Volkswagen launches three-year fixed price insurance plan

Volkswagen launches fixed price insurance

A new fixed-price insurance scheme is available to drivers of passenger-carrying Volkswagen commercial vehicles.

Research shows that 40 percent of owners switch insurance provider every year because loyalty isn’t rewarded. This costs the nation an estimated £4.1bn in excess premiums, says the Financial Conduct Authority and Competitions and Market Authority.

Volkswagen’s fixed-price insurance offer is available on new and used passenger-carrying vehicles. This includes the Caddy Life, Caddy Maxi Life, Shuttle, Caravelle, California and Grand California.

The fixed-price scheme secures the renewal price for two cycles, meaning it remains the same for the duration of the contract. The price will only go up or down if your circumstances change.

Not that the customer is locked into a three-year deal. Customers are free to cancel or switch, as they would with any other insurance policy. Any repairs as part of a claim are carried out using Volkswagen genuine parts.

‘Hassle, worry and stress-free’

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Tom Macintyre, brand manager for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Financial Services, said: “We are responding directly to customer feedback with this insurance offer, which rewards loyalty. We believe owning a vehicle – whether it’s a Caravelle, Caddy Life or California – should be hassle, worry, and stress-free and allowing our customers to secure a fixed price on their annual insurance for three years offers exactly that.”

Audi launched a similar scheme in December. Policies are available for new and used cars, with Audi making similar claims about saving customers from shopping around for renewal deals.

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Pocket rocket: The Volkswagen VW Up GTI is back!

VW Up GTI 2020

After a short time off-sale, the Volkswagen Up GTI is available to buy once again in the UK. Not wishing to mess with a fan favourite, Volkswagen has changed very little on its entry-level hot hatch. The most obvious difference is the new VW badge on its snout.

The peppy 115hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine and six-speed manual gearbox remain, which means 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds.

Three and five-door variants of the GTI are available, although the former is now exclusive to the GTI and the entry-level Up. Most of the range remains the same. 

VW Up GTI 2020

“The Up GTI is the perfect example of Volkswagen catering for enthusiasts and regular car buyers alike – the GTI has attracted numerous fans thanks to its unique blend of everyday practicality and usable performance,” said Lisa Hartley, Up product manager at Volkswagen UK.

“Simplicity is the word for the Up, with a rationalised specification range, and streamlined engine line-up reflecting its versatility. The addition of new technologies sees the Up range continuing to set the standard for the city car class.”

Volkswagen e-Up

New to the range is the electric e-Up, which enjoys a useful increase in range to 162 miles.

Also new is the sporty-looking R-Line specification, with big 17-inch ‘Polygon’ wheels. A black painted roof and door mirrors also add aggression. Plush though the R-Line is, we’d still take a GTI. 

Volkswagen Up prices, fuel economy and CO2

ModelCO2 (g/km, WLTP)Fuel economy (mpg, WLTP combined)Price (RRP OTR)
Up 3dr12451.4£12,440
Up 5dr12551.4£12,840
Black/White Edition (5dr)12750.4£13,125
Beats (5dr)12551.4£13,490
GTI 3dr12053.3£15,895
GTI 5dr12153.3£16,295

Strike action could delay Volkswagen Group cars

Volkswagen Polo

Strike action could mean delays to deliveries of Volkswagen Group cars in the opening months of 2020. Two months of strike action are expected at Sheerness docks in Kent, ending in mid-March.

Drivers from logistics firm GB Terminals Ltd will be hanging up their keys over pay, reports the Unite union.

With the recent WLTP regulation changes, plus worries over Brexit, extra issues with the movement of cars into the UK are the last thing Volkswagen will have wanted.

When will the strike be happening?

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Over the course of the next two months, a series of strikes is scheduled. In January, 24-hour strikes are expected on the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. There are also two strikes planned in February, on the 7th and 14th.

Two 48-hour strikes are planned on Feb 20th and 27th. A final four-day strike is due to commence on March 9th.

