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VW Purposely Evaded Emissions Tests For Diesels, EPA Says

Volkswagen intentionally installed software in nearly a half-million diesel vehicles that helped the cars evade substandard results on emissions tests, the federal government charged Friday.


Volkswagen is recalling 420,000 vehicles in the US from several of its model lines because the wiring for the driver's side airbag can be torn. If this happens, then the safety device wouldn't work in a crash.


New crash prevention systems have elevated the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta to IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ ratings for model year 2016.


Volkswagen is replacing the 2.0-liter four and 1.8-liter turbo in the Jetta with the new EA211-series 1.4-liter turbo four, bringing with it direct injection and improved economy.


Volkswagen announces new driver assistance and safety technology features coming to its entire 2016 lineup. VW offerings will also get an upgraded infotainment system.


The Volkswagen GTI's slightly more mature, conservative, fraternal twin, the Jetta GLI, is getting updated for 2016 in a big way.


Volkswagen says it is planning more aggressive, market-specific designs for the US, since the conservative look that has made the brand a huge seller in Europe and China hasn't had the same results here.


Following their earlier recall, Volkswagen and the NHTSA have issued a second notice for 6,679 additional Jettas, Passats, Golfs and Beetles over a potential fuel leak in the engine compartment, bringing the total number up to 44,658.


Feeling The Change Is Easier Than Spotting It

You'll have to look closely to tell the difference, but the Volkswagen Jetta has received a raft of improvements for 2015, and nowhere is that clearer than with the TDI diesel model.


A problem with a leaky fuel rail could cause a fire, prompting Volkswagen to issue a recall for certain late model Jettas, Passats, Golfs, GTIs, Beetles and Beetle Convertibles, totaling an estimated 37,979 units.


The headlight control module in the 2015 VW Jetta may switch off the low beams when the high beams are switched on, prompting a recall of 25,007 units.


MotorWeek digs into its archives to unearth this showdown between two European sports sedans from the 1980s.


This is unquestionably the year of the recall in the United States with an estimated 544 campaigns so far (and counting) that cover around 52 million cars. The repairs are almost starting to seem normal at this point, but apparently the same can't be said for China. That country's buyers are protesting Volkswagen for its handling of one recent safety action.


Volkswagen is recalling about 1.1 million vehicles in China and North America in a newly announced campaign affecting the rear suspensions on some models. For the US, the action covers about 442,265 vehicles, including 400,602 examples of its 2011-2013 Jetta and 41,663 units of the 2012-2013 Beetle and Beetle Convertible. According to Reuters, the recall affects a further 126,000 vehicles in Canada and about 581,090 in China, including related market-specific models like the Sagitar.


Bravo to people with a crazy idea and enough time to actually make it a reality. Without them, we would never see insane creations like this one.


Volkswagen is not messing around when it characterizes its new MQB architecture as modular. It's already underpinning the VW Golf, Audi A3, Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia, and will soon form the basis for many more. And here is the latest.


Is $6,465 too much to get someone thinking about buying a Nissan Leaf to opt for the Volkswagen e-Golf instead? That's the price difference between the current EV sales champion, which now starts at $28,980, and the just-announced price for the e-Golf, which will sell for $35,445 in the US when it arrives in about ten states (basically, the ZEV states that follow California's lead in zero-emission vehicle rules) this November and will qualify for the federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

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