Volkswagen Bus – Historic and High-Tech

Volkswagen is one of the most innovative automobile companies, and founded way back on 4th Jan 1937. Ever since the inception, the company has produced a variety of cars with varied functionality and utility. It is headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. It is the one of the world leaders in car manufacturing. Volkswagen is a German word, which means “People’s Automobile”

Introducing the BUDD-e

BUDD-e photo by Maurizio Pesce
BUDD-e photo by Maurizio Pesce

The company has planned to release an electric version of Microbus- The exemplary “hippie van.” Called the BUDD-e, it would feature a lithium ion battery, which could provide a driving range of about 373 miles. The head of electronic development at Volkswagen, Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger has revealed that “The basic idea is to develop a modular toolkit and take this flat battery idea into serial production, one motor on the front, one on the rear”.

The all new BUDD-e from Volkswagen is designed on the Modular Electric Platform. The BUDD-e is heading production with enormous floor space with the engines aligned as close to the front and rear side of the vehicle. The stunning exterior and a scintillating interior with the amazing infotainment system takes the new BUDD-e to the next level.

The “Active Info Display” just in front of the driver provides access to infotainment for all passengers. Complete control is facilitated by a multi-touch keypad or by voice command. Voice command has to begin to say “Hello Budd-e” to get it listening. All commands from different voices from different angles would be recognized and executed. The screen has different sections, focusing on different task like drive, control and consume. The user interface with touch voice and gesture functionalities makes it a brilliant design and demonstrates the genius of the maker.

BUDD-e is designed to seamlessly communicate with Smart Home or office. It features the futuristic next generation infotainment system with an advanced information processing methodology. The unique features make BUDD-e the best in the market for its design and functionality. BUDD-e boasts a switch free cabin. The huge infotainment panels and digital screens make the drive extremely intuitive and interactive.

The exterior is conventional with a white and gold color scheme. An illuminated LED VW logo on the front grille gives it a dashing look. The taillights are made from one continuous LED light strip which gives a distinct wraparound effect.

BUDD-e is said to be the first concept car by Volkswagen Group underpinned by MEB, heralding a change in fundamentals of electric cars. BUDD-e brings into light a revolutionary automotive technology.

The substantial innovation will pave way to immense changes in the arena of electric-powered Volkswagens developed in the future. This model with human-machine interface, drive-control-consummate-mirror, multi-function steering, gesture control, personalized light and unbelievable infotainment system makes BUDD-e one of its kind and a best buy.

When you want the best in the market, the best in the industry and the best ever made automobile, the one and only choice could be your best buddy ever – your BUDD-e.

Live your dream, drive your BUDD-e! All you need is a ’60’s era flower-power paint job and you’re good to go.

The Most Fuel Efficient Car in the World

The Volkswagen XL1 is a two seater car with the capacity to travel 100 kms in 1 litre of diesel. It is designed only for left handed drivers.

It is classified as the diesel/electric combination car which can drive 260 miles per gallon. The car is designed in such a manner that truly reflects the state-of-the-art in technology. The car was also selected as a finalist in the World Green Car competition. It exemplifies the car market in the future to come.

So, what makes it so fuel efficient?

The Model

VW X1 - By MotorBlog from Ca, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
VW X1 – By MotorBlog from Ca, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Manufactured in Germany, the car is especially “handcrafted” and produced exclusively for customers. The super-efficient car boasts new construction methods, with lots of innovations in its body, which makes it attractive and fuel efficient.

The two-seater only emits 24g/km carbon dioxide, which is the best in the record of vehicle fuel efficiency. It is believed that a car that is light in weight can be more economical and efficient. This is the reason that the car has been structured from scratch and most of its steel parts have been replaced by carbon fiber. The materials used are light weight and the engine is designed to be economical too.

The hybrid car has 800-cc two cylinder TDI turbo- engine with a 20-KW electric motor and seven speeds DSG dual clutch gearbox which can only run in the automatic mode.

The Powertrain is placed transversely behind the rider’s compartment and help in driving the rear wheels. The use of carbon fiber has been very successful in reducing the weight of its chassis. The car’s light weight also helps it in reaching highway speeds quickly.

The magnesium wheels and aluminium dampers, steering systems and brake callipers also aid in the reduced weight and efficiency.

The scissor door of the car guarantees ease of access to its interior and gives a fashionable touch to the car.

The weight of 795kg proves an ideal for the kind of efficiency it is successfully providing. The sleek and aerodynamic appearance makes it an equally attractive bet for young drivers.

