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Detroit

Brand walks fine line between growth and winning back its base

Brand walks fine line between growth and winning back its base.

Detroit
Teased

The 19-inch wheel package indicates we're looking at a sporty R model

The 19-inch wheel package indicates we're looking at a sporty R model.

Report

There will only be the Wolfsburg Edition and SE-R for 2019

There will only be a Wolfsburg Edition and a SE-R for 2019.

Report

Part of Volkswagen's two-new-models-a-year product plan.

It needs to separate itself further from the Jetta.

Detroit

GTI looks, with venerable VR6 power.

The Passat GT is aimed squarely at the U.S. of A. with about 20 updates, mostly cosmetic.

Podcast

We also discuss a big Ram 2500 and find a way to spend your money.

Mazda has some cool stuff coming.

Spy Shots

Spy shots seem to show an extended wheelbase and possible fastback design.

If so, it's a big Jetta.

Podcast

On this episode, we cover the highlights from Detroit, discuss what we're driving, and spend your money.

Official

Volkswagen is upgrading its Passat sedan for 2016 with enhancements inside and out.

Report

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.

Geneva

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack can tackle almost any road. Unfortunately, it's not planned for sale in the US market. The new model debuted at the Geneva Motor Show.

Report

The Volkswagen brand sold 407,704 cars last year, a 6.95-percent decline compared to 2012, and it's down a further 8.36 percent through the end of April 2014 compared to this time last year. In order to to put the sales football between its Strategy 2018 goal posts, the brand would need to add 100,000 more sales every year to achieve the lofty 800,000-unit target. Coming to grips with how unreasonable that is, VW US CEO Michael Horn has said, "For now, we have to have realistic targets."

Official

Diesel lovers rejoice. Volkswagen is bringing the latest iteration of its 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine – dubbed the EA288 – to the 2015 model year Golf, Jetta, Passat, Beetle (2013 model pictured above) and Beetle Convertible, and the cars will be on sale in the second half of 2014.

Video

Volkswagen has been responsible for its fair share of witty, clever commercials. "Tiny Vader" might be the most popular, but somehow, we think this newest spot will find a big audience. VW delivers not so much a cover, but a reimagining, of 1980s Norwegian pop band A-ha's famous music video for "Take On Me."

Official

A consortium proposing the use of a lead-acid battery as a cheaper, more effective alternative to vehicle hybridization is showing off its Volkswagen Passat demonstration vehicle in Austria this week.

Official

Volkswagen has announced the company's Passat TDI has set a new world record for the category of "lowest fuel consumption-48 US states for a non-hybrid car." Drivers Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger managed an impressive 77.99 miles per gallon over 8,122 miles, trouncing the previous record of 67.9 mpg. The duo also sailed past the hybrid record of 64.5 mpg, another record set by Gerdes. As the founder of CleanMPG.com, Gerdes spends his time squeezing the best fuel economy possible out of passenger c

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