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[PHOTOS] 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

[PHOTOS] 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

  This morning, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen was revealed, replacing the Jetta SportWagen and standing in as America’s new favorite manual diesel wagon. If Volkswagen had a brain with which to generate thought and a mouth with which to speak those thoughts, it would say: “you’re welcome.” The Golf SportWagen uses the same MQB […]

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U.S. VW Sales in April Drop 8.4 Percent

U.S. VW Sales in April Drop 8.4 Percent

Volkswagen sales are down 10.4 percent one-third of the way through the year; VW's bright spots include the Passat, Jetta, and TDI Clean Diesel model lineup.

Volkswagen has announced their April sales figures and, to be frank, they’re not terribly pretty. VW Sales in April totaled 30,831, down 8.4 percent year-to-date and bringing the automaker’s U.S. sales down 10.4 percent year-to-date. Though Volkswagen has largely failed to find its footing in America in 2014, there are a bright spots from which […]

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Diesel Car of the Year Goes to Chevy Cruze

Diesel Car of the Year Goes to Chevy Cruze

Last week at the New York International Auto Show, the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel was named the Diesel Car of the Year by The Diesel Driver. But the accolades didn’t stop there; Chevy was also named the top diesel manufacturer of 2014. “The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, with a market-leading 46 mpg highway (5.11 L/ 100 km) […]

 Timothy Moore

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupé Debuts in Beijing, Doesn’t Beat Around Any Bushes

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupé Debuts in Beijing, Doesn’t Beat Around Any Bushes

What’s in a name? For Volkswagen’s new concept, it’s exactly what you’d think. The German automaker unveiled the Volkswagen New Midsize Coupé concept car in Beijing yesterday at the Beijing Auto Show, and, um, well, it is what it is, there’s no question about that. But just in case you can’t quite gather much about […]

 Kyle Johnson

Volkswagen Issues Stop-Sale Order and Recall Within 24 Hour Span

Volkswagen Issues Stop-Sale Order and Recall Within 24 Hour Span

The stop-sale order affects certain 2014 Jettas, Passats, and Beetles; the recall is for 150,201 Passats with potential low beam headlight issues.

Yesterday, Jalopnik reported that it obtained a dealer memo stating that issued a stop-sale order for 2014 Jettas, Passats, and Beetles equipped with 1.8T engines built after February 1st and mated to automatic transmissions for a potential transmission oil cooler leak. There is no indication as to how many vehicles are affected by the problem, […]

 Timothy Moore

Nissan Recalls 990,000 Vehicles: Is Anyone Even Surprised Anymore?

Nissan Recalls 990,000 Vehicles: Is Anyone Even Surprised Anymore?

Nissan and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just recently issued a recall for 989,701 vehicles here in the United States for an airbag malfunction issue. While General Motors has been hogging the spotlight these days with recalls, other automakers have clearly not been immune: Porsche, Volkswagen, Honda, Fiat, and others have all issued recalls […]

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New Volkswagen Scirocco Unveiled in Geneva

New Volkswagen Scirocco Unveiled in Geneva

  VW unveiled the all-new Volkswagen Scirocco and Scirocco R at the Geneva Motor Show this week, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first-gen Scirocco’s debut in Geneva. The front and rear sections of the Scirocco have been restyled and now include H7 or bi-xenon headlights, as well as LED rear lights. A swiveling VW […]

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Consumer Reports Lists 2014 Models with Best and Worst Fuel Economy

Consumer Reports Lists 2014 Models with Best and Worst Fuel Economy

Consumer Reports has unveiled its list of the 2014 models with best and worst fuel economy, ranking vehicles by segment. Rather than simply create a list that accounts for every vehicle available on the road, Consumer Reports bears in mind consumers with categorical needs and does the diligence. Not surprisingly, most of the segment-toppers are […]

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Volkswagen Beetle Celebrates 65 Years in the US

Volkswagen Beetle Celebrates 65 Years in the US

It’s possibly the one vehicle that has been around for more than 50 years and is just as easily recognized today as it was when it was first introduced.  The Volkswagen Beetle first landed on American shores in January of 1949, and now, 65 years later, the German icon is celebrating the cultural milestone. Affordable […]

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Unveils, Debuts, and Concepts: A List of 2014 Chicago Auto Show Reveals

Unveils, Debuts, and Concepts: A List of 2014 Chicago Auto Show Reveals

A full list of known reveals expected at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

2014 Chicago Auto Show Reveals These cars are brand-new offerings, some of which have been under wraps until the show. 2015 Kia Soul EV 2015 Subaru Legacy Camaro SS Chicago Blackhawks Edition 2015 Lincoln Navigator BMW 7-Series Diesel 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad 2015 Chevrolet City Express 2015 Subaru Liberty 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Toyota TRD […]

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2014 Chicago Auto Show: Production Cars on Display

2014 Chicago Auto Show: Production Cars on Display

Get the full list of production models on display at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show offers us the most square feet of any major auto show in the United States. With all of that volume, you’ve got a lot of cars to look at, buddy. Here is your definitive list of which production cars will be on the Chicago show room floor. (Looking for reveals and […]

 Timothy Moore

Volkswagen NAIAS Display: Golf R, Dune, and a Secret Dungeon?

Volkswagen NAIAS Display: Golf R, Dune, and a Secret Dungeon?

After having spent too much time in Kialand with the babbling photographer, Marci and I felt rushed. Plus it was nearly three o’clock and our stomachs were grumbling for overpriced Cobo food, so we didn’t spend as much time looking at the people’s cars as we would have liked. There was even a secret dungeon display (okay, […]

 Kyle Johnson

Volkswagen’s Beetle Dune Concept at 2014 NAIAS: Lynch or Jodorowsky?

Volkswagen’s Beetle Dune Concept at 2014 NAIAS: Lynch or Jodorowsky?

One of this year’s most compelling documentaries is Jodorowsky’s Dune, which tells the story of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (El Topo, Holy Mountain) failed attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune to the big screen.  What we would have received—and what we are given glimpses of in the documentary through interviews and storyboards—was something that the director hoped […]

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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

History and Information on the life saving organization.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit organization that was established in 1959 in Arlington, Virginia, by three major insurance agencies. Over fifty-plus years, the IIHS has evolved to become one of the nation’s leading nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the automotive industry and is increasingly committed to significantly decreasing […]

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VW Ceasing Bus Production, Partying Continues on in Spirit

VW Ceasing Bus Production, Partying Continues on in Spirit

When you think about the 60s and 70s, it’s hard not to think about the iconic VW Bus painted with bright colors, sitting on the grass at Woodstock. Since the beginning of its production in 1949, the Bus—also frequently referred to as the hippie van—has come to represent the free love, weed smoking, living life […]

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Augmented Reality Technology for Volkswagen XL1 Repairs

Augmented Reality Technology for Volkswagen XL1 Repairs

Volkswagen and Metaio have created an iPad app to assist in repair jobs on the futuristic XL1

The Volkswagen XL1 was introduced earlier this year with its avant-garde design and staggeringly impressive 261 MPG. Hold on to your seats (or whatever you can grab in this sleek car) as it now slides back into the limelight for Volkswagen’s introduction of an iPad app using augmented reality technology for repairs. Affordable Style: Find […]

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NHTSA’s Safety Tests Determine 2013’s Safest Cars

NHTSA’s Safety Tests Determine 2013’s Safest Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s coveted 5-star test has been something of a topic of discussion in the news cycle lately with Telsa claiming that its Model S is the safest car ever tested by the NHTSA and was awarded a never-before-seen 5.4-star rating.  This has prompted the NHTSA to respond by essentially throwing […]