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    Report: VW budget sub-brand stuck in limbo over VW standards, costs
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    Reports in October 2012 claimed Volkswagen had begun investigating the creation of its own budget brand. This came after having failed to purchase Malaysian car company Proton or produce a meaningful partnership with Suzuki, and after watching Renault-Nissan make piles of euro on Dacia and plot ...

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    Report: VW Up Buggy may be headed to showrooms
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    Volkswagen showed six conceptual takes on its Up at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, one of those being the Up Buggy. Although few will probably remember it, VW has not forgotten it, applying for a patent for the Meyers Manx revival roadster way back in March 2012 and being approved in June of this ...

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    Geneva: Volkswagen Cross Up! aimed at rugged lifestyle folks, complete with plastic cladding
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    If you thought there was nothing wrong with the Volkswagen Up! that a little body cladding wouldn't fix, you're in luck. VW has officially pulled the wraps off the production version of the Cross Up!, and its wheel arches and rocker panels are full of the black plastic cladding you've been ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Cross Up! headed for production after Geneva reveal
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    The last time we saw the Volkswagen Cross Up!, it was sitting out in the snow in prototype form, but the next time we'll see this slightly more rugged version of the diminutive Up! hatchback will be when it makes its production debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Looking like a ...

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    Report: VW pondering low-cost sub-brand for China?
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    More detail is being sketched into the Volkswagen Group's plan to launch a low-cost brand for emerging markets. Late last year a German report quoted a VW rep saying that the brand has been interested in building a no-frills car, the kind that would challenge Dacia and Datsun, for a while. With ...

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    Spy Shots: Volkswagen Cross Up! caught in the cold
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    The Volkswagen Cross Up! started life as a concept vehicle at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, but based on these spy shots, the jacked-up microcar looks to be heading into production, poised to join VW's European lifted lineup alongside the CrossPolo, CrossGolf and CrossTouran. Like stockier ...

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    Video: Tightest parallel parking record falls yet again
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    It looks as if Mini didn't get to hold onto its Guinness World Record for the tightest parallel parking job for all that long. German stunt driver Ronny Wechselberger managed to slide a Volkswagen Up! into a space of just 12 feet and 0.88 inches. Given that the three-door Up! takes up a full 11 ...

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    Report: VW Up! says "What closed market?" by recording 3,000 Japanese orders in 3 weeks
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    The initial prognosis for the Volkswagen Up! in Japan is going the same direction as the name of the car: three weeks after launch, 3,000 orders have been placed in Nippon. That beats Ford's sales total for the entire year and is almost a month's worth of BMW imports. Posting those numbers, ...

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    Report: VW planning new ultra-low-cost model to take on Dacia, Datsun
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    When it was confirmed earlier this year that Nissan wiil resurrect the Datsun brand for emerging markets, the numbers provided the reason. Nissan sold 60,000 vehicles in Indonesia alone last year, and CEO Carlos Ghosn wants to increase that figure to 250,000 units by 2014. Even then, that would ...

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    Review: 2012 Volkswagen Up!
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    The Best Little Car We Can't Have Despite the fact that the Smart ForTwo has pretty much been a flop here in the United States (and understandably so), we Americans are slowly but surely warming up to intelligent little city cars. The Fiat 500, which got off to a slow start, is gaining traction; ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #294
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    Buyers like tech, Diesel on the upswing, Hondas getting new engines, more CVTs Episode #294 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week Dan is joined by Steven Ewing, Autoblog Executive Editor Chris Paukert, and new guy George Kennedy. Topics the popularity of often-confusing technology among ...

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    Official: Skoda racing Up! to Worthersee with Citigo Rally concept
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    If you thought the Volkswagen Group was about to wind down the endless stream of concept cars based on the new Up! city car, think again. Because not only is the Volkswagen brand itself keeping the train a-moving, so are its sister brands. Skoda has its own version of the Up called the Citigo. ...

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    Report: Volkswagen mulling Up!-based crossover
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    We knew the three-door Volkswagen Up! was going to shape-shift into other variants, one of them being a five-door version that's due later this year. According to word in German newspaper Handelsblatt, the well-received Cross-Up!, which provided clues to the styling of the five-door Up! could ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Up! named 2012 World Car of the Year
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    As is tradition, Day Two of the 2012 New York Auto Show kicked off with the annual World Car of the Year awards. Global entries competed for honors in four different categories, and from the initial list of 34 contenders, the final four were selected this morning. The big winner was the 2012 ...

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    Report: How European Central Bank loans may have subsidized the Volkswagen Up!
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    The New York Times reports the European Central Bank may have inadvertently helped buyers looking to take home a new Volkswagen Up! secure low-interest loans. Volkswagen Financial Services was one of many institutions that took advantage of the €1 trillion the central bank set aside to be ...

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    Geneva: Volkswagen introduces four new Up! concepts, because we didn't have enough already
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    Swiss. Winter. X. Cargo. Those are the names of the four new Up! models that Volkswagen has brought to the Geneva Motor Show, the latest expansion of the supermini that by now has more personalities than the United States of Tara. You might think the Swiss Up! is named for the its Geneva debut ...

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    Official: Volkswagen bringing four Up! concepts to Geneva
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    The Up! supermini goes on sale in Europe in a few days, but Volkswagen has already been hard at work casting about for ideas to expand beyond the three-door model available at launch. A five-door will go on sale later this year, and VW showed a few Up! concepts last fall at the Frankfurt Motor ...

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    Official: Seat announces five-door Mii city car
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    We knew at its unveiling in Frankfurt that the debut of the production version of the Volkswagen Up! was only the beginning, what with all the concept versions Volkswagen showcased over the years. But that was only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. VW isn't the only brand in the group that will ...

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    Official: Skoda up!grades with five-door Citigo
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    On this side of the Atlantic, one Volkswagen division's new product may not have a significant impact on those of another. That's because the German auto giant's brands are kept quite separate in North America. Less so, however, back in Europe, where a new VW is likely to reappear in due time as ...

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    Report: Volkswagen approves Up! GT for production
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    The Volkswagen Golf GTI stands as an enduring icon in the hot hatch genre. But as the Golf gets bigger, so does the GTI, and when it comes to hot hatches, bigger is not always better. That's where the Polo GTI comes in, but if even that's too big for minimalists, Volkswagen is reportedly set on ...

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