This German automaker has been taking a beating lately. From management scandals to quality issues to losing out the top spot in China to General Motors, the last year has not been too kind to VW. The compay is banking on its 2006 models, released last year, and new offerings such as the Eos, to reinvigorate its image and sales.

Mark Phelan’s report is cautious, though. While the new Jetta has sold well, it did not get the response Volkswagen was hoping for. And pricing of the new Passat apparently is making consumers do a double-take at the dealer. VW is now looking towards its on-a-roll Audi division and the new VW models like the Eos hardtop convertible (pictured), the latest generation Golf and that model's hot hatch alter ego, the Golf GTI, to bring the company back to the front of an increasingly crowded playing field.


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