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Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition Returns For 2013
Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition Returns For 2013

The Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition has come and gone throughout the years, but it's always been a value-oriented package that adds popular features to a lower-trim model. For 2013 VW is bringing the model back to showrooms to sit between the base S and the mid-level SE trims. The Wolfsburg...Read More»

Volkswagen iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet
Volkswagen Gets Serious About Smartphone Integration With The iBeetle

Many of us have experienced bugs in our iPhones, but the new iBeetle from Volkswagen aims to turn the tables by putting the iPhone in a Bug. At this month's Shanghai Auto Show, Volkswagen will unveil the iBeetle, a special edition of the popular VW Beetle. The car's design will echo the...Read More»

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Analysts Say More Cars Sold In March Than Any Month Since August 2007

Official stats on March auto sales won't be available until next week, but analysts are already predicting a bang-up month. In fact, the folks at Kelly Blue Book think March could be the best month for new car sales since before the Great Recession. In all, KBB expects to see 1,450,000 vehicle...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Video Road Test

When it comes to freedom of choice, the Jetta has it, from a turbocharged four cylinder, to an inline-five cylinder, to a hybrid. But which Jetta's right for you? And does it live up to the premium German hype while beating competitors such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra?...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Golf Variant
2015 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Previewed By VW Golf Variant

We often wonder why Americans aren't a little more tuned-in to the sporty yet economical combination that a good wagon can provide. And here in the U.S., available now, there's no better example than the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen--a model that is more engaging to drive than nearly any compact...Read More»

'Diesel fuel only' caution on Audi Q7 TDI
Catch-22: If Diesel Sales Boom, Will Their Cost Advantage Bust?

To a very small, select group of enthusiasts, diesel cars or utility vehicles have a lot of allure, with their strong, fuel-efficient engines and, for the most part, a great reputation for long-haul durability. Yet for the rest of us who don’t delight in ‘b5’ biodiesel pumps or...Read More»

2014 Lexus IS 250 F Sport
Lexus, Subaru, Mazda Earn High Marks On Consumer Reports' Report Card

Every year, Consumer Reports rolls out its "Brand Report Card", which ranks major auto brands based on reliability and road-test scores. CR's 2013 scoresheet has just come out, with Lexus at the top of the heap. In previous years, CR's report card has lumped all of an automaker's sub-brands under...Read More»

'Father and Sun' ad for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Invites You On A Hawaiian Roadtrip

At first glance, February might seem like a strange time to launch a new convertible, but really, it makes perfect sense: in chilly weather like this, the thought of motoring under warm, sunny skies makes drop-tops all the more sexy. At least, that's what Volkswagen is hoping. The automaker has...Read More»

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Auto Incentives Dropped 12% In January, But Transaction Prices Fell, Too

Incentives continued their long, slow decline in January, but according to TrueCar, transaction prices fell, too, which could soften the blow for bargain-hunters. On average, incentives slipped 12.2% between December 2012 and January 2013, coming to rest at $2,274 per vehicle. The pickings are...Read More»

Toyota RAV4 commercial featuring Kaley Cuoco
Super Bowl Ads: A Compilation Of Car Commercials For 2013's Big Game

This year's Super Bowl promises to be a good one. Chicken wings are flying off the shelves despite record-high prices. The Destiny's Child halftime reunion is -- for the moment -- still on. Oh, and there's a football game happening, too. That ought to liven things up. But what folks will really be...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford Continues To Generate Most Buzz, But Toyota Makes Biggest Gains

Plenty of surveys measure attitudes toward the auto industry. Some determine how much motorists like their vehicles, some focus on the dealership experience, and others zero in on areas like auto insurance. Marketing firm YouGov measures something a little more elusive: buzz. Every weekday, YouGov...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord Coupe
Chrysler, Honda, Subaru Among IIHS's 13 Safest Cars Of 2013

Back in December, we told you about the winners (Honda) and losers (Toyota) in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's tougher frontal-crash tests. We also told you about the new IIHS designation, "Top Safety Pick+", which recognizes vehicles that perform especially well in crash tests. Now...Read More»

Volkswagen's "The Bark Side" Super Bowl ad
Volkswagen & Honda Among YouTube's Most-Watched Ads Of 2012

We're only 14 days into December, we haven't even cleared the Christmas hurdle, and already folks are publishing their "Best of the 2012" lists. Ordinarily, we'd call that premature, but we're trying to be less judgy. (Call it playing catch-up on our long-forgotten New Year's resolutions.) The list...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
2012-2013 Volkswagen Beetle Recalled For Airbag Issue

Volkswagen is conducting a recall of certain 2012 and 2013 Beetle small cars over concerns that the front passenger airbag may deploy even if a child is secured in a passenger restraint. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the number of vehicles...Read More»

Damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast
The Auto Industry's Response To Hurricane Sandy

One week ago, after Hurricane Sandy's violent landfall, residents along America's eastern seaboard awoke to starkly different landscapes than they ones they'd known a few hours earlier. Homes and offices had been destroyed, mementos and landmarks ruined, lives changed, taken, forever altered. But...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Video Road Test

We've waved goodbye to The Car Connection's first Six-Month Road Test vehicle. But before we let our 2012 VW Passat TDI rejoin its home fleet, one final road trip was in order--and so was a video road test. The Passat's been an excellent long-distance road trip companion, netting us almost 46 mpg...Read More»

2013 Audi R8 e-tron with 8:09.099 Nürburgring lap time
Audi Unplugs R8 e-tron, Electric Car Program Left In Limbo

In September of 2009, Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen loudly and proudly called the Chevrolet Volt "a car for idiots". He spent the next several months back-tracking. Like certain politicians who suffer from foot-in-mouth disease, de Nysschen was clumsily trying to make a couple of...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
Car Sales Cool In October, But Small Rides Remain Hot

Cooler weather often puts a chill on auto sales, and this year is no exception. However, the industry is still poised to see huge year-over-year growth -- especially where small cars are concerned. The news comes from analysts and Kelley Blue Book, who've looked at sales data from the first three...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Plans New SUV For The U.S. Market

Volkswagen has seen substantial sales growth in the U.S. market this year , which is needed if it’s to achieve a stated goal of 800,000 sales per year by 2018. The current product line isn’t diverse enough to get it there, and a new VW SUV has been rumored since 2011. Now, The Detroit...Read More»

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