If you have an order from Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda or Seat due in the coming months, we recommend you press your dealer for updates.

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“These strikes will cause serious disruption to Volkswagen Group vehicle deliveries to dealerships across the UK, including new plate models set for release in March,” said Unite regional officer, Philip Silkstone.

The Unite members cast an 84 percent vote in favour of strikes in response to GB Terminals shutting down pay talks. 

“The responsibility for this situation lies solely with GB Terminals who will have to explain why its actions have led to disruption and losses for Volkswagen,” Silkstone continued.

“The drivers are simply asking for a pay rise in-line with inflation and do not want to go on strike. It would be in the interests of everyone involved if strike action is avoided. For that to happen GB Terminals needs to come back with a pay offer our members can accept.”

Volkswagen ‘confident’

In a statement, Volkswagen UK said: “We are aware of an ongoing dispute between the Unite Union and the local operator GBA and, as a matter of principle, we support efforts towards a constructive resolution.

“With adequate stocks in the country and an efficient logistics operation, we remain confident that we will maintain an adequate supply of cars and vans to our retailers through 2020, including Q1.”

The firm added Volkswagen Group imports vehicles to the UK through a number of ports, not just Sheerness. 

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 review: power to the people

VW Golf GTI Mk1

In 1975, Hungarian inventor Erno Rubik patented a new type of puzzle. Within three years of reaching the shops, his Rubik’s Cube had sold 200 million. At the same time, another surprise success was brewing in Germany. A team of Volkswagen engineers had been working weekends on an unofficial project called ‘Sport Golf’. After some arm-twisting, managers sanctioned a run of 5,000 cars to homologate the Golf for racing. But the new model – swiftly renamed Golf GTI – was such a hit with press and public alike, production was immediately ramped up from 50 to 500 cars a day. One of motoring’s few true icons had arrived.

The Rubik’s Cube and the Golf GTI are both simple concepts. The Cube is three layers of coloured plastic, yet it has 42 quintillion possible permutations. The GTI was merely a Golf with a 110hp 1.6-litre engine from the Audi 80 GTE, stiffer suspension, cosmetic tweaks and (slightly) better brakes. Yet it was brilliant to drive, without sacrificing practicality or reliability. It captured the zeitgeist and defined a wholly new type of car: the hot hatchback.

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Today, that basic formula has hardly changed. The seventh generation Golf GTI has just been phased out (soon to be replaced by the Mk8, while the original has graduated to bona fide classic status. The car pictured here, owned by GTI enthusiast James Bullen, won the ‘Made in Germany’ class at the prestigious London Concours last summer, seeing off a BMW M1, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 and Porsche 930 Turbo LE. Exalted company indeed.

VW Golf GTI Mk1

This isn’t just any Mk1 GTI, though. One of 1,000 Campaign editions built to round-off production of Das Original, it boasts a punchier 112hp 1.8 engine, 14-inch Pirelli ‘P-slot’ alloys (with Pirelli tyres), a twin-headlamp grille, green-tinted glass and a leather steering wheel. It’s also in breathtaking, better-than-new condition. The first owner paid £6,949 in 1983, but a GTI of this calibre could cost £30,000 now. To think I once bought one for £800…

Those memories of my much-loved Mk1 soon come flooding back. Giugiaro’s ‘folded paper’ styling still looks fresh, while that red go-faster stripe – endlessly imitated – hints at excitement to come. Inside, it’s less evocative: upright, functional and slightly austere. Still, a dimpled golf-ball gear knob lightens the mood, and there’s no faulting the textbook Teutonic build quality. The unassisted steering feels heavy and the Golf’s five-speed ’box is obstinate when cold, but it immediately feels peppy and well-suited to city streets. At 3,725mm long and 1,625 wide, it’s actually smaller than a current VW Polo.

