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    The Volkswagen Group’s diesel scandal is finally starting to settle here in the United States but over in Europe things are flaring up again. This time it’s the Audi and Porsche brands in the crossfire. Germany’s Wirtschaftswoche reported on Friday that Porsche is being investigated by Germany’s official transport authority, the KBA, for using defeat device software to hide emissions from regulators. The defeat device was said to rely on measuring steering wheel movements to determine whether a vehicle was on a laboratory testbed. Porsche denied it was using any such...

  • Jost Capito
    Jost Capito quits McLaren F1 team to run Volkswagen R division

    The driving force behind Ford’s first Focus RS and F-150 Raptor has now been tasked with churning out high-performance Volkswagens, including the next Golf R. We’re talking about motorsport veteran Jost Capito who has quit his job as CEO of the McLaren Formula One team to return to the...

  • Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept, 2017 Wörthersee Tour
    VW unveils 268-horsepower Golf GTE Performance concept at 2017 Wörthersee Tour

    Volkswagen waited until Thursday’s opening day for the 2017 Wörthersee Tour GTI tuning fest to release details on yet another hot hatch concept present at the Austrian event. Joining the Up! GTI and hybrid Golf GTI and Golf GTE SportWagen concepts at the event is the Golf GTE Performance...

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade concept, 2017 Wörthersee Tour
    VW reveals GTI hybrid concept with rear-axle electric motor

    This year’s Wörthersee Tour GTI tuning fest is upon us and Volkswagen has revealed some exciting concepts. Last week we were treated to the production-bound Up! GTI concept and now we have details on two new concepts present at the Austrian event. The highlight is a Golf GTI hybrid...

  • Volkswagen Golf R Heritage concept
    Volkswagen channels the enthusiast for 5 new concepts

    The aftermarket and modifying community has long had a love affair with Volkswagen vehicles, and it seems the German automaker is tapping into said love affair. VW this week revealed five new concept vehicles headed to the European Experience in Savannah, Georgia, which is on now and runs until May...

  • Volkswagen Up! GTI concept, 2017 Wörthersee Tour
    Volkswagen builds an Up! GTI for 2017 Wörthersee Tour

    Volkswagen’s pint-sized Up! hatchback has received the GTI treatment. The car, still a concept, debuts next week at the 2017 Wörthersee Tour and will enter production in early 2018. Since we don’t get the standard Up! in the United States, don’t waste your time pining for...

  • Matthias Müller

    Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller is in legal hot water for the first time due to an investigation into whether he adequately disclosed information on the diesel emissions cheating scandal to shareholders. Bloomberg reports that German prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether Müller should have been quicker to notify shareholders of Porsche SE, the holding company that owns the biggest stake in VW Group, about the scandal. Müller replaced Martin Winterkorn as VW Group CEO in late 2015. He was previously the head of the Porsche brand as well as a board member at...

  • Jay Leno drives the rare VW Type 34 Ghia
    Jay Leno samples rare Volkswagen Type 34 Ghia

    A fresh engine and some updated styling are the big bits of news that flowed out when Volkswagen launched its Type 34 Ghia. It sits on the then-new Type 3 platform and comes packing a 1.5-liter engine. This was essentially a larger and more luxurious version of the VW Ghia, and it was also pretty...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Polo spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Volkswagen Polo spy shots and video

    Volkswagen’s Polo subcompact is now the oldest model in the German brand’s lineup, with the current, fifth-generation model having made its debut as far back as the 2009 Geneva auto show. A successor is in the works and has just been spotted completely undisguised. This is the standard...

  • Teaser for 2019 Volkswagen T-Roc debuting at 2017 Frankfurt auto show
    VW plans pint-sized SUV for US, but it’s not the T-Roc

    Volkswagen is racing to expand its portfolio of SUVs to meet seemingly insatiable demand for the high-riding vehicles. So far this year we’ve seen the brand introduce the new Atlas as well as a redesigned Tiguan. Soon, VW will introduce a redesigned Touareg plus a new compact SUV called the...

  • Volkswagen DSG dual-clutch transmission
    VW confirms its 10-Speed dual-clutch transmission is dead

    A number of automakers are offering 9- and 10-speed transmissions. Some are even looking at 11-speed units. The Volkswagen Group had planned to join the fray with its own 10-speed dual-clutch transmission, though the project has been axed. The information was confirmed to Automotive News...

