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2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Models Probed By NHTSA
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Models Probed By NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen models. Seven complaints have been received to date about a leak in the fuel line to the number two fuel injector, which operates under extremely...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
U.S. To Have Greater Voice In VW Product Development, New SUV Planned

It’s no secret auto giant Volkswagen is still a small fish in the all-important U.S. market, but the automaker is determined to alleviate the issue, going so far as to develop distinct models aimed squarely at American customers. Volkswagen’s sales tally for the U.S. in 2010 topped just...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
2011 VW Touareg: Home Away From Home

The run-up in fuel prices the world over threatens to make drivers turn to Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs (or should it be "Leaves"?) just to be able to make the mortgage payments. However, there are still large, boxy, all-wheel-driven, gasoline- and diesel-fired behemoths that tempt drivers to part...Read More»

2011 Cadillac SRX
Groupon Works For Cupcakes, Not Cadillacs: Why It Failed

Last week, we told you about LaFontaine Buick GMC Cadillac's experiment with Groupon. It was the first time that the popular online coupon service had been used to sell new cars, and folks throughout the auto industry held their collective breath, wondering if it would work. If you were one of...Read More»

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"BWM": German Precision, Right Down To The Ad Copy

At the German company where I work, the relationship between German colleagues and North American and British colleagues can be strained. It comes down to the German cultural capital of speaking directly, clearly and very unambiguously. I have been party to social situations where one colleague...Read More»

2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package
2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, Paris Hilton, Ford, Tuatara: Car News Headlines

A convertible will join the new Beetle lineup next spring as a 2013 model. [TheCarConnection] Paris Hilton receives a Lexus LFA from ex-boyfriend and exchanges it for a different color. [MotorAuthority] Hilarious explanation for plug-in cars with Xtranormal animation. [GreenCarReports] Car2go is...Read More»

Skoda's 'Family Composer' website
Skoda Uses Spotify To Put Romance In the Passenger's Seat

The music service Spotify is a big hit with younger consumers, and not surprisingly, advertisers from every industry are going full-tilt capitalize on its booming popularity. Here in the U.S., most of those marketing tactics have been fairly ho-hum, but Volkswagen's Skoda brand is doing something...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle
2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Coming Next Spring

The wraps have only just come off the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle but so far only the hard-top model has been revealed. However, as we saw with the previous generation ‘New Beetle’, sales of the convertible are just as important as those of the coupe and in some years were actually the...Read More»

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Has The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Given Up On Flower Power? #YouTellUs

The Volkswagen Beetle is one of those iconic cars that represents a brand. The last-generation Beetle helped put Volkswagen on the map in the U.S., but it was more of a hit with female buyers. Volkswagen hopes to even the demographic spread with the new 2012 Beetle. The main design cues on the new...Read More»

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Has The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Lost Its Flower Power? #YouTellUs

The last-generation Volkswagen Beetle wasn't exactly what we would call masculine. From its steering column-mounted flower vase to the triple-bubble shape, it was definitely perceived to be a feminine vehicle. Volkswagen is hoping to change that perception with the new 2012 Beetle. By the numbers...Read More»

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle First Drive

When you think of Volkswagen and the people behind the brand, the image of engineers wearing black turtlenecks and speaking with thick German accents springs to mind. Their design haus would be a sterile white lab filled with clipboards and fluorescent lighting that churns out concepts created with...Read More»

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept
Is The Honeymoon Between Volkswagen And Suzuki Over?

On paper, the relationship between auto industry giant Volkswagen and Japanese automaker Suzuki seemed logical enough. After all, Volkswagen stood to learn from Suzuki on building inexpensive subcompacts, and could have potentially received valuable exposure in the Japanese market. Suzuki would...Read More»

2011 Audi A8 L
Distracted Driving, Audi U.S. Production Plans, Aston Martin IPO: Car News Headlines

A new study finds most drivers are distracted up to 50 percent of the time. [TheCarConnection] Audi plans to build cars in the U.S. for the first time ever. [MotorAuthority] British cab drivers are competing on social media for best gas mileage. [GreenCarReports] Which crossover: 2011 Dodge Durango...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo launch edition
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Arrives With Special Turbo Models

In addition to the upcoming debut of the 2012 Beetle, Volkswagen has announced that the redesigned coupe will also roll-out with two limited-edition models, both of which promise to pack a punch. The 2012 Beetle is already expected to appear in three different forms: "base", "design" (mid-level)...Read More»

Auto workers adjusting the chassis of the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD
Need A Job? The U.S. Auto Industry Is Hiring

It seems like just yesterday we were the bearers of nothing but bad news: plant closures, salary cuts, and countless layoffs. But today, the auto industry has turned the corner, and some car companies in the U.S. are on a hiring spree. Why the sudden jump? Because after record low sales figures...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan facelift rendering
June Car Sales: Big Three, Korea's Big Two Score Big

New-vehicle sales numbers for June are nearly complete, and for the Detroit-based automakers--and the Korean dynamic duo--it's almost all good news. With annualized sales coming in at about 12 million units, well below May's results, the sales month didn't finish as strongly as expected. However...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Routan
Rebel Attack: Greenpeace Uses The Force Against Volkswagen

I blogged yesterday about VW trying to engage its fans in helping to make the next commercial in its series “Drive Until.” I found this to be a good approach to winning fans and more adherents to the VW brand. It’s a great way to interact with the VW buyers and keep the company...Read More»

2011 Hennessey Venom GT
Gas Mileage, Summer Driving Tips, Top Gear USA: Today's Car News

Shopping for tires is becoming more difficult, even for automakers. [TheCarConnection] Both the White House and the Feds are pushing for a 56.2-mpg fuel economy standard by 2025. [GreenCarReports] Need the kid-friendly skinny before you hit the road? Here are ten summer driving tips for your family...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen L1 concept
VW Golf GTI: Want to Make a Commercial?

When I saw the latest two ads for the VW Golf GTI, at first I was a bit perplexed. They aren’t so much about the car--rather, they're about who drives the car and where life is taking him. But more on that in a second. VW has created a continuing storyline that is intentionally incomplete...Read More»

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