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First drive: 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI in the UAE

First drive: 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI in the UAE

There have been several high-profile post-lockdown car launches that set the internet on fire. The Nissan Patrol Nismo, the Chevy Tahoe and the upcoming Ford Bronco featured prominently among them, but those were all SUVs. The only small car to “trend” is the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which shows that cars might be giving way to SUVs, but the legendary O.G. hot hatch is always going to be around.

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2021 VW Polo arrives with freshened-up design

2021 VW Polo arrives with freshened-up design

Superminis are not a very happening segment in the Middle East. Yet some of them did trickle onto our soils, including the Volkswagen Polo. Though the hatchback is not sold here anymore, it gets a mid-cycle facelift in the global markets with an updated design and more technology.

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First drive: 2021 Volkswagen Teramont in the UAE

First drive: 2021 Volkswagen Teramont in the UAE

The Volkswagen Teramont didn’t make sense on the surface when it debuted a few years ago, considering the Touareg was still around. But it made perfect sense when you delved deeper into the specs sheet — compared to the 2-row Touareg, the Teramont had a third row of seating, and was actually larger and cheaper. While the latest Touareg moved even further upscale, the Teramont is holding the fort in the meat of the mid-size SUV market, going up against Ford Explorers and Nissan Pathfinders. And it has just received a nip-and-tuck for the 2021 model year.

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2022 VW Taos is the smallest crossover from the brand

2022 VW Taos is the smallest crossover from the brand

A year and a half ago, the standard VW Golf went the way of the dodo in many markets, leaving behind only the hot GTI and R models. Now to fill in that gap, VW has brought in the 2022 Volkswagen Taos — a crossover that, according to VW, has “a lot of overlap in the use case” with the Golf. The Taos will slot in below the current entry-level Taigun in VW’s crossover lineup in some markets.

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First drive: 2020 Volkswagen Passat in the UAE

First drive: 2020 Volkswagen Passat in the UAE

Hard to believe that it’s been 8 years since the Volkswagen Passat’s last full redesign in 2012. That was the year when the European Passat and the American Passat diverged into two distinct cars, as the latter became a larger car with class-leading space for a midsize sedan, but also less sophisticated in terms of execution and features. The GCC market gets the American one. And it’s now on its second facelift, the first one being back in 2016.

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2021 VW Arteon expands range with Shooting Brake and R

2021 VW Arteon expands range with Shooting Brake and R

The VW Arteon started life as “a stylish Passat,” even badged as the Passat CC initially, then dropping the Passat to become the VW CC before finally getting its own name. For the new year, 2021 VW Arteon gets minor changes, a new body style as well as oodles of performance, in the form of 2021 VW Arteon R. The irony is that the Arteon has been dropped from the Middle East line-up already due to slow sales and overpricing, but let’s not dwell on that.

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