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Fiat Ups Stake In Chrysler, Volkswagen Buys Rest Of Porsche
Fiat Ups Stake In Chrysler, Volkswagen Buys Rest Of Porsche

While Americans were celebrating independence yesterday, two European automakers announced plans to gobble up more of their partners -- including one very American company. Fiat and Chrysler Here in the U.S., Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne announced that Fiat's ownership stake in Chrysler...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo: Driven

When the New Beetle arrived, back in 1998, it elicited waves of nostalgia from Baby Boomers who had owned the old air-cooled Beetles, and loved what they had come to symbolize. At the time of the New Beetle's launch, it was exactly what they wanted—a vehicle that carried forward the iconic...Read More»

LGBT rainbow flag
Chrysler, Ford, Toyota Score 100% On LGBT Workplace Equality (Updated)

UPDATED: One of our contacts at GM wrote in with a couple of important clarifications. See the note below. The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, and for ten years, the organization has been ranking companies on their...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle
Signs Of Improvement: Volkswagen Signs Up For Super Bowl XLVI

Today's TV pundits spend a lot of time talking about the frailty of the U.S. economy, but that hasn't stopped consumers from visiting their local auto showrooms. Recently, we got word that car sales were on the rise, and now comes an equally promising harbinger: Volkswagen has purchased a spot...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»

2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
2011 VW Touareg: Home Away From Home

The run-up in fuel prices the world over threatens to make drivers turn to Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs (or should it be "Leaves"?) just to be able to make the mortgage payments. However, there are still large, boxy, all-wheel-driven, gasoline- and diesel-fired behemoths that tempt drivers to part...Read More»

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept
Is The Honeymoon Between Volkswagen And Suzuki Over?

On paper, the relationship between auto industry giant Volkswagen and Japanese automaker Suzuki seemed logical enough. After all, Volkswagen stood to learn from Suzuki on building inexpensive subcompacts, and could have potentially received valuable exposure in the Japanese market. Suzuki would...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Routan
Rebel Attack: Greenpeace Uses The Force Against Volkswagen

I blogged yesterday about VW trying to engage its fans in helping to make the next commercial in its series “Drive Until.” I found this to be a good approach to winning fans and more adherents to the VW brand. It’s a great way to interact with the VW buyers and keep the company...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Prices Start At $19,765

We’re still a few months away from the 2012 VW Beetle’s appearance in dealer showrooms, but Volkswagen has given us an idea of what the iconic car will sell for. There will be three engine options, ranging from the 2.5-liter, in-line five-cylinder to the 2.0-liter, turbocharged...Read More»

2008 Maybach 62S
The Most Embarrassing Cars Of All Time: The European Edition

Big mistakes, we make them all. Lame ideas, we have all had them and acted on them. Like the woman at my gym who looks like she spent the better part of her youth on a sun-tanning bed, while smoking two packs a day. Think spent and leathery and you’ll be close. Humans also make some really...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»

Eminem in Chrysler's Super Bowl XLV ad
So, Who Won The Super Bowl: Chrysler Or VW?

It's all anyone has talked about for at least two months: last night's knock-down, drag-out on the Fox network. With family, with friends, with strangers on the subway, we've debated who would win, who would lose, whose strategy would work, and whose would live in infamy. Hours later, we're still...Read More»

Bill Hader in a VW Academy commercial
Video: Volkswagen Harnesses The 'Hilarity' Of SNL For New 'VW Academy'

Everyone knows that Volkswagen is wrangling to become the world's largest automaker by 2018. We also know that the company has had trouble on the sales front, especially here in the U.S., where VW's numbers have been on the decline since the original Beetle's heyday in the 1970s. To counter that...Read More»

Volkswagen's 2011 Dakar Rally app for iPhone
Dakar Is Almost Here -- Get Your Free Rally App From VW Now!

If you're a rally fan and you've got an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, here's something you ought to download pronto: the 2011 Dakar Rally app from Volkswagen. It's a great way to keep up with the race from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Arica, Chile and back again -- and best of all, it's free. The...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Promo: Get A New 2011 Volkswagen Jetta For Just $5,995 (That's Not A Misprint)

Shopping clubs like Groupon and Living Social are all the rage these days, and newcomer Gilt.com is clearly hoping to capitalize on the group-discount shopping mentality. Less than two weeks before the Christmas holiday, Gilt has announced a partnership with Volkswagen to offer nine brand new 2011...Read More»

Volkswagen's 'Yes We Can' ad
Today In Advertising: Yes, We Can...Sell Volkswagens

Volkswagen may have trouble meeting its lofty 2018 sales goals, and Democrats may have suffered losses at the polls yesterday, but together, they can...sell cars to South Africa. Take a good look at that ad on the left. Enlarge it if you must. That is, indeed, President Obama's "Yes, we can" slogan...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Names Jonathan Browning New U.S. Chief

Volkswagen of America has been without a CEO since Stefan Jacoby resigned earlier this year, but confirmation has come that the American arm of the German automaker will soon have a new leader. The automaker has announced today that former GM executive Jonathan Browning has been named president and...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Today in Car News: Leaf Falls, Italia Crashes and In-N-Out with Zagat

If you're in line for a 2011 Nissan Leaf, you may have to wait even longer. Instead of 10,000 Leafs planned for sale before March, Nissan North America's now counting on 3,300 electric cars. Bummer. [Gas 2.0] The 2011 Volvo lineup includes a five-cylinder-only S40, more power for the S80, and the...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta infotainment system
Video: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Joins the Infotainment Era

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is joining the infotainment era, bit by bit, with a newly available system that blends navigation and entertainment features into a single touchscreen-driven system. It's not as flexible as Ford's SYNC system, or the Kia UVO setup we tested this week in the 2011 Sportage...Read More»

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