VW Golf GTI Mk1

On open roads, the featherweight 840kg Mk1 is plenty fast enough to be fun. Its fuel-injected engine punches confidently out of corners, revving beyond 6,000rpm with real verve, while a fluid, forgiving chassis helps you maintain momentum, despite the modest grip. Push hard and you can lift an inside rear wheel, or even provoke a slide, yet it never feels edgy or unpredictable like the equally iconic Peugeot 205 GTI. Then as now, Volkswagen has always played it safe.

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As for the brakes – the Achilles’ heel of right-hand-drive Mk1s, due to a convoluted cross-linkage – they’re actually better than I remembered. Then again, my Golf GTI was hardly perfectly preserved like this one, and I too am erring on the side of caution. Much as I’ve relished driving James’s pride and joy, I’m quietly glad to hand it back unscathed.

Price: £8,000+

0-62mph: 8.2sec

Top speed: 114mph

Horsepower: 112

MPG combined: 36.7

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1: in pictures

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Volkswagen will build one million EVs a year by 2023

Volkswagen electric car production

Volkswagen has increased its target for electric car output over the next decade. It wants to reach the one-million-per-year production milestone as soon as 2023, and to build 1.5 million EVs a year by 2025.

VW had previously predicted that the one million mark would arrive in 2025. The marque wants to become the world leader in EVs over the next couple of years. Its first major play in 2020 will be the introduction of the ID.3, with a range of ID. electric cars to follow.

A total of 15,000 ID.3s were ordered within a week when the car was announced in May 2019. Shortly after its full reveal at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, orders exceeded 33,000.

To date, Volkswagen has sold more than 250,000 electrified vehicles (including hybrids). The 250,000th – an e-Golf – was delivered in mid-December 2019. The e-Golf, a precursor to the ID.3, makes up 104,000 of those sales.

Volkswagen electric car production

“2020 will be a key year for the transformation of Volkswagen. With the market launch of the ID.3 and other attractive models in the ID. family, our electric offensive will also become visible on the roads”, said Thomas Ulbrich, the member of the Volkswagen board responsible for e-mobility.

“Our new overall plan for 1.5 million electric cars in 2025 shows that people want climate-friendly individual mobility – and we are making it affordable for millions of people.”

Across the group, Volkswagen is investing nearly £30 billion over the next four years. The Volkswagen brand alone is putting £9.3 billion into e-mobility.

Electric charge: not just VolkswagensVolkswagen electric car production

It’s not all about Volkswagen-badged cars, either. An unprecedented move by the marque is the distribution of its MEB electric architecture to rival manufacturers.

Ford will be using MEB – which underpins the ID.3 and subsequent Volkswagen EVs – for a new model from 2023. The Ford riding on the Volkswagen platform is expected to sell 600,000 units by 2023.

VW also wants its influence on the electric car market to extend beyond cars themselves. To that end, it is developing a charging infrastructure. Its startup subsidiary, Elli, has 10,000 power customers already. It aims to have 36,000 charging stations across Europe by 2025.

Fur sale: You could own ‘Furbie’ the furry Volkswagen Beetle

Furbie Beetle

If your dream car is a classic Volkswagen Beetle covered in fur, then today might be your lucky day. Just such an abom… er, car, is up for sale in Leicester in the UK.

The Beetle is a 1.6 from 1978, and has covered just 15,000 miles. Of course, like us, you might be wondering why. If, also like me, you’re a child of the 90s, the word ‘Furbie’ might bring up some trauma that explains why this exists.

It’s a tribute to the cuddly little critters that were a craze in the early 2000s. Of course, Furbie is a play on Herbie, another much more famous Volkswagen Beetle.

Furbie Beetle

It’s actually impressive, just how much of the car is covered in fur. All of the bodywork, the entirety of the cabin, and even the wheels, is laced with fur.

Happily, some real life cuddly critter isn’t going without warmth so this Beetle can be lavishly upholstered. There is a sign that reads “No animals were hurt in the making of this vehicle”.

It’s unknown whether the ears are in fact aerodynamic aids to give the Beetle downforce. If you look closely you’ll note whiskers up front, and at the back, massive quad exhausts that look to be stolen from a Ferrari 250 Short Wheel Base.

