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Turbos & Diesels: Like 'Em Or Loathe 'Em, They're Becoming The Norm
Turbos & Diesels: Like 'Em Or Loathe 'Em, They're Becoming The Norm

By most accounts, the conventional gasoline engine's days are numbered. Long before electric cars become commonplace, automakers expect to wean themselves off gas-powered powerplants, replacing them with fuel-efficient alternatives. On Monday, Ford's Joe Bakaj told Detroit News that the time is...Read More»

Volkswagen e-Up!  -  2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
Can VW Become The World's Biggest Electric Car Maker, Too?

Say what you will about Volkswagen, but the company isn't afraid of setting big, bold goals for itself. Several years ago, VW announced its intention to become the world's largest automaker by 2018. And now, according to Detroit News, it's aiming to be the world's biggest maker of electric cars by...Read More»

Volkswagen Bus (pic by Marshall Astor)
The Volkswagen Bus Is Dead! Long Live The Volkswagen Bus!

The Volkswagen Bus: facilitator of family road trips, pleasure pad of hippies, instigator of the infamous "chicken tax". After 63 years of production, it's finally heading to that showroom in the sky. If you live in the U.S., you could be excused for thinking that the Bus -- officially known as the...Read More»

Volkswagen Car-Net website
Volkswagen Launches OnStar Competitor, Car-Net

When General Motors debuted OnStar in 1996, some folks weren't sure what to make of it. Sure, having an assistant on hand in case of an accident sounded like a good idea, but paying a monthly subscription seemed expensive. And what about privacy? How could users be sure they weren't being watched?...Read More»

J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study
Volkswagen, Chevrolet Score Big In J.D. Power's APEAL Study

Every year at this time, J.D. Power releases its annual U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study, better known as the APEAL Study. Last year, the study proved that small, fuel-efficient vehicles could hold their own against bigger, badder luxury cars -- provided they were well...Read More»

Classic Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, Santa Monica, 2012
Volkswagen Drops Lofty Sales Target, Dealers Exhale

Three years ago, Volkswagen proudly announced that it would become the world's largest automaker -- in terms of output, sales, and profit -- by 2018. Things haven't quite gone as planned. For starters, the global economy has faltered. When VW made its boastful declaration, the worst of the Great...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Volkswagen Phasing Out Five-Cylinder In Favor Of High-MPG Turbo

Four-cylinder engines are back at VW. The automaker has revealed some details of its 2014 model lineup, and one especially noteworthy detail is that a new 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be used extensively—and will boost gas mileage significantly on 2014...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo R-Line
2013 VW Beetle R-Line Priced; New Engine For Turbo, Jetta GLI

Volkswagen says its new Beetle Turbo R-Line will be priced from $30,135 when it goes on sale later this month. The new version of the Beetle replaces the top trim line of the current car in the midyear change. It's fitted with 19-inch wheels, new front and rear fascias, LED daytime running lights...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition
Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition Returns For 2013

The Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition has come and gone throughout the years, but it's always been a value-oriented package that adds popular features to a lower-trim model. For 2013 VW is bringing the model back to showrooms to sit between the base S and the mid-level SE trims. The Wolfsburg...Read More»

Volkswagen iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet
Volkswagen Gets Serious About Smartphone Integration With The iBeetle

Many of us have experienced bugs in our iPhones, but the new iBeetle from Volkswagen aims to turn the tables by putting the iPhone in a Bug. At this month's Shanghai Auto Show, Volkswagen will unveil the iBeetle, a special edition of the popular VW Beetle. The car's design will echo the...Read More»

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Analysts Say More Cars Sold In March Than Any Month Since August 2007

Official stats on March auto sales won't be available until next week, but analysts are already predicting a bang-up month. In fact, the folks at Kelly Blue Book think March could be the best month for new car sales since before the Great Recession. In all, KBB expects to see 1,450,000 vehicle...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Video Road Test

When it comes to freedom of choice, the Jetta has it, from a turbocharged four cylinder, to an inline-five cylinder, to a hybrid. But which Jetta's right for you? And does it live up to the premium German hype while beating competitors such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra?...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Golf Variant
2015 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Previewed By VW Golf Variant

We often wonder why Americans aren't a little more tuned-in to the sporty yet economical combination that a good wagon can provide. And here in the U.S., available now, there's no better example than the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen--a model that is more engaging to drive than nearly any compact...Read More»

'Diesel fuel only' caution on Audi Q7 TDI
Catch-22: If Diesel Sales Boom, Will Their Cost Advantage Bust?

To a very small, select group of enthusiasts, diesel cars or utility vehicles have a lot of allure, with their strong, fuel-efficient engines and, for the most part, a great reputation for long-haul durability. Yet for the rest of us who don’t delight in ‘b5’ biodiesel pumps or...Read More»

2014 Lexus IS 250 F Sport
Lexus, Subaru, Mazda Earn High Marks On Consumer Reports' Report Card

Every year, Consumer Reports rolls out its "Brand Report Card", which ranks major auto brands based on reliability and road-test scores. CR's 2013 scoresheet has just come out, with Lexus at the top of the heap. In previous years, CR's report card has lumped all of an automaker's sub-brands under...Read More»

'Father and Sun' ad for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Invites You On A Hawaiian Roadtrip

At first glance, February might seem like a strange time to launch a new convertible, but really, it makes perfect sense: in chilly weather like this, the thought of motoring under warm, sunny skies makes drop-tops all the more sexy. At least, that's what Volkswagen is hoping. The automaker has...Read More»

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Auto Incentives Dropped 12% In January, But Transaction Prices Fell, Too

Incentives continued their long, slow decline in January, but according to TrueCar, transaction prices fell, too, which could soften the blow for bargain-hunters. On average, incentives slipped 12.2% between December 2012 and January 2013, coming to rest at $2,274 per vehicle. The pickings are...Read More»

Toyota RAV4 commercial featuring Kaley Cuoco
Super Bowl Ads: A Compilation Of Car Commercials For 2013's Big Game

This year's Super Bowl promises to be a good one. Chicken wings are flying off the shelves despite record-high prices. The Destiny's Child halftime reunion is -- for the moment -- still on. Oh, and there's a football game happening, too. That ought to liven things up. But what folks will really be...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford Continues To Generate Most Buzz, But Toyota Makes Biggest Gains

Plenty of surveys measure attitudes toward the auto industry. Some determine how much motorists like their vehicles, some focus on the dealership experience, and others zero in on areas like auto insurance. Marketing firm YouGov measures something a little more elusive: buzz. Every weekday, YouGov...Read More»

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