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The Top 100 Global Brands: How Does Your Automaker Rank?
The Top 100 Global Brands: How Does Your Automaker Rank?

On Tuesday, we shared year-to-date sales stats for most automakers, but sales aren't the only way to measure a company's health. Interbrand takes a broader view of corporate value, and the marketing firm has just released its list of the top 100 global brands. To rank companies, Interbrand looks at...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
Driverless Cars, Gas Prices, New VW GTI: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we cover a new potential threat posed by autonomous cars, tell you why gas prices aren’t heading down and spill the beans on a lightweight, limited edition of the next Volkswagen Golf GTI. You’re halfway through the week, so celebrate by catching up on...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat Six-Month Road Test: 45.9 Miles Per Gallon, And Less

Our Six-Month Road Test of the 2012 VW Passat has passed the halfway mark, and with 6500 miles on its odometer, the turbodiesel sedan has been getting a workout on the interstates that run up the East Coast--mostly, I-85, with some I-65 and I-81 sprinkled in for good measure. One of the reasons we...Read More»

2012 Lexus LFA right-hand drive model
Toyota Regains Title Of World's Best-Selling Automaker

Last year was rough for Toyota. Like businesses and individuals across Japan, the company suffered devastating setbacks following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Later in 2011, there were production problems due to immense flooding in Thailand. And of course, Toyota continued to fight customer...Read More»

Fiat's Sergio Marchionne
Fiat Ups Stake In Chrysler, Volkswagen Buys Rest Of Porsche

While Americans were celebrating independence yesterday, two European automakers announced plans to gobble up more of their partners -- including one very American company. Fiat and Chrysler Here in the U.S., Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne announced that Fiat's ownership stake in Chrysler...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: Do You Really Need An SUV?

A five-seat crossover vehicle sounds like the ideal solution to a family's needs, but won't a sedan do the same job nearly as well? Every time we get in the HGM Six-Month Road Test Passat, we end up at the same punctuation mark. Of course, the Passat begs the question--it's one of the biggest...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Priced From $24,065

Back at the Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen announced that a turbo diesel Beetle would be launched later this year. And while we've already driven the diesel powered Bug, we didn't know how much it would cost until today. Volkswagen has announced the Beetle TDI will start from $24,065, including a...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: Wash, Wax, And 40.5 MPG

It's been nearly a month since we took delivery of our Six-Month Road Test sedan, the 2012 VW Passat TDI. In that time, it's rarely sat in Park for more than a day or two in the garage. Mostly, the TDI's been on the interstates and on long-distance treks, accumulating more than 3000 miles as it...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat Six-Month Road Test, Durham, North Carolina
2012 Volkswagen Passat Six-Month Road Test: A First Look At Quality

Our Six-Month Road Test of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI rolls on, and as it approaches a full thousand miles and a fully broken-in powertrain, we've taken a closer look at how our particular Passat measures up from a customer perspective in one critical way--initial quality. Picking up a...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
Total Car Score’s Top Cars For College Grads

Celebrating graduation from college may also be an occasion to venture into the new car market. With about-to-be college grads, and perhaps some of their parents, looking for that just-right and affordable vehicle to fit the bill, Total Car Score’s list of the top cars for college grads might...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI: Driven

If you want a new Jetta sedan, skip the thirsty, coarse five-cylinder base engine. Heck, we're even tempted to tell you to go ahead and skip what's long been our favorite, the turbo-diesel TDI. That's because for about the same price as the TDI you can have what feels like a much more sophisticated...Read More»

John and Helen Taylor achieve 1,626 miles on a tank of Diesel in a VW Passat TDI
A VW Passat TDI Drove Over 1,600 Miles On One Tank Of Fuel

It's been nearly two weeks since we've taken delivery of our six-month road test 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI, and we are already impressed with its outstanding fuel economy. Seems we aren't the only ones, as a new world record has been set for the farthest distance traveled on a single tank of fuel...Read More»

2012 Nissan Rogue
Buying A Car, College Grad? Don’t Forget The Rebates

You’ve worked hard to get your college degree. If you’re not swamped in student loan debt and are considering buying a car to help you navigate your new place in the world, there’s some help available. The good news is that most major automakers offer some form of college graduate...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat: TheCarConnection's Six-Month Road Test

Our Six-Month Road Test fleet is growing. Just three weeks ago, our first-ever SMRT car, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, took up light housekeeping at our Portland bureau. This week, the 2012 VW Passat TDI has descended on Atlanta HQ for an extended stay, and we have big plans for the big four-door...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI: First Drive

Forget for a few minutes about your urge to make the absolute smartest fiscal choice. Yes, the economics of diesel ownership often take many, many years to work out as positive. Yes, diesels, as in the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, do generally cost thousands more initially; and yes, diesel fuel...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen CC
2013 Volkswagen CC: First Drive

Four years ago, when Volkswagen first introduced its CC, this “four-door coupe” was a design standout, unlike anything else on the road—and for that matter, a surprisingly daring look for normally conservative VW. Now, for the 2013 model year, after the introduction of curvaceous...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat, Routan: Recall Alert

Volkswagen is conducting two voluntary safety recalls involving small numbers of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat mid-size sedan and the Routan minivan. 2012 Volkswagen Passat recall The larger of the two recalls is for certain 2012 model year Volkswagen Passat sedans equipped with 2.0-liter TDI clean...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat & Routan Recalled

Volkswagen fans, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that Volkswagen has issued a recall for two of its 2012 models -- the Passat and the Routan. The good news is that both recalls are fairly small, affecting less than 200 vehicles all together. The 2012 Passat recall is the bigger of...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS
Cadillac, MINI Awarded For Most Improved Customer Experience

Like all trade shows, the 2012 New York Auto Show raises as many questions as it answers: will this new model live up to the old one? How will customers take to its bland/aggressive/WTF styling? Where's Bob Lutz? And so on. But amid all the uncertainty and doubt, there's one thing we know for sure...Read More»

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