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Volkswagen Releases Super Bowl Ad Teaser. What's German For 'Meh'?
Volkswagen Releases Super Bowl Ad Teaser. What's German For 'Meh'?

It's that time of year again: time to stock up on Rotel, replace the springs in the sectional, and prepare for the Super Bowl and its many amazing ads. Or not so amazing, if Volkswagen's teaser for Super Bowl XLVIII is any indication. Once upon a time, advertisers went to great lengths to keep...Read More»

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept live photos, 2014 Detroit Auto Show
VW Beetle Dune Concept: A Bug For The Desert Rat In You

Is there a place in the world for a Bug outfitted for a cross-Sahara trek? At this year's Detroit Auto Show there was, at least in concept-car form. VW’s lifted Beetle Dune Concept takes its cues from the off-pavement dune buggies of yesteryear, while previewing a look at what a go-anywhere...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen GTI (Euro spec)  -  Preview Drive, April 2013
VW Celebrates 50 Years Of Production In Mexico With Launch Of 2015 Golf

This week, Volkswagen celebrated its 50th anniversary of working in Mexico by rolling the very first seventh-generation Golf built in North America off the production line. The celebratory event took place at VW's production facilities in Puebla, Mexico, where members of the Mexican government, as...Read More»

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Honda Takes Top Honors In Annual Auto Ad Competition (Video)

It's a big week for directors, grips, and gaffers -- and not just because of the Golden Globes. The North American International Auto Show is up and running in Detroit, and today on the show floor, awards are being doled out for the best recent car ads. The Automobile Advertising of the Year Awards...Read More»

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Volkswagen Finally Green-Lights SUV For U.S., But Can It Salvage VW's Sales Goals?

In 2007, Volkswagen announced its intention to become the world's biggest automaker by 2018, but talking the talk has proven easier than walking the walk. Can a new SUV aimed at Americans help VW stay on-task and on-time? HURDLES TO OVERCOME When VW made its bold announcement seven years ago...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
2014 Volkswagen Jetta Steps Up To Five-Star Safety

The Volkswagen Jetta has earned a higher rating from the federal government. Thanks to an improved side-impact result, the 2014 Jetta now gets a five-star Overall rating, placing it in the company of the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, and Toyota Corolla, among others. The new...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
2013-2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, 2009-2011 Tiguan Recalled For Powertrain & Electrical Flaws

Volkswagen has issued unrelated recalls for the 2013-2014 Jetta Hybrid and the 2009-2011 Tiguan. The former suffers from a problem with its gearbox, which could cause the Jetta to stall in traffic. The latter has a problem with one of its fuses that could cause the Tiguan's exterior lights to go...Read More»

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November Auto Sales Will Rise Almost 4%, Largely Due To Black Friday Deals

If you're planning to give the ol' credit card a workout today, you're not alone. Most analysts are predicting brisk Black Friday sales at shopping malls, big-box stores, and even on the auto lots. Kelley Blue Book, for example, expects that transactions today and through the holiday weekend will...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line
VW's American-Made SUV Won't Be A Touareg

If Volkswagen decides to build a new crossover SUV in its Tennessee plant--a decision due in the next few weeks--the new ute likely won't be a replacement for the Touareg. Speaking last week at the 2013 LA Auto Show, VW's U.S. chief Jonathan Browning confirmed that a decision on a three-row...Read More»

2013 Audi TDI range
Audi Gets Snippy, Publishes Survey To Prove That Americans Want Diesels, Not Electric Cars

Due to environmental concerns and increasing government regulation, automakers around the globe are working to create vehicles that achieve greater fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Many automakers are relying on hybrid and electric technology to reach those goals, but not Volkswagen: VW and...Read More»

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UAW-Automaker War Heats Up Down South, With Nissan On Defense

In Detroit, the Big Three car companies maintain an uneasy truce with the United Automobile Workers union. Troubles flare up from time to time, but both sides usually manage to work through their differences. Like rival cousins, they've been through a lot together. For foreign automakers doing...Read More»

Ford F-150 EcoBoost Baja 1000 truck
Turbos & Diesels: Like 'Em Or Loathe 'Em, They're Becoming The Norm

By most accounts, the conventional gasoline engine's days are numbered. Long before electric cars become commonplace, automakers expect to wean themselves off gas-powered powerplants, replacing them with fuel-efficient alternatives. On Monday, Ford's Joe Bakaj told Detroit News that the time is...Read More»

Volkswagen e-Up!  -  2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
Can VW Become The World's Biggest Electric Car Maker, Too?

Say what you will about Volkswagen, but the company isn't afraid of setting big, bold goals for itself. Several years ago, VW announced its intention to become the world's largest automaker by 2018. And now, according to Detroit News, it's aiming to be the world's biggest maker of electric cars by...Read More»

Volkswagen Bus (pic by Marshall Astor)
The Volkswagen Bus Is Dead! Long Live The Volkswagen Bus!

The Volkswagen Bus: facilitator of family road trips, pleasure pad of hippies, instigator of the infamous "chicken tax". After 63 years of production, it's finally heading to that showroom in the sky. If you live in the U.S., you could be excused for thinking that the Bus -- officially known as the...Read More»

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Volkswagen Launches OnStar Competitor, Car-Net

When General Motors debuted OnStar in 1996, some folks weren't sure what to make of it. Sure, having an assistant on hand in case of an accident sounded like a good idea, but paying a monthly subscription seemed expensive. And what about privacy? How could users be sure they weren't being watched?...Read More»

J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study
Volkswagen, Chevrolet Score Big In J.D. Power's APEAL Study

Every year at this time, J.D. Power releases its annual U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study, better known as the APEAL Study. Last year, the study proved that small, fuel-efficient vehicles could hold their own against bigger, badder luxury cars -- provided they were well...Read More»

Classic Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, Santa Monica, 2012
Volkswagen Drops Lofty Sales Target, Dealers Exhale

Three years ago, Volkswagen proudly announced that it would become the world's largest automaker -- in terms of output, sales, and profit -- by 2018. Things haven't quite gone as planned. For starters, the global economy has faltered. When VW made its boastful declaration, the worst of the Great...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Volkswagen Phasing Out Five-Cylinder In Favor Of High-MPG Turbo

Four-cylinder engines are back at VW. The automaker has revealed some details of its 2014 model lineup, and one especially noteworthy detail is that a new 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be used extensively—and will boost gas mileage significantly on 2014...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo R-Line
2013 VW Beetle R-Line Priced; New Engine For Turbo, Jetta GLI

Volkswagen says its new Beetle Turbo R-Line will be priced from $30,135 when it goes on sale later this month. The new version of the Beetle replaces the top trim line of the current car in the midyear change. It's fitted with 19-inch wheels, new front and rear fascias, LED daytime running lights...Read More»

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