- Golf R wins Hot Hatch of the Year from Top Gear
- Volkswagen lays foundation stone for new engine plant in Mexico
- Magnus Racing 2011 Preview
- OMFG: New Beetle meets Rotiform via So Cal Stance Shop
- Rolex 24 at Daytona – Friday Update with Craig Stanton
Posted: 29 Jan 2011 03:21 PM PST
Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have awarded Volkswagen’s Golf R the Hot Hatch of the Year.
In a highly competitive category, the Golf R stood out with excellent driving dynamics, the 270hp TSI engine and comfort. “The Golf R is so many different areas of exceptionally good that driver, car and the road will become one.”
The Golf R features an ultra-modern four-wheel drive 4MOTION on the road. With a 6-speed DSG, 0 to 100 km / h is outstanding 5.5 seconds.
Posted: 29 Jan 2011 02:54 PM PST
Construction work on the new engine plant in Silao in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato officially began yesterday when the foundation stone was laid at a ceremony attended by the Governor of the state of Guanajuato, Juan Manuel Oliva Raminéz, and Hubert Waltl, member of the Volkswagen brand board of management responsible for production. From 2013, state-of-the-art production technology will be used to manufacture the latest generation of engines at the Silao plant.
Silao factory will supply vehicle plants in North America with up to 330,000 engines per year from 2013
“This engine plants writes a new chapter in Volkswagen’s success story in Mexico spanning more than fifty years,” Waltl said at the ceremony. “Innovative products, skilled and motivated employees and efficient, environmentally-friendly production processes are the basis for our global growth. The Volkswagen de México team and the new Silao plant embody all of this.”
Strengthening its market position in North America is an essential component of the Volkswagen Group’s global growth strategy. In this context, the company is planning annual sales of one million vehicles in the USA from 2018 based on models such as the New Jetta and the New Passat tailored to the demands of US customers which are produced at North American plants with a high degree of localization.
From 2013, the new factory in Silao will supply latest-generation engines to the vehicle plants in Puebla, Mexico, and Chattanooga, USA. The Silao facility is designed for an annual capacity of 330,000 engines. Investment in developing the new engine as well as building the new plant runs at 550 million USD (400 million euros). Volkswagen will be creating approximately 700 new jobs at the Silao plant in the medium term. Further jobs in the region will also be created at suppliers and in the logistics sector.
Otto Lindner, Chairman of Volkswagen de México, drew attention to growth in Mexico’s automotive sector in 2010; Volkswagen accounted for 435,000 locally produced vehicles last year. He said: “Silao is a big step towards the future for us. We are triggering new momentum for growth and employment in the Mexican automotive industry.”
Currently, the Volkswagen Jetta, Golf Estate and New Beetle are produced in Puebla, Mexico. Production of the new Passat developed specifically for the US market will begin in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, in the first quarter of 2011.
Posted: 29 Jan 2011 08:56 AM PST
Go inside with crew and drivers behind Magnus Racing and outlook for 2011. The Rolex 24 At Daytona kicks off at 3:30PM ET. Craig Stanton put the #44 Magnus Racing Porsche into 4th during qualifying and was moved up to 3rd via TRG’s tech misfortune.
The weather will be outstanding for the complete 24 hours.
Jan 29 Today
Jan 29 Tonight
Jan 30 Tomorrow
Posted: 29 Jan 2011 08:34 AM PST
rotiform has been eating up the scene with a vengeance! If your’e a long time reader on the site, you know we are fans of the New beetle and have one of our own in the garage.
Our jaw hit the ground when we laid eyes on Brandon’s out of So Cal Stance Shop. He recently went from the rotiform BLQ’s to a set of their cast NEU’s. The 19×8.5 et 45 NEUs are wrapped in 215/35/19 Nitto NeoGen tires. The Beetle kisses the ground via a full-digital Air Lift kit.
We’ll try to get a full feature on the ride soon.
Make sure and follow these guys on facebook at the links above. Tons of other drool dripping pics on both as well.
Posted: 28 Jan 2011 09:19 AM PST
Craig Stanton shares details on how things went for the team, drivers and the engine change on the Magnus Racing No. 44 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Craig will share the Porsche with owner John Potter, Marco Holzer and Richard Lietz. These guys can throw down and the Green Machine is ready!
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