2015 Volkswagen Full Line Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Middleburg, VA ? Driving most of the 2015 Volkswagen Full Line in one day is kind of like getting a ?State of the brand? report. With such an event, it?s impossible to actually experience the vehicle?s capabilities, especially in the Virginia countryside, which has strictly enforced speed laws and narrow…

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Run to the Sun 2013 ? Part 3

By Bill Schaffer Portland, Ore. ? Every year an automotive writer?s organization Barb and I belong to has a two-day drive called Run to the Sun (RttS). It gives us a chance to sample some of the manufacturers? latest offerings. This year Barbara was away at a Jeep-Ram-Dodge program in Southern California, so I was…

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The 2014 Volkswagen Lineup

By Barbara Schaffer Napa Valley, Calif. ? There may be lots of enchanted places in the world, but few can compare to the Napa Valley which is also home to some of the most magnificent resorts in the country. I think, I read something about wine, too. Speaking of enchantment, a few weeks ago Volkswagen…

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Los Angeles ? We were going to be in Los Angeles for a couple of days for a new vehicle introduction, so we decided to take a few extra days and visit Big Bear Lake, high in the San Bernardino National Forest about 115 miles east of Los Angeles. We…

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Test Drive: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

?Latest 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible grows in stature and appeal? ’60s Edition Turbo both Cool and Hot By Arv Voss The ?2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is back in a variety of models and? trim levels, with different powerplants and transmissions. It has grown in stature – it is 3.3-inches wider and 6-inches longer, while crouching…

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Test Drive: Volkswagen Beetle

I watched Oprah television show in November 2010, when Volkswagen tantalized the studio audience to a preview of the all-new 2012 Beetle several months before the car debuted at the auto shows.? Then I was astonished when Volkswagen gave the entire audience (276 people) one of the new Beetles as part of Oprah?s ?Ultra Favorite…

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Test Drive: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle/Turbo Beetle

Squashed Bug or Chopped and Channeled Rod?? The original Beetle or ?People?s Car? was produced between 1938 and 2003, and with 21.5 million sold worldwide, it ranks as the most successful single platform car design ever. When the ?New? VW Beetle first appeared on the scene in 1998, it was viewed by many to be…

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Volkswagen Beetle Pricing Announced

ith a strong influence from the original Beetle and the New Beetle, Volkswagen is preparing to roll out the 21st Century Beetle with a starting price of just $18,995 in September or October. ?Reinvented for the 2012 model year, the third generation Beetle is an agile, driver-oriented coupe that respects the Beetle?s past yet looks…

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Bolder Look for New Generation New Beetle

Volkswagen pulled the wraps off the new New Beetle at the 2011 New York International Auto Show April 18 and simultaneously in Shanghai and Berlin. Challenged to redesign on of the most iconic cars of all time Volkswagen Group Design Chief Walter de Silva and Volkswagen Brand Design Chief, Klaus Bischoff, set an ambitious objective:…

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