Porsche, Volkswagen, and Audi at the LA Auto Show 2014

The Volkswagen Group (VAG) at the LA Auto Show 2014 announcing several newsworthy VW, Audi and Porsche products.

This week marked the official start of the auto show season with the Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS) taking place in sunny California. Press and industry members were invited first to preview this year’s offerings, which included over two dozen national and international production and concept car debuts from major manufacturers.

The German powerhouse Volkswagen Group represented in full force announcing several new and exciting VW, Audi and Porsche products. We were on hand to bring you a look at what’s coming to a road near you.

Volkswagen

Golf R Variant:

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Michael Horn, president and CEO of VW Group of America, took the stage to talk about the importance of the Golf family, particularly the new batch of vehicles.

“The 2014 Golf is the DNA of the brand,” said Horn, adding it has helped VW regain traction in the market. Others, like Motor Trend editor-in-chief Ed Loh, think so as well — he joined Horn on stage to present the company with the 2015 Car of the Year award.

Integral to that effort is the impending release of the Golf R Variant, which was debuted to the world for the first time. For the first time in the Golf R’s history, it will take a wagon form with a 2.0-litre TSI engine making 296 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard, as is the permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.

Golf SportWagen HyMotion:

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Volkswagen was wagon-crazy at LAAS ’14 with another long four-door unveiling — the hydrogen-powered SportWagen that is “close to production.” The electric motor and transmission of this front-wheel drive car is shared with the e-Golf. The fuel cell technology allows for a driving range of 500 kilometres, and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes approximately 10 seconds.

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Benjamin Yong is a freelance writer and member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. You can find his stories on this site and in other publications including RPM Canada, Westworld BC, CAA Magazine and Darpan Magazine.