Oh, and a large clockwork key. 

Furbie Beetle

The current owner says that it’s “guaranteed to put a smile on everyones’ face”. They also say Furbie is “a real head-turner” – no arguments here – that “gets attention wherever she goes” – so it’s a girl?

If you hadn’t twigged, we’re not sure about this Beetle, to say the least. It is low miles, though, and as the owner points out, it’s a ‘historic’ vehicle, so is road tax exempt. Every cloud, and all that.

Happily, it won’t cost you the earth. One of the weirdest custom cars we’ve ever seen is available for £4,900 ($6,500), from Euronet Leasing. Interestingly, that’s around what you could expect to fetch if you have an original good-condition Furbie toy to sell. What a world.

Why is Volkswagen towing a giant Christmas bauble around the UK?

Volkswagen Amarok Next Christmas bauble

Volkswagen has teamed up with high-street clothes chain Next for a Christmas PR stunt. An Amarok pick-up will tow a giant bauble around the UK. 

This Santa’s sleigh of sorts has a payload of Next Christmas jumpers. Pop-up shops are being established throughout the country in aid of the Save The Children charity.

The Volkswagen‘s journey starts in Edinburgh and finishes in London, with stops along the way including Manchester and Milton Keynes.

Volkswagen Amarok Next Christmas bauble

When reindeer are otherwise unavailable, the Amarok makes for a decent stand-in. It’s able to tow 3,100kg: the equivalent of 18 reindeer. 

As for that bauble, if you think it looks a bit like a Smart ForTwo, you’re not wrong. The Amarok, not to be out-Christmassed, is resplendent in red, with a stars-and-baubles livery.

#ForEveryKingOfChristmas is hashtagged across the side, along with a message to ‘Follow the Bauble car’. 

Volkswagen Amarok Next Christmas bauble

“We are very proud to see the award-winning Amarok spread some Christmas joy over the holidays and participate in this special seasonal tour,” said Sarah Cox, head of marketing at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

“The Amarok is the perfect fit for this partnership with Next and we are happy to be powering the festivities up and down the nation, all for an excellent cause.”

2020 Volkswagen Golf review: the benchmark is back

2020 Volkswagen Golf

Back in September, Volkswagen revealed its ID.3 electric car. The Beetle, we were told, was ID.1 – the original ‘people’s car’ and beating heart of the brand – while the subsequent Golf was ID.2. Now, as a new Golf is launched to the world, there’s a sense it’s already yesterday’s hero.

So it felt until I spent an hour with some VW engineers, at least. These guys, whose specialist subjects ranged from engines to autonomous driving tech, still take the Golf very seriously. And rightly so: since 1974, more than 35 million have been sold. Somebody, somewhere, buys a new Golf every 40 seconds.

The ID range and its ‘new, dynamic era in the world of e-mobility’ may be coming, but the Golf hasn’t stood still. Indeed, this is the most radical, forward-thinking version of Das Auto yet. Not that you realise it at first…

The Golf club2020 Volkswagen Golf

Arriving in Portugal, I see the Mk8 Golf lined up alongside all seven previous generations. It looks a chip off the old block. Details have changed, such as the swoopy LED headlights and spot-the-difference VW logo, but the confident creases, kinked C-pillar and hewn-from-solid silhouette are instantly familiar.

In fact, the Golf uses the same ‘MQB’ platform as the outgoing model, so its wheelbase is identical. Overall, it’s a modest 29mm longer, 10mm wider and 4mm taller. Interior space is claimed to be ‘practically unchanged’.

Like most mid-size hatchbacks, the Golf is now five-door only – the three-door had dwindled to just five percent of sales. An estate version arrives in 2020, but the MPV-shaped Golf SV won’t be replaced. The arrival of the genre-busting T-Roc Cabriolet makes a drop-top look unlikely, too.

So far, so uneventful. Still, you can hardly blame design boss Klaus Bischoff for playing safe with a best-seller. He describes the Golf “an indicator of the present” that helps “millions of people [with] feeling at home”. One can only assume his interior design team missed the memo.

