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VW Phaeton Returns To America

Wednesday August 19th, 2009 at 8:88 AM
Posted by: tonyb

VW Phaeton V12

VW’s Phaeton, a car with a lot going for it, but also one that was more of a question for a lot of prospective buyers, will return to these shores. That is, it will be back if you believe Volkswagen CEO Stefan Jacoby when he confirmed that the Phaeton will eventually return to the U.S.

The Phaeton was a much-loved idea for VW fans, but turned into lightning strike without any thunder. It almost seemed like many prospective buyers couldn’t wrap their minds around a luxury VW that went for more than an Audi 6-series. Which is an ironic turn of events, considering VW is the corporate parent of Audi,

But Volkswagen is going back to the Phaeton well one more time, according to the Detroit News. They interviewed CEO Jacoby, who confirmed that the Phaeton would come back to these shores, although he didn’t specify when.

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VW Will Rule Porsche

Tuesday August 4th, 2009 at 8:88 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Porsche 914

In the ongoing saga of who will buy out which car company, it looks like VW is going all in and plans to fully acquire corporate sibling and long time corporate rival Porsche. And by ” fully acquire” I mean that Volkswagen is planning to take full ownership of Porsche.

This is all according to Der Spiegel, the respected German news magazine, who said that VW is amending earlier plans to acquire only 50 percent of the German sports car maker and now want it all.

Der Spiegel says the sale will be done in two phases: Phase one is for VW to get 49.9 percent of Porsche, which was VeeWee’s initial plan from a few months back, and then phase two is for VW to buy the remaining shares outright. For Porsche’s end of the deal, they’ll get approximately 8 billion Euros to help counter their massive debts. In the end the Porsche family will end up being a 50 percent owner in a joint VW-Porsche company. By the time all of this is over, VW will make Porsche the tenth brand in the VW family.

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V-dub Deezul Action

Monday August 3rd, 2009 at 10:88 AM
Posted by: Derek

VW Jetta TDI dieselLast year I totally got onboard the diesel train after driving a new Jetta TDI. Now I appreciate the value of diesel power a whole lot more after recently driving several hybrids in as many weeks. I’ve come to the conclusion that hybrids are as much fun to drive as a shopping cart with a broken wheel. And they require a totally different mindset from what I already have burned into my left hemisphere.

When gas prices were out of control last summer, diesel powered vehicles offered a little relief because more miles per gallon were possible with a gallon of diesel vs. regular petrol, plus they were an attractive alternative to the over-hyped, over-priced hybrids. The Jetta TDI I tested was quiet, drove like a real car, didn’t spew soot all over the rear bumper, and most importantly – didn’t smell like a carton of rotten eggs.

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan – First Impressions

Friday July 31st, 2009 at 8:77 AM
Posted by: twain

By Twain Mein

Diesel: what’s old is new, only better
I’ve been unintentionally green for a few weeks now; my beloved 2000 Audi A6 is in the shop getting major surgery including a transmission rebuild, new power steering rack, and catalytic converters. So I’ve been cycling and train-riding to work for the past few weeks. Unfortunately, the train station is quite a ways from work, so I’ve been riding a minimum of 9 miles, and sometimes 40 miles a day (if I forego the train). You can imagine there are times I’m pretty tired.

Luckily, my backside got a welcome break with the chance to test the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. But the “green” didn’t take a break with this frugal VW. It’s a fantastic car that offers plenty of room front and rear, fold down seats to easily fit the bike into the trunk, excellent handling, and a thoroughly entertaining diesel engine. Entertaining? Diesel? Yep-this sucker features a turbocharger that kicks in for some prodigious torque. While the 2.0 liter 4 cylinder has only 140 horsepower, it packs a whopping 236 foot pounds of torque. While it lags a bit off the line, at highway speeds, the torque makes passing a joy. It is an ideal highway cruiser. Even more impressive, despite my notorious lead-footedness (I infamously logged just 22mpg in the ’08 Honda Fit), I averaged a stunning 37.5 mpg!

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Diesel's Popularity Because of Fuel Efficiency & Performance

Wednesday July 22nd, 2009 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

VW Jetta TDI clean diesel

Yup, diesel sales are on the increase again, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Times is tight, as Desmond Dekker said, and people are looking to save wherever they can. Add that to growing green concerns amongst the populace, and that’ll be another selling point for oil burners. “But performance” some people might ask, “Really?”

Indeed, performance is also a viable reason for considering diesels these days. A while back, just for the heck of it, I looked into building up a VW Golf TDi as an eco-friendly rally car. The Golf is a good platform for that in general, but I was concerned about what could be done with the engine.

