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Need A Job? The U.S. Auto Industry Is Hiring
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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

Monster Tajima's GoPro Suzuki SX4 Pikes Peak race car
Self-Driving Cars, 'Monster' Tajima, Hot Cars Get Girls: Today's Car News

Nobuhiro 'Monster' Tajima broke his own Pikes Peak Hill Climb world record by breaking the 10-minute mark. [MotorAuthority] Science has proven that a hot car can get men dates. The sky is also blue. [TheCarConnection] The 2011 Lexus CT 200h is in a class of one, the luxury compact hybrid hatchback...Read More»

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Ryan Dunn Dies, Britney Back With Beetle: The Week In Reverse

Jackass star Ryan Dunn died in a 130-mph collision in his Porsche, violently and senselessly--in the way of most drunk-driving accidents. [MotorAuthority] Carmageddon will strike soon in Los Angeles when the 405 closes for a day. Have no fear: Erik Estrada has all the deets. [TheCarConnection]...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen New Beetle in Britney Spears' 'I Wanna Go' video
Britney Spears Flashes The 2012 Volkswagen New Beetle: Video

There are at least two things on Planet Earth in need of serious makeovers: Volkswagen's New Beetle and pop star Britney Spears. We're happy to report that one of them has been re-envisioned for Britney's latest video. Spears began shame spiraling out of control in the mid-2000s -- around the time...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen New Beetle in Britney Spears' 'I Wanna Go' video
Britney Spears Pimps The 2012 Beetle

There are days when you have to wonder if the universe is run by a drunken frat boy with a sense of humor. Case in point: the latest Britney Spears video that pimps the 2012 VW Beetle. Let us not digress by going into the sordid career of this once-great superstar. That is what TMZ and MTV are for...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5
2011 Saab 9-5, 2011-2012 Volkswagen CC Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick

And the news just keeps on coming – about vehicles earning Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The latest to achieve this top-tier safety status are two family luxury cars: the 2011 Saab 9-5 large sedan, and the mid-size 2011-2012 Volkswagen CC...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan First Drive

Blending new elements with an existing look is tough, and often fails. You should have seen the 70-something gentleman trying to rock 30-something "hair" aboard my recent flight to Munich. Once in Bavaria and on a drive to Austria courtesy of Volkswagen, updates to the 2012 Tiguan proved more...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Prices Start At $19,765

We’re still a few months away from the 2012 VW Beetle’s appearance in dealer showrooms, but Volkswagen has given us an idea of what the iconic car will sell for. There will be three engine options, ranging from the 2.5-liter, in-line five-cylinder to the 2.0-liter, turbocharged...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 2WD 4-door Auto S Mirror
2012 VW Tiguan: Beat The Crap Out It, I Dare You

Volkswagen built their reputation in North America on cars and trucks that were simple, robust, fun, practical and had a strong whiff of German engineering and design. They were clearly not Japanese cars -- far more solid and heavy-feeling. And compared to their other European counterparts, they...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 VW Passat: Made In USA, Costs Less Than Last Year

If you can find a 2010 VW Passat on a dealer’s lot, the sticker price will start at a minimum of $27,195. When the 2012 Passats begin appearing at Volkswagen dealerships, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise: the new Passat, now built in the United States, carries a base price of just...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat Priced Under $20,000

Volkswagen's released pricing for the 2012 Passat, which we gave a rating of 7.7. out of 10 just this week as the first drive embargoes disappeared. The new Passat carries a base price of $19,995, a fairly astonishing number when you consider the 2010 Passat stickered nearly $7,000 higher. The...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
VW's Math Shows U.S. Passat No Bargain For E.U. Buyers

At first glance, the difference is obvious: a U.S. market 2012 Volkswagen Passat, now built in VW’s Tennessee plant, is quite a bit cheaper than its E.U. counterpart, which is built at VW’s Emden or Zwickau plants in Germany. An enterprising German buyer could, in theory, pay $25,995...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
Is The 2012 Passat VW Enough? #YouTellUs

Volkswagen is about to launch the all-new 2012 Passat. It's bigger, it's built in the USA, and it's supposedly "German-engineered." But is it? The last-generation Passat was an upscale entry into the mid-size sedan market. It was more expensive than the competition and slightly smaller. But it...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat: German Enough, Or A Case Of Bless Their Hearts?

Volkswagen has new neighbors at its new manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. And in the usual Southern style, it's gently calling out the flaws it sees in the Alabama-built Hyundai Sonata and the Georgia-made Kia Optima, leaving out only the usual "bless their hearts" punctuation...Read More»

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
Family Car Advice: The Best Family Wagons For 2011

When it comes to hauling kids, groceries and everyday stuff of life, a good wagon makes the value equation just about every time. The good news for consumers is that automakers, who virtually ditched wagons in favor of SUVs, minivans and crossovers in recent years have seen the light and rekindled...Read More»

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