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Driven: 2009 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Diesel
Driven: 2009 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Diesel

“We get squat.” That was the pronouncement of a journalist and car-nut friend of mine named James who I bumped into on the streets of a northern Italian town this past spring. His pronouncement came when he spied a gen-VI 4Motion Golf TDI. “We” Americans don’t get the new Golf (ne Rabbit)...Read More»

2007 Audi A1 Metrosport Concept
Audi A1 To Launch At Frankfurt

It's a busy news day in Germany: first comes word that the Porsche/VW feud is coming to an end, and now we hear that Volkswagen subsidiary, Audi, will debut a production model of its anticipated A1 minicar at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. Full production of the A1 is expected to begin in October...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 4-door DSG Komfort FWD Air Vents
AdWatch: VW Passat Keeps You Living In Denial

Are you the sort of person who coasts through life with blinders on? Who avoids unpleasantness at all costs? Who shoves all those bills in a big ol' envelope and takes a dozen people to the Ginger Man for drinks? Well, according to the TV spot above--British, of course--you're a perfect candidate...Read More»

Tesla's flagship London location in Knightsbridge
Tesla Goes Tony With New London Showroom

Tesla has officially set foot on European soil, with the opening of the company's flagship showroom in the Knightsbridge area of London. (That puts it very near Harrods and also close to the Victoria and Albert Museum, so tourists have no excuse for not stopping in.) This is great news for the...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
2009 VW Touareg BlueMotion Is No Hybrid, But It Ekes Out Extra MPG

Volkswagen has released a more efficient, eco-honed BlueMotion version of its Touareg TDI in Europe and the U.K. The new Touareg BlueMotion employs a host of efficiency improvements, including engine optimization, better aerodynamics, a more efficient alternator, and low rolling resistance tires...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Golf Plus BiFuel (Europe)
Green Envy! Volkswagen Golf Plus, BiFuel Models Kept Overseas

Volkswagen has announced that its new Golf Plus BiFuel model is now available for order…in Europe. Running on LPG (liquified petroleum gas, or propane as we call it), the Golf Plus BiFuel reduces carbon dioxide emissions by about ten percent while—in Germany, where fuel costs are much...Read More»

New Grand Bentley (Arnage Replacement)
First Look: 2011 Bentley Arnage

A replacement for the Bentley Arnage has been confirmed, and the British automaker has released this first photo detail of the new car. Bentley's offering no more details of the new vehicle, but reports earlier this week suggest the new car will be shown in Monterey this August, as the classic-car...Read More»

2007 Volvo ReCharge Concept
Volvo Piles Into Plug-In Parade With First Vehicles Due in 2012

With its divorce from parent Ford Motor Company imminent, Volvo Cars is fast relearning how to develop its own technologies. Not that it ever lost its engineering skills; many safety technologies used across the Ford portfolio were pioneered by the Swedish firm. Volvo's latest foray is an...Read More»

Opel Ampera
Magna and Opel Ready to Deal?

The purchase of Opel reads like a daytime soap opera romance - too many suitors, lots of drama, and a fair amount of threats and protests. But in the end, it looks like Magna will come away with the girl, with a tentative agreement worth $2.1 billion reached today. The deal will provide emergency...Read More»

Volkswagen Eos White Knight
The New Minimalism: Volkswagen Eos, White Knight Edition

In these sobering Economic Times, when everyone speaks of cutting back and 80s-minimal retro is hot hot hot, is it any surprise that Volkswagen would launch a grayscale version of its Eos convertible? Nein, fräulein. Based on photos alone, the Eos White Knight looks awfully nice--short and sturdy...Read More»

2010 Opel Ampera
And Then There Were Three: GM's Opel Gets Bidders

General Motors has three bidders interested in its European businesses Opel and Vauxhall. Among the bidders? Fiat Group, which is busy recrafting itself from also-ran in the European car sweepstakes to a global player that's starting to look a lot like the old General Motors. For its part, GM is...Read More»

Porsche Volkswagen Merger
Volkswagen-Porsche Merger At a Standstill

Another day, another meaningless attempt at merging between Volkswagen and Porsche, two automakers who are starting to get on our nerves with talks of a get-together and are starting to make us think maybe they deserve each other. Early this morning, Volkswagen stomped off from merger talks with...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
Lexus 1-Series: Europe-Only, Hybrid Only?

Lexus has repeatedly refused to market a model below the $30,000 price point in the U.S., effectively saying it's beneath the brand. But in Europe, where luxury knows no bounds, extending well into the compact segment, a small and somewhat less-expensive model may be a key element in becoming...Read More»

Bill Ford 2006
Who Wants Higher Gas Taxes? That's Ford. Bill Ford.

Ask most energy analysts how to cut US petroleum usage, and they'll point to Europe, where gasoline costs more than double the price in the States. For decades, European countries have taxed gasoline heavily, and the laws of economics work: Consumption per capita is much lower. Now Ford Motor Co...Read More»

Fiat's Sergio Marchionne
Fiat: The New Overlord

The rest of the auto industry may be flatlining, but Fiat is going horizontal in a very different way: horizontal integration. Yesterday the Italian automaker confirmed that in addition to the merger it's arranging with Chrysler, Fiat is also hoping to acquire GM Europe, including the Saab and Opel...Read More»

2010 Opel Ampera
Fiat, Magna Eyeing Opel

Though it's still short of bankruptcy, the parting out of General Motors' corporate structure is underway, and the latest word has Fiat and Magna emerging as rivals over a majority stake in Opel. The gang over at Motor Authority have dug up word from several German officials that shows a clear...Read More»

Bentley Continental Super Sports
Bentley Shows Continental GT Supersports In New York

Even the purveyor of the gas hog six-and-three-quarters-liter V-8 is now joining the green movement. The Bentley Continental Supersports you see here is powered by E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline), thus Bentley Motors' one and only claim to eco-friendliness thus far. Here...Read More»

Audi logo
Cash For Clunkers Boosts European Car Sales

Germany and France are reporting impressive increases in new vehicle registrations for March. Registrations for March increased a whopping 40 percent in Germany and the French automobile association (CCFA) is reporting an 8.1 rise in that country's vehicle registrations. Though a scant 0.24...Read More»

Bentley Continental GT underwater
Totally Dynamic Bentley Continental GT Goes Underwater

"Something was wrong with the brakes" said Scott Coleman, boss man at London car graphics shop Totally Dynamic, about a hapless Bentley Continental GT that screeched across a rotary, blew through a metal post, and plunged lemming-like into the River Lee north of London. While the driver escaped...Read More»

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