Volkswagen Golf R Due in U.S. for 2012

The most Powerful VW Sport Performance Vehicle, Ever. Volkswagen confirmed plans to bring the European version of the Golf R to the U.S. in 2012.  The high-performance R model is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 256-hp,  which makes it the most powerful Volkswagen sports performance vehicle ever built.  The R is equipped…

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Volkswagen Does a Major Remake of Touareg

From the refined styling to dramatic weight loss to significantly improved drivetrain, Volkswagen has done a major remake of the Touareg SUV. The 2011 Touareg offers three powertrain choices, including Volkswagen’s first-ever worldwide use of a hybrid engine. All three engines — the 3.0L V-6 TSI® supercharged hybrid, 3.0L V-6 TDI® clean diesel and 3.6L…

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First Drive: Volkswagen Jetta

San Francisco — For the last year, Volkswagen has made no secret of plans to become the world’s largest car company by 2018.  To achieve that goal of surpassing Toyota and General Motors, the strategy involves tripling U.S. sales using redesigned current models and by adding new ones. The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta looks like a…

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Volkswagen’s New Jetta Strategy

Volkswagen unveiled the all-new 2011 Jetta in the middle of New York’s Time square in June, showing off the company’s new strategy.  At a starting price point of around $16,000, including the destination charge and with standard features like air conditioning and stability control, the all-new 2011 Jetta is priced down from the current Jetta’s…

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Volkswagen Buys Italdesign Giugiaro

With the importance of strong automotive design and development, Volkswagen has purchased at 90.1 percent share in the famous Italian design company, Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A. This was announced by both companies at a joint press conference in Turin on Tuesday. The Volkswagen Group will take a 90.1 percent stake in IDG, including the brand name…

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2013 Volkswagen Golf, Batteries Included

Volkswagen chairman, Martin Winterkorn, confirmed the company will sell a zero-emissions, plug-in electric Golf beginning in 2013.  The car called the Golf Blue-E-Motion is part of the VW electric vehicle strategy that also includes a small city car called the Up Blue-E-Motion.  A 115-hp electric motor, mounted in the engine compartment will drive the front…

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Test Drive: 2010 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI

The 2010 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI diesel occupies a special place in the automotive market right now. It’s less expensive than its Audi brethren, and yet it uses the same 2.0-liter turbocharged clean diesel engine as the A3.  Right now the Germans are the only folks selling diesels in passenger cars, but you can bet…

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Three engine types for new Volkswagen Touareg

Second generation Volkswagen Touareg shoppers will get an impressive menu of engine choices for 2011.  A standard 280-hp, 3.6-liter, V-6 FSI® gasoline engine starts the selection process, but the Touareg is also available in a pair of “green” choices: hybrid or diesel.  Each of the engine choice comes with a with Volkswagens new eight-speed automatic…

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