Volkswagen announced that they will be updating their logo next year. How it will change is a mystery: the company is remaining tight-lipped. What we know so far is that the badge will look “as good on a smartphone as it does on a car”.
Volkswagen are focusing more on electric vehicles — the brand want to have an electric version of their entire fleet by 2030. We imagine that the new logo is being designed to reflect VW’s electric future. (more…)
A MINI History
The name MINI is taken from the British Motor Group’s original car, the Austin Mini and Morris Mini. They were small cars, so, in 1959, were aptly named. In 1969, ten years after their creation, the “mini” part of these two car names took over as the marque. BMW bought the Mini in 1996, when it took over Rover Group. The cars would continue to be known as Minis until, in 2003, BMW decided to capitalise. Since then, the car has been called MINI. (more…)
Regular readers of the blog know how much we like names. We’ve written previously on how our other prestige German car brands, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen and Audi, have named their fleets. We’ve also written about the history of Skoda. We are yet, however, to write about how the Czech brand, now a part of the Volkswagen Automotive Group, name their vehicles. This week, that changes, as we present to you: (more…)
Australia’s ute sales continue to break records. Last year was the second year in a row in which a ute was the most sold car in Australia. Last year, our light commercial vehicle sales grew by over 20%. Utes made up three of the top five vehicles sold, and four of the top ten. Where once utes were rough-and-tumble, workers’ vehicles, the market now exists for prestige, dual-cab utes at once suitable for a 4×4 offroad family holiday, a trip to the office or a hard day’s work on site. Volkswagen’s Amarok is a fine example of this, with sleek design, and comfortable interior, but with a robustness and readiness for rough work and offroad hauls. Since 2010, it has become a favourite of those looking for a little luxury between large loads. Mercedes-Benz is also set to break into Australia’s ute market, with the soon-to-be-released X Class. BMW are also hinting at releasing a prestige ute. This week, we take a look at the X Class, the Amarok, and BMW’s plans for a prestige ute. (more…)
Audi Goes to the Tolls
This week, Audi announced its latest addition to its vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology. E-Tag transponders for paying tolls will be built into models from the end of this year. (more…)
This week, the team at Volks Affair talk about the BMW 2002, the car that helped BMW break America. The 2002 was taken out of production in 1975, but its legacy and lineage live on today. 3- and 4-Series models have connections to the BMW 2002, the sporty 2-door coupe with the 2L engine. Although the BMW 2002 is rarely seen on Australian roads, every day our BMW mechanics are servicing or repairing a vehicle connected to this game changing coupe.