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Reto Brun to Helm Newly Dedicated Volkswagen Brand Design Center

Reto Brun to Helm Newly Dedicated Volkswagen Brand Design Center

The new Volkswagen brand studio located in Santa Monica, California, is now under the direction of Reto Brun, who has accepted the position and title as Director of Design. According to Volkswagen, the Design Center California (DCC) will serve as the epicenter of U.S.-based designs for the VW brand. “Mr. Brun will oversee the DCC […]

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European Union Industry Commissioner Warns Against City Diesel Bans

European Union Industry Commissioner Warns Against City Diesel Bans

Diesel has really become a dirty word lately, largely thanks to the uncovering of Volkswagen’s widespread emissions test cheating in its popular diesel vehicles, leading to large-scale investigations and many, many lawsuits. Long-Term Care: Here’s what you get with Mazda’s extended warranties This is especially hard on the people of Europe, where diesel passenger cars […]

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Volkswagen Resumes Sales in Iran After 17 Years

Volkswagen Resumes Sales in Iran After 17 Years

After a 17-year hiatus, Volkswagen has decided to return its sales to Iran in August. Over the years, Iran has been known for its trade restrictions, limiting companies from being able to make substantial profits in the Middle Eastern country due to excessive tariffs. However, in 2015, those restrictions were reduced after an agreement was […]

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Daimler Abandons Plans for 2017 Mercedes-Benz Diesel Models in America

Daimler Abandons Plans for 2017 Mercedes-Benz Diesel Models in America

For months, speculation has gone back and forth about whether or not Mercedes-Benz will sell diesel models of its 2017 vehicles in the United States. Now we finally have an answer, and that answer is no. Daimler has put a hold on the certification process for its diesel passenger cars, meaning no diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz vehicles […]

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Opel Astra Earns 13th Car of the Year Award with Wesbank SAGMJ 2017 Car of the Year Win

Opel Astra Earns 13th Car of the Year Award with Wesbank SAGMJ 2017 Car of the Year Win

If the Opel Astra were a character in NBA Jam, the voice of Tim Kitzrow would bellow out HE’S ON FIRE in its general direction because it has now taken home its lucky 13th Car of the Year award since launching in 2015. If not HE’S ON FIRE, it’s at least worthy of a hearty […]

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Meet the VW Arteon

Meet the VW Arteon

The Geneva International Motor Show was this month in Switzerland, and Volkswagen came prepared with a new production vehicle. The VW Arteon Gran Turismo is a five-seat sedan that looks to have the roomy cabin of a fastback, but the speed and capability of a sports car. Last month, this was also the car that VW […]

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Volkswagen Bringing New SUV to Geneva

Volkswagen Bringing New SUV to Geneva

Setup has already begun for the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, which will run from March 9th to March 19th. One of the brands that will be there is Volkswagen, and they are planning on wowing audiences with the new VW Arteon (continuing their proud tradition of naming vehicles in such a way that you […]

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Volvo V90 Makes Debut as Swedish Police Vehicle

Volvo V90 Makes Debut as Swedish Police Vehicle

If you’ve ever wondered how certain models are chosen to become police cars, then sit back and get ready to learn about how Sweden does it. Over in the Scandinavian country, there are high expectations for police vehicles. From the durability of the vehicle to how stylish and comfortable it is, the chosen one must pass […]

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Volkswagen Debuts the I.D. Concept

Volkswagen Debuts the I.D. Concept

We’ve been talking about Volkswagen’s shift from diesel fuel to biofuel to electric for a while now, but this week we were finally shown what VW is thinking when it comes to the future of green technology. The latest Volkswagen concept car, called simply the I.D., was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and is meant to […]

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European EV Sales Update: Nissan-Renault Lead All-Electrics While Mitsubishi Dominates Plug-in Hybrids

European EV Sales Update: Nissan-Renault Lead All-Electrics While Mitsubishi Dominates Plug-in Hybrids

Europe has been becoming increasingly open to the adoption of electric vehicles, with Germany starting incentive programs and countries like Norway making electric power a very, very attractive option. So, as the market improves, who has been a best-seller? According to the European Alternative Fuels Observatory, that is actually a bit of a trick question […]

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2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Overview

A recognizable, adventurous compact SUV, the Volkswagen Tiguan has a old-fashioned style all its own. A popular vehicle in VW’s lineup, the dependable Tiguan returns for the 2016 model year–before it receives a design overhaul for 2017. [wptab name=”What’s New”] What’s New for the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan? The Volkswagen Tiguan adds the new MIB II infotainment […]

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VW and Shell Join Forces For Biofuel

VW and Shell Join Forces For Biofuel

When it comes to helping our planet, there seems to be two camps in the automotive world, with one advocating for electric cars, and one group looking to biofuels. The Paris Climate Conference last year agreed on some pretty strict emissions targets for 2025 and 2030, and the EU is currently putting plans in place to […]

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Volkswagen Bringing New Concept to Geneva Motor Show

Volkswagen Bringing New Concept to Geneva Motor Show

In March, the Geneva Motor Show will open in Europe. Volkswagen is planning to be there with an updated Volkswagen up! city car for European and Latin American markets. In a surprise move, the automaker has announced that it will also be bringing a new concept vehicle to the event. This new concept will be a […]

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8 Funniest Super Bowl Car Commercials of All Time

8 Funniest Super Bowl Car Commercials of All Time

Each year’s Super Bowl is the place for great new commercials–and my favorites are ones for new cars. While some can be thoughtful or moving, the most entertaining are the ads that go for laughs. Here are the eight funniest car commercials that debuted during past Super Bowl shows. My Favorite Laugh-Inducing Car Ads from […]

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Chevy Equinox, Buick LaCrosse Feature Top Voice Recognition Software

Chevy Equinox, Buick LaCrosse Feature Top Voice Recognition Software

Though there has been a proliferation in recent years of voice recognition software in new vehicles, it’s important for it to not just be included, but to be effective. Based on the results of a recent study, the AAA Foundation for Safety and Edmunds have chosen the top systems that will help ensure drivers don’t […]

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Volkswagen’s “Dieselgate” Scandal Gets Even Worse

Volkswagen’s “Dieselgate” Scandal Gets Even Worse

If you watched the news yesterday or follow any automotive news sites online, you know that Volkswagen is in big trouble after the EPA discovered that its “clean diesel” engines were designed to pass emissions testing, but then give off pollutants up to 40 times the legal limit in everyday operation. Today, the situation got infinitely worse for […]

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VW in Hot Water for Cheating Emissions Tests

VW in Hot Water for Cheating Emissions Tests

We’ve seen all the ads from VW promoting its clean diesel engines that are fuel efficient while limiting emissions. Sounds like a win for drivers who want to switch to diesel without polluting the atmosphere, right? Wrong. Remember what your mother used to say: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It […]

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VW’s Darth Vader Undergoes Surgery

VW’s Darth Vader Undergoes Surgery

We all remember that amazing VW commercial during 2011’s big game. A pint-sized Darth Vader stalks the halls of his home, attempting to use the Force to move objects in his house. Finally, the Star Wars villain is able to start his family’s Volkswagen Passat, thanks to some remote start use by his dad. You […]