Turns out, you could do a surprising amount of fun stuff.

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2009 Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI Review – $43K, 30 mpg and 406 lb. ft torque = A No-Brainer.

Tuesday July 21st, 2009 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

Blings:

  • Powerful, Fuel Efficient, Clean and Quiet V6 diesel
  • Off-road prowess
  • Exceptional value
  • Safer than a nuclear fallout shelter

Dings:

  • No 3rd row seating (but this could actually be a bling depending on one’s affinity for hauling bodies)
  • Umm…that’s it, folks!

Ruling: If you want an SUV that can do everything but schlep more than five passengers, stop your search here.

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2009 Volkswagen CC Review

Monday July 13th, 2009 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: Francois

2009 Volkswagen CC
By Francis Cebedo

Blings:

  • The 2.0 model is an incredible value
  • Styling is simply stunning
  • The power and economy combination of the 2.0 is excellent
  • Interior materials and craftsmanship is first rate
  • Optional alloy wheel design complements the car very well
  • Leather seats are superb
  • This car is really comparable to cars that cost $10k more
  • You get a lot of looks and inquiries at the parking lot

Dings:

  • Only two rear seats in the rear for a car this size sacrifices space efficiency
  • Moonroof does not slide back
  • Rear door has a very sharp edge and can get caught upon upon opening
  • Owner’s manual is lacking details
  • Bluetooth and iPod compatibility needs to be standard on a car of this caliber
  • The 2.0 Sport model is the better car but the option upgrades are limited
  • You get a lot of looks and inquiries at the parking lot :^)
  • There is a big blind spot with the rear quarter panel so backing up is a chore
  • This car deserves to have the TDI engine option available

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VW Routan Minivan Reportedly Canceled

Wednesday April 29th, 2009 at 9:44 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Here’s some news that’s not all that surprising, Volkswagen’s Routan minivan, essentially a rebadged Chrysler minivan, is on the chopping block. You could pretty much see this coming from a mile away, almost before the Routan was rolled out. Rather than design and build their own minivan (a class of car that VW invented with the Type II way back when) VW decided that a better route was to take Dodge’s Caravan, change the trim here & there, add a VW badge and give it an Euro-sounding name. The Routan was built alongside its Chrysler Corp. counterparts at Chrysler’s Windsor, Ontario, plant until last December, when VW asked Chrysler to stop production. Apparently, not a single Routan has rolled off the assembly line since, and there are no immediate plans to resume production according to sources.

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SEAT's Race Game for iPhone & iPod

Friday April 10th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: tonyb

iPhone SEAT ibiza cupra

It’s Friday, so why not have a little fun, huh? SEAT, Volkswagen’s auto concern in Spain recently came out with this apparently nifty racing game that runs on the latest iPhone and touch-screen iPods (I say apparently cause I’m too cheap to own either yet).

The game is reminiscent of a BMW app that was floating around a short while ago, and it take advantage of the iPhone/iPods tilt sensors; tilt right and the car turns right. And the car in question is pretty interesting, especially if you like hot Euro hatchbacks. It’s SEAT’s Ibiza Cupra, that features a 180HP 1.4-liter four banger that’s get this, turbocharged AND supercharged. Tell me that doesn’t sound like fun.

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20 New VW Models By 2010

Tuesday March 31st, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

VW logo

Crisis? What crisis? Or at least that seems to be what Volkswagen is not only thinking, but also acting on. Reports are that the German auto giant will have TWENTY new models in show rooms by 2010. That’s next year.

Prof. Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of VW AG, said during a speech at the Volkswagen Group’s Annual Media Conference and Investor Conference on March 12, that the automaker will rollout more than 20 completely new models worldwide by 2010. This is not to say that there will be 20 new VWs out there, but 20 new models across all of VW’s brands, including Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Scania, SEAT, Skoda and VW CV,

CEO Winterkorn said that among the cars that will roll out will be the sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI in 2009 and the New Small Family based on the Up! Concepts, which will debut in early 2010. The New Small Family cars will be available for both urban drivers in the West and for the emerging markets.

He also added that the further optimization of the TDI, TSI and TFSI turbocharged diesel and gasoline engines is on the front burner for VW, as the company believes that combustion engines will remain the dominant technology for the foreseeable future. “We will break new ground and also introduce SUVs and large saloons with modern turbo- and supercharged 4-cylinder engines,” said Winterkorn.

Source: CarScoop

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