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    Volkswagen's proposed fix for roughly 85,000 illegally polluting 3.0-liter diesel engines isn't good enough, a California Air Resources Board letter said Wednesday. The air quality regulators rejected VW's plan and said the proposals were "incomplete, substantially deficient, and fall far short of meeting the legal requirements to return these vehicles to the claimed certified configuration," according to the letter. The rejection is a setback for VW, which claimed last month in court that it was nearing a fix for the 3.0-liter diesel engines that were equipped in several Audi models as well...

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    2017 Volkswagen Golf preview

    The Volkswagen Golf is the benchmark when it comes to affordable and practical compacts with a little bit of style. Now in its seventh generation, the once humble hatchback comes with its most diverse range of offerings yet including performance models, wagons and even a battery-powered version...

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    Volkswagen says it may be able to fix dirty 3.0-liter diesels

    Lawyers for Volkswagen told a California court Thursday that the automaker may be able to fix illegally polluting cars and SUVs equipped with its 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine. Owners of the affected cars—which include Volkwagen Touareg SUVs; Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5, and Q7 sedans and SUVs;...

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    Volkswagen's $18B TDI buyback would be largest consumer car action in U.S. history

    Volkswagen on Tuesday announced a settlement with the EPA and numerous other regulators to resolve class-action lawsuits over its TDI diesel emission cheating scandal. If approved next month, the deal would by by far the largest consumer car action settlement in United States history. It comes nine...

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    2017 Volkswagen Touareg preview

    Volkswagen has announced a series of modest updates for the 2017 edition of its Touareg SUV, changes that come just prior to what is expected to be a full redesign next year. The big differences are in the details since the V-6-powered mid-size SUV remains mechanically unchanged. The mid-level Lux...

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    VW CEO lays out future plans

    Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller last week announced an all-encompassing strategy that will see the automaker through the next 10 years and hopefully leave behind any lingering thoughts of the recent emissions cheating scandal, which incidentally VW is close to settling in the United...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

    The Volkswagen Group, still reeling from the fallout of last year’s revelation of its diesel emissions cheating, on Thursday released the first details on an overarching strategy aimed at moving past the scandal and transforming the company into a leader in sustainable mobility. One of the biggest challenges in the new strategy, titled Together - Strategy 2025, is a goal of adding more than 30 electric cars across the VW Group brands within the next decade. But as the automaker starts adding new electric cars to its fleet it will also drop some existing gasoline and diesel models...

  • Volkswagen Budd-e Concept
    VW commits to 30 electric cars by 2025 in new strategy

    While the Volkswagen Group continues negotiations towards finalizing a settlement of its emissions cheating scandal with regulators in the United States, the embattled automaker today announced a company-wide strategy that outlines plans for the coming decade. The new Together - Strategy 2025...

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    "New" 1974 VW Beetle sells for $43,000 at auction

    If ever there was a magic time machine ready to take you back to 1974, this Volkswagen Beetle with just 90 kilometers on its odometer is probably it. The little silver bug recently sold for an impressive €38,250, or just shy of $43,000, at an auction in Denmark. That's more than 10 times what...

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    Report: VW looking to build battery plant, electric car platform for larger cars

    As it tries to dig itself out of the diesel scandal, Volkswagen is paying more attention to electric cars. The German automaker has already discussed an all-electric version of the next Phaeton, and a dedicated platform for small electric cars called MEB. Now it seems there are other VW...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line Plus (European spec)
    Volkswagen unveils premium R-Line Plus package for Touareg

    Buyers of the Volkswagen Touareg overseas can now opt for a premium R-Line Plus package that adds a few extras to the handsome mid-size SUV over the regular R-Line package. The list includes 21-inch alloys, piano black trim, premium leather, 14-way adjustable front seats and a surround-view camera...

  • Volkswagen Enthusiast Models
    VW takes wraps off "enthusiast" show car fleet

    Volkswagen is capitalizing on its sizable fan base with a quintet of customized models it plans to take on tour this summer and fall. The five custom cars are set to make appearances at seven different European and VW-oriented car shows. Each is based on a standard model from the automaker's...

