Tag: Product Planning

No-brainer? Volkswagen Eyes MEB-based Sports Car

<img data-attachment-id="1617616" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2018/03/pikes-peak-vw/idr_shot02/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IDR_SHOT02-e1521481472347.jpg" data-orig-size="3758,2037" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="VW IDR pikes peak" data-image-description=" Volkswagen ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IDR_SHOT02-e1521481472347-450×244.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IDR_SHOT02-e1521481472347-610×331.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1617616 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IDR_SHOT02-e1521481472347-610×331.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”331″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IDR_SHOT02-e1521481472347-610×331.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IDR_SHOT02-e1521481472347-75×41.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IDR_SHOT02-e1521481472347-450×244.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IDR_SHOT02-e1521481472347-768×416.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/IDR_SHOT02-e1521481472347-120×65.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> It’s well established by now that electric driving needn’t be an exercise in sedate tree hugging. Horsepower and […]

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Next-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI Teased

Denizens of the United States, you should forget about the word “Golf” and just focus on the “GTI” designation. That’s all you’ll really need to know about, what with Volkswagen opting to ditch the slow-selling Golf in favor of the hotter (GTI) and hottest (R) variants of its compact hatch. The final inhabitants of a […]

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2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition: A Friskier Front-driver

With the refresh bestowed upon the wild Honda Civic Type R for 2020 comes a unique variant few Americans will get their hands on. However, unlike European buyers, those 600 lucky customers will at least get a radio and air conditioning. The Type R Limited Edition takes what’s already a potent, attention-grabbing machine and dials […]

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Toyota Bringing Yaris-based Crossover to Geneva Auto Show

<img data-attachment-id="1710628" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/02/toyota-bringing-yaris-based-crossover-to-geneva-auto-show/toyota-subcompact-crossover-teaser-geneva-2020/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/toyota-subcompact-crossover-teaser-geneva-2020-e1582140413906.jpeg" data-orig-size="999,672" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="toyota subcompact crossover teaser geneva 2020" data-image-description=" toyota ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/toyota-subcompact-crossover-teaser-geneva-2020-e1582140413906-450×303.jpeg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/toyota-subcompact-crossover-teaser-geneva-2020-e1582140413906-610×410.jpeg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1710628″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/toyota-subcompact-crossover-teaser-geneva-2020-e1582140413906-610×410.jpeg” alt width=”610″ height=”410″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/toyota-subcompact-crossover-teaser-geneva-2020-e1582140413906-610×410.jpeg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/toyota-subcompact-crossover-teaser-geneva-2020-e1582140413906-75×50.jpeg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/toyota-subcompact-crossover-teaser-geneva-2020-e1582140413906-450×303.jpeg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/toyota-subcompact-crossover-teaser-geneva-2020-e1582140413906-768×517.jpeg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/toyota-subcompact-crossover-teaser-geneva-2020-e1582140413906-120×81.jpeg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/toyota-subcompact-crossover-teaser-geneva-2020-e1582140413906.jpeg 999w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Toyota has expressed interest in delivering a compact crossover sized smaller than the existing […]

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American BMW Dealers Prioritize Product, Ask for Wagons

<img data-attachment-id="1710336" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/02/american-bmw-dealers-prioritize-product-ask-for-wagons/p90245023_lowres_the-new-bmw-5-series/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/P90245023_lowRes_the-new-bmw-5-series.jpg" data-orig-size="600,400" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2018 bmw-5-series touring" data-image-description=" bmw ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/P90245023_lowRes_the-new-bmw-5-series-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/P90245023_lowRes_the-new-bmw-5-series.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-1710336″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/P90245023_lowRes_the-new-bmw-5-series.jpg” alt width=”600″ height=”400″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/P90245023_lowRes_the-new-bmw-5-series.jpg 600w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/P90245023_lowRes_the-new-bmw-5-series-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/P90245023_lowRes_the-new-bmw-5-series-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/P90245023_lowRes_the-new-bmw-5-series-120×80.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px”> BMW had a decent 2019, besting historic rival Mercedes-Benz with 324,826 U.S. deliveries — a 4.4-percent improvement over the previous year. The brand […]

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Bold but Busy: 2021 Kia Sorento Revealed

Kia Motors has revealed the next-generation Sorento ahead of its global debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, providing a better look at the midsize crossover than the spy shots that recently emerged from Korea. Compared to the current-gen model, which delights in its approachable blandness, the new Sorento aims for a brawnier look. Recent […]

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Dealers: This Spring’s All About Bronco

Dealers privy to Ford’s launch plans claim the coming of spring will bring about the reveal of two Bronco-badged vehicles. One of those public debuts is the moment Blue Oval aficionados have waited decades for. According to dealers who spoke to Automotive News in the wake of last weekend’s NADA Show in Las Vegas, Ford plans […]

