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Volkswagen Takes Controlling Stake in Italdesign Giugiaro
Volkswagen Takes Controlling Stake in Italdesign Giugiaro

On Tuesday the Volkswagen Group announced, at a joint press conference with Italdesign Giugiaro, it will take a 90.1 percent stake in the Italian design firm, with the Giugiaro family owning the remaining shares.  With a history of successful cooperation between the two companies, creating...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Passat
The 2010 VW Passat Comes Only One Way: Fully Loaded

At first glance you might look at the $27,195 MSRP for the 2010 VW Passat and suffer from a bit of sticker shock. But then you will notice something. This car isn't just well equipped it comes with most any toy you can imagine all as standard equipment (barring navigation). VW has even been nice...Read More»

Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Hints At Future Hybrid Models
Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Hints At Future Hybrid Models

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen revealed an all-new concept car, called the Up! Lite, that demonstrates a new focus on fuel-efficiency and hybrids by getting straight to numbers; its carbon-dioxide emissions are just 65 grams per mile and at 70 mpg, it's the most fuel-efficient...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»

Stuntman Steve Truglia gets loopy
Link Love From The Car Connection: Looping In A Toyota, Charging Up A Passat, And The Rumor Mill Turns For Lexus, MINI, Daimler, Tesla

Going 'round in circles -- Congrats to stuntman Steve Truglia for clearing the world's largest loop-the-loop in a Toyota. We hope to replicate this feat someday in TCC's vintage Ford Escort. Thank you, Steve, for giving us hope. [DailyMail via AutoMotto] Rumor mill #1 -- Rumor has it that Lexus is...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
VW Announces Suite Of Efficient 'BlueMotion Technologies'

Calling their suite of fuel-saving technology "a new world of efficiency," Volkswagen today announced a wide range of technologies and engines designed to stretch mpg on many of its vehicles. Initially, these new fuel-saving models are available only in Europe, but pending their sales success we...Read More»

2008 Opel Insignia
Opel Insignia "Sport Tourer," Saab 9-X Air for Paris

GM is prepping the ground for its 100th anniversary celebration tomorrow by announcing two more vehicles that will make their debut at the Paris auto show next month. The first is a wagon version of the Opel Insignia sedan, shown this summer at the London auto show. The striking new wagon version...Read More»

2008 Volkswagen Rabbit
Volkswagen Looking for Cost Cuts on Next Rabbit

Volkswagen's been hammered by the sinking dollar for years--but the German automaker has a plan to spread its currency pain more evenly. Along with building a U.S. factory due to be announced last month, the automaker's trying to slash production costs for its next generation of vehicles, including...Read More»

VW Recalls Six Years of Passats

Passat owners, take notice: VW is recalling the mid-size model for potential problems with 1999-2005 versions. The recall of gasoline-powered Passats is voluntary, the German automaker says. Affected Passats with an automatic transmission may have an underbody heat shield, which could become...Read More»

Coming Soon: 'More American' VWs

The Passat CC that new Volkswagen of America president and CEO Stefan Jacoby introduced this afternoon will be a good fit for American drivers' tastes and American roads, he affirmed. But there's more on the way. In his introduction of the Passat CC concept, Jacoby mentioned that Volkswagen is...Read More»

2003 Volkswagen Passat W8
New York Show: The Five Best Commercials

Okay, we have to admit that we’ve occasionally been known to sneak off to the bathroom or kitchen or to Guam during commercial breaks. But as anyone who watches the Super Bowl will realize, sometimes the ads are the best part of the show. And that prompted organizers at the New York Auto Show...Read More»

2003 Volkswagen Passat 4-door Sedan GLS Manual Angular Rear Exterior View
Kia’s Butterfield: At Odds With Korean Culture

In the end, it was Peter Butterfield’s tendency to put himself above his company that did him in as CEO of Kia Motors America last week. Butterfield, a former senior executive at Volvo Cars North America before taking over at Kia in late 2001, had led the company to a terrific growth rate and...Read More»

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2002 Los Angeles Show, Part II

2002 Los Angeles Auto Show by TCC Team (1/3/2002) sponsored by Toyota NEON AIMS FOR FAST, FURIOUS The SEMA crowd shows its love to the Honda Civic and the Ford Focus — and that makes the folks at Dodge a little jealous. That goes a long way in explaining the Dodge Neon SRT-4, a 205-hp Neon...Read More»

  2000 Volkswagen Passat
2000 Paris Auto Show, Part Two

The Paris auto show is difficult, and not just for its multiple halls – sans ventilation, it seemed, this year. Or for the ever-present danger of a transportation strike: "Ze situation on ze ground," quipped our rented pilot upon landing at Charles de Gaulle, "is, as usual, total confusion." No...Read More»

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