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    Official: Europeans get first crack at new Golf Variant wagon
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    Just last week, when we brought you news of a new Volkswagen Golf variant out and testing in Europe, we had no idea we were being so literal with out description. For it seems that VW has every intention of calling its new Golf wagon, making its Geneva debut, the "Golf Variant." Odd/interesting ...

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    Report: Volkswagen planning Up! hybrid model using XL1 powertrain
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    Even though we've finally gotten a look at the production version of the 261-mile per gallon Volkswagen XL1, this aero-shaped two-seater was never intended for high-volume sales. Fortunately, it sounds like the same isn't true for the car's diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain, which, according to a ...

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    Quick Spin: 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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    Can you name a fun-to-drive sedan with a manual transmission that can transport five adults and their luggage comfortably while sipping fuel at the rate of 50 mpg? The answer is the Volkswagen Passat TDI – a German antonym for "range anxiety." The past forty years have seen the Volkswagen ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible
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    Top Down In North America's Only Diesel Convertible Want proof that diesel is finally taking hold in North America? Look no further than this 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. For a while now, it's become easier to understand why more automakers are opting to pair their large-volume models ...

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    Los Angeles: Audi torques the floor in LA with four new TDI oil burners
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    The diesels are coming. Well, one diesel engine sitting pretty under the shapely hoods of five Audi models: the A6, A7 and A8 sedans along with the Q5 crossover are joining the already available Q7, each powered by a 3.0-liter TDI engine offering up 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. ...

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    Los Angeles: 2013 VW Beetle Convertible debuts, priced from $24,495*
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    With the second-generation modern-era Beetle, Volkswagen set out to redefine its iconic model, not just with a new shape, but also with a plan to reach a new, more balanced buying demographic. According to the German automaker, the new generation has done just that, with the 2012 model selling to ...

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    Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #309 LIVE!
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    We record Autoblog Podcast #308 tonight, and you can drop us your questions and comments regarding the rest of the week's news via our Q&A module below. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so, and if you want to take it all in live, tune in to our UStream ...

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    Official: Audi confirms four new TDI diesel models headed for US
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    Audi has thrilled the diesel fanatics among us this afternoon, by announcing its intentions to show a whopping five TDI diesel-empowered vehicles (four new) at the upcoming LA Auto Show. TDI versions of the Audi's A6, A7, A8 sedans and its Q5 crossover will be new additions to the automaker's US ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Audi Q7 TDI
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    Audi's first-generation Q7, introduced more than six years ago, already has one foot out the door and the oil-burning engine in its TDI model recently met its successor – but that is no reason to discredit this soon-to-be-replaced seven-passenger sport utility vehicle. I recently spent a ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTD
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    We're something of a broken record on Volkswagen's TDI family of diesels – torquey and efficient, they're really well-suited to the way Americans drive. We put that sentiment to a year-long test with a Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition not long ago, and enjoyed our time in what was basically an ...

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    Paris: 2013 Audi SQ5 is the first S diesel [w/video]
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    Audi is a company synonymous with diesel performance. Its efforts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans have repeatedly proven what can be accomplished with a healthy oil-burner at your command, but until now, buyers were unable to pick up spots-oriented models with a TDI badge. That's changed with the ...

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    Spy Shots: Volkswagen's 235-mpg XL1 caught hot-weather testing
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    Earlier this year, we caught the Volkswagen XL1 testing in some cold-weather climates, and as the ultra-fuel-efficient hybrid gets closer to production, some more spy photos have surfaced showing the car performing hot-weather tests. A production version of this diesel plug-in hybrid car is ...

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    Official: Audi adds 420-HP 4.0T V8 to A8, upgraded 3.0L TDI to Q7 for 2013
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    The Audi A8 will be ditching its tried-and-true naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 engine for the 2013 model year. Instead, the automaker is fitting its flagship sedan with the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 that's also being used in the S6 and S7, good for 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Wrap-Up [w/video]
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    She Ain't What She Used To Be Truth be told, we never had any intention of spending a full year with Volkswagen's sixth-generation Jetta. We were enjoying many a happy trail with our 2010 TDI Cup Street Edition - a car that won us over with its excellent mix of sport and efficiency. It was, ...

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    Official: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI priced from $23,295*
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    Volkswagen has added diesel power to its new-but-not-New Beetle for the 2013 model year, and the oil-burning Bug has now been officially priced at $23,295, not including the (*)$770 destination charge. That price reflects the base TDI model with a six-speed manual transmission. Moving up the ...

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    Official: High-MPG Taylors drive a Volkswagen Passat 1,626 miles on one tank of diesel
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    Watch out, Wayne Gerdes, there's a new hypermiling crew in town. John and Helen Taylor – Volkswagen calls them "mileage experts" and "the world's most fuel-efficient couple" – recently drove a stock 2012 Passat TDI SE all the way from Houston, Texas to Sterling, Virginia without ...

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    Official: Audi updates Q5 for 2013 with supercharged V6 and hybrid option [w/videos]
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    Introduced back in 2008, the Audi Q5 was about due for a mid-life refresh, which is exactly what the German automaker has given it. Not that you'd be easily able to tell from looking at it, though: the styling updates to the popular CUV are rather subtle, as are the enhancements to the interior, ...

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    Report: VW Beetle Convertible coming in early 2013, diesel/manual model promised
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    How do you make the hot-selling Volkswagen Beetle even hotter? Chop the top! Car and Driver says sun worshippers will have a convertible option when buying their Beetle next year. The news should be a surprise to no one, but engine choices could be. VW says all the powertrain options in the ...

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    Chicago: Editors' Choice: Top Five 2012 Chicago Auto Show Debuts
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    The Chicago Auto Show may be the smallest of the North American auto shows we cover (yet largest by square footage, ironically), but year after year, more and more automakers choose to show off some new metal under the lights of McCormick Place. This year saw a total of 18 major reveals (click ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: January 2012
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    Stellar fuel efficiency is still the name of the game when it comes to our long-term Volkswagen Jetta TDI, as it's averaging well over its EPA-estimated 30 city and 42 highway miles per gallon in our hands. In fact, with a deft throttle foot, it's not terribly difficult to crest the 50-mpg ...

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