• Club GTI

    by Published on 30th September 2017 09:22  Number of Views: 176 


    Date: Sunday 8th October 2017
    Time: 08:30 - 16:00
    Location: Santa Pod Raceway, Airfield Road, Podington, Wellingborough, NN29 7XA

    Over the years, from the very first GTI Festival events in the late 1980s, the shows have attracted hordes of Volkswagen enthusiasts to several different venues around the UK. The GTI Festival and GTI International were for a decade or more, just about the only specialist water cooled VW events of the year. Now, we have a busy show calendar. The GTI Festival has moved its date to the end of that busy calendar, to establish a Final Fling season finale, before the time comes to put cars away for the close season, or pull them apart for mods or winter rebuilds.

    The GTI Festival – Season Finale is for enthusiasts of all VAG marques, SEAT, Skoda, Audi and of course Volkswagen. Now the Volkswagen Group includes Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti too, but the closest we will probably come to seeing any of those will be Bentley rims shoehorned under late Golf arches!

    Club GTI will be there. Therefore, this is a call to you to spruce up your VAG transportation devices. Please advise me of your attendance so that I can advise VW Action for the club's plot size in the club section. There has been a recent revamp of the show layout, the clubs area is now easily able to accommodate the 40+ clubs. Club GTI hasn't attended in a while but we are going to change this. We need to act quickly as VW Action expect to see a huge number of clubs and registers represented, so let Volkswagenism know ASAP.


    09:00 Signing on for Sprints.
    10.00 Track opens, Show & Shine assembly, Girlz N Dubz assembly.
    11.30 Show & Shine judging starts, Dizzy Rascals circuit opens.
    13.00 Lunch/Show & Shine judging ends
    14.00 Track re-opens, Dizzy Rascals circuit closes.
    14.45 Show & Shine reassembly at Show & Shine Arena.
    15.30 Show & Shine Award Presentations.
    16.00 Sprint Trophy presentations, followed by run from each winning car.
    17.00 Track closes.

    For more information check out their website:
    by Published on 31st May 2016 06:18
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    Who says you cannot channel 200 ps through the front wheels of a FWD car?
    So what if I say you can channel 310 ps through the front wheels of a FWD production car and smash the current lap record around the ring. Yes, No?

    Well the Golf GTI Clubsport S just changed ...
    by Published on 29th November 2016 16:42
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    Well, like it or loath it, the social media revolution is here to stay.

    Club GTI is not only present on this forum medium, but you can follow us on :-



    www.youtube.com/user/OfficialClubGTI ...
    by Published on 6th September 2017 07:40  Number of Views: 198 

    • The new T-Roc: Volkswagen's fourth SUV

    • Compact T-Roc with new, expressive design style, coupé-like roof section, strikingly wide front and sportily snappy proportions

    • Extensive standard features, large array of driver assistance systems, latest infotainment generation with full connectivity and trendy bi-colour concept

    • Dynamic ride characteristics, powerful engines and optionally 4Motion all-wheel drive

    As part of the biggest model offensive in its history, Volkswagen is extending its model range by adding a compact-class crossover: the T-Roc. The new crossover from Volkswagen brings fresh impetus to the compact SUV class. It offers maximum personalisation, innovative digitalisation, perfect connectivity, leading-edge driver assistance systems, dynamic engines and above all modern, expressive design. A car that is just as much at home in the city as it is on rough terrain.

    Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management, said at the world premiere in Italy: "The T-Roc sets a new benchmark in the booming SUV segment. With its functionality, dynamic handling and technology, the T-Roc embodies all good Volkswagen qualities. It marks a milestone in our SUV offensive."

    The SUV market is booming – especially in the compact segment. Experts estimate that the segment will almost double in size over the next decade. It is for this reason that Volkswagen is bringing in another attractive model in the compact SUV space, below the Tiguan: the T-Roc. With its package of features it sets new benchmarks and is equally appealing to customers of every age, from young singles to empty nesters. With its sporty modern design, it stands for a new emotive Volkswagen style and thus sets a new course within the model range.

    Snappy, sporty dimensions outside, great functionality inside – that's the new T-Roc. The optionally front-wheel or all-wheel drive all-rounder combines the aplomb of an SUV with the agility of a sporty compact model. And it does indeed rock the segment – in varying ways depending on specification and above all colour combination. For the T-Roc is the first Volkswagen SUV that will be available to order in two-tone paintwork with visually contrasting roof section (including the A-pillars and exterior mirror housings).