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Toyota Planning Something Like GR Yaris for North America

<img data-attachment-id="1647890" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2018/11/toyota-announces-beloved-new-subscription-service-annoyingly-claims-transformation-into-mobility-company/20180323_01_10_s/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20180323_01_10_s.jpg" data-orig-size="1920,1358" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="toyota logo badge corolla hatchback" data-image-description=" Toyota ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20180323_01_10_s-450×318.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20180323_01_10_s-610×431.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1647890″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20180323_01_10_s-610×431.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”431″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20180323_01_10_s-610×431.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20180323_01_10_s-75×53.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20180323_01_10_s-450×318.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20180323_01_10_s-768×543.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20180323_01_10_s-120×85.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Drivers in North America have urged Toyota to export the 268-horsepower GR Yaris pretty much since the day […]

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Foretold: Hyundai Prophecy Is Yet Another Glimpse of the Brand’s Future

Unlike the 1956 Packard Predictor concept, which foretold nothing but GRIM DEATH for the once-proud marque, Hyundai’s Prophecy is living in happier times. The Korean automaker is on the upswing again, thanks to an influx of crossovers, but the brand’s future shares an uncertainty with other automakers. Namely: will anyone buy their electric cars? Bound […]

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A Halo With Value: EV Range-topper Carves Out New Role for Kia

<img data-attachment-id="1664580" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/03/the-future-by-kia-imagine-by-kia-ev-concept-bows-in-geneva-carries-familiar-baggage/imagine-by-kia-concept-rear/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/imagine-by-kia-concept-rear-e1551907839249.jpeg" data-orig-size="778,522" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="imagine by kia concept rear" data-image-description=" kia ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/imagine-by-kia-concept-rear-e1551907839249-450×302.jpeg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/imagine-by-kia-concept-rear-e1551907839249-610×409.jpeg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1664580 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/imagine-by-kia-concept-rear-e1551907839249-610×409.jpeg” alt width=”610″ height=”409″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/imagine-by-kia-concept-rear-e1551907839249-610×409.jpeg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/imagine-by-kia-concept-rear-e1551907839249-75×50.jpeg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/imagine-by-kia-concept-rear-e1551907839249-450×302.jpeg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/imagine-by-kia-concept-rear-e1551907839249-768×515.jpeg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/imagine-by-kia-concept-rear-e1551907839249-120×81.jpeg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/imagine-by-kia-concept-rear-e1551907839249.jpeg 778w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> A lofty, high-performance electric vehicle currently headed down the Kia product pipeline is, like all […]

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QOTD: Which Niche Survives at Mercedes-Benz?

<img data-attachment-id="1590080" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2017/09/mercedes-benz-remain-instances-theres-no-replacement-displacement/mercedes-benz-s-klasse-cabriolet-a-217-2017/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2018-Mercedes-Benz-S-Class-cabriolet.jpg" data-orig-size="1400,929" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"11","credit":"Daimler AG","camera":"LEICA S (Typ 007)","caption":"Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse Cabriolet; A 217; Exterieur: designo mokkaschwarz; Interieur: designo Leder porzellan\/tizianrot \n\nMercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet; A 217; Exterior: designo mocha black; Interior: designo leather porcelain\/tizian red","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"Daimler AG","focal_length":"73","iso":"100","shutter_speed":"4","title":"Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse Cabriolet; A 217; 2017","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse Cabriolet; A 217; 2017" data-image-description=" Image: Mercedes-Benz ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2018-Mercedes-Benz-S-Class-cabriolet-450×299.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2018-Mercedes-Benz-S-Class-cabriolet-610×405.jpg” class=”aligncenter […]

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Report: Porsche Macan Won’t Ditch Gas Quite So Soon

<img data-attachment-id="1634150" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2018/07/double-check-2019-porsche-macan-facelift-revealed-good-luck-spotting-the-difference/high_macan_2018_porsche_ag-6/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/high_macan_2018_porsche_ag-6-e1581623225483.jpg" data-orig-size="1300,733" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"www.goico.eu","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="high_macan_2018_porsche_ag (6)" data-image-description=" Porsche ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/high_macan_2018_porsche_ag-6-450×254.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/high_macan_2018_porsche_ag-6-610×344.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1634150 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/high_macan_2018_porsche_ag-6-610×344.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”344″> If a report in Car and Driver is correct, Porsche’s Leipzig assembly plant will soon be home to two overlapping eras — internal combustion, and what comes next. The site, upgraded in the previous decade, […]

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Ford: Future Performance Less About Numbers, More a State of Mind