Crazy Golf2020 Volkswagen Golf

Inside, the new Golf has more in common with the ID.3 than its Mk7 predecessor. Volkswagen calls it a ‘digitalised workplace’ – and while it’s brimful of showroom appeal, learning your way around does initially feel like work.

Front-and-centre is the new Innovision digital dashboard, which has few physical buttons. A 10-inch central screen is standard in the UK (other countries get an 8.25-inch version), flanked by touch-sensitive sliders for heating/cooling and audio volume. The process is rather like swiping the screen of a smartphone.

You can also use gesture control for some functions, such as waving your hand to move between menus. Plus there’s voice control with integrated Amazon Alexa: say “Hello Volkswagen” to call up a song from your playlist, turn up the heating or find a nearby petrol station.

Ambient lighting is another feature that has filtered down from loftier cars. Pick from 32 colours or choose one of five ‘moods’: Infinity, Eternity, Euphoria, Vitality and Desire. Don’t choose the latter for a first date.

Putters and drivers2020 Volkswagen Golf

If all this sounds like the result of too many macchiatos at a marketing meeting, be reassured to know the Golf’s engines are steadfastly sensible. At least until the full suite of performance models – GTI, GTI TCR, GTD, GTE and R – arrive later in 2020.

The line-up at launch comprises 1.5 TSI four-cylinder petrol (130hp or 150hp) and 2.0 TDI diesel (115hp or 150hp), with the 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder petrol (90hp or 110hp) following soon afterwards. A 48v eTSI mild-hybrid system, which recuperates braking energy to save fuel, is available on 100hp, 130hp and 150hp petrol engines, but only with the seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Your other choice is a six-speed manual.

Details of the sportier versions are scarce, but we know the GTE plug-in hybrid will develop 245hp, a sizeable leap from 204hp in the Mk7. There won’t be a fully electric Mk8, as that box is ticked by the ID.3. However, Volkswagen has given the existing e-Golf a stay of execution until its new EV fully commences production.

As for trim levels, the structure now mirrors the German market, starting with ‘Golf’, then rising via Life and Style to top-spec R-Line. At the time of writing, UK equipment levels and prices had yet to be confirmed.

Time to tee off2020 Volkswagen Golf

My first instinct is to jump into the flawless Mk1 Golf and screech away in a cloud of hydrocarbons. However, I have a job to do, and the Mk8 awaits. Besides, it’s December and the new car has a proper heater. Heated steering wheel and seats, too.

I start in a 1.5 TSI petrol in Life trim with a manual ’box, predicted to be the best-selling version in the UK. As for the vivid Lime Yellow paint, that will be less common. More’s the pity.

As ever, the Golf feels impeccably well assembled – insert cliché about Germanic build quality here – although there are some plastics that wouldn’t pass muster in, say, a Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The unlined glovebox, which causes loose items to rattle around, also smacks of penny-pinching.

The firmly padded seats, with an optional massage function, are very comfortable, and finding a good driving position is easy. The digital dials are also clear, augmented in some models by a head-up display (which projects essential driving data, such as your speed, onto the windscreen). Peering out over the plunging bonnet, I ease out the light clutch and I’m away.

Fore to the floor2020 Volkswagen Golf

The turbocharged 1.5-litre engine is no ball of fire, but it revs eagerly and propels the Golf to 62mph in 8.5 seconds and 139mph flat-out. Its Mk7 equivalent managed fuel economy of 54.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 116g/km, so expect similar figures when the Mk8 undergoes official WLTP tests soon.

Where the TSI motor really impresses is refinement; it’s turbine-smooth, isolated to the point of being almost inaudible around town. At speed, this only serves to amplify wind roar from the chunky door mirrors, although the Golf remains an able and long-legged cruiser. Countless development miles on Germany’s autobahns have clearly paid off.