    Numerous design elements define the new five-seater's style: at the front it is the wide radiator grille unit with integrated dual headlights and the repositioned light signature, which make the T-Roc unmistakable even at night. The lines of the elongated silhouette are on the other hand characterised by a particularly striking chrome element that runs from the A-pillars across the complete side roof line all the way into the C-pillar and is reminiscent in form of a coupé. The off-road look is enhanced by
    all-round, dark plastic trim, which protects the bodywork around the wheel arches and side sills, as well as the vehicle's front and rear.

    The interior has been adapted to the exterior design. It has a robust SUV feel and modern treatment of surfaces. The interplay between the Active Info Display and the specific infotainment system creates a new, digital and interactive cockpit. Via smartphone and Volkswagen Car Net it is possible to use a wide spectrum of online services and apps and to integrate the telephone and/or media library. Another feature being offered by Volkswagen in the new T-Roc is the "Security & Service" package (including Emergency Service, Automatic Accident Notification and Roadside Assistance).

    The new T-Roc is positioned within the segment below the Tiguan and like the latter and the Atlas/Teramont is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). If all five seats are occupied, luggage space when loaded up to the top edge of the rear seat backrests totals 445 litres. The backrests can also be folded down in a 60/40 split, yielding luggage capacity of up to 1,290 litres. Hardly any other SUV in this class offers such a spacious package.

    Even the ‘T-Roc’ base version comes with high-tech systems such as Front Assist area monitoring with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and the lane keeping system Lane Assist. Also part of the base specification are details such as air conditioning, the Composition Colour infotainment system, LED tail light cluster, visual underbody guard (black) and LED daytime running lights in the bumper.

    Volkswagen will be offering the new crossover based on the 'T-Roc' specification version. In addition, two higher lines on a par with each other, 'Sport' and 'Style', are available in parallel for maximum personalisation of the T-Roc. While the T-Roc 'Style' is characterised by exclusive touches such as the interior's decorative panels available in a choice of four colours, the focus in the case of the T-Roc 'Sport' is on sporty features such as the standard sport comfort seats.

    In its market segment, the T-Roc is in a league of its own when it comes to its driver assistance systems. Standard features on all T-Roc vehicles include: the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, the active lane keeping system Lane Assist and the Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking. The SUV can optionally be configured with ten further driver assistance systems. These include adaptive cruise control (ACC), Rear View reversing camera, the lane change system including Rear Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, lane keeping system Lane Assist, Park Assist including manoeuvring brake function, Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist. The T-Roc can be adapted to the driver’s personal preferences via a range of further assistance systems that is exceptionally large for this vehicle class. In addition to adaptive chassis control DCC and progressive steering, these include electric operation of the rear hatch and starting system Keyless Access.

    Like the larger Tiguan, the new T-Roc too is being offered with efficient turbocharged engines: three petrol engines (TSI) and three diesels (TDI). They are being offered partly with front-wheel drive and manual gearbox, partly with front-wheel drive, 4Motion all-wheel drive (including 4Motion Active Control as standard) and the dual clutch gearbox (7-speed DSG). The T-Roc will take its place in the €20,000 class segment (German market). Its market launch begins in Europe this November.

    The T-Roc will be made at Volkswagen's AutoEuropa Automóveis, Lda plant in Palmela near Lisbon in Portugal. The Eos, Sharan, Scirocco and Alambra are made here too. T-ROC is built on Volkswagen Group's MQB platform

    Launch Pictures courtesy of Volkswagen Press Office

    Where have we seen the T-ROC before in all but name?

    by Published on 3rd September 2017 22:32  Number of Views: 241 

    Volkswagen Group UK Scrappage Scheme

    Volkswagen Group UK Limited is encouraging the switch to its latest generation, lower-emission new cars by launching an attractive scrappage scheme.


    • Encourages scrapping of older diesel vehicles against purchase of latest, hi-tech Euro 6 models

    • Incentives of up to £6,000, according to model, apply to new petrol/diesel and plug-in hybrid/fully electric models

    • Combined with OLEV grant, customers could benefit from an eye-catching £10,000 off the price of a new e-Golf

    • Vehicles traded in will be scrapped rather than sold on

    • Offers available to owners of any pre-Euro 5 diesel vehicle registered before 2010

    Owners of any diesel vehicle that complies with pre-Euro 51 emissions legislation, and registered before 2010, qualify for the Volkswagen Scrappage Upgrade scheme. They are able to trade-in the vehicle to benefit from incentives – ranging from £1,800 to £6,000 – against the majority of new Volkswagen models (see table below) if the new car is ordered by 31 December 2017. The trade-in vehicle needs to have been owned by the customer for at least six months.

