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Hyundai, Kia in driver's seat as VW exits its deal with self-driving car startup
Hyundai, Kia in driver's seat as VW exits its deal with self-driving car startup

Hyundai and Kia last week upped their investment in autonomous car technology startup Aurora Innovation just as Volkswagen stepped away from its partnership with Aurora. Specifically, the investment will expand self-driving technology research to more Hyundai and Kia models and help build a...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2019 VW GTI earns Top Safety Pick award

The sporty 2019 Volkswagen GTI hatchback earned top marks in the latest IIHS crash tests and qualified for the organization's top award when equipped with extra-cost headlights and collision-prevention gear. The 2019 GTI earned "Good" ratings in every crash test, save for an "Acceptable" in the...Read More»

Production version of VW’s CrossBlue concept to be built in Chattanooga
Five years later, union moves to organize VW's Tennessee car plant again

Workers at Volkswagen's car factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will vote on whether to organize and join the United Auto Workers Union on April 29 and April 30. When the UAW made a push to organize the plant's eligible assembly line workers in 2014, the effort narrowly failed 712-626. The UAW did...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Atlas
2019 VW Atlas expands turbo-4 engine availability, again

More versions of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas are again available with a turbo-4 base engine. Cars Direct reported Wednesday that VW introduced an Atlas SE 2.0T trim with a starting price of $35,090. For buyers, it offers them a way to add in more premium features while skipping the more powerful but...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 VW Jetta earns five-star crash-test rating

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan earned a five-star crash-test rating from the federal government, the automaker said Thursday. Though it didn't ace the NHTSA's barrage of crash tests, the 2019 Jetta earned four stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for side-impact protection...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line package
Flagship 2019 Volkswagen Arteon arrives for $36,840

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will cost $36,840 when it goes on sale this spring, VW said last week. That base price, which includes a mandatory $995 destination charge, is for an Arteon SE with front-wheel drive. Arteon SEL and SEL Premium trims cost $40,990 and $45,940. All-wheel drive is a $1,800...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI undercuts GTI at $26,890

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI brings the Golf GTI's performance credentials to a sedan body for $26,890, VW said Wednesday. That figure undercuts the $28,490 2019 Golf GTI with which the four-door shares its engine and chassis. Buyers will have the choice of three trims for the 2019 Jetta GLI: S...Read More»

Argo AI self-driving car
VW to pump $1.7B into Ford's self-driving car subsidiary

Volkswagen will reportedly invest nearly $2 billion into the self-driving car development arm of Ford Motor Company, The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday. Eventually VW and Ford could hold equal parts of Argo AI, according to the report. Ford invested $1 billion into the Pittsburgh-based autonomous...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta crash test, via IIHS
2019 VW Jetta aces IIHS crash tests but headlights remain sore spot

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta walked away with impressive ratings from the IIHS' latest round of crash tests, but like dim headlights held the sedan back. The only time the 2019 Jetta deviated from the IIHS' "Good" rating was when it came down to headlight performance. The sedan earned a "Marginal"...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Passat, 2019 Detroit auto show
2020 Volkswagen Passat unveiled: New look, same bones for mid-size sedan

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat unveiled Monday at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit shows that the German automaker is playing it safe when it comes to the challenges of selling mid-size sedans in the midst of a crossover SUV wave. Its fastback-like shape is new, but what's...Read More»

Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
VW nabs Apple exec for self-driving car development

Volkswagen has hired former Apple executive Alexander Hitzinger to lead technical development at its commercial vehicles division, which includes responsibility for the development of self-driving cars and the automaker's mobility services. Reuters reported on the hiring on Wednesday and said...Read More»

Ford-VW Logos
What's next for Ford-VW partnership? Here are some possibilities

Next week at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, global auto giants Ford and Volkswagen are expected to detail a deepening alliance that started last year as a partnership on self-driving tech and commercial vehicles. The two automakers have inched forward on plans since to...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Atlas
Three VWs recalled over lack of warning when key is left in ignition

A handful of new Volkswagen cars and crossovers are subject to a new recall from the German brand. In documents filed with the NHTSA last month and released this week, VW will recall the Atlas, Jetta, and Tiguan over no warning that the key has been left in the ignition. The recall applies to 2018...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
What's New for 2019: Volkswagen

After adding a pair of crossover SUVs to its lineup last year, VW for 2019 reworked its passenger car lineup. A new VW Jetta joins the lineup, now riding on a more advanced platform shared with the Golf. The latest Jetta's 1.4-liter turbo-4 delivers 40 mpg on the highway and decent passing power...Read More»

VW-Microsoft technology partnership
VW, Microsoft team up for connected cars

From Volkswagen’s perspective, it seems no number of tech partners is too many. The German giant announced Friday that it will be teaming up with Microsoft for connected car and cloud services despite a hush-hush deal with Apple to develop autonomous technology. Volkswagen has chosen...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line package
Here we go again: VW Arteon launch delayed until 2019 over emissions certification

The 2019 VW Arteon sedan—well, hatchback really—won’t reach the U.S. market until early 2019 after the company on Wednesday reported a failure to meet new global emissions testing . As a VW spokesperson told Automotive News, the issue is because of “delays in the...Read More»

VW Electric for All
VW looks back to TDI for pricing on upcoming electric vehicles

Volkswagen, as it develops several vehicles on its new modular electric platform (MEB) and plans dozens more, is looking past Tesla and aiming to go “Electric for All.” The affordability that once made the automaker famous with the original Beetle, the Type 2 "Microbus," and tens of...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Beetle
VW pushing for self-driving car industry standards

Volkswagen has reportedly been talking to its competitors about creating auto industry-wide standards for self-driving cars, Automotive News reported Friday. The automaker has talked to more than a dozen automakers and other firms involved in developing autonomous car technology about an alliance...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition
2019 VW Beetle Final Edition writes icon's final chapter

The up-and-down saga of the Volkswagen Beetle finally has a conclusion—at least for now. The 2019 VW Beetle Final Edition the automaker announced Thursday signals the end of the line for the iconic coupe and convertible's second reboot. Production of the Beetle will end in July at VW's...Read More»

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