2007

Trio Of Volkswagen Special Editions Hit U.S. Dealerships
Trio Of Volkswagen Special Editions Hit U.S. Dealerships

As Volkswagen continues its warpath toward the top of the industry's sales charts, it has announced several special-edition models to help drive customers into dealerships and offer something outside the ordinary. Today, the company announced three of those special editions are now available for...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen New Compact Coupe Concept (2011 Volkswagen Jetta Coupe)
More Volkswagen Hybrids On The Way, Jetta May Be Next

Volkswagen has just taken the wraps off its new 2011 Touareg SUV, which in hybrid form delivers a V-8 like 375 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque from its V-6/electric motor combination and a relatively frugal fuel economy (European combined) of 29 mpg. However, this is just the tip of the...Read More»

2007 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sport Wagon 328i RWD Front Exterior View
BMW Extends Free Maintenance On Certified Pre-Owned Cars

BMW has announced a limited-time offer, running from February 2 through March 31, to extend the no-cost maintenance coverage on some U.S. Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) cars by an additional two years or 50,000 miles. With this offer, buyers would be covered by warranty for six years or 100,000 miles...Read More»

2007 Honda Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RT Side Exterior View
Honda to Recall 76,000 Ridgelines

Add Honda to the list of manufacturers that has issued a recall this month. The company has issued a recall for 76,000 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks. The recall, which affects 2006-2007 models, is related to an issue with a wire harness connector. Failure of this wire harness connector could cause...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen New Compact Coupe Concept (2011 Volkswagen Jetta Coupe)
2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Coupe

Volkswagen unveiled a sleek New Compact Coupe concept, with a 45-mpg hybrid powertrain and an off-white leather interior with bucket seats for four. According to Volkswagen, “the New Compact Coupe (NCC) shows, both technically and visually, how Volkswagen envisions a front-wheel-drive hybrid...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
2010 Jetta SportWagon Diesel: VW Has Put Sport Into Wagon

I dont like station wagons, but the new VW SportWagen is a fun one to drive. I really enjoyed the last Jetta I drove (an 08 Jetta SE), so I was looking forward to testing the 2010 Jetta wagon. I test drove the new SportWagon TDI, which is the turbo diesel version. This is the way Europe drives...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
VW'S Show Girl: Hallie Morrissy

  On Wisconsin: The Volks Woman If youve wondered who put together the classy, modernist VW exhibit at the 2009 Greater Milwaukee Auto Show, one answer is VWoAs marketing and auto show specialist Hallie Morrissey. A Green Bay native, Hallie is a University of Wisconsin graduate who studied...Read More»

2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible 2-door Convertible GLS Manual Grille
VW Planning Diesel Beetle And Electric Up! Minicar For U.S.

At last week’s 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show Volkswagen unveiled special Final Edition versions of its New Beetle Coupe and Convertible, signalling that the current model’s run is set to come to an end. That's because Volkswagen’s New Beetle (pictured), which has been on sale since...Read More»

2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Sedan Luxury 3.5L RWD Angular Rear Exterior View
Super Cadillac - One Wild Wagon

Rumor has it that Chrysler will soon be adding a Super Cadillac to its lineup.  The tremendous popularity of the Cadillac CTS Sedan has led Chrysler to develop the ultra powerful CTS-V Sedan and introduce the CTS Sport Wagon. When GM vice chairman, Bob Lutz announced that Cadillac will build a ...Read More»

Third-gen Toyota Prius test drive
Toyota Floor Mat Safety Recall: My Prius Goes On Notice

You're well aware that Toyota is recalling the 2004-2009 Prius--among a list of vehicles--for an issue with floor mats. Here at High Gear Media, we have at least two vehicles affected by the recall, both 2004 Toyota Prius hatchbacks, both even the same shade of blue. One of them's mine, and in the...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Toyota: Floor Mats To Blame In Stuck-Accelerator Issue

Toyota says there's no evidence that the automaker's Toyota or Lexus vehicles have an unintended-acceleration issue. But improperly installed or wrong-size floor mats can interfere with the accelerator pedal and cause it to stick, the automaker admits. Today Toyota started to mail letters to...Read More»

2007 Dodge Caravan 4-door Wagon SE *Ltd Avail* Angular Front Exterior View
Ten Worst Car Features of All Time

This is not really an "all times" list as I can't be sure what gizmos might have been around many years ago in the dawn of the auto, but let's say these were noteworthy in the last several decades. This is sort of personal. I am sure that some of these things have or had their fans, after all they...Read More»

2007 Ford Freestar 4-door SE *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View
Car Insurance Tips When Buying a Minivan

If you're buying a minivan, chances are you're purchasing a vehicle for the entire family. It can also mean that you need a vehicle that can seat large groups comfortably. Whether youre a family, a shuttle or a church organization, you will be transporting more than a handful of people, which means...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen New Beetle
Volkswagen’s New Beetle Replacement Coming In 2012

Volkswagen’s New Beetle has been on the market for a little over ten years and has enjoyed relatively strong sales despite the lack of significant changes during its life. More than one million New Beetles have been built at Volkswagen’s Puebla plant in Mexico and it looks like...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
High-Mileage Clean Diesels Get Big Clunker Incentives

Lots of carmakers are offering "Cash for Clunkers"-related deals--including Chrysler, which is simply giving buyers $4,500 back for any of its cars, regardless of tradein, and Hyundai, which even jumped the gun on the feds. Now, makers of new clean diesel models are jumping on the clunker caravan...Read More»

2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta: More American, More Affordable?

TheCarConnection.com has already previewed a Euro-spec Golf VI and gushed over its features and interior details. But don't get your hopes too high expecting that the decidedly upscale feel or top-tech powertrains will arrive to the U.S. in the most affordable version of the next-generation, 2011...Read More»

VW Logo
Volkswagen Invests South Of The Border

Volkswagen has set a lofty goal of tripling VW and Audi sales in the U.S. by calendar year 2018. To help meet that objective, the company began construction of a new factory facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee in May. Now comes word that the company is also investing a whopping $1 billion to expand...Read More»

T. Boone Pickens with President Barack Obama
T. Boone Pickens Pushes Natural Gas Boom

Oil baron-turned-clean tech tycoon T. Boone Pickens has been spending lots of time in D.C. these days, pushing for a variety of changes in U.S. energy policy. Yesterday he proved successful on one of those initiatives when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), joined Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT)...Read More»

Mugen Honda Civic Type-R Euro Spec
Across The Pond: Mugen Releases 237HP Honda Civic Type-R

  The Honda Civic sold in Europe is a very different beast to the mundane version sold here in the United States, and in some guises is even pitched as a performance model. The car is aggressively styled and comes with a space-age look that really makes it stand out from the crowd. Hot-hatch fans...Read More»

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