    All new Volkswagen petrol and diesel cars meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards. Furthermore results of emissions tests by Emissions Analytics and The Consumer Association have current Volkswagen products among the lowest emitters of NOx.3

    Meanwhile, the marque’s range of sophisticated plug-in hybrid and fully electric models lead the EV pack. For example, What Car? this month (September 2017) declares that “the e-Golf succeeds because it works brilliantly as an electric car, yet it doesn’t compromise on practicality, equipment or driving dynamics.”

    Alison Jones, Director of Volkswagen UK, said: “With this new Scrappage Upgrade scheme, there’s never been a better time to step up from an older diesel into one of our new, lower emission range of Volkswagens.

    “And it’s not just buyers of our latest Euro 6 petrol and diesel cars who could benefit,“ she continued. “The incentives offered on our class-leading range of plug-in hybrid and full electric cars are particularly eye-catching.

    “For example, combine our £5,500 offer on the new, longer range, e-Golf with the Government’s OLEV Grant and there’s a huge £10,000 to save. Add to the equation significant whole-life cost savings of running a fully electric vehicle in terms of fuel, BIK tax, Road Fund Licence, Congestion Charge for those driving into London, as well as parking incentives in many towns and cities, and the e-Golf looks like a very attractive proposition.“

    Volkswagen AG has stated that it aims to be the global leader in electric vehicles by 2025. Already today, the Volkswagen brand offers fully electric vehicles with the e-Golf and e-up!, in addition to the Passat GTE and Golf GTE plug-in hybrid models.

    Furthermore, and as part of the framework of Strategy 2025, the brand is working on a comprehensive electric car offensive. Underpinning this is a dedicated electric vehicle structure – the modular electric drive kit (MEB) – which forms the basis of an innovative range of electric vehicles, such as the I.D. and I.D. BUZZ, both of which are already confirmed for production.

    For more details on the Volkswagen Scrappage Upgrade scheme, please visit www.volkswagen.co.uk/scrappage.

    Summary of savings on Euro 6 petrol and diesel models:

    up! £1,800

    Polo £2,800

    Golf Hatch £4,000

    Golf SV £4,000

    Golf Estate £4,000

    Touran £4,000

    Tiguan £4,000

    Beetle £4,000

    Jetta £4,000

    Scirocco £5,000

    Passat Saloon £5,000

    Passat Estate £5,000

    Arteon £5,000

    Sharan £6,000

    Summary of savings on fully electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles:

    Model~Type:Scrappage Upgrade saving+OLEV grant=Total saving

    Golf GTE~ PHEV: £5,000+ £2,500= £7,500

    Passat GTE~ PHEV: £6,000+ £2,500= £8,500

    e-up!~ EV: £3,300+ £4,500= £7,800

    e-Golf~ EV: £5,500+ £4,500= £10,000

    Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

    Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched an attractive scrappage scheme encouraging the exchange of latest generation, lower-emission new vehicles, in tandem with the removal of older, Euro 1-4 emissions standards vehicles from the UK.

    • Encourages scrappage of older diesel vehicles against purchase of latest Euro 6 models

    • Incentives of up to £2,000, on top of existing retail offers, according to model, available to new petrol and diesel models

    • Vehicles traded in will be scrapped rather than sold on

    • Offers available to owners of pre-Euro 5 diesel vehicles registered before 2010

    Owners of diesel vehicles that comply with pre-Euro 5 emissions legislation qualify for the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles scrappage scheme2. They can trade-in their vehicles and benefit from incentives – ranging from £1,000 to £2,000 – against the majority of new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles vans and passenger carriers (see table below) that they order by 31 December 2017. The trade-in vehicle needs to have been owned by the customer for at least six months.

    All new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles petrol and diesel models meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards, currently the most stringent yet.

    The majority of new models can be exchanged on this new-for-old basis, with the exception of Amarok, California and Transporter Sportline. The offer runs in conjunction with existing retail offers. For example, combine the £2,000 scrappage scheme incentive on the new Crafter with the current retail offer and there’s an attractive saving of up to £4,000.

    For more details on the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles scrappage scheme visit https://www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/en/scrappage.html

    Scrappage Scheme saving

    Caddy Panel Van & Caddy Life (SWB & LWB) £1,000

    Transporter Panel Van, Kombi & Window Van £2,000

    Transporter Shuttle £2,000

    Caravelle £2,000

    Crafter £2,000

    California, Transporter Sportline (panel and kombi) and Amarok are excluded from the scrappage scheme


    Any EU1 to EU4 diesel model from any brand will qualify for a scrappage contribution when exchanged for an Audi EU6 petrol, diesel or e-tron

    • Initiative to replace EU1 to EU4 dieselcars registered before 2010

    • Audi UK financial contribution based on model

    • Additional support for exchange with a plug-in hybrid model

    The efficiency benefits of the latest Audi EU6 engine technology will be available in the UK to drivers of older diesel models registered before 2010 at preferential rates as part of the Audi UK scrappage incentive. Effective immediately, the incentive has been designed to accelerate the proliferation of the latest engine combustion and filtration technologies in the context of the industry-wide pursuit of sustainable emission reductions. Under the terms of the Audi programme all qualifying vehicles will be permanently taken off the road and scrapped.