The manual gearbox feels well-oiled and easy to operate. It’s likely to be around £1,400 cheaper than the DSG auto upfront, and require less maintenance longer-term. However, that’s only a concern if you keep the car beyond its three-year UK warranty (also the usual term of a PCP finance deal).

Par for the course2020 Volkswagen Golf

The VW’s chassis is also geared towards easygoing comfort. Its steering, light and accurate, filters out the fingertip feedback some drivers will crave in favour of calm control. Its suspension also strikes a good balance between absorbing bumps and resisting roll.

On a series of mountain switchbacks near Porto, the car was genuine fun: its well-weighted controls and unruffled composure helping me chase down locals in careworn Renault Clios, many of whom treated the road like a rally stage.

There are some caveats, though. All the launch cars had multi-link rear suspension, while cheaper models make do with a simpler torsion beam (also true for the Focus). P;us all were fitted with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), which includes continuously variable dampers and four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual.

Switching to Sport isn’t transformative, but it does add extra heft to the steering and more zing to the throttle response. Granted, the Golf isn’t as lively or engaging as a Ford Focus, but wasn’t it ever thus? The essential rightness of the recipe bodes well for the GTI and R.

Into the rough2020 Volkswagen Golf

I then swap into a 150hp diesel with an automatic transmission, also in Lime Yellow. This 2.0-litre TDI offers markedly more torque – 266lb ft at 1,750rpm, versus 184lb ft at 1,500rpm in the 150hp petrol – which is immediately apparent on the road. The instant oomph, combined with seamless shifts from the DSG ’box, make for a compelling combination.

Preferable to the petrol? Well, the TDI is certainly more vocal, although its subtle snarl is a world away from clattering diesels of old. Inevitably, it will also be more expensive to buy – probably by around £1,200 if Mk7 prices are an accurate guide.

Nonetheless, for all the bad press about diesel (much of Volkswagen’s own making, of course), it’s certainly no poor relation. The 0.3 seconds it gives away from zero to 62mph is amply compensated for by mid-range muscle. Plus, what’s not to like about more miles per gallon?

Help or handicap?2020 Volkswagen Golf

As for the Innovision cockpit, I’m not fully convinced. One thing I’ve always loved about the Golf – and I speak as a serial owner, with Mk1, Mk2, Mk4 and Mk5 models under my belt – is its no-nonsense approach to ergonomics. For its core audience, middle-aged and middle-class, the minimalist design and deference to touch controls may not be perceived as progress.

The slider for audio volume is a case in point. I found it only worked with a firm push, and I’d end up checking the screen for confirmation – thus taking my eyes off the road. Admittedly, there is a volume switch on the steering wheel, but that’s missing the point: technology should make things simpler. The same goes for the voice controls, which were hit-and-miss at best.

Perhaps I’m just old-fashioned. There is also much useful tech here. The optional matrix LED headlights, for example, are fantastic, actively dimming sections of the high beam so you don’t dazzle oncoming traffic. The new Car2X wi-fi function is clever, too; it allows the car to communicate directly with others nearby (only other Golfs at present, but the EU-standard tech is being trialled by other brands) in order to warn drivers of approaching hazards.

Hole-in-one2020 Volkswagen Golf

Brands within the Volkswagen Group seem to be steadily moving upmarket. Thus Skoda becomes more like VW, while VW edges closer to Audi. Where Bugatti goes next is anyone’s guess.

Prise those redesigned roundels off the Golf and it could easily be an Audi A3. Its interior has the requisite wow-factor and the technology sets new standards for a ‘mainstream’ hatchback. Build quality and refinement also measure up to premium rivals. Let’s just hope the Golf’s price doesn’t.

Much has changed, then, but the Golf still feels like the benchmark in its class. Its broad appeal and breadth of abilities make it the default ‘people’s car’ – for 45 years and counting. Don’t write this Volkswagen out of history yet.

