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2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – INTERIOR

| Video | 17.11.2017

The Golf SportWagen features a compact turbocharged and direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder EA888 TSI® gasoline engine. It produces 170 horsepower at 4,500 rpm, and with an automatic transmission, torque peaks at 199 pound-feet (184 pound-feet with a manual transmission) with the broad torque band starting at 1,600 rpm and lasting until 4,400 rpm. The TSI engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission in front-wheel-drive models. Golf SportWagen models with 4Motion are mated to either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed DSG® automatic transmission with Tiptronic®.

EPA-estimated fuel economy is currently pending EPA certification, but front-wheel-drive models equipped with the five-speed manual are expected to be rated around 25 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway. Front-wheel-drive models equipped with the optional six-speed automatic are expected to be rated around 24 mpg in city driving and 33 mpg on the highway.

4Motion models equipped with the six-speed manual are expected to be rated around 22 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway. Front-wheel-drive models equipped with the optional six-speed automatic are expected to be rated around 22 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway. These estimates are preliminary, and official EPA estimates will be available later this Fall.

4Motion all-wheel-drive system

The Volkswagen 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive system is available on the S model, with automatic or manual transmissions. The latest-generation 4Motion system is activated before any wheelspin occurs, helping eliminate traction losses. The system achieves this by using an advanced control function based on specific driving conditions. When operating under a relatively low load or when coasting, the front wheels are driven and the rear wheels are decoupled, which can help save fuel. However, the rear wheels can be engaged in fractions of a second whenever necessary via the center differential, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.
A control unit continually calculates the ideal drive torque for the rear wheels and controls how much the multi-plate clutch should be closed by activating the oil pump. The oil pressure increases the contact pressure at the clutch plates in proportion to the torque desired at the rear axle. So, the amount of pressure applied to the clutch plates can be used to continuously vary the amount of torque going between the front and rear wheels, up to a maximum of 50 percent at the rear axle.
In addition to the center differential that acts longitudinally, electronic differential locks (EDL) that are a function of the electronic stability control system act laterally. The system briefly brakes a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side.

Volkswagen Car-Net. Volkswagen is committed to driving the development of more connected and intelligent vehicles, and the Volkswagen Car-Net® connectivity system is a major element in achieving that goal. Features available through VW Car-Net are divided into three key areas: “App-Connect,” “Security & Service,” and “Guide & Inform.”
VW Car-Net App-Connect smartphone integration for compatible devices is standard on all SportWagen models. App-Connect offers users the ability to run select smartphone apps directly on the vehicle’s display through services like Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®.
Equipped on SE models and above, VW Car-Net Security & Service is a suite of elements that provides security features and also allows owners to access their VW remotely through vw.com/carnet as well as a smartphone app.

The upscale environment of the SportWagen cabin is largely shared with the Golf model, with increased interior space due to the wagon body style. Occupants are treated to 94.3 cu ft of passenger area volume.
Rear-seat leg- and shoulder room are 35.6 and 53.9 inches, respectively. Front seat passengers also benefit from the spacious SportWagen interior, with 41.2 inches of legroom and 55.9 inches across the shoulders. Both front and rear headroom are 38.6 inches.

Driver Assistance
The Golf SportWagen offers a standard rearview camera and number of available driver assistance systems, including Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control with Maneuver braking (ParkPilot), Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist) and Overhead View Camera (Area View).


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More Powerful BMW i8 S / Facelift Spied Again

| Spy Photos | 17.11.2017

The i8 was one of the first modern cars that made you say “wow, that looks just like the concept.” It was probably also the only 1.5-liter ever bought by a rapper. However, BMW’s oddball halo project has fallen behind in some key areas, which is why BMW is soon going to launch this facelift model. Our latest spyshots show the i8 facelift next to the i3. Alongside to the regular German traffic, this sportscar still l…

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2017 HYUNDAI Santa Fe Review

| Auto News Recaps | 17.11.2017

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Review –

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VW to spend $11.8 billion on China EVs

| Green | 17.11.2017

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Some models are promised to have a range up to 370 miles on a charge.

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2018 Opel Insignia Country Tourer – INTERIOR

| Video | 17.11.2017

The new Opel Insignia Country Tourer impresses with the same virtues as its Grand Sport and Sports Tourer siblings – it is spacious and considerably lighter than the outgoing version thanks an all-new architecture. It also comes with a wide range of innovative technologies, just as a true flagship should. Furthermore, it captivates with its very own country-style charm: all-round black protective cladding and silver front and rear skid plates give the newcomer a rugged offroad appearance. Customers who prefer an even more individual vehicle can also tailor it thanks to the Opel Exclusive concept, which provides an unlimited choice of colors.

Adventure-ready: Leading propulsion and chassis technologies
A broad powertrain portfolio – including a brand new top-of-the-range diesel engine – delivers the performance of the Opel Insignia Country Tourer. In addition, the newcomer will also be available with the new eight-speed automatic transmission and ground-breaking all-wheel drive technology. Twenty millimeters of additional ground clearance along with the innovative all-wheel drive with torque vectoring and the new five-link rear suspension cater for the wish to leave asphalt roads and give the Insignia Country Tourer the most polished system in its class. Instead of a traditional rear differential, which transmits equal amounts of torque to the rear wheels, the Opel Insignia Country Tourer boasts two electrically controlled multi-plates clutches which enable a more individual and precise transmission of power to each wheel – irrespective of road or weather conditions. To counteract the understeer tendency in tight corners taken at higher speeds, the system, depending on the acceleration command and steering movement, sends more torque to the outside rear wheel. This happens without any further driver intervention and in a split second. This stabilizes the vehicle. Furthermore, the Insignia turns in with more precision, responding more spontaneously to inputs from the driver. This results in neutral vehicle behavior, making the car more stable and steerable for the driver no matter what the situation.

Outstanding technology on board: Safe, comfortable, superb connectivity

Just like its Grand Sport and Sports Tourer siblings, the Insignia Country Tourer comes with numerous ultra-modern technologies and assistance systems that enable a new level of safety and comfort. One of the highlights in every sense of the word is the second generation of Opel's innovative and award-winning adaptive IntelliLux LED® matrix light. The Opel LED® matrix light now has 16 LED segments integrated into each of the very slim headlamps and comes with an innovative active curve lighting function and dedicated LED spotlight with a range of up to 400 meters. Further additions include the head up display, the 360° surround view camera, adaptive cruise control (ACC) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Keep Assist with automated steering correction and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible IntelliLink systems ensure outstanding entertainment and connectivity. And the smartphone can even be charged without a cable while it is seamlessly integrated within the infotainment system. The groundbreaking personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar is also on board. It comes with an extensive service portfolio ranging from automatic crash response to stolen vehicle assistance. Two newcomers to the OnStar portfolio are the booking service, and parking search. Both services rely OnStar advisors who can book hotel rooms and/or search for suitable carparks.


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