Among any number of 'import' brands brought to the U.S. prior to World War II, nothing better speaks to the subsequent import invasion in the United States than Volkswagen. Organized in Germany in that divided country's postwar rubble as an independent automaker (since no other carmaker had an interest in its assets or designs), Volkswagen's Beetle became the antidote for all those Americans suffering from Detroit's product excesses or Britain's perceived fragility. Three generations later, and still controlled to a large degree by Porsche heirs, Volkswagen is a huge multinational selling its product in dozens of countries and, operating as the Volkswagen Group, has expanded beyond its core middle-class roots to own, manage and market some of the world's most prestigious brands.

In America, Volkswagen provides a small lineup of cars and crossovers, with production of that lineup centered in Mexico, Germany and the U.S. At present there is no minivan or truck, although importation of a VW pickup has long been rumored. VW's least expensive U.S. car is the base version of the Jetta, while its most-fun-to-drive is the GTI and - if you have the money - the Golf R, offering all-wheel drive and roughly 30% more power than the GTI. And if you still have money, opt for Volkswagen's most expensive model, the Touareg SUV. Most popular is again a tossup, as both the compact Jetta and larger Passat compete for the title. Shopping for a VW diesel? You'll have to reference Autoblog classifieds for a pre-owned example, as VW has no plans - following its diesel emission scandal - to bring diesels back to the U.S.


2017 Volkswagen Passat
2017 Volkswagen Passat
MSRP:
$22,440
Engine:
1.8L I-4
MPG:
23 City / 34 HWY
2017 Volkswagen Beetle
2017 Volkswagen Beetle
MSRP:
$19,995
Engine:
1.8L I-4
MPG:
24 City / 33 HWY
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
MSRP:
$21,580
Engine:
1.8L I-4
MPG:
25 City / 35 HWY
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
MSRP:
$17,895
Engine:
1.4L I-4
MPG:
28 City / 40 HWY
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan
MSRP:
$24,995
Engine:
2.0L I-4
MPG:
20 City / 24 HWY
2017 Volkswagen Golf R
2017 Volkswagen Golf R
MSRP:
$35,655
Engine:
2.0L I-4
MPG:
22 City / 31 HWY
Volkswagen outlines $2 billion infrastructure-spending plan

Including 500 new chargers for US plug-in vehicle drivers.

Volkswagen will spend $2 billion over five years to add charging stations across the US and establish a "Green City."
Volkswagen, Bosch reach diesel settlement worth $1.6 billion

This latest settlement will cost VW $1.2 billion alone.

VW will either fix or buy back about 78,000 Volkswagens, Audis, and Porsches with V6 diesel engines.
The Volkswagen Interactive Experience at CES was promising, but not quite perfect

Spoiler alert: this future stuff is hard.

Three-dimensional gauge clusters are pretty cool. Eye-tracking tech that doesn't work isn't so cool.
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2015 Volkswagen Beetle
$13,100 / 36,639 miles / CA
2015 Volkswagen Passat
$12,950 / 40,961 miles / CA
2014 Volkswagen Jetta
$10,000 / 67,647 miles / CA
The Volkswagen Interactive Experience at CES was promising, but not quite perfect

Spoiler alert: this future stuff is hard.

Three-dimensional gauge clusters are pretty cool. Eye-tracking tech that doesn't work isn't so cool.
2018 Volkswagen SUV Prototype First Drive
We test drive the 2018 Volkswagen three-row SUV, which goes into production late this year. It's aimed at US buyers and will offer a V6 and all-wheel-drive.
The Volkswagen GTI was our daily driver of choice
We discuss what we learned from a long-term test of a 2015 Volkswagen GTI. We're really going to miss this one.
Driving a Euro-spec VW Tiguan, and what it means for the US [w/video]
We spend some time with a Euro-spec Volkswagen Tiguan in northern Sweden and get a taste of what's in store for the US-spec car that launches next year.
Audi could buy back 25,000 older diesel Q7s

Buyback would only affect older Q7s; newer TDIs could be repaired.

Der Spiegel's report is sure to irk the Volkswagen Group's German critics, who have fired on the company's decision to only offer buybacks in the US.
Volkswagen Group recalls 281,505 VWs and Audis for fuel leaks

There are actually three separate recalls.

No injuries or deaths have been reported.
Germany approves software fix for another 450,000 VW diesels

Meanwhile, Volkswagen and CARB continue testing in the US.

Three-cylinder TDI engines were never sold in the United States.
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