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 |  Apr 22 2014, 2:37 PM

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Some may have been underwhelmed by the refreshed Volkswagen Jetta that was recently unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show, but the next product overhaul will take things much further.

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 |  Apr 14 2014, 7:06 AM

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If you own a 2012 or 2013 VW Passat, there’s a good chance that your car’s headlights will fail. 

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 |  Mar 18 2014, 3:03 PM

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Customers should wait if they are about to buy a new diesel-powered Volkswagen sedan or coupe because a new turbo diesel will replace the current engine later this year.

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 |  Mar 15 2014, 10:01 AM

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Volkswagen wants to rejuvenate its sales in North America, but is a mid-size sedan its saving grace?

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 |  Mar 14 2014, 1:31 PM

Ask AutoGuide No. 39


Ask AutoGuide No. 39

Midsize sedans represent a massive slice of the automotive pie. These four-door cars almost single handedly (or wheely?) form the backbone of America’s personal transportation network, shuttling people practically everywhere they need and want to go. Yeah, they’re kind of a big deal, and as a salute to these hard-working automobiles they’re the subject of this week’s installment of Ask AutoGuide.

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 |  Feb 18 2014, 3:15 PM

Less is More


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In decades past, automakers produced more powerful engines by adding cylinders. As the old saying goes, there’s no replacement for displacement… Or is there? 

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 |  Jan 08 2014, 12:00 PM

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Volkswagen just revealed its Passat BlueMotion concept bound for its debut in Detroit next week.

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 |  Jan 07 2014, 9:32 PM

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Volkswagen has announced that the 2014 Passat Sport will have a starting price of $27,295 including delivery.

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 |  Dec 03 2013, 4:01 PM

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Volkswagen is working to spread its new MQB scalable platform to more models, and next up is the Passat, a car which our spy photographers found testing in the wild. 

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 |  Nov 09 2013, 9:00 AM

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Before trucks and utility vehicles became all the rage, large sedans used to be the heart of the American car market. They dominated thoroughfares and back roads of this country for decades. Big Buicks, mighty Mopars and forceful Fords were a way of life for drivers just half a lifetime ago.

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 |  Oct 02 2013, 3:32 PM

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Several years ago Volkswagen launched an ambitious new product strategy for the U.S. market. It has failed.

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2013-2014 Midsize Sedan Comparison

Which family sedan offers the most, for the least?

 |  Jul 30 2013, 10:01 AM


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Are mid-size sedans all the car most people need? Some would argue yes. Unless your family exceeds five people, the majority of driving endeavors can be accomplished with one of these family sedans.
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 |  Jul 30 2013, 8:02 AM

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Volkswagen has launched the first generation of its Car-Net in-car assistance system on select 2014 models.

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 |  Jul 10 2013, 1:32 PM

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Volkswagen will begin phasing out its 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with the 2014 model year, the company announced today.

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 |  Jun 26 2013, 9:02 AM

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Volkswagen is testing the use of aluminum and carbon fiber sheets for the roof panel of its next generation Passat, the brand’s R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg said. 

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 |  Jun 24 2013, 1:32 PM

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Volkswagen announced today that it’s diesel-powered Passat set a new record to fuel economy driving through every state except Alaska and Hawaii.

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 |  Apr 23 2013, 1:45 PM

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Slotted between the entry-level “S” model and mid-level “SE” trim, Volkswagen just announced that it will begin selling a Wolfburg Edition of the North American Passat.

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 |  Apr 19 2013, 3:10 PM

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Production is outpacing demand at Volkswagen’s first U.S. manufacturing plant since 1988, prompting the brand to cut 500 contract jobs.

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 |  Dec 05 2012, 8:35 PM

The new Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid has achieved an EPA-estimated 48 mpg on the highway and 42 mpg in the city, making it the seventh vehicle in the German automaker’s lineup that is capable of over 40 mpg on the highway.

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 |  Jul 27 2012, 12:13 PM

Further affirming its commitment to deliver an American-focused midsize sedan, Volkswagen will tweak its U.S.-built Passat for 2013 while raising the base price $850.

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 |  Jul 18 2012, 7:05 PM

Changes are brewing for the VW Jetta SportWagen, which will go out of production this fall, leaving a year-long production gap until the next version begins production in 2013.

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 |  May 08 2012, 8:59 PM

Volkswagen continues to flex just how efficient its diesel models are, with a 2012 Passat TDI SE claiming a new world record by traveling 1,626.1 miles on a single tank of ultra-low sulfur diesel.

The record was previously held by another Passat, – a 1.6 BlueMotion diesel model out in Europe – at 1,526.6 miles. John and Helen Taylor were the two drivers behind the wheel of the world record-setting journey traveling from Houston to Sterling on May 3rd to the 5th. The couple added 120 pounds of luggage to the vehicle in order to replicate normal driving situations and each took turns driving but never more than 14 hours per day.

Doing the math, the six-speed manually equipped diesel Passat averaged an astonishing 84.1 miles per gallon. The Taylors claimed they traveled exactly 60-mph on the highway in order to hit the mark. But don’t bother trying this yourself, the Taylors are self-proclaimed driving efficiency experts and have over 90 fuel economy and driving records around the world. In fact, they make a living conducting fuel-efficient driving workshops.

“We’re excited to have broken the record for the longest distance driven on one-tank of fuel. The Passat TDI was the perfect car for the trip. It offers plenty of interior and cargo space, yet is frugal enough to help us achieve this record,” said a jubilant John Taylor.

GALLERY: World Record Setting VW Passat Diesel

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 |  Apr 24 2012, 1:01 PM

The Volkswagen Jetta will see a new top-of-the-line trim level called the SEL Plus later this year, though the more exciting news is that Volkswagen plans to replace its 2.5-liter inline-four with a 1.8-liter turbo-four next year.

The new high-end SEL Plus trim will see softer-touch materials in the interior, and like the GLI model, the American counterpart will more closely resemble all the upgrades and refinements seen in the European version, including electric power steering.

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 |  Jan 13 2012, 6:30 PM

The U.S. could have a plug-in hybrid from Volkswagen in the relatively near future. The company already has a hybrid Jetta on the way for the 2013 model year, but this version of the car would take electrical implementation to the next level.

We’ve known about the possibility of a plug-in hybrid for quite some time, but details have been sketchy at best. Watching each automaker deal with the growing demand for fuel efficiency has been interesting to say the least, but for the most part Volkswagen remained firmly in the diesel segment. That’s all set to change with the 2013 model year marking the hybrid Jetta’s release, but that isn’t the end of the story according to Car and Driver.

An article they published suggests that the fabled plug-in hybrid we reported briefly back in May of last year is relatively close to release. They report that the car will feature the same 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four cylinder making 150 hp. Of course, the plug-in will have, well, a place to put a charging cable meant to replenish the larger battery paired to the car’s electric motor.

Though it isn’t clear which car will surface with the plug-in setup, a Volkswagen executive told Car and Driver that it will be in a mass market segment: in other words one of their top sellers. That means something along the lines of the Jetta, Passat or Beetle, though we don’t know which yet.

[Source: Car and Driver]