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Volkswagen is the original brand within the Volkswagen Group that also contains Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Ducati and Scania. The brand traces its roots back to Ferdindand Porsche, founder of Porsche, who developed the original Volkswagen Beetle for the German government. The Beetle entered the US market in 1949 and today the Volkswagen brand produces a full line of vehicles including many diesel-powered models.

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    First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R
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    Three cheers for the handbrake. For driving enthusiasts who live in climates where the winter months produce seemingly endless days of snowy, icy conditions, nothing cures the seasonal blues quite like finding yourself on an empty road, pulling the handbrake, halting the rear wheels and happily drifting around a turn. Hooligans, we are. And it's all great ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE
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    In spite of a recent hiccup in sales that's led to the departure of Volkswagen of America CEO Jonathan Browning, the brand behind Das Auto says its metrics have improved everywhere else. According to the charts we were shown during a recent drive of the brand's lineup, its US sales have doubled in four years, the dealer network is growing, VW was ranked ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTD
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    The Waiting Is The Hardest Part Back in 2010, we attended the launch for the sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTD, an event set on the scenic roads of the cult car's natural habitat – southern Bavarian curving two-lanes complete with shocking views of the majestic Alps. We've now returned to the exact same location for the Mk7 GTD that will come to ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTI [w/video]
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    The 911 Of Hot Hatches Takes The Compact Game To New Levels North American car buyers get a bit of a slap in the face when it comes to delivery schedules for new the Volkswagen Golf and pumped-up GTI models. We'll just repeat the old chestnut: It's worth the wait... even though it still stinks. This time around, Western Europe is taking deliveries of the ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Volkswagen XL1 [w/video]
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    World's Most Efficient Car Impresses, Not Without Compromises Among our many duties at the recent Geneva Motor Show, we were offered a pretty exclusive drive in the new Volkswagen XL1 hyper-efficient plug-in diesel hybrid. There is so much that is interesting about a car like this reaching production from a major automaker that it's tough to know where ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet
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    The Golf VI's Last Hurrah Is Pure Niche This was in the heart of the ultra-chic Côte d'Azur during winter. The car to be tested was the not-for-North America 2013 Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet. Prevailing weather conditions here this time of year are bizarrely pleasant, as though a dome of Swarovski crystal has been placed over the entire region to ...

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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 with diesel, but it's only when a given technology or feature ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Volkswagen Golf [w/video]
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    This Little VW Just Went Premium The fortunes of Volkswagen in the United States are moving steadily upward in direct correlation to how serious Wolfsburg has become about our market, a market it frankly neglected badly for about three full decades. The era of neglect is over now and the Germans are focusing especially hard on North American drivers who ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Volkswagen CC
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    Sleek Four-Door Coupe Noses Upmarket When European deliveries of the then new Volkswagen Passat CC started back in late 2007, even in its home market, the know-it-alls received it with skepticism. There didn't seem to be any burning need for a sexed-up four-door based on a Passat chassis. Was there an audience large enough for a Mercedes-Benz ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Volkswagen Up! [w/video]
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    VW Finally Rediscovers Its (Very) Small Car Roots Big old Volkswagen is back to thinking small, and it's finally doing it right. After a frankly awful attempt at supplying the rest of the world with cheap tin boxes by the name of Fox and an only modestly successful run with the Lupo, company bosses have done some soul searching and this is the result: a ...

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    Review: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo
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    Learning To Love The Bug Volkswagen began building buzz for the 2012 Beetle long before we caught a glimpse of the first spy shots. The company's executives were throwing phrases like "fun to drive," "masculine" and "Porsche-derived styling" toward the would-be Beetle successor as far back as the 2010 Paris Motor Show. In this business, you either learn ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
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    A GTI For The Masses We've given Volkswagen a fair amount of flack for the 2011 Jetta – and justifiably so. All the things we held dear in previous generations – high-end materials, solid driving dynamics and that general sense of premium the Germans do so well – were all nixed in the name of market share. But as we suspected, it's ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo
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    Getting Back To Being A Credible Car For The Times Volkswagen's choice of Berlin for the launch of its 2012 Beetle inevitably struck us Yanks as curious – and not just because of the horrible abundance of construction projects in the city that makes driving a relative concept at best. The last time a Beetle was unveiled to massive acclaim in ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
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    Building Momentum With A Mid-Life Refresh At first blush, Munich seems like an awfully long way to travel for the chance to drive a mid-cycle refresh. But Volkswagen has good reason to ask us to schlep across the Atlantic to drive its updated-for-2012 Tiguan: Momentum. The compact crossover had a bit of a knock-kneed start out of the gates when it ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Volkswagen Passat
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    Americanized Sedan Shows Its German Roots The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is facing a kind of perfect storm of skepticism from long-time fans of the brand. Volkswagen has wasted no chance to tell the world that the company's newest sedan will be custom-tailored to the American market, with styling and packaging tweaks designed to set the vehicle apart from ...

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    Second Spin: 2014 Volkswagen Golf Blue-e-motion
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    Wolfsburg Questions Its Own Wisdom With EV Golf Yes, we know. "2014" sounds so impressively future-y, doesn't it? When we're testing a car and the R&D people involved look at us and say it won't be on the market until 2014, our eyes dilate, too. "Wow," we say to ourselves while keeping a straight face in front of the mega-powerful board member, ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
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    A Hotter GTI Is Hatched

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    First Drive: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
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    A Porsche Cayenne Hybrid For The People Fuel economy is a funny thing. In Europe, better efficiency has always boiled down to two simple concepts: diesel fuel and turbos. But like the 35-year-old who won't drink tequila because of a bad experience in college, American buyers' stomachs start turning whenever manufacturers talk about oil-burners – ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta gets with the (American) program
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    For Volkswagen of America, it doesn't get more brot-und-butter than the Jetta. Forced into the shadow of the best-selling Golf, VW Germany's refrain was "Sell more Golfs!" To which VoA would steadfastly reply, "Americans don't want hatchbacks!" This went on for over two decades until the corporate mothership finally recognized that its compact sedan was ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg lightens up while getting serious
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    The outgoing Volkswagen Touareg range has always lived on the wrong side of the tracks in America. It was a big, expensive Volkswagen. Notice that we can't just say it was a big, expensive vehicle, because those adjectives are almost as much the norm as anything else – we must qualify those descriptors with the word "Volkswagen." And we can't help ...

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