Monthly Archives: March 2016

Volkswagen Shows Off T-Cross Breeze Concept in Geneva

T-Cross Breeze concept

The crossover segment is hot right now, and with compact crossovers gaining more and more steam thanks to their SUV-like capability and space and car-like maneuverability and fuel economy, automakers all over the world are jumping into the segment in the hopes of hitting it big. At the Geneva Motor Show last month, Volkswagen opted to join in the fun, but with an added touch of luxurious innovation — the addition of a convertible top on the brand’s T-Cross Breeze concept.

The T-Cross Breeze is meant to be both an exploratory journey into the realm of SUV and crossover design as well as a glimpse into the future of Volkswagen’s Polo vehicles. This is especially relevant when you consider the fact that the T-Cross Breeze concept sits on the same platform and underpinnings as the upcoming generation of the Volkswagen Polo. Despite the fact that the T-Cross Breeze crossover is still only a concept, Volkswagen promises the concept will soon make its way to the production line as “the first open-top SUV in its class and, at the same time, an affordable, cheeky cabriolet,” according to Volkswagen Brand Chair Herbert Diess.

Representatives for the brand say that the T-Cross Breeze crossover is the first installment in a series of vehicles that signal a new start for Volkswagen. The ‘New Volkswagen,’ in addition to venturing further into the SUV and crossover segment, will also be setting goals such as becoming the forerunner among electric vehicles and autonomous driving.

The T-Cross Breeze concept is not only a concept car, but also a fun and sporty vision of things to come for Volkswagen within the next few years. The addition of new touchscreen technology, autonomous driving features, a turbocharged engine, and eventual electric power will serve to round out VW’s lineup over the coming decades.

Volkswagen Celebrates 60th VW Bus Anniversary

VW Bus anniversary

Are there any vehicles quite as iconic in the history of the automobile industry as the Volkswagen Bulli and Transporter? The Bulli was quickly nicknamed the VW bus and claimed wide success and popularity all over the world, particularly in the 60s, the decade that followed closely on the heels of the Bulli’s 1956 debut. Now, 60 years later, Volkswagen is commemorating the VW bus anniversary by organizing a museum exhibit at the plant where the bus was originally produced.

The original date of the Bulli can be traced back to March 8, 1956, when the very first Volkswagen Bulli rolled off the production line at Volkswagen’s new (at the time) plant in Hanover. These days, the Historical Museum of Hanover is organizing an event to celebrate and remember the long legacy the famous VW bus has left behind. Incorporating everything from eyewitness accounts, real vintage Bullis, photographs, and live reenactments, the exhibit will also allow Volkswagen representatives to guide visitors through VW’s latest production processes.

The event, running from March 9th until June 26th of this year, is not only a tribute to the Volkswagen Bulli itself but also to the partnership of Volkswagen and Hanover. Volkswagen has contributed greatly to economic growth in the region, allowing thousands of people to hold down steady jobs for 60 years now. In addition, Volkswagen has also worked closely with the city of Hanover to solve transportation issues for its residents

The VW bus anniversary is also the anniversary of when Hanover won out over 230 other towns for the site of Volkswagen’s factory plant. The move proved to be a smart one for both Hanover and Volkswagen, as the growth that followed in subsequent decades was founded on a stable and lasting partnership. Plus, we got a pretty cute bus out of the deal, too.