Tag: Volkswagen

Germany Engineering Firm Pleads Guilty to Involvement in VW Emissions Scandal

IAV GmbH, the German engineering company co-owned by Volkswagen Group, plead guilty to a felony count of conspiracy in a U.S. District Court on Friday, to the surprise of absolutely no one. Last month, authorities said the firm had already agreed to a guilty plea and multi-million-dollar fine for its role in helping Volkswagen Group develop […]

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U.S. Indicts Four Audi Managers for Diesel Deception

Four men tasked with developing a very dirty diesel engine for use in Audi vehicles have been indicted by a U.S. grand jury. The four, including the head of Audi’s Diesel Engine Development department, face charges of wire fraud, violation of the Clean Air Act, and conspiracy, all stemming from the development of an engine that […]

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Volkswagen Flings Cash, Jobs, and EVs at Chattanooga

Volkswagen spent the past year and change hinting that its Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant could become ground zero for an electric American product offensive, and guess what? That’s exactly what VW plans to do. In a not-at-all surprising announcement, the German automaker said it plans to build electric vehicles at its only American plant, which […]

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Ford and Volkswagen Announce Alliance; Joint Pickup Project Is a Go

Months of speculation and rumors came to an end in Detroit Tuesday, as auto giants Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group officially announced they will take their relationship to the next level. After signing a Memorandum of Understanding last year, initially to explore joint commercial vehicle production, the two automakers now say their pact will […]

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Volkswagen Considering a Rough-and-tumble Electric

The sky’s apparently the limit when it comes to the variety of vehicles that might emerge from Volkswagen’s dedicated MEB electric architecture. While the automaker’s looming EV onslaught already contains a hatchback, crossover, microbus, panel van, and possible luxury sedan, VW feels something’s missing: a tough, off-road ute. One VW exec is pushing hard to […]

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Ford and Volkswagen Might Make NAIAS Their Big Coming-out Party

Ford and Volkswagen, two auto giants who spent much of 2018 making eyes at each other and playfully batting away rumors (and sparking a few of their own), might lay their relationship bare in Detroit next week. The two automakers have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding, partnering initially with the aim of developing joint […]

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Ace of Base: 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Our man Steph Willems chronicled the state of the station wagon in America a couple of days ago, reporting that longroofs (longrooves?) amounted to less than 2 percent of the new vehicle market in 2018 despite a 29 percent sales increase compared to five years earlier. VW Group is doing its part, offering both the pricey […]

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Volkswagen’s Solution to EV Charging Woes: A Charging Station That Requires Recharging

Concerned that customers won’t buy vehicles from its upcoming electric product tsunami for fear of missing their turn at the plug, Volkswagen is offering a fairly novel solution: mobile charging stations that also require recharging, presumably from a much larger charging station. A power station, for example. The takeaway from Volkswagen’s lesson in energy packaging […]

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2018 Volkswagen Golf S Review – Make Commuting Fun Again

2018 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (170 horsepower @ 4,500 rpm; 199 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm) Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive 25 city / 34 highway / 29 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 9.3 city, 6.9 highway, 8.2 combined. (NRCan Rating, L/100km) Base Price: $20,910 (U.S) / $22,295 (Canada) As Tested: $21,805 (U.S.) / $24,080 (Canada) […]

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Volkswagen’s Not Wasting Many Resources on the Next Passat

Maybe the writing’s on the wall for the midsize car; many would agree it is. And, perhaps Volkswagen feels this will be the last Passat. Whatever the motivation, the German automaker isn’t putting maximum effort into the next-generation model, due out for the 2020 model year. While the brand’s upcoming sedan will receive a much-needed […]

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Rare Rides: The Ford Versailles Ghia From 1993 – a Quantum Experiment

The recent news of the potential alliance brewing between Ford and Volkswagen seems like a novel idea. But what if I told you it was already tried long ago? Come along, we’re taking a trip to Versailles. Ford likes to use Versailles as a model name. It used Versailles in the 1950s in Europe, where […]

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Volkswagen Releases Something to Tide Over the Golf Fanboys

The eight-generation Volkswagen Golf is on the way, but, with still roughly a year to go before its unveiling in Europe, the automaker needs to keep Golf fandom primed. Thankfully, VW’s been more judicial in its teasing than, say, Toyota or Fiat Chrysler. Like any great romance, the timeless art of seduction demands space between […]

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As Expected, Volkswagen’s EV Platform to Breed a Big ‘un

As we’ve seen with nearly all mainstream automakers, going without a three-row crossover is akin to cutting one’s throat. Large broods demand seating for seven or eight, environmental considerations be damned. Volkswagen wants to keep the family together. The automaker’s dedicated electric architecture, the MEB platform, is tapped to spawn numerous models in the coming […]

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Volkswagen Wants to Own the Fastest Car at the Nürburgring

Having already set a lap record for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year, Volkswagen’s I.D. R has served the company well. Intended to showcase the brand’s might in electrification, the blisteringly fast R is as much a purpose-built track car as it is a marketing tool, and its long-term plans involve setting more […]

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The End of the Line for Internal Combustion Volkswagens?

Certain green-tinged websites would sure want you to believe it. At the Handelsblatt automotive summit in Volkswagen’s home base of Wolfsburg, Germany this week, VW strategy chief Michael Jost etched a tombstone for the internal combustion engine. But is the coming decade really the last one to feature VWs with exhaust pipes? Nope, but that’s […]

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A New Alliance? Volkswagen and Ford In Talks to Share U.S. Plants

Months of speculation fueled by the increasingly chummy relationship between Ford and Volkswagen has given way to new possibilities. The two partners, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year, might leap further into bed than initially thought. To hear VW CEO Herbert Diess tell it, the two automakers might soon share American assembly […]

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Volkswagen targets North America for new electric vehicle factory

(Reuters) — Volkswagen is deciding where to locate a new factory in North America to build electric vehicles for the U.S. market, the German automaker’s new head for the Americas said on Wednesday. Scott Keogh, the newly appointed CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, said a new plant was needed to build a vehicle yet […]

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Rare Rides: A 1994 E500 – the Porsche Sedan by Mercedes-Benz

What do you get when you combine the sporty personality of Porsche with all the comfort and luxury of a Mercedes-Benz sedan? The answer is this E500. In the late 1980s Mercedes found itself riding a wave of popularity. Building quality automobiles of restrained and tasteful luxury had served the company well for quite some […]

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