New name for creators of hot VWs
17 March 2010

Volkswagen is set to launch a new specialist department to cater for its hot models.

Volkswagen R GmbH has been created to take over from Volkswagen Individual, and will continue with the development, implementations and sales of Volkswagens hotter models.

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The current R portfolio already includes the Scirocco and Golf Rs, as well as the R line design packages.

Ulrich Riestenpatt gt. Richter, general manager of Volkswagen R GmbH, said: "Our vehicles contribute to the emotionalisation and growth of Volkswagen brand."

The new operation, based just outside Wolfsburg, employs over 300 staff.

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17 March 2010

Please excuse my ignorance, but what does the R stand for?

Where has all Japanese design went to?


17 March 2010

[quote Zeddy]Please excuse my ignorance, but what does the R stand for?

The R stands for Racing I am told.

17 March 2010

So it's official now rather than most car enthusiasts thinking they already had and R division. A bit like Ford announcing they are going to create an ST division after many years of putting ST on the back of sprightly models.


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