VW future camper – Oakland Volkswagen

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2014 Volkswagen Microbus Rendered – Future Cars

VW Operations 101: Piëch always gets his way—even if it takes 12 years.BY JENS MEINERS, ILLUSTRATION BY CHRISTIAN SCHULTE
December 2010

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Remember the Microbus concept Volkswagen brought to the Detroit auto show in 2001? Styled under the direction of former VW design chief Hartmut Warkuß and a pet project of erstwhile VW CEO Ferdinand Piëch, it fell out of favor when Bernd Pischetsrieder took over as CEO and installed his own design head. Although the van had moved close to production—VW even had a plant in mind to build it—its lines did not fit former Peugeot and Mercedes designer Murat Günak’s styling language, and the project was cancelled in 2006.

Piëch must have made a mental note, because now the Microbus is back, on the front-wheel-drive platform of the Touran, a Golf-derived compact minivan not sold in the U.S. The retro-futuristic van likely will be just slightly smaller than the original concept, but look nearly identical. It will be unveiled in 2013, and production is expected to start in 2014.

Motivation for the new Microbus will come from several engines in VW’s parts bin, including four-cylinder gas and turbo-diesels. Power will be channeled to the front wheels through a manual transmission or VW’s six- or seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes. All-wheel drive is a possibility, and VW might build a range-extended EV version in the style of the Chevrolet Volt.

U.S. sales are almost a certainty. The New Beetle had its greatest successes here, and the old “Lovebus”—which you can still buy new in Brazil as the Kombi—is still fondly remembered. Production of the Microbus will coincide with the launch of another new, bigger van, a replacement for the Chrysler-supplied Routan to be built in Tennessee on VW’s own platform. It just goes to show that, in its race for world domination, VW will be paying equal attention to mainstream and niche. For that, we are grateful.

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Volkswagen Unveils a 260 MPG Car

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Volkswagen Unveils a 260 MPG Car
The German automaker claims that its Formula XL1 concept is capable of delivering over 260 miles per gallon. The lightweight, carbon fiber intensive two-seater achieves this incredible efficiency by combining a 47 horsepower, 800cc two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with a 27 hp electric motor and an extremely streamlined body.

As a plug-in hybrid, Volkswagen says that the XL1 is capable of travelling up to 22 miles on battery power alone before switching to a traditional blended hybrid operation, similar to the way that the Chevrolet Volt works. Top speed is limited to 99 miles per hour, and it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 11.9 seconds, not fast, but slightly quicker a Smart Fortwo.

This is the latest in a series of so-called “1-liter cars” that Volkswagen has shown over the past several years. The name refers to the goal of creating a car that can travel 100 kilometers using just one liter of fuel, the equivalent of 235 mpg. The XL1 does it with just .9 liters.

Although there are no immediate plans for production, Volkswagen says the XL1 has been developed to the point that a limited run of cars is possible in the near future.

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Oakland VW New Reviews

December 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Customer:  Leslie
Response Date:  12/10/2010
This was the best car buying experience I’ve ever had. I will definitely refer friends and family to VW of Oakland.
Score: 100.0

Customer:  Timothy
Response Date:  12/09/2010
Thanks for making my purchase a quick and easy experience!
Score: 100.0

Customer:  Emily
Response Date:  11/30/2010
It was a fantastically easy process that had me in my new Jetta way faster than I ever imagined! I have already recommended Oakland VW and Dave Parsons to a friend who’s thinking of buying a car in the next few months.
Score: 100.0

Customer:  Jessica
Response Date:  11/28/2010
Dave was friendly and honest. I would recommend him.
Score: 100.0

Customer:  Amber
Response Date:  11/24/2010
Wendy and the rest of team at Oakland VW Dealership were outstanding. Thanks for making my buying experience enjoyable.
Score:  94.1

Customer:  Amber
Response Date:  11/24/2010
Top notch experience from start to finish. I will never go anywhere else to buy a VW, and would never recommend anywhere else. Not only was Dave Parsons an exemplary person to represent your dealership, everyone else we dealt with was primo. I THANK YOU!
Score: 100.0

Customer:  Evelyn
Response Date:  11/22/2010
He gave us a quick tour of the key features, but there’s too much to absorb in one sitting, and many less immediate features that had to be learned by reading the manual.
Score: 94.1

Customer:  Carolyn
Response Date:  11/21/2010
When I got back to Monterey, I told everyone I knew what a GREAT experienced I had up there at VW Oakland!!! Seriously, EVERY person in the store was friendly and helpful! The only thing I wish I could change was if we were closer to each other….lol. Definitely was the best car buying experience I’ve ever had! Thank you so much! I will be back up within the next month or two, to say hi 🙂
Happy Holidays!
Carolyn
Score: 100.0


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Reviews Of Oakland Volkswagen From Yelp review site

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Reviews Of Oakland Volkswagen From Yelp review site

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Take a look at all the 4 and 5 star reviews that Yelp removed from Oakland Volkswagen’s Yelp page!

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