Volkswagen was the world’s second largest automaker in 2013, beating General Motors but falling short of Toyota.
The dominance-seeking German carmaker has the ambitious goal of becoming the world’s number one automaker by 2018. Last year, it delivered 9.73 million cars and trucks in 2013, topping GM’s 9.71 million sales but lagging perennial top dog Toyota’s recorded 9.98 million sales.
Contrary to earlier estimates, these figures place Toyota on top of the global sales race yet again, Volkswagen at the number two spot and GM (2012’s second largest automaker) in third.
There is some controversy, however: VW’s total included sales from its heavy-duty MAN SE and Scania AB truck divisions, while GM only counted sales of its light-duty cars and trucks. The results may have been different had the two automakers used the same measuring stick.
To become the world’s largest, VW is betting a lot on the United States, where it wants to double its annual sales to 800,000 units. To bolster its lineup, the company has confirmed the launch of a large, seven-seat crossover by 2016.
New Hyundai Venue Is Hyundai’s Smallest, Cheapest SUV
Hyundai’s SUV and crossover family welcomes their smallest and most affordable member.
The all-new, 2020 Hyundai Venue is a new entry-level SUV for the masses. Designed to appeal to millennials, it is the smallest and most affordable utility vehicle offered by Hyundai.
The Venue is actually five-inches shorter than the Kona, but a taller, more upright profile makes it appear bigger and even more substantial.
Exterior design is in line with Hyundai’s latest SUV design language, with highlights including the brand’s cascading grille and squarish headlights placed below razor-thin daytime running lights and turn signals.
Inside, the 2020 Venue gets an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and rearview monitor. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant connectivity are also available.
Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) automatic, delivering fuel economy of up to 33 mpg combined.
Despite its small size, the crossover can be had with many of Hyundai’s latest safety technologies including forward collision assist, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic warning, driver attention warning, and blind-spot detection.
The Hyundai Venue appears to have the substance to go with its spunk. Sales begin in the forth quarter of 2019.
New, 2020 Lincoln Corsair Luxury SUV Is A Baby Aviator
Lincoln has unveiled the all-new, 2020 Lincoln Corsair, the replacement for the MKC.
As the company’s contender in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment, the Corsair is a lot more stylish and sophisticated than the MKC, borrowing many styling cues from the new Nautilus, Aviator, and Navigator. I fact, I would go as far as to call it a baby Aviator.
The Corsair has an attractive exterior, but it’s the interior that makes the biggest statement. It comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi across all trims and phone-as-key technology that allows owners to keep their key at home and use their smartphone instead, while an optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and wireless charging adds more functionality. Exotic leather colors and shapely wooden inserts lend greatly to its classy atmosphere.
The options list also includes 24-way adjustable seats with massage and ambient lighting, a massive panoramic glass roof, and 14-speaker Revel audio system
At launch, the new Corsair will give buyers two engine options. There is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque and an optional, slightly more powerful 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 280 hp and 310 lb-ft. A plug-in hybrid model will join the lineup later on.
All Corsair models get Lincoln’s basic suite of safety features, which includes automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist. Adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, reverse brake assist, and automatic park assist are optional.
Sales of the new, 2020 Lincoln Corsair begin in fall 2019. Did Lincoln do a good job?
VW I.D. Roomzz Concept Previews An Electric Three-Row SUV
The latest concept in Volkswagen’s I.D. family is a people-hauler first and foremost.
Volkswagen is cooking up a flagship electric SUV, and the VW I.D. Roomzz Concept is an indication of what’s to come.
Based on a stretched version of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform that underpins the I.D. Crozz concept, the Roomzz is a full-size SUV with three-rows of seating for up to eight occupants. More than that, the seats can be reconfigured to deliver a lounge-like experience.
Other interior highlights include a digital, glass-front panel, and massive screens for the instrument cluster and dashboard infotainment.
Level 4 autonomous capabilities means the I.D. Roomzz can drive itself in certain areas and under certain conditions without an active driver. Power is provided by two electric motors, one on each axle to provide all-wheel drive capability, energized by a 82-kWh battery.
The electric drivetrain generates a total of 302 horsepower, can accelerate the SUV from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds on route to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h), and provides a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km) on Europe’s WLTP cycle, or 475 km (295 mi) under NEFZ in China.
The production version of the Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz concept is slated to debut sometime in 2020, around the same time as the production versions of the I.D. Crozz and I.D. hatchback. The Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz and I.D. Vizzion sedan will follow suit in 2022.