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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: how will tomorrow's election affect Volkswagen's future?
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: how will tomorrow's election affect Volkswagen's future?

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 18 months--and if you have, oh, how we envy you--you know that tomorrow is election day in the U.S. What does that have to do with cars? Well, as many of us remember from 2008, the government can have a great deal of influence, both positive and...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Limited Edition
2016 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2016 Ford Focus: Compare Cars

For buyers who put a priority on driving enjoyment, the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus are the best-known entries among compact hatchbacks. No longer the province of staid styling and miserly demeanor, they offer well-trimmed interiors and enough features to keep even long-distance commuters happy...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S
2016 Volkswagen GTI vs. 2016 Ford Focus ST: Compare Cars

The hot hatch makes tons of sense to someone with a desire for driving excitement but needs more everyday practicality than a dedicated sports car might offer. It's hard to imagine two hot hatches that better manage user-friendliness and driving engagement than the Volkswagen GTI and the Ford Focus...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2018 Volkswagen Atlas first look

There is some wry irony behind the name given to Volkswagen’s newest SUV, the 2018 Atlas, as Volkswagen’s fate in the United States may indeed rest on its shoulders. The company’s largest-yet sport-ute debuts on the heels of news of the massive buyback settlement, in which the...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: settlement package finally approved, Audi may buy back 25,000 Q7s

Many Americans reported hearing a long, heaving sigh yesterday afternoon. While initial reports suggested that the noise might've been caused by a great ebbing in The Force, further investigation has shown that it's more likely the collective sound of relief being uttered by 475,000 VW and Audi...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Touareg
What's New for 2017: Volkswagen

No automaker is undergoing the metamorphosis that's happening to Volkswagen, although in this case the lineup revamp isn't driven by consumers or by the company's long-term product development strategy. Instead, VW has been forced to revamp its range after admitting that its diesel-fueled models...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: U.S. dealers get $1.2 billion compensation, GM announces 3 new diesels

With less than a month to go before election day, most of America's news headlines are focused on the presidential election--and rightly so. But in the background, the non-stop fiacsco known as Dieselgate has been lumbering on. Here are a few of the recent items you might've missed: America's VW...Read More»

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept - 2013 Detroit Auto Show
Volkswagen's new crossover will be called 'Atlas': can it bear the burden of saving VW?

Volkswagen's got at least 99 problems in the U.S., but the name of its brand-new, mass-market crossover ain't one. According to Auto News, it's going to be called the VW Atlas--which is appropriate, considering the burden it's going to bear. The Atlas crossover--not to be confused with Ford's Atlas...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack
2015-2016 Volkswagen Golf, Golf SportWagen, GTI, Audi A3 recalled for fuel leak

On Friday, Volkswagen's Audi unit recalled more than 170,000 cars and crossovers to fix potential fuel leaks in those vehicles. As it turns out, another 110,042 VW and Audi cars are affected by a similar recall, which aims to resolve a different problem with their fuel systems. The recall affects...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Dieselgate Update: U.S. debating how large a fine Volkswagen can withstand

It might be hard to believe, but we're heading into the 13th month of the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal. Is there light at the end of the tunnel for the beleaguered German automaker, or is that just an oncoming train? Judge for yourself in this week's Dieselgate update. How much of a penalty can...Read More»

Volkswagen I.D. electric car concept, 2016 Paris auto show
VW teases new ID electric car concept at 2016 Paris Motor Show

Really, pay no attention to the outside of this concept car. It's what's under the skin of what VW is calling the "I.D." concept that makes all the news here. Volkswagen will unveil the all-electric concept this week at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and detail its new electric structure for small cars...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
Volkswagen Dieselgate update, 1 year later: U.S. diesels dead?

Yesterday marked a grim anniversary in the automotive world: one year earlier, on September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publicly accused Volkswagen of equipping 482,000 Audi and VW diesels with defeat devices that allowed them to cheat on emissions tests. The long, ugly saga...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack first drive: Playing catch-up

Deeply embroiled in one of the most complex corporate scandals ever, Volkswagen is at a crossroads—especially in the United States. The brand’s new Golf Alltrack represents a potential way out, at least if history is on VW’s side. Flash back to the mid-1990s, and had you been...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Lawsuit: Bosch demanded legal protections from Volkswagen for developing defeat device

Akustikfunktion: that's not a typo, it's the code name for the defeat device that Bosch allegedly developed for Volkswagen diesels. According to a newly revised lawsuit, Bosch insisted that Volkswagen provide it with legal protections in exchange for making the device. This isn't the first time...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: owners opt for buybacks, not fixes & is a 3.0-liter fix coming?

Volkswagen has had another lousy week due to the ongoing Dieselgate scandal. Admittedly, there were a few bright spots thanks to Audi and Porsche, but those have been overshadowed by gloom and doom from the mass-market VW brand. Worst of all may be early data on the company's U.S. repair and...Read More»

Volkswagen plant
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Porsche owners are angry, VW dealers score $1.2 billion compensation

After a few quiet weeks, the Volkswagen Dieselgate fiasco has come roaring back to life. Is it the beginning of the end of the scandal? Eh, not likely: 1. VW plans $1.2 billion compensation package for U.S. dealers: VW dealers have not been a happy bunch for the past 11 months. They've had to...Read More»

American Customer Satisfaction Index (August 2016)
Lincoln, Honda, Toyota, BMW are tops in customer satisfaction (Acura, VW not so much)

Over the past few years, car owners have become increasingly dissatisfied with their vehicles. But a new study from the American Customer Satisfaction Index suggests that for most automakers, consumer sentiment has made a turn for the better. ACSI's 2016 Automobile Report polled 3,776 auto...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
Volkswagen to unveil electric car with nearly 400-mile range

Shortly after the Dieselgate scandal broke, Volkswagen announced that it would focus less attention on diesels and more on electric vehicles--you know, like most automakers on the planet. Though we've occasionally questioned the automaker's commitment to its bold EV plan, Volkswagen appears to be...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap
Report: Justice Department has evidence of VW criminal wrongdoing

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday (subscription required) that federal investigators have found evidence of criminal wrongdoing at Volkswagen and may be preparing to charge the automaker for crimes related to its widespread emissions scandal. The newspaper reported that the Department of...Read More»

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