Test Drive: Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Test Drive: Volkswagen Jetta TDI

With everyone today concerned with global warming and the environment one of the greenest decisions you can make is to buy a diesel.  The cars are enjoying a resurgence as customers look for better alternatives given gas prices. Diesel?  Yes, diesel. The TDI engine gets great gas mileage, and is...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Racer
VW Races Jetta TDI Diesels to Prove Efficiency, Cleanliness

So bent on proving the efficiency and cleanliness of their new 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel four-cylinder making its appearance in the 2009 Jetta TDI clean diesel, Volkswagen has employed them in race duty. In fact, they set up the Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDI Cup, a multirace series wherein basically...Read More»

2009 VW Jetta TDI
VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel Tech Brought to You by Robert Bosch LLC

Launched in 1886 as a "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering," Bosch has been in on diesel technology since fellow German Rudolf Diesel introduced his revolutionary heat engine at the Paris World's Fair in 1900. Bosch continues their leadership in compression ignition...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
VW Jetta TDI Is First Diesel Named "Green Car of the Year"

The first diesel ever to take the title "Green Car Of the Year," Volkswagen's '09 Jetta TDI clean diesel was awarded the title at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The VW beat out a pair of hybrids, a clean diesel sport sedan, and a trendy microcar. Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and...Read More»

Suzuki SX4t Concept
Suzuki SX4t Turbo Concept to Debut at SEMA

The line of breathed-upon vehicles to debut at SEMA '08 just keeps on growing, and Suzuki is getting in on the game with the announcement of a few vehicles, including the SX4t Turbo Concept. Turbo boost gives the Suzuki SX4 Crossover a crisp jump in power to 221 horsepower and 208 pound-feet of...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI in Top 10 for Gas Mileage

Last week, the EPA released its list of the 2009 most fuel-efficient vehicles. Both the 2009 Volksagen Jetta TDI sedan and the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI made the top 10, a realm in which they were the only diesel vehicles present. The Jetta diesels were surrounded mainly by...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan S
VW Vindication: 2009 Jetta TDI Averages 58.8 MPG

Record-breaking couple John and Helen Taylor just added a new Guinness world fuel economy record to their impressive list of 36. Their new record is for average fuel economy while driving across the 48 contiguous United States, which they achieved by averaging 58.8 mpg in an '09 Volkswagen Jetta...Read More»

Mercedes BlueEfficiency four-cylinder diesel
Benz Shows Off New BlueEFFICIENCY Diesel

Making even its recent V-6, aluminum block diesel (E320 BlueTEC, ML 320 BlueTEC, GL320 BlueTEC, and R320 BlueTEC) a thing of the past, Mercedes-Benz is set to rattle the diesel world with its new generation of oil burners this fall. The first engine in the family to be released is a four-cylinder...Read More»

2008 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Concept
VW Golf BlueMotion Concept Gets 62 mpg

Piggybacking the announcement of its Gen VI Golf (Rabbit here in the states), VW installed its 1.6-liter common-rail diesel into a version of that vehicle to achieve 74.3 mpg on the European cycle (that equates to roughly 62 mpg in U.S. terms). A bit smaller than the 2.0 TDI in its newest U.S...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Wolfsburg Edition
Couple Shoots for World Record in VW TDI

Australians John and Helen Taylor are one frugal couple. In 2006, they set a Guinness World Record by driving around the world using 24 tanks of fuel in a Volkswagen Golf. They hope to best the current U.S. cross-country miles-per-gallon record on a drive across America with one of VW's newly...Read More»

Ralph Gilles
Gilles New Head of Chrysler Design

Ralph Gilles, the stylist credited with the blingy Chrysler 300 sedan, is the company's new head of design. Gilles replaces Trevor Creed, a 23-year veteran of Chrysler design, who's retiring effective August 31. "Trevor has led a distinguished automotive design career," said Chrysler LLC Chairman...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC
Benz Diesels Make Tax-Cut Cut, Too

Last week we told you the Volkswagen Jetta diesels were eligible for a federal tax credit because they get such good fuel-economy ratings. This morning it's Mercedes-Benz that has good green news to share, as its diesel lineup is also eligible for similar credits. The VW and Benz vehicles...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
That 2009 VW Jetta TDI? It's $1,300 Off, Sort Of

The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI comes standard with a lot of things--among them, a $1,300 tax credit that pays financial homage to its high fuel economy. Volkswagen says the new TDI models, Jetta and SportWagen, are both eligible for the IRS' Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicle income tax...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Driving the New 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel

We won't do a full test drive of the new 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI CleanDiesel until mid-September. But how to deal with the diesel itch? How about driving one at a showroom, where testers are available like the"free" bottles of cologne over at Macy's? VW has a monumental task ahead of it...Read More»

Opel Insignia
Opel Insignia: The Once and Future-ish Saturn

Last week when GM vice chairman Bob Lutz spoke with TheCarConnection.com about the Saturn Aura, he explained that the plan had been to "short-cycle" the current Aura and bring this new Opel Insignia to the States as a Saturn. Now with Saturn being re-evaluated--could it be all small cars once...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Jetta Diesel Starts in the Low $20s

Your diesel love will come cheap from Volkswagen, according to a press release today from cosmopolitan Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen of America says the new diesel versions of the Jetta sedan and Sportwagen will be priced in the low to mid-$20,000 range. The Jetta's new diesel engine is a 2.0-liter...Read More»

Kia Sephia
Kia to Pay $6 Million to Sephia Owners

A jury has ordered South Korean carmaker Kia to pay $6 million to owners of the Sephia sedan to compensate them for defective brake systems. It took jurors in Elizabeth, New Jersey, just one day, following a five-week trial, to decide against the automaker and order the payout of $750 to each of...Read More»

VW Hoping for a Little Diesel Mania

It's the moment that old-school greenies and hardcore cheapskates alike have been waiting for: the second coming of the Volkswagen diesel engine. And it's coming at the end of the summer, VW execs reminded us at the Washington, D.C.-area press drive for the new Jetta Sportwagen. Though we were...Read More»

Das Auto: VW Reminds People It's "The Car"

It's Volkswagen's new ad campaign, and it's as simple as "the car." The German automaker launches a new advertising campaign this month under the tag, "Das Auto" -- translated from German as "the car." It's meant to signify VW's place as an icon of pop culture, while giving the brand a jump-start...Read More»

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