    When trading in for a new EU6 TFSI petrol, TDI diesel or e-tron plug-in hybrid Audi model customers will receive an exclusive scrappage contribution towards the purchase price of between £2,000 and £8,000 allocated on a sliding scale based on the model category. This replaces any part-exchange value for the vehicle being traded in and is not available in conjunction with any other offers.

    Owners of all diesel-powered passenger cars that comply with EU1 to EU4 emissions legislation and were registered up to and including 31st December 2009 will be able to take advantage of the scrappage incentive. The offer is conditional upon the new model being purchased in the same name as the car being scrapped, and on the owner having been the registered keeper of that car for at least six months.

    The majority of new Audi models can be exchanged on this new-for-old basis, with the exception of Q7 TDI, A8, R8 and RS models. When compared to existing retail offers, the scrappage incentive equates to an additional contribution of £2,500 on average. In most cases, this support will be higher than the current value of the vehicle being traded in. Inclusive of the £2,500 OLEV grant also separately available on the A3 Sportback e-tron, the total contribution for this particular model rises to £7,500.

    The Audi UK scrappage incentive contributions will be redeemable for orders taken up to and including December 31, 2017 for deliveries made by no later than March 31, 2018. Customers can fund their purchases using a finance agreement if preferred, but the offer cannot be combined with any specific supported Audi Finance promotional rate. The incentive contributions will be applied automatically when qualifying cars are exchanged without the need for customers to make separate applications.

    Customers taking advantage of the incentive can have their pick of a wide range of efficiency-focused Audi TFSI and TDI models capable of returning as much as 70.6mpg combined with CO2 emissions from just 97g/km in the NEDC cycle. The petrol-electric hybrid A3 Sportback e-tron and diesel-electric hybrid Q7 e-tron models are notable as particularly attractive efficiency champions with the capability to travel for up to 820 miles without recharging or refuelling, and for up to 34 miles under purely electric power with zero local emissions (Q7 e-tron).

    For further information on the incentive, customers can visit www.audi.co.uk/scrappage-incentive. The Vehicle Certification Agency website can also be used to check eligibility: http://carfueldata.direct.gov.uk/.

    New model being purchased

    Audi UK scrappage incentive support

    A1 3 door £2,800

    A1 Sportback £2,800

    A3 3 door £4,000

    A3 Sportback £4,000

    A3 Sportback e-tron £5,000*

    A3 Saloon £4,000

    A3 Cabriolet £4,000

    A4 Saloon £6,000

    A4 Avant £6,000

    A4 allroad £6,000

    A5 Sportback £6,000

    A5 Coupe £6,000

    A5 Cabriolet £6,000

    A6 Saloon £7,000

    A6 Avant £7,000

    A6 allroad £7,000

    A7 Sportback £7,000

    TT Coupe £4,000

    TT Roadster £4,000

    Q2 £2,000

    Q3 £4,000

    Q5 £4,000

    Q7 e-tron £8,000

    Q7 (TDI models)Not applicable

    A8 Not applicable

    R8 Not applicable

    RS models Not applicable

    *£2,500 OLEV grant separately available on A3 Sportback e-tron models


    • Incentive to replace diesel cars with emission standards Euro 1 to 4

    • Up to £4,000 depending on model, applies to petrol and diesel cars

    • Vehicles traded in will be scrapped rather than sold on

    ŠKODA is encouraging the uptake of latest generation, lower-emission new cars by today launching a new scrappage scheme for Euro 1 to 4 emissions standards vehicles. Under the terms of the ŠKODA programme all qualifying vehicles will be permanently taken off the road and scrapped.

    Owners of any diesel vehicle that complies with pre-Euro 5 emissions legislation, and registered before 2010, qualify for the programmme. Incentives range from £1,500 to £4,000 – against the majority of new ŠKODA models (see table below), when ordered by 31 December 2017. The trade-in vehicle must have been owned by the customer for at least six months.

    All new ŠKODA petrol and diesel cars meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards.