  • Volkswagen product roadmap for 2017
    VW product roadmap reveals production start dates for key models

    Volkswagen outlined production plans for several key models during a press conference held on Thursday at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. In particular, a slide presented during a speech by VW brand boss Herbert Diess revealed the list of models due to enter production in 2017. The list...

  • 1,233 horsepower VW Golf Mk2

    Yes, yes, we know. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon comes straight from the factory and can clip off incredible achievements such as a 0-60 mph time of 2.1 seconds (with a catch) and a quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds. But, there's always going to be someone, somewhere, who's faster. In this case, it's a Volkswagen Golf Mk2. That's an incredible achievement since the final Golf Mk2 rolled off the assembly line a quarter century ago. Nonetheless, this particular German hatchback's 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine spits out 1,233 horsepower like it's nobody's business, as well as...

  • Ducati's Diavel Carbon
    Report: Volkswagen Group mulls Ducati sale

    Facing costs exceeding $20 billion in the United States alone due to its diesel emissions scandal, plus a hefty bill to develop new electric car technology, the Volkswagen Group has been cutting back on staff and niche products to preserve cash. There’s always been talk that the VW Group...

  • Volkswagen ID Crozz concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show
    Volkswagen ID Crozz electric SUV concept debuts in Shanghai

    The third member in Volkswagen’s series of I.D. concepts has been revealed. The concept is the I.D. Crozz, and it makes its world debut on Wednesday at the 2017 Shanghai auto show. It follows on from the I.D. Buzz minivan unveiled at the 2017 Detroit auto show and I.D. hatchback unveiled at...

  • Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
    Volkswagen will build second SUV in US

    Volkswagen will build a second SUV at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. VW Group of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken confirmed during last week’s 2017 New York auto show that a second SUV will be built at the Chattanooga plant, and that the vehicle would be a five-seater, Automotive News...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf R, 2017 New York Auto Show
    2018 VW Golf lineup nipped, tucked, tech'd

    Volkswagen's ever-growing lineup of compact hatchbacks and wagons has a modestly revised look and some additional technology for the 2018 model year. The updated range was revealed on Wednesday at the 2017 New York auto show. Set to go on sale this fall, the 2018 Golf, Golf SportWagen, Golf...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, Texas
    6 things you need to know about the Volkswagen Atlas

    We've been hearing about the VW Atlas for nearly half a decade now, which means the German automaker has had a lot of time to figure out just what makes three-row crossover buyers tick. The end result, after a few show cars and a lot of rumors, is a thoroughly competent entry into a competitive...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

    Volkswagen’s entry into the popular mid-size, 3-row SUV segment, the 2018 Atlas, has been priced from just $31,425. The figure includes a standard $925 destination charge. This puts the 7-seat Atlas right in line with rivals such as the Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, at least when it comes to pricing. Subaru will soon join this field with a new contender rumored to be called the Ascent. The Atlas arrives in dealerships in May and will be offered with two options for powertrains and five for trims: S, SE, SE with Technology Package...

  • Akrapovič titanium exhaust for MkVII Volkswagen Golf R
    VW Golf R buyers can now add factory-blessed Akrapovič titanium exhaust

    You may not have heard of Akrapovič, but the Slovenian company would love for you to take a closer listen to its product. Specifically, the specialist exhaust company has announced a new partnership with Volkswagen to supply a titanium exhaust system for the updated Golf R due here for the 2018...

  • 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
    Volkswagen: What’s new for 2017

    Volkswagen’s been in damage control since the revelation in late 2015 of its diesel emissions cheating, and that’s meant we’ve seen little in the way of new products from the brand. That will start to change come the 2018 model year with new additions like the Atlas as well as an...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Touareg and Polo leaked - Image via Martin Swart/CAR South Africa
    2018 Volkswagen Touareg, Polo leaked

    Next-generation versions of the Volkswagen Touareg and Polo have been spotted in South Africa wearing minimal camouflage gear. The South African edition of CAR has several photos showing the vehicles ahead of their respective launches later this year. Both have already been spied in prototype form...

  • Matthias Müller
    Volkswagen CEO says he's open to merger talks with Fiat Chrysler

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has made little secret of his desire to merge with another major automaker due to the significant changes facing the auto industry and the steep capital costs those changes entail. Automakers Marchionne has courted include Ford, General Motors, Toyota...

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    VW pleads guilty to diesel scandal felonies

    The Volkswagen Group on Friday pleaded guilty to three felony charges relating to its diesel emissions cheating scandal as part of January’s settlement with the Justice Department and Customs and Border Protection regarding any criminal misconduct tied with the scandal. The charges included...

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