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2011 Volkswagen Jetta: First Drive
2011 Volkswagen Jetta: First Drive

  The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta will be significantly updated when it shows up at dealers in October, and VW hopes it's more in tune with what American shoppers need in a compact sedan. We drove the Jetta last week in San Francisco, and we've just filed our full review--and like many other reviewers...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 Volkswagen Jetta: First Drive Coverage

  We're done with today's first drive of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. And while the copy elves are toiling away at a full review, you can still get the basics on the new front-drive sedan coming from VW in the fall. The new Jetta, in case you haven't heard, is a thorough reworking of the current...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta infotainment system
Video: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Joins the Infotainment Era

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is joining the infotainment era, bit by bit, with a newly available system that blends navigation and entertainment features into a single touchscreen-driven system. It's not as flexible as Ford's SYNC system, or the Kia UVO setup we tested this week in the 2011 Sportage...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 4-door Auto S Wheel Cap
2011 Volkswagen Jetta: Live Photos

We're just back from our first drive of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. And before we get to the full review--how it handles, how it looks, how it feels and fulfills its mission--we have some eye candy for you. Shooting the Jetta wasn't so simple today. Leaving San Francisco in a grey shroud, I couldn't...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen: Bred To Save?

  When VW offers a "sano" Candy-White Jetta SportWagen TDI for a week-long test, should you sign up? Yes! The TDI badge means there's a 2.0-liter, 140-hp, turbocharged diesel engine under the hood. Mate that mill to a slick six-speed manual transmission, send it down the road on wide 17-inch...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
2010 Volkswagen Golf / TDI: First Drive

Follow us on Twitter: @highgearmedia @carconnection @therealma @greencarreports and join our Facebook fan page Now that you've read all about the 2010 Volkswagen GTI, we've turned our attention to the next steps down the performance ladder at VW. Don't judge just yet: with the 2010 VW Golf and Golf...Read More»

2009 BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept
Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept

It's a diesel, a hybrid, a plug-in, a three-cylinder--and a tour de force, perhaps? BMW's Vision EfficientDynamics concept has been the subject of rumor and innuendo for weeks, but with today's public debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, the intrinsically green show car proves it has the looks to...Read More»

Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model
2010 Audi A3 TDI Priced from $30,775

The 2010 Audi A3 TDI goes on sale later this year for a base price of $30,775, the automaker announced today. The diesel version of the littlest Audi you can buy may come with a not-so-small sticker price--but it's among the cleanest oil-burners yet, thanks to VW/Audi's latest iteration of...Read More»

Ford 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine, to be fitted to 2011 F-Series Super Duty pickups
Ford Unveils New, Green Power Stroke V8 Turbodiesel, For Big Pickups Only

When we asked Ford executive vice president Mark Fields about diesels last week, he said mildly, "You'll see diesels used in our truck line, especially the larger models." Lo and behold, Ford has released details on its latest, 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel. It's the first one Ford has designed...Read More»

Mark Fields
Five Questions: Ford EVP Mark Fields

Ford is in by far the best shape of the Detroit Three right now. Their sales are up compared to GM and Toyota, and their 2009 Ford Focus and 2009 Ford Escape were two of the top-selling cars bought using Cash-for-Clunkers credits. TheCarConnection.com was lucky enough to attend a Ford social event...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door
VW Declares Polo 'Safest Compact Car In The World'

Although it will be a little while yet before we know when and how the Volkswagen Polo will arrive Stateside, the safety story is already looking promising. The subcompact VW that's bound for the U.S. for 2011 has achieved a top five-star overall result in tougher new European crash tests. The...Read More»

Catfight
Chrysler Sues Daimler Over Supply Shortcomings

Having just come through a complicated series of bankruptcy proceedings, you might think Chrysler would want to take a break from courtrooms for a while. However, on August 21 the company filed suit against its former parent, Daimler AG, in U.S. bankruptcy court. According to Chrysler, Daimler has...Read More»

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Preview: 2010 Audi Q7

  •    What is it? A mild update of the big Audi sport-ute •    The basics: All-wheel drive; V-6, V-6 turbodiesel or V-8 engines; five- or seven-seater •    On sale: September 2009 •    Price: $47,725 (V-6); $51,725 (TDI); $61,825 (V-8) The 2010 Audi Q7 arrives in dealers in...Read More»

2010 mazda3 hatchback 001
Mazda Cautious On Hybrids, Diesels; Committed To Higher MPG

If you're a U.S. shopper looking for a Mazda in the next several years, it probably won't be a hybrid, an electric vehicle, or even a diesel. Instead of focusing on any one of those costly technologies in its upcoming vehicles, Mazda is planning to deliver a full range of lighter vehicles that...Read More»

diesel filling nozzle
Diesels Gain (And Lose) Some Appeal At The Pump

In case you haven't noticed, diesel and gasoline prices have now reversed their trends of the past several years. Now diesel is considerably cheaper than regular unleaded in most spots. Here on the West Coast, gasoline is averaging about $2.95 while diesel is at $2.70, according to the federal...Read More»

2009 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty
Driven: 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Bluetec

On quiet residential streets, the 2009 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty is about as far from subtle as you can get. From the front it looks like a (slightly) scaled-down semi, its hoodline almost at average eye level; and in the week we had the Ram, we actually looked down on a Suburban that was just ahead of...Read More»

Renault Twingo
Renault Helps Mercedes On New Smart, Plans Return To U.S.

No one can deny that French automaker Renault is on the move these days. In addition to its work with Nissan on electric vehicles, the company is in talks with Mercedes-Benz to develop a new model for Mercedes' Smart brand. And here in the U.S., the company is chatting with Roger Penske about...Read More»

Nielsen tracks diesel prices and online buzz
Nielsen: Diesel Prices And Diesel Hype On The Decline

Ethanol? Inefficient. Hydrogen fuel cells? Dead. (For now.) But surely everyone's still interested in diesel, right? Well, maybe not so much. The pollsters at Nielsen have been tracking America's online discussion of diesel, and they've noticed a curious trend: even as diesel prices have fallen 45%...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI
Driven: 2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI

The 2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI makes a lot more sense than the standard gasoline Touareg V-6 and V-8 models, but it's still a niche vehicle with niche appeal. That's an assessment that TheCarConnection.com couldn't quite steer around after a week and some 650 miles with the TDI. To see why...Read More»

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