2013 Safest Cars in America List Released by IIHS; 13 Achieve ‘Top Safety Pick Plus’ Rating

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2013 Safest Cars in America List Released by IIHS; 13 Achieve ‘Top Safety Pick Plus’ Rating
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After several announcements of various models that were awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick Plus” rating, the IIHS has released its full list of its safest cars for 2013. Continue Reading...

Most Shopped New Cars for the Week: July 1 – 7, 2012

Most Shopped New Cars for the Week: July 1 – 7, 2012
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Shopping for a new car and curious what’s popular? There are the usual choices like the Toyota Camry and Honda Civic, but if you want to know what other car shoppers just like you are looking at we’ve compiled a list of the five most researched new cars on AutoGuide this week. Continue Reading...

Top 10 Most Reliable Family Cars

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Top 10 Most Reliable Family Cars
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Sometimes it’s pretty difficult to determine what makes a vehicle reliable. But one sound way is to look back and see how much the average repair cost was for a vehicle over three to five years, and seeing which ones suffered the least breakdowns. Data was studied using 100,000 auto warranty policies linked to family… Continue Reading...

VW Passat Sets World Record for Distance Traveled on a Single Tank

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VW Passat Sets World Record for Distance Traveled on a Single Tank
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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…. Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Jetta High End Trim Package, 1.8 Turbo Four coming in 2013

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Volkswagen Jetta High End Trim Package, 1.8 Turbo Four coming in 2013
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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,… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Passat, GM Trucks NHTSA Probes Closed

Volkswagen Passat, GM Trucks NHTSA Probes Closed
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it closed the investigations surrounding possible fires on the Volkswagen Passat and cracked cooling fans on various GM trucks without issuing a recall or fines to either automaker. Originally the 2002-03 model year Passats were under investigation for possible ignition coil fires in July 2010 but… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Increasing US Passat Production

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Volkswagen Increasing US Passat Production
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Americans are saying “yes” to the 2012 Volkswagen Passat and the German giant is responding in kind by boosting production and adding jobs. 200 more positions are being created at the Chatanooga, Tenn. plant that already manufactures the car. According to Automotive News, the company will achieve this goal by increasing the number of cars… Continue Reading...

Middle East Gets “American” VW Passat: Unveiled at Qatar Motor Show

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Middle East Gets “American” VW Passat: Unveiled at Qatar Motor Show
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Americans aren’t the only ones who love bigger cars, it turns out people in the Middle East do too. At least that’s the way it seems to us after learning that the American version of the Volkswagen Passat will premier at the 2012 Qatar Motor Show. As is often the case with German cars, there… Continue Reading...

2014 Volkswagen Passat Will Lose Some Weight, Plug-In Hybrid Possible

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Will Lose Some Weight, Plug-In Hybrid Possible
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Volkswagen‘s popular Passat out in Europe is overdue for a refresh and it appears that one will be coming in 2014. Rumor has it that the 2014 Passat model will be built on the new MQB platform which can also be seen on Audi‘s A3 and Volkswagen’s Golf. The change to the MQB platform will… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga Plant Receives LEED Platinum Award

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga Plant Receives LEED Platinum Award
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Volkswagen‘s Chattanooga manufacturing plant has become the first and only automotive manufacturing facility in the world to receive a Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). From the onset, Volkswagen had designed their Chattanooga plant, where their popular Passat is produced, to be as green as… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen’s Sales Rise 41 Percent Year-To-Date

Volkswagen’s Sales Rise 41 Percent Year-To-Date
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Volkswagen has its redesigned Passat to thank as the brand as a whole posted a 41-percent increase in November sales compared to last year’s November. But it’s not all just Passat sales, as other popular VW models enjoyed success compared to last year. Volkswagen’s Jetta sales rose 16-percent from November 2010 to the tune of… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is a High-Riding Wagon: 2011 Tokyo Auto Show

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Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is a High-Riding Wagon: 2011 Tokyo Auto Show
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As expected, Volkswagen debuted the Passat Alltrack at the Tokyo Motor Show and it was pretty much everything we expected it to be – a high-riding variant of the Passat wagon that’s offered in Europe. We have to admit we found it a little peculiar that VW would debut the Passat Alltrack in Japan but… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Accused Of Providing Ringer Press Cars: Consumer Reports

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Volkswagen Accused Of Providing Ringer Press Cars: Consumer Reports
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Consumer Reports has made allegations against Volkswagen that the company provided press vehicles that were built to a higher standard than versions sold to consumers. Stories of “ringer” press vehicles are legend in the automotive world – most recently, Ferrari was accused of providing press cars that performed far better than customer cars. Now, the venerable consumer… Continue Reading...

