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VW builds 30 millionth Passat

No. 30,000,000 is a PHEV wagon

No. 30,000,000 is a PHEV wagon.

Detroit
Checking in on VW comeback: 'I believe in the redemptive power of America'

Brand walks fine line between growth and winning back its base

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

Detroit
Teased
2020 Volkswagen Passat teased ahead of Detroit debut

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.

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VW drops VR6 from Passat, only two trim levels available

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
VW Passat redesign is coming for 2019, alongside a new SUV

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

It needs to separate itself further from the Jetta.

Detroit
2018 Volkswagen Passat GT will show off a sportier look in 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
Autoblog Podcast #523 | BMWs, Trackhawk and Mazda's new engine technology

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

Mazda has some cool stuff coming.

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Spy Shots
Is this the next VW Jetta?

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

If so, it's a big Jetta.

Geneva
Podcast
We recap the 2017 Detroit Auto Show | Autoblog Podcast #499

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

Los Angeles
Official
Volkswagen Passat gets classier styling, tech updates for 2016

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

Report
Volkswagen promises more aggressive design for sedans, crossovers

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
2015 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack ready for any road, except in the US

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.

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VW to relax ambitious US sales targets?

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."

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VW confirms new TDI for second half of 2014 in Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle

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.

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VW redoes A-ha's 'Take On Me' music 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."

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Lead-acid mild hybrid demonstration vehicle boosts fuel economy, not costs

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.

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