2020 Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI: specification2020 Volkswagen Golf

Price: TBC
Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol
Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power: 130hp at 5,000rpm
Torque: 184lb ft at 1,500rpm
0-62mph: 8.5 seconds
Top speed: 139mph
Fuel economy: TBC
Length/width/height: 4,284/1,789/1,456mm
Boot size: 380-1,237 litres
On sale: February 2020

2020 Volkswagen Golf: in pictures

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Electric car owners can charge for FREE at Tesco

Electric car owners can charge for FREE at Tesco

Last year, Volkswagen announced that it has partnered with Tesco and Pod Point to install more than 2,400 electric car charging bays.

Fast forward 12 months and shoppers will find 7 kW electric car charging points at 100 Tesco stores across the UK.

The charging points are free for shoppers – and they’re not just for Volkswagens. All electric car owners are able to use the free chargers.

Volkswagen visited Tesco in Potters Bar in the new ID.3 electric car – the first time the model has been seen in the UK since its debut in Frankfurt.

Research shows that the average Brit spends 50 minutes a week in a supermarket, although this is likely to be longer in the period leading up to Christmas.

Electric charging at Tesco

Based on the 50-minute average, Tesco shoppers could get around 22.5 miles of free charging. Over the course of a year, this works out at 1,170 miles.

Breaking down barriers

Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, said: “This fantastic partnership with Tesco and Pod Point makes choosing an electric car even more attractive, allowing people to charge for free, all while going about their daily business.

“And the best bit is that this is not just for Volkswagens – the chargers are designed for any electric car owner to take advantage of.

“We are really pleased to help break down any remaining barriers to opting for an electric car.”

Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK and ROI, added: “We’re now well on our way to achieving our ambition of installing more than 2,400 EV charging bays across 600 Tesco stores.

“Providing customers with charging points offers them a sustainable choice and giving them the opportunity to charge their car for free while they shop is another little help to make their lives easier.”

Volkswagen ID.3 at Tesco

The Volkswagen ID.3 made its debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, with the first cars set to hit the streets in 2020.

Three battery sizes are available at launch offering between 205 and 340 miles of electric range. Prices will start from £27,000, but the top-end first edition cars are available from £35,000.

In other news, our Tim Pitt is driving the new eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf today. Come back soon for his first drive thoughts and opinions.

Rock star’s classic VW Beetle for sale

Volkswagen Beetle Roger Daltrey 'The Who'

A 1977 Volkswagen Beetle is for sale with the online auction platform Collecting Cars. It’s a 1303LS Cabriolet and it’s done 80,812 miles. Does this sound a little unremarkable to you? Well, this Beetle was also a feature of The Who frontman Roger Daltrey’s garage.

His name isn’t a decades-old footnote on the V5, either. He owned it for 28 years, from new, until 2005, and put a healthy 76,000 miles on it in that time.

Volkswagen Beetle Roger Daltrey 'The Who'

The condition of the Beetle now is tip-top, having undergone a bare-metal respray in 2014. The convertible hood is in excellent condition too, having been replaced recently, matching the glossy Viper Green paint. Being a rock star’s ride, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this Beetle isn’t fully original.

Appropriately, it’s got an Alpine stereo with Bluetooth and MP3 compatibility. It’s also got a nice ‘The Who’ badge with Roger Daltrey’s signature next to it.

The 1303LS was the top-of-the-line Beetle of the time, with a 49hp 1.6-litre air-cooled flat-four. It currently sits on 15-inch factory-spec sport wheels.

Volkswagen Beetle Roger Daltrey 'The Who'

Unusual for a rock star’s ride is that it’s been quite well looked-after. Far from having done time at the bottom of a pool, this Beetle comes with a list of MOT certificates, a newspaper article featuring Mr Daltrey at the time he sold the car, as well as a signed letter to the buyer from the time.

There’s plenty of service history and other documentation, including a certificate of authenticity from Volkswagen. The current owner has had the car for five years, and has put 2,000 miles on the clock in his tropical home of Kuala Lumpur.

The current (and first) bid is £1,000, though 16 people are ‘watching’ the auction. There are seven days left, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one picks up.

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