    Summary offers on Euro 6 petrol and diesel models:

    Citigo £1,500

    Fabia £2,500

    Rapid / Spaceback £3,000

    Octavia £3,500

    Superb £4,000

    Yeti £3,500

    For more details on the ŠKODA scrappage incentive, please visit www.skoda.co.uk.


    • Encourages scrappage of older diesel vehicles against purchase of latest, hi-tech Euro 6 models

    • Incentives of up to £3,500, according to model, apply to new petrol and diesel models

    • Vehicles traded in will be scrapped rather than sold on

    • Offers available to owners of any diesel vehicle registered before 2010 (pre Euro 5)

    • SEAT UK is encouraging the uptake of latest generation, lower-emission new cars, in tandem with the removal of older, Euro 1-4 emissions standards vehicles from the UK car parc, by today launching an attractive scrappage scheme.

    Owners of any diesel vehicle that complies with pre-Euro 5 emissions legislation qualify for the SEAT scrappage incentive. They are able to trade-in the vehicle to benefit from incentives – ranging from £1,500 to £3,500 – against several new SEAT models (see table below) if the vehicle is ordered by 31 December 2017. The trade-in vehicle needs to have been owned by the customer for at least six months.

    All new SEAT petrol and diesel cars meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards, currently the most stringent yet.

    For more details on the SEAT scrappage incentive, please visit www.seat.co.uk.

    Summary of offers on Euro 6 petrol and diesel models:

    Mii £1,500

    Ibiza £2,500

    Leon £3,500

    Toledo £3,000

    Volkswagenism‘s notes:

    1 Euro emissions standards
    The ‘Euro 1‘ standard was introduced in 1992 to help reduce vehicle emissions. Progressively more stringent Euro standards have been implemented since then –helping to lower emissions still further – with Euro 5 being introduced in 2009/2010.
    ‘Euro 6‘, the standard that all new petrol and diesel cars must meet, is currently the toughest yet.

    2 Further offer details
    Incentive applies only to any diesel vehicle (any make/model) with pre-Euro 5 emissions standards, and registered before 2010
    Traded-in vehicle needs to have been registered in the owner’s name for at least six months
    Trade-in vehicle will be scrapped
    Applies to orders between 1 September and 31 December 2017, to be registered by 31 March 2018
    Cannot be used in conjunction with other existing offers across the Volkswagen range
    For full details, visit www.volkswagen.co.uk/scrappage

    3 Reports:
    Consumers’ Association Which? Magazine April 2017
    Emissions Analytics www.equaindex.com
    by Published on 1st June 2016 11:18
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    Moving on from the Mk2, still with the bug to get out on a track, I think it was inevitable I would end up with another VW. I looked at a few options but to be honest, I don't know anything else other than Volkswagen. An Elise or ...
    by Published on 17th November 2014 20:32  Number of Views: 1326 
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    Eighth victory of the season for world champions* Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia

    •Record number of wins in one WRC season for Volkswagen
    •Latvala and Mikkelsen recover well from set-backs

    Wolfsburg, 17 November 2014: The icing on the cake at the end of the season – the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) saw Volkswagen set a new record for the number of wins in one single season. Win number eight of the year for newly-crowned World Rally Champions* Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) presented the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer with its twelfth victory from 13 rallies. Ogier/Ingrassia raced into a commanding lead of over a minute on day one of three in Wales, and were then able to pace themselves intelligently on Saturday and Sunday. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) ended the Rally Great Britain in eighth place, having lost more than three minutes after a mistake on Saturday morning. The extremely difficult conditions in Wales also took their toll on the third Volkswagen duo of Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (N/N): they had offs resulting in early retirements on both Friday and Sunday. However, their fightback on Saturday was emphatic proof of what might have been, consisting as it did of five stage wins and four second places in nine stages.

    A superlative season in figures

    The final round of the year also brought the curtain down on what has been a fairy-tale season for Volkswagen. A series of records went to the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer in 2014. The twelfth of a possible 13 wins saw Volkswagen eclipse the previous record of eleven, held by Citroën. Volkswagen also equalled the record eight one-twos in a season, set by Peugeot back in 2002. And there’s more: Volkswagen also wrapped up the title in the Manufacturers’ Championship at the earliest point of the season for 25 years, as well as becoming only the second manufacturer in WRC history to provide all of the top three drivers in the Drivers’ World Championship. Only Lancia had achieved this feat before them – in 1987 and 1988. Not only were Volkswagen’s achievements impressive, but also the manner in which they were achieved: in 2014, Ogier, Latvala and Mikkelsen added a further 197 of a possible 249 stage wins to the success story of the Polo R WRC. In total, 23 podiums went to Volkswagen over the course of

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