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Despite Big Stumbles In The U.S. & China, Volkswagen Is Outselling Toyota (For Now, Anyway)
Despite Big Stumbles In The U.S. & China, Volkswagen Is Outselling Toyota (For Now, Anyway)

At first glance, it might seem that 2015 has been unkind to Volkswagen. U.S. sales of VW's mass-market brand have continued their long, long losing streak, down 2.6 percent for the year. (Though smaller-volume sales of Audi and Porsche are up.) In China, the situation is even grimmer: the company...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf  -  Long-term test car
Six-Month e-Golf Road Test: Why We're Doing It

The all-new 2015 Volkswagen Golf is one of the best packaged compact hatchbacks on the market; and its combination of nimble, responsive driving performance and a very smooth, refined ride make a standout in its class. Surprisingly, we can say the same so far of the Volkswagen e-Golf, the...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Golf
Bosch Fuel Pump Recall Expands To Include 2015 Volkswagen Golf, GTI, Audi A3

Earlier this month, Nissan and BMW issued simultaneous recalls affecting nearly 100,000 U.S.-registered vehicles. In both cases, the underlying problem was a faulty fuel pump made by German supplier, Bosch. ALSO SEE: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Highest MPG Of Any Sports Car Now, the Bosch recall has...Read More»

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BMW, Aston Martin, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz: Why Are Automakers Heading South?

In case you hadn't noticed, there's a mass migration underway in the auto industry. Whether they sell luxury SUVs or mainstream sedans, car companies of all stripes are heading south. ALSO SEE: The Lowest-Rated Cars Of 2015 Many are already there -- and have been for years. Hyundai has a base of...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Routan
2009-2010 Volkswagen Routan Recalled For Flawed Ignition Switch

Volkswagen has issued a recall for 2009 and 2010 models of the Routan minivan. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicle may suffer from the same kind of ignition switch flaws that spawned massive recalls at General Motors and other automakers last year. ALSO SEE...Read More»

Audi of America stormed Capitol Hill over the weekend and staged a 'TDI Party'
Is The Diesel Dead?

The U.S. can be confusing to Europeans. They don't understand our versions of football or coffee, and please don't get them started on our waistlines. (After an eye-opening trip to a certain big-box store, a French visitor once said to me, "Yes, of course we have fat people, but they do not go...Read More»

Porsche 918 Spyder, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
New Porsche Model May Take On Tesla

In the field of electric cars, Volkswagen has lagged behind the competition. Its Audi sub-brand made some headway with the e-tron family of vehicles, but the ride has been bumpy. Generally speaking, when VW has dreamed of higher fuel economy, it has envisioned a future full of diesels. Even to this...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen: First Drive

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is a wagon version of the new VW Golf--and that's essentially the major thing you need to know about the car. One of very few genuine wagons in the compact-car segment, the SportWagen shares all of the virtues and the few vices of the seventh-generation Golf...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Golf R
Six Reasons To Pick The VW Golf R Over The Subaru WRX STI

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R might very well be the most accessible, livable car to offer both all-weather traction from all-wheel drive, plus 0-60 mph acceleration in less than five seconds—especially if you limit the contenders to those with an under-$40,000 price tag. What it starts with is...Read More»

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept Video

Volkswagen needs more SUVs, and over the past few years, it’s been showing future utes as concept cars. This year’s model? The Cross Coupe GTE. ALSO SEE: Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE: VW’s (American) Future Of Crossovers The GTE shows off the new styling cues and powertrain...Read More»

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Beyond The Cross Coupe, Volkswagen's Plan To Take Over America Involves Adding 100 Dealers

In most parts of the world, Volkswagen is a top-selling auto brand, but America isn't like most parts. Sadly, unless more U.S. consumers start swilling VW's Kool-Aid, the German car company will never achieve its goal of dominating Planet Earth's auto market by the year 2018. That annoying fact has...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Golf family
VW Golf And Ford F-150 Take 2015 North American Car And Truck Of The Year Awards

The votes have been counted and the winners declared for the annual North American Car of the Year and North American Truck/Utility of the Year awards at the Detroit Auto Show this morning. They are the 2015 Volkswagen Golf in the car category and the 2015 Ford F-150 in the truck/utility category...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Golf
2014-2015 Volkswagen Beetle, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Passat Recalled To Fix Fuel Leak

Volkswagen has issued a recall for nearly 38,000 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, GTI, Jetta, and Passat vehicles from the 2014 and 2015 model years. According to documents posted at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website (PDF), those vehicles may suffer from fuel leaks...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Jetta
2015 Volkswagen Jetta Recalled To Fix Headlight Software Glitch

Volkswagen is recalling nearly 35,000 Jetta vehicles from the 2015 model-year to repair a problem with the cars' headlights. Unlike the headlight-related Acura recall issued yesterday, however, Volkswagen's recall stems from a software glitch. ALSO SEE: Six Most Affordable Vehicles With Third-Row...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
2013-2015 Volkswagen Beetle Recalled To Fix Shattering Sunroof

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling select Volkswagen Beetles from the 2013-2015 model years. According to a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF), the recall is meant to fix a faulty sunroof, which could shatter in traffic. ALSO SEE: 2015 Nissan Murano: First...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Volkswagen Beetle, Jetta Recalled For Suspension Problems: 442,000 Vehicles Affected

Volkswagen is recalling select models of the 2011-2013 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2012-2013 Volkswagen Beetle. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF), the recall stems from a flaw in the vehicles' suspension, which could dramatically increase the risk of...Read More»

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2013 Audi Q7 Recalled For Oil Leak

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. has issued a recall for select 2013 models of the Audi Q7 crossover. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF), some of those vehicles may suffer from an oil leak, which could set off a series of unfortunate events that...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen Jetta
2015 Volkswagen Jetta Does Better, Earns Top Safety Rating

Last week the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its top accolade to the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta—after the Jetta aced a retest in one particularly demanding area. And that now makes it one of the safest compact sedans if you shop by the ratings. While the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta hasn't...Read More»

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf (Euro spec)  -  Driven, Portland OR, July 2014  (credit: NWAPA)
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Priced—At Nearly Twice The Cost Of Gas Version

Would you pay twice as much for your vehicle, initially, to go electric? Volkswagen just announced pricing for its 2015 e-Golf, and at $36,265 it’s in a completely different pricing league than the base 2015 Volkswagen Golf, which costs as little as $18,815. Of course, you should keep in mind...Read More»

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