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October Auto Sales: The Leading Edge Of An Economic Rebound?
October Auto Sales: The Leading Edge Of An Economic Rebound?

While U.S. economic news is hardly good, somehow auto sales again proved to be a bright spot in October. As the housing sector remains on a downward slide in much of the country, manufacturing growth slowed, and economists wondered how Greece's nearing economic meltdown will affect the global...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat Grabs IIHS "Top Safety Pick" Award

The first Volkswagen model to be built at its new Chattanooga, TN plant, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, has earned “Top Safety Pick” honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The award signifies that the new Passat has earned a rating of “Good” (the...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
China Halfheartedly Clamps Down On Government Car Perks

When it comes to political leaders who work the system for their own benefit, the United States hardly has a monopoly. In China, being a government official practically entitles you to a free car, free maintenance, and in some cases, all the government money you can embezzle via phony service...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»

Volkswagen's 'The Force' ad for the 2012 Passat
Never Mind The Hamsters: VW's Darth Vader Ad Is The Only One You Really Liked

Forget Chrysler and that "Born of Fire" ad that generated so much buzz (justified or not). Forget Kia and its indomitable, award-winning rodents. The only auto ad from 2011 that you folks really enjoyed is Volkswagen's clip with the diminutive Darth Vader. We're not making that up: marketing...Read More»

Tiny Darth Vader uses the force on a 2012 Volkswagen Passat
VW's Super Bowl Ad Was Cute, Will It Sell The Passat?

Super Bowl commercials do one thing really well, create buzz. Volkswagen made sure its commercial "The Force" was nothing if not hilarious. But will it sell the Passat? Wait, I bet you just did a double take. Did you know that the Volkswagen commercial featuring little Vader was actually for the...Read More»

Tiny Darth Vader uses the force on a 2012 Volkswagen Passat
Video: VW Gears Up For Super Bowl XLV With Tiny Vader, Beetle Stampede

The season is upon us: giant rental flat-screen TVs, cheap beer, and every snack under the sun. The Super Bowl is coming. And so are its ads. We won't spoil the fun for you, but the first of the two ads below features a Darth Vader so small, Rick Moranis must feel like Andre the Giant. It's also so...Read More»

Screencap from AutoNOMOS Labs self-driving taxi
Video: Yes, You Can Finally Drive Your Car With An iPad. Well, Almost.

Last week, Google shared its new self-driving cars with the world, and Android acolytes said that it was good. Now Apple fanboys have cause to celebrate -- in their cool, minimalist way, of course -- thanks to some very enterprising folks from AutoNOMOS Labs at Freie University in Berlin. They've...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen NMS
2012 Volkswagen NMS: More Sketches, Passat Still Not Coming

At the 2010 Paris auto show, Volkswagen had a full range of new Passat sedans and wagons on display. But the Passat will not be returning to the U.S.--at least the new Euro Passat will not be--and to underscore that point, VW has released three new sketches of its upcoming new mid-size sedan (NMS)...Read More»

2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS
Settlement Addresses Engine-Sludge Issue In Audi A4, VW Passat

A settlement made by the U.S. District Court in Boston could affect owners of 1997-2004 Audi A4 and 1998-2004 Volkswagen Passat models with the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine—badged for much of that time as 1.8T. According to court records—as reported in a press release...Read More»

Volkswagen NMS design sketch
Volkswagen Building Engines in Mexico for Tennessee Sedan

Volkswagen's expanding again, this time with an engine plant in Mexico that one day will feed its North American factories with powertrains for at least two new sedans. VW confirmed in a press release that the new plant in Silao, Mexico--not far from a GM factory that houses assemby for pickups and...Read More»

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Study: Men Park Better Than Women (And VW Agrees)

Jokes about men's and women's driving abilities have fueled more stand-up routines than we care to remember, but a new study indicates that there may be some truth behind those yuks. Researchers in Germany put 65 men and women behind the wheel of an Audi A6 and tested them on head-on, reverse, and...Read More»

Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Hints At Future Hybrid Models
Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Hints At Future Hybrid Models

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen revealed an all-new concept car, called the Up! Lite, that demonstrates a new focus on fuel-efficiency and hybrids by getting straight to numbers; its carbon-dioxide emissions are just 65 grams per mile and at 70 mpg, it's the most fuel-efficient...Read More»

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta: More American, More Affordable?

TheCarConnection.com has already previewed a Euro-spec Golf VI and gushed over its features and interior details. But don't get your hopes too high expecting that the decidedly upscale feel or top-tech powertrains will arrive to the U.S. in the most affordable version of the next-generation, 2011...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Passat
AdWatch: VW Passat Keeps You Living In Denial

Are you the sort of person who coasts through life with blinders on? Who avoids unpleasantness at all costs? Who shoves all those bills in a big ol' envelope and takes a dozen people to the Ginger Man for drinks? Well, according to the TV spot above--British, of course--you're a perfect candidate...Read More»

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