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

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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»

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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»

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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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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Germany approves fixes, bigger compensation packages coming to U.S.?

If you live in Europe and own a vehicle that's been affected by the Volkswagen diesel scandal, we have good news to share in our quasi-weekly roundup of Dieselgate news. If, on the other hand, you actually work for Volkswagen...well, maybe you should grab another cup of coffee first. 1. Germany...Read More»

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo in Lime Gold Metallic paint
Like glittery metallic paints on cars? There's something you should know...

You're a conscientious consumer. You buy eggs from cage-free chickens, your bling is blood diamond-free, and your iPhone...well, you try not to think too much about your iPhone. But what about your car--specifically, its glittery metallic paint? Have you mulled that over much? Apparently, you...Read More»

Trinity, professional hacker [from The Matrix]
Latest worry for Volkswagen owners: Wireless hack can unlock millions of Audis, Porsches, VWs

If you're a Volkswagen owner, you've probably spent the last 11 months worrying about Dieselgate. Even folks who don't own diesels have been deeply concerned about the resale value of their VWs because of the black eye the brand has received in the press. Owners of Audi, Porsche, and other marques...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Troubles worsen abroad, but VW execs finally wise up

Volkswagen continues its efforts to leave the global Dieselgate scandal behind. Will the company's long, slow slog turn into a death march, or will it end in a victory parade? Check out these recent headlines, and judge for yourselves: 1. VW sales sink even further, but other brands keep rising: No...Read More»

2016 J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study
J.D. Power: Porsche, Volkswagen inspire passion in owners; Acura, Smart, not so much

Some of us own cars that are functional, but little more. They get us from Point A to Point B, they haul our groceries and kids and dry cleaning, but they don't really stand out. They don't create an emotional connection. Others are luckier. They drive cars that inspire passion, loyalty, and pride...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf
2016 Volkswagen CC, e-Golf, Golf R, Tiguan recalled to fix child locks

Volkswagen has announced a recall of nearly 5,700 vehicles from the 2016 model year to fix an issue with the cars' child safety locks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem stems from components supplied by Kiekert CSSRO, which is based in the Czech Republic...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: MD, MA, NY file suits; BMW diesels delayed; South Korean sales stop

Earlier this week, Volkswagen announced that it was getting out of the diesel business--at least in the U.S., and at least for the forseeable future. That was undoubtedly the worst news related to the ongoing Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal that we've seen over the past week, but it's not the only...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
VW to bow out of diesels–for now

Beleaguered Volkswagen says that it is done selling diesel-powered cars in the United States, at least for now. Automotive News reports that the engine's future is in doubt beyond 2019, although the automaker hasn't publicly ruled out a diesel powertrain. “We are not stopping diesel. Wherever...Read More»

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