<img data-attachment-id="1697606" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/11/ford-considers-building-mach-e-in-china/mustang-mach-e-reveal-2/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Mach-E-GT-e1574104044300.jpg" data-orig-size="4393,2656" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"3.5","credit":"ANDREW WHITE","camera":"Canon EOS-1D X","caption":"Ford Motor Company introduces the Mustang Mach-E GT SUV at Jet Center Los Angeles in Hawthorne, California on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. The GT Performance Edition brings the thrills Mustang is famous for, targeting 0-60 mph in the mid-3-second range and an estimated 342 kW (459 […]

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Desperately Seeking Dakota: Fiat Chrysler Dealer Council Hot for a Midsize

<img data-attachment-id="1521177" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2017/03/ramming-speed-the-best-pre-millenium-dodge-trucks/2003_dodge_dakota_2_dr_r_t_standard_cab_sb-pic-48346/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2003_dodge_dakota_2_dr_r_t_standard_cab_sb-pic-48346.jpg" data-orig-size="720,467" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"Picasa","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1388774140","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2003 Dodge Dakota 5.9 R/T" data-image-description=" Image: Chrysler ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2003_dodge_dakota_2_dr_r_t_standard_cab_sb-pic-48346-450×292.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2003_dodge_dakota_2_dr_r_t_standard_cab_sb-pic-48346-610×396.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1521177 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2003_dodge_dakota_2_dr_r_t_standard_cab_sb-pic-48346-610×396.jpg” alt=”2003 Dodge Dakota 5.9 R/T, Image: Chrysler” width=”610″ height=”396″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2003_dodge_dakota_2_dr_r_t_standard_cab_sb-pic-48346-610×396.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2003_dodge_dakota_2_dr_r_t_standard_cab_sb-pic-48346-75×49.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2003_dodge_dakota_2_dr_r_t_standard_cab_sb-pic-48346-450×292.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2003_dodge_dakota_2_dr_r_t_standard_cab_sb-pic-48346-120×78.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2003_dodge_dakota_2_dr_r_t_standard_cab_sb-pic-48346.jpg 720w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> File this tidbit under the “no shit” banner. Fiat Chrysler […]

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QOTD: Will a Lincoln Car Ride Again?

<img data-attachment-id="1686984" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/09/junkyard-find-1974-lincoln-continental-mark-iv/35-1974-lincoln-continental-mark-iv-in-colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-murilee-martin/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/35-1974-Lincoln-Continental-Mark-IV-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1974 Lincoln Continental Mark IV in Denver junkyard, front view" data-image-description=" 1974 Lincoln Continental Mark IV in Denver junkyard, front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/35-1974-Lincoln-Continental-Mark-IV-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/35-1974-Lincoln-Continental-Mark-IV-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1686984 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/35-1974-Lincoln-Continental-Mark-IV-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1974 Lincoln Continental Mark IV in Denver junkyard, front view – […]

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Hyundai Taps California Firm for Joint EV Platform

Developing a new vehicle platform in-house is an expensive affair, making the cost of producing an electric vehicle from the ground up a heavy weight to place on an automaker’s balance sheet. Margins for such vehicles are currently slim, if not nonexistent. No wonder everyone’s trying to free up cash. And yet, because the world […]

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More Aggression Bound for Hyundai Elantra GT

Though it plays second fiddle to more popular hot hatches from Honda and Volkswagen, Hyundai’s Elantra GT is not without a generous list of attributes. Space, inoffensive styling, and value play a large role here, even if the N Line variant (formerly Sport) can’t match the output of its boosted rivals. For the coming model […]

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Is There a Market for an Arteon Wagon in America?

The answer, mouthed silently by many of our readers, is surely, “No, absolutely not.” And yet the door is not closed on the prospect of a wagon variant of the Volkswagen Arteon ⁠— a high-end liftback sedan that landed with a barely audible thump in North America last year. Comments made at the Chicago Auto Show […]

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Record Sales, Lackluster Earnings As Mercedes-Benz Shoves Cash Into Evs

Mercedes-Benz sold a record 2,385,400 passenger vehicles around the globe in 2019, topping the previous year’s tally by some 3,400 units, and subsequently brought in more money while doing it. Revenue rose 3 percent, the automaker said in its end-of-year earnings report, but that intake didn’t translate into more profit. Far from it. As the […]

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Mulling Pickups, Volkswagen Thinks Smaller… and Long-term

No one wants to fail, and certainly no one wants to be handed a steep bill for their failure. With that in mind, Volkswagen is leaning towards the smaller of the two potential pickups it’s foisted upon American auto show goers in recent years. That means you’re far less likely to see a Tanoak at […]

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