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.


2018 Volkswagen Passat
2018 Volkswagen Passat
MSRP:
$22,995
Engine:
2.0L I-4
MPG:
25 City / 36 HWY
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
MSRP:
$30,500
Engine:
2.0L I-4
MPG:
22 City / 26 HWY
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
MSRP:
$25,195
Engine:
2.0L I-4
MPG:
22 City / 27 HWY
2017 Volkswagen Golf
2017 Volkswagen Golf
MSRP:
$19,895
Engine:
1.8L I-4
MPG:
25 City / 36 HWY
2017 Volkswagen Passat
2017 Volkswagen Passat
MSRP:
$22,440
Engine:
1.8L I-4
MPG:
23 City / 34 HWY
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
MSRP:
$17,895
Engine:
1.4L I-4
MPG:
28 City / 40 HWY
VW spending nearly $85 billion total on electric and self-driving cars

Board approves latest round of $40 billion.

The goal: To be No. 1 in EVs.
VW to spend $11.8 billion on China EVs

It's launching 15 models and plans to sell 1.5 million of them per year there by 2025.

Some models are promised to have a range up to 370 miles on a charge.
Sunday Drive: Variety is the spice of life

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2018 Volkswagen SUV Prototype First Drive
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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.