Audi A1 lineup reportedly to arrive without ‘Quattro’

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Audi Metroproject Quattro Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Audi and Quattro go together like peanut butter and jelly, but Autobild is reporting that the four-ringed automaker’s fabulous all-wheel drive system will be excluded from the forthcoming A1 mini car writes Autoblog. We’re a little surprised to hear that the Quattro tech won’t be added considering that the A1’s design study, the Audi Metroproject Quattro Concept, includes the word “Quattro” in its name. Regardless, while this news might be a problem for purists, on the practical side, the inclusion of AWD means additional weight and cost, something that’s antithetical to the A1’s stated mission.

The A1 will reportedly only be available with one gearbox: a seven speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. Autobild reports that the A1 will be available throughout Europe in August or September of next year, with a sportback version coming online in late 2011 and a cabriolet in early 2012. The S1 will reportedly hit production in February of 2011 with a 1.4-liter TFSI powerplant capable of a very respectable 180 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds. There’s no word on whether Audi plans to offer the A1 in the U.S., but we should know more when the compact runabout is revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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