Another remarkable feature that the car offers is that it gives its operators several options to drive. The car can be run in all electric mode or in all gasoline mode or in hybrid mode. It also has the capacity to change modes if a sudden need arises for acceleration.

The back wheels of the car are well covered and the mirrors planted on the doors have digital cameras for better vision.

The car is gaining a lot of attention among the riders worldwide. The interiors, the information screen and the gear change all have been crafted skillfully to give it a classy look.

The car is designed in such a manner that it produces very little sound because of its ability to smoothly cut through the air. .

Overall the car stands tall in its promise of being the most fuel efficient car in the world, but unfortunately, so far, Volkswagen has no plans for mass production. Sniff. :'(

Best Practices to Buy a Used VW

It is said that the Germans are keen about 3 things, their history, their language and their cars. Volkswagen has carried the same legacy since pre and post-World war periods.

In today’s world, acquiring a car is like having a necessity. Cars are now an important aspect of life where you need to get things done easier and faster. If you already have a car and is now going for the second one, chances are that you are more likely to purchase a used car. Nowadays, the automotive market being a very competitive zone might confuse you with so many options. Here are the pointers of purchasing a used VW.

Petrol or Diesel?

By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (VW Tiguan engine  Uploaded by oxyman) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
VW Diesel Engine – By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (VW Tiguan engine Uploaded by oxyman) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Although diesel cars are costlier than their peers running on gas, petrol cars tend to have a long life and cheaper maintenance than diesel. Although the diesel prices are low, but other annual maintenance like fuel-pump cleaning and engine parts price goes up in case you want to rebore the car engine again. Hence, it is better to go for the petrol ones. However, Volkswagen cars design their diesel engines with utmost care (except, of course, for the infamous emissions scandal) and hence the engines are costly and are more rugged to wear-and-tear. The TDI engine is one in its class in the mid-and-mini segment.

Engine capacity

Buy a car which has a medium sized engine like varying from 1.2 to 2.0 liters as larger engines means consumption of more fuel and lesser savings. So buy a car which you can use for a city as well as average highway commute. Also, if you are looking for commercial segments, you can choose between VW Transporter and VW Saveiro or a VW Touareg.

Transmission

Now comes an important decision to choose between a manual and an automatic transmission. Logically, the automatic transmission uses a torque converter which is another piece of complex equipment as compared to the legacy clutch-pedal scenario and thus will increase the budget for the purchase. Maintenance will also carry an additional overhead for the automatic transmission owing to additional parts. Hence, it completely depends on the users and their comfort zone with the transmission.

Although Volkswagen’s transmission is reliable and are a good value for the money, it is always suggested to go for a test ride to experience the gear level change sounds and verify the level of transmission fluid before purchase.

Once you have the car started, quickly move on past all gears and start cruising on the 6th gear. There should be no sound and this promises Volkswagen’s unbeatable silent cruising experience giving minimum effort to the engine.

Availability of parts

Compared to the brand new and the oldest cars available in the consumer segment for Volkswagen, you can go for the ones which have the availability of parts in and around your city and neighborhood.  New entrants like Volkswagen Touran, Touareg, Polo, Vento might be available in due course of time, but the bigger selling models like Jetta and Passat are more readily available.

Volkswagen dealers don’t typically offer Buy Here Pay Here programs, but you can still get good financing on all their vehicles, especially newer ones, which are often offered with special terms.

Check out the link below for more details on used VW’s.

http://www.vw.com/certified-pre-owned/

Volkswagen Jetta – Best Selling VW in 2016

After a busy schedule all throughout the week and a bustling work-life, if you are all set for a road-trip, then undoubtedly, Jetta is the best Volkswagen for you. Smartly priced for a luxury segment vehicle, this car boasts of plush interiors and rich fiber upholstery. Although the basic design for the car remains the same when compared to other VW creations, some features have been added to increase your driving pleasure: the air dam is spread out, boot capacity is extended and includes drop rear seats for extending the boot to make space for keeping golf bags as well as Skis.

Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen has focused more on the interiors. The back seat cushioning has been designed elegantly with high-quality fiber decals and provides ample knee room. The under-thigh support is comforting, making long journeys in the backseat easy. Adding to it, there are dedicated a/c vents for the back seats and large door bins to accommodate the bottles during the journey.

The rear middle seat has a pull-out armrest which also has two cup holders to keep your tonic in handy in case you need it during your journey.

