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 |  Sep 08 2014, 7:32 AM

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Volkswagen plans on updating its models more frequently in the U.S.

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 |  Aug 25 2014, 10:21 AM

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Volkswagen is taking a little bit off the price of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta. 

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 |  Apr 17 2014, 4:20 PM

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Volkswagen has recalled over 26,000 vehicles for a possible fire hazard.

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 |  Apr 16 2014, 4:55 PM

2015 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen’s updated 2015 Jetta just took a bow in Manhattan. But what’s actally new about this car? It looks practically the same as the one that’s on the market right now.

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 |  Apr 14 2014, 6:41 AM

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The changes might be subtle, but the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta has been revealed ahead of its New York Auto Show global debut.

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 |  Apr 08 2014, 9:20 PM

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Volkswagen has requested its dealerships to stop selling four vehicles starting immediately.

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 |  Apr 02 2014, 7:34 AM

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Volkswagen will be bringing its mid-cycle refreshed 2015 Jetta to the 2014 New York Auto Show.

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 |  Feb 07 2014, 7:48 AM

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The Volkswagen Jetta will receive a mid-cycle refresh before the end of this year, in the process dropping the Sportwagen model, which will instead be branded as a Golf.

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 |  Dec 19 2013, 6:04 PM

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Volkswagen is celebrating three decades of its Jetta model with a special GLI Edition 30 model.

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 |  Sep 16 2013, 7:02 AM

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The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta gets itself a new 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that offers a five mpg improvement on the highway compared to the outgoing 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine.

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 |  Jul 15 2013, 12:10 PM

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel

Something interesting happened this year in the world of domestic compact cars. Chevrolet released a diesel version of its globally-marketed Cruze sedan.

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 |  Jul 11 2013, 8:31 AM

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Volkswagen has been listening to the criticism of its latest-generation Jetta and has decided to update the 2014 model year compact sedan with several improvements.

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 |  Jun 09 2013, 4:02 PM

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Recapping the most watched videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel this week, here’s a chance to catch up on what everyone else is talking about. This past week, AutoGuide was on hand for the official unveiling of the all-new, 2014 Toyota Corolla. Check out what the Japanese automaker has done to its entry-level, popular sedan.

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 |  May 04 2013, 10:01 AM

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Volkswagen is upgrading the Jetta GLI with the a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine with a slight bump in power over the 2012 model. 

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 |  Apr 25 2013, 3:01 PM

Junk in the Trunk


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Compact cars are affordable, they’re usually a lot of fun to drive and can deliver impressive fuel economy numbers. As government regulators push for ever-greater efficiency, small sedans and hatchbacks are becoming increasingly important.

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 |  Apr 14 2013, 9:01 AM

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No, a race car didn’t go 400 mph at Road America, but Volkswagen of America did take a Jetta Pace Car out for a lap and added some movie magic.

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 |  Mar 07 2013, 8:31 AM

Bland Like Unsalted Popcorn


Are you self-conscious? Don’t like to stand out in a crowd? Would you rather blend into the background than be the center of attention? Well, when it comes to the automotive world, you are in luck. Some vehicles seem to have skipped class when it came time for their styling lesson. This is not to say they are ugly, but more that they lack any style whatsoever.

We’ve all heard the clichés to describe these anonymously styled cars; plain vanilla, beige, white bread, etc. We like to think of them as stylistically-challenged. Regardless, if you don’t want to draw any undue attention towards yourself, here are ten vehicles that are guaranteed to blend into the landscape.

 |  Feb 21 2013, 8:31 AM

10. Acura TSX - 34.3%


How do you get Generation Y interested in cars? To answer that question perhaps the best move is to take a look at what cars they do already like.

Thanks to new stats provided by J.D. Power and Associates we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 cars with the highest percentage of buyers aged of 16 to 35 in 2012. And if there is one common theme, it’s that Generation Y isn’t big on domestics, with just one vehicle from the Big 3 making the list.

Kicking off the top 10 list is the Acura TSX, where 34.3 percent of its buyers were between the ages of 16 to 35. The entry-level sedan offers luxury amenities at a budget price, while providing owners with the reliability and comfort that Acura is known for. The Acura TSX had an average MSRP (the average price across all trim levels) of $32,251 last year.

 |  Feb 12 2013, 11:15 AM

Back Seat Space


A couple weeks ago our Top 10 target was the large-sedan segment. We looked at a diverse lineup of full-figured four doors, comparing them based on their theoretical maximum range. We multiplied the number of gallons in their respective fuel tanks by each of their highway economy ratings.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Large Sedans With the Longest Range

Against all expectations the Volkswagen Passat TDI drove away with top honors, and it did so by a wide margin. It wasn’t just the comparison’s valedictorian; it skipped two grades took all AP classes and still wound up with a GPA of 4.2. This diesel-powered “People’s Car” can devour nearly 800 miles on a single tank!

On the other hand, today’s big idea is small. We’re examining cars at the opposite end of the spectrum, specifically C-Segment sedans. We’re comparing a crowd of popular compacts based on, wait for it… rear-seat legroom! Which popularly priced car offers the most-spacious back bench? Which one will give an agoraphobic night terrors? Click ahead for all the details you can stomach.

 |  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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 |  Aug 18 2012, 12:01 PM

A turbocharged Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid has just set the record for ‘Hybrid Speed Record’ at the Bonneville Salt Flats after it went 185.394-mph. It’s the fastest speed ever achieved by a production-based hybrid out on the Salt Flats.

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 |  Jul 18 2012, 8:31 AM

Earlier, we detailed Volkswagen‘s changes to its 2013 lineup which included the addition of the 2013 Jetta Hybrid. And just like that, it’s old news as Rainer Michel, Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at Volkswagen of America, spilled some details on what the 2014 Jetta will be equipped with.

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 |  Jun 19 2012, 2:45 PM

Future Hybrids


Even though they’ve been around for well over a decade now, hybrids still have that ‘new technology’ feel. Consumers continue to be apprehensive to hybrid technology and there’s plenty of misinformation surrounding it.

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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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