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

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
2012 VW Tiguan, 2013 SRT Viper Teased, New York Auto Show: Car News Headlines

Today at High Gear Media, Mercedes-Benz confirmed a new four-door coupe and a blind man drove a Toyota Prius. We previewed the 2012 New York Auto Show and we compared two three-row crossovers. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. You can help High Gear Media win...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Two-Minute Review: Video

For 2012 Volkswagen revamped the aging Beetle and attempted turned it into a more aggressive, modern version of the original. First out of the gate is the Turbo model with the soul of a GTI and the look of a Bug. In our two-minute video review we note that while the car looks shorter, it's actually...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Volkswagen, Hyundai, Ford Ace Total Value Survey; Detroit Posts Gains

Every year the Strategic Vision marketing firm surveys thousands of American drivers, asking them to rank their rides on hundreds of criteria like fuel economy, technological innovation, warranty, and expected resale value. This year's findings offer good news for hybrid and electric car...Read More»

2013 GMC Terrain Denali
Lexus, 2013 GMC Terrain Denali, 2014 Subaru Forester: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media, we drove the 2012 VW Beetle Turbo and Ford talked about the development of the 2015 Focus RS. The rare Cyclops II made an appearance and Infiniti issued a recall. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. We spied the 2014 Subaru Forester...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: Driven

When the New Beetle arrived, back in 1998, it elicited waves of nostalgia from Baby Boomers who had owned the old air-cooled Beetles, and loved what they had come to symbolize. At the time of the New Beetle's launch, it was exactly what they wanted—a vehicle that carried forward the iconic...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Family Cars Of 2012 – And How We Rate Them

Here at FamilyCarGuide, we’re always keen on annual lists of the best family cars, something we know a fair deal about. So, it is with interest that we compare Kelley Blue Book’s recently announced 10 Best Family Cars of 2012 with rankings from our sister publication TheCarConnection...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen CC
Consumer Reports' Ratings, Smartphone Nav, VW CC Priced: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media, we report on Consumer Reports' annual Top Picks; we also have more about taking your navigation needs to the smartphone and via MotorAuthority, we bring the latest on a quicker version of the MINI Countryman and the refreshed 2013 VW CC. All this and more in today's car...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
2013 VW Beetle Goes Diesel; Convertible Due In New York

With less than a week until the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, automakers are already starting to announce new models. Such is the case with Volkswagen as it has announced the 2013 Beetle TDI, which will make its formal debut next week in the Windy City. The TDI will be the most fuel-efficient Beetle of...Read More»

Matthew Broderick in Honda's Super Bowl ad for the 2012 CR-V
Super Bowl XLVI Play-By-Play: Which Ads Run When (With Video)

If you're a football fan, it's easy to keep track of this Sunday's Super Bowl match-up. After all, at 6:30pm Eastern, you have a pretty good idea which teams you'll be watching, right? But do you know what commercials will run and when they'll appear? We thought not. That's why we've put together a...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe  -  2012 Detroit Auto Show
Survey: Hyundai, Subaru, Lexus Score High With Dealers

Each year, thousands of consumers answer surveys about cars and the people who sell them. Those studies -- like the ones we recently mentioned about brand loyalty and the shopping habits of men and women -- can tell us a lot about buyers, but for an insider's look at the auto industry, you need to...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Elantra
Gas Mileage Tops List Of Vehicle Purchase Reasons

For the first time in several years, gas mileage tops the list of most influential reasons why consumers purchased their vehicle, surpassing reliability. That’s according to data from the just-released J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Avoider Study. The 2012 Avoider Study, now in its ninth...Read More»

Volkswagen Super Bowl XLV Ad
Super Bowl Should Be A Bonanza For Automakers (Except Kia)

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest advertising events in America, so we'd expect America's biggest advertisers -- namely, the auto industry -- to be front and center during the game. As we've discussed before, spending upwards of $3 million for 30 seconds of advertising is a risky venture, but a...Read More»

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Analysts Predict A Booming Auto Market In 2012 (Except In Europe)

The dust is still settling from 2011, but early figures indicate that the U.S auto market recorded significant growth over 2010. Analysts at Polk Research say that upward trend will continue across much of the globe in 2012 -- though alas, not everywhere. THE WINNERS China: Though some have...Read More»

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