Moving to the front seat, we experience the rich fiber decals with refined quality cushioning equipped with height-adjustable electronic control. There are a lot of holder like spaces to keep your knick-knacks. Front armrests have enough space below them to store wallets and mobiles. The steering is also ergonomically set, having a flat end to make way for the person driving it. Equipped with rear parking assist, Jetta also has been provided with a unique feature: fatigue detection, which is an innovative concept for ensuring your safety. Packed with 6 airbags, Volkswagen has already set a high standard in the field of safety concerns.

Now this feature might be the USP for this car. Jetta has a secured glove-box. Yes, you can keep all the stuff inside the glove box and lock it in. The box is also air-cooled which will keep your bottles exactly at the same temperature you left them at.

Jetta provides the state-of-the-art technologies for the interior climate control and air-conditioning segments. It has a central infotainment console and cruise-control mounted on the steering with gear level changer available with the higher-segments.

Jetta boasts a 1.4 liter gas and a 2 liter diesel variant offering competitive power and performance packaged under the same roof. Driven by a 6-Speed gearbox, this can prove to be a mean machine while in highways and a traffic-cutter when cruising through the city limits. Being a flat sedan, the dynamics are well spread out offering you ample agility and control through the curves and bends of the road.

Coming back to the design, the front part looks pretty much like the Volkswagen’s counterparts, however, the rear bumper and air dams are an inspiration from Audi A4 making the car look like a takeaway in the first look.

Volkswagen is targeting the young entrepreneurs and executive businessman class. Being an upper segment stylish sedan, this car is affordably priced, making your aspirations and dreams come true.

 

Best Used Volkswagens to Buy

When you plan to buy a car for the first time, it makes more practical sense to first buy a used car, especially when you are a newbie at driving. In such a case, you can practice driving without having to worry too much about scratching or denting a car.

Used or not, the experience of driving a Volkswagen is out of this world. However, it is always clever to buy from a dealership, have a close look at the car before you finalize a deal. Check for the paint, scratches; go for a test drive.

If you are planning to buy a used Volkswagen, here are the models you should check out.

  • Volkswagen Jetta: With its upscale design and refined cabin, VW Jetta has been and still is one of the favorites among car lovers. Called Jetta because of its luxurious experience along with the power of a modern jetliner, it is fairly refined and roomy, yet a comfortable compact sedan. However, lately, it has been taken over by VW Golf which is more versatile than Jetta and offers a smoother driving experience.

    jetta
    Volkswagen Jetta © M 93 / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Volkswagen Polo: Known to be a driver’s car, VW Polo is a hatchback offering a good ride and stable experience while driving at high speeds. With tough interiors, VW Polo doesn’t disappoint in the comfort, even in a used condition. Also notable about VW Polo is its spaciousness, although not as spacious as the i20. Because this car is like putty when driven well, there are chances of it being driven a little rashly than other used cars. Therefore, before buying a used car, it is very important to look for the wear and tear in the braking systems, tires and any suspicious noises in the system.

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    VW Polo © M 93 / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Volkswagen Golf: One of the most popular compact cars in US, the VW Golf is a wonderful combination of practicality and elegance with a roomy and comfortable cabin. The TDI model is known to provide better performance and efficient fuel economy. It is a fun-to-drive vehicle with classy and high quality furnishings.

    VW Golf - By Tokumeigakarinoaoshima (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
    VW Golf – By Tokumeigakarinoaoshima (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Volkswagen Passat: A midsize sedan with a little more luxury than the others in the market, the Passat is classy and elegant in styling and handling. While the earlier versions are sufficient only for families of four, the later version is roomier and will easily accommodate a fifth passenger. The Passat is an excellent choice for car lovers looking at fuel efficiency, especially in the TDI models.

    VW Passat - By Matthias93 via Wikimedia Commons
    VW Passat – By Matthias93 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Volkswagen Beetle: The VW Beetle debuted in 2012, when it came with only manual transmission and didn’t have any special features such as the Bluetooth connectivity. With passing time, the later models have been giving better fuel economy. In any case, the Beetle has an impressive cabin with color matched dash panels and clean lines. However, it still presents a challenge if you are a tall person, because of its low roof line. The backseat is spacious, but not as much as that of Golf. However, the Beetle’s not much on steering and handling.

    2002 Volkswagen New Beetle (9C MY02.5) 2.0 coupe. Photographed in Gymea Bay, New South Wales, Australia.
    2002 Volkswagen New Beetle (9C MY02.5) 2.0 coupe. Photographed in Gymea Bay, New South Wales, Australia.