Motor Trend Selects 2012 Volkswagen Passat as its Car of the Year: 2011 LA Auto Show

Motor Trend Selects 2012 Volkswagen Passat as its Car of the Year: 2011 LA Auto Show
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While Volkswagen was displaying their “new” Beetle R “concept” and freshened 2012 VW CC at the Los Angeles Auto Show, there was also a new Passat sitting there which we have seen even more than the other two cars. Old news we were thinking… until Angus MacKenzie from Motor Trend stepped on stage. Taking most… Continue Reading...

VW Offers Two R-Line Packages For The Polo, Exclusive Edition For The Passat

VW Offers Two R-Line Packages For The Polo, Exclusive Edition For The Passat
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Last year, Volkswagen stirred up some excitement by introducing the 2010 Polo GTI at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, and this year they’re following it up with an announcement of two R-Line packages for the Polo in addition to an Exclusive Edition for the Passat. The pair of R-Line packages will be available as an… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Builds First Customer Car At Tennessee Plant

Volkswagen Builds First Customer Car At Tennessee Plant
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Volkswagen‘s new Chattanooga, Tennessee plant built its first car destined for a customer Wednesday, a dark Blue Passat 2.5L equipped with an automatic transmission. The plant should reach full capacity in 2012, at which point it will produce 150,000 Passats annually. Volkswagen says that the plant will generate $12 billion in economic growth for the region,… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen China Gets Four Different Passats, Including Long Wheelbase Version

Volkswagen China Gets Four Different Passats, Including Long Wheelbase Version
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Volkswagen could barely sell one generation of the Passat here in the United States, but over in China, VW is selling no less than 4 different Passats, from the mid-1990’s B5 chassis car to the all-new, “Made for America” Passat that will be sold here. The New Passat, as the current car is dubbed, will… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Looking To Overhaul American Dealer Network

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Volkswagen Looking To Overhaul American Dealer Network
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With its target of 800,000 sales still firmly in mind, Volkswagen is taking its next step towards achieving their goal, and the company is looking to their dealers for help, as they continue to roll out all new vehicles designed with American consumers in mind. With the new Passat and Beetle set to be launched… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Super Bowl Ads Use The Force, Insect Imagery

Volkswagen Super Bowl Ads Use The Force, Insect Imagery
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With two new major debuts in 2011, Volkswagen is hoping to raise their profile in the United States with a coupe Super Bowl commercials that show off their new Passat and give a hint at what the 2012 Beetle will look like when it bows at the end of the year. The Passat spot evokes… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Engine Plant Coming To Mexico, Will Supply North American Market

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Volkswagen Engine Plant Coming To Mexico, Will Supply North American Market
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Volkswagen broke ground on a new engine plant in Puebla, Mexico, which is expected to come online in 2013. The $550 million plant is expected to supply engines to vehicles built at Volkswagen facilities in Mexico and Chattanooga, Tennesse. An estimated 700 jobs will be created at the plant, along with auxiliary jobs for parts suppliers…. Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Passat Replacement To Debut At 2011 North American International Auto Show

Volkswagen Passat Replacement To Debut At 2011 North American International Auto Show
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Volkswagen‘s New Midsize Sedan will debut at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month, as part of VW’ quest to increase sales in American to 800,000 units by 2018. The NMS, like its smaller sibling, was designed with the North American market in mind, and will compete head-to-head with the Honda… Continue Reading...

North Korean Officials Like Their Volkswagen Passats

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North Korean Officials Like Their Volkswagen Passats
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The cars of North Korea (affectionately known as The Hermit Kingdom) have aroused a lot of interest over the years. Kim Jong-Il, North Korea’s dictator, is apparently a big fan of Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans, and the state owned industry even made some knock-off Mercedes 190Es for a time. But recent photos have surfaced, showing dignitaries… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen New Midsize Sedan Revealed

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Volkswagen New Midsize Sedan Revealed
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Volkswagen‘s New Midsize Sedan, the car designed and built in America, for American consumers, has been revealed in a series of spy photos that show the car undisguised. Not surprisingly, the car looks like a 2011 Jetta with bigger proportions, trading the Passat’s distinctive styling for something as generic as a badgeless car in an auto insurance commercial. Clearly,… Continue Reading...
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