VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS PHOTOS OF CONCEPT XL1

 

Volkswagen has revealed stunning photos of the production version vehicle known as the XL1, a capsule-shaped vehicle that will be considered “green”. VW declares the XL1 will travel 261 mpg on a gallon of diesel fuel.

Volkswagen isn’t doing this the expected environmental way – they are pushing the limits with  a car that’s power comes from a two-cylinder, 0.8-liter diesel — essentially half of VW’s standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel plant — mounted in the rear of the XL1, linked to a 7-speed transmission, a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery and electric motor. The two-seat body of the XL1 has a 0.189 coefficient of drag (a Toyota Prius has a 0.25 Cd) and it weighs just 1,752 lbs., about half of a typical American midsize sedan. This combination allows the XL1 to travel 31 miles on electricity alone.

The body of the XL1 will be made from carbon fiber, although using a process VW claims will be far cheaper than those applied by supercar builders such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. The XL1 will be assembled by hand in a special section of VW’s Osnabrueck factory in Germany.

It exists only due to the will of VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech — grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the designer of the original Beetle — who has pushed VW to refine the idea of the XL1 for more than a decade. For all that VW revealed today, it didn’t announce prices or when it will be available for drivers.

To see a gallery of photos click here.

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VOLKSWAGEN RELEASES NEW SAFETY COMMERCIAL FOR JETTA

Volkswagen has released its newest commercial to hit the airwaves, with the spotlight on the all new Jetta’s safety. Following the release of 2013 Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Volkswagen Jetta received the a Top Safety Pick  for its ratings in frontal crash, side impact and rollover, and seat/head restraints.

Volkswagen will introduce its safety claim in this new commercial featuring a new born baby and his first experience in a Jetta. You can see the video here.

The Jetta sedan offers four different engines, a 115-hp 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder, a 2.5-liter gas five-cylinder generating 170 horsepower, a 140-hp 2.0L TDI clean-diesel four-cylinder for those looking for maximum fuel economy, and a 200-hp 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder in the GLI.

Buyers that go with either gas engine can choose between a five-speed (six-speed in wagon) manual transmission or six-speed Tiptronic automatic; while TDI and GLI buyers select from either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed DSG auto with Tiptronic.

All Jetta’s are standard with safety features such as six air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability program, tire pressure monitoring, brake assist, seatbelt pretensioners, traction control and head restraints at all seating positions.

To test drive a new 2013 Volkswagen Jetta visit David Maus VW South on Orange Blossom Trail or call 407-581-4321.

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2014 VW GTI MkVII PHOTOS LEAKED

         

Motorauthority.com just leaked photos they have obtained of the new 2014 Volkswagen GTI (MkVII). The spy shots look very similar to the concept shown last year at the Paris Auto Show, the pictures the website found may be “fakes” or renderings.

What the pictures do show is that the GTI will maintain its current style but with a crisper exterior and revised interior to give it a new appeal but not be totally different. No details accompanied the photo leak, but MotorAuthority.com predicts the 2014 VW GTI to use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at about 222 horsepower–a significant rise from the current 200-horsepower model.

Either way it will be a hot looking car! To test drive a 2013 VW GTI visit David Maus Volkswagen on South Orange Blossom Trail today!

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DAVID MAUS FOUNDATION AWARDED COMMUNITY PARTNER OF EXCELLENCE

The David Maus Foundation was honored Monday night with a Community Partner Excellence Award given by the Central Florida Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. The David Maus Foundation donated $25,000 in 2012 during the 8th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation to help fund Camp Oasis, a camp for children with this physical condition.

The David Maus Foundation was founded in 2004 and since then has raised over $850,000 for local charities dedicated to children with life-threatening illnesses. Dr. Matt Leavitt of Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery has been a title sponsor of our premier golf event for the past five years.

   

“We were honored to receive such an award. We hope to continue helping children at Camp Oasis and further research to cure this disease,” said David Maus, Founder and Chairman of the David Maus Foundation.

For more information on how you can help the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation visit www.ccfa.org.

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VOLKSWAGEN DEBUTS NEW VW BEETLE GSR AT CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Volkswagen unveiled the VW Beetle GSR or also known as the Gelb-Schwarzer Renner at the Chicago Auto Show last week, which in German stands for Yellow Black Racer. This will be the first time the GSR will be sold on U.S. soil, the GSR was launched in 1972 and was so popular that it sold out in Germany in just two months.

Only 3,500 unites will be built and will be sold worldwide. The new model will be known as the 2014 Volkswagen  Beetle GSR, and it will be the most potent Beetle in the lineup when it goes on sale in the latter part of the year.

It will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. This engine will also be fitted to the Jetta GLI and Beetle Turbo, adding 10 additional horses to their output. Volkswagen claims a 0-60 mph time of 6.6 seconds and electronically limited top speed of 130 mph.

Volkswagen also took the opportunity at the Chicago Auto Show to introduce its new sporty R-Line lineup of the new Tiguan R-Line and Touareg R-Line. The 2013 Beetle Convertible was also on display with the R-Line series to be added to the 2014 lineup. The R-Line lineup features a package of extras that include a sporty bumper package, 19-inch aluminum wheels, sports-tuned suspension, a multi-function leather steering wheel, stainless-steel door sills and the Fender audio system.

To read more about the features of the new Beetle GSR, click here.

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