  • 2016 Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S

    Volkswagen just set the front-wheel-drive production car lap record at the Nürburgring using its new GTI Clubsport S. Now, finally, we have the mandatory video footage so that we can get a small taste of what it must have been like setting the record. Behind the wheel was German racing driver Benny Leuchter. His best time was 7:49.21, which is well clear of the 7:50.63 set by the Honda Civic Type R a year ago. The car he was piloting features an uprated version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder found in the regular GTI, plus better brakes, stickier tires and a special setting in...

  • Volkswagen GTI Heartbeat concept Wörthersee 2016
    VW trainees unveil GTI, Golf R Variant concepts at Wörthersee

    Every year, Volkswagen unveils a barrage of concept cars at the Wörthersee GTI love-fest in Austria. Since 2008, that's included at least one car built by a group of apprentices. This year, two groups of trainees turned up with a modified GTI and Golf R Variant wagon. The GTI is called...

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    Suspended Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz resigns

    Another senior executive placed on suspension following the revelation of the Volkswagen Group’s diesel emissions cheating has stepped down. Porsche confirmed its R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz has resigned due to the ongoing internal investigations at the VW Group and his resulting prolonged...

  • 2016 Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S
    VW GTI Clubsport S debuts, breaks ‘Ring record for FWD cars

    Volkswagen’s GTI is 40 this year and we can think of few better ways to celebrate than the setting of a Nürburgring lap record. Well, that’s exactly what VW has done using the new GTI Clubsport S. The Clubsport S was revealed today at the annual Wörthersee Tour GTI tuning fest...

  • Volkswagen 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with variable turbine geometry
    VW unveils 1.5-liter engine with variable turbine geometry

    Volkswagen used this week’s 2016 Vienna Motor Symposium to present its next-generation 4-cylinder engine. The new engine, dubbed the EA211 TSI evo, is a turbocharged 1.5-liter unit equipped with variable turbine geometry (VTG) like that found on high-performance engines from Porsche. VTG...

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    VW drops Golf R 400 in favor of 306-horsepower GTI Clubsport S

    Volkswagen is out testing a new version of its GTI. The car offers more performance than last year’s 261-horsepower (286 hp with overboost) GTI Clubsport and makes its world debut at the upcoming Wörthersee Tour GTI tuning fest in Austria. The car may look like the previous GTI Clubsport...

  • Volkswagen T-Prime GTE concept, 2016 Beijing Auto Show

    Based on its auto show debuts of late, Volkswagen wants consumers to know that it is working on two things: SUVs and plug-in hybrids. At the 2016 Beijing Auto Show on this week, VW unveiled a vehicle that fills both bills, the T-Prime Concept GTE. A premium SUV based on the latest MLB platform that also underpins the Audi Q7 (among several other VW Group products), the T-Prime is said to be a glimpse at a new full-size SUV positioned above the next Touareg, and not the next Touareg itself as previously thought. At 199.6 inches in length, the concept is longer than the original VW Phaeton and...

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    VW reaches deal with U.S. regulators over diesel scandal

    Volkswagen in a San Francisco court yesterday reached a deal with regulators in the United States over its diesel emissions scandal that affects more than half a million customers locally and around 11 million worldwide. The deal, only an “agreement in principle” currently, will be...

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    VW may buy back diesels, offer $5,000 to owners

    According to a report from Reuters, Volkswagen and United States regulators have reached an agreement on the "Dieselgate" issue that has plagued the company for months. The deal could involve buying back up to 500,000 diesel cars in the U.S. The official announcement is expected tomorrow, the day...

  • Teaser for Volkswagen SUV concept debuting at 2016 Beijing Auto Show
    VW to preview new Touareg with 2016 Beijing Auto Show concept

    Volkswagen has released a few teaser shots of an SUV concept it plans to unveil at next week’s 2016 Beijing Auto Show. VW says the concept shows the high-tech direction it plans to take in the premium SUV segment. This suggests elements of the concept will appear on the next Touareg, the...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune
    VW Beetle to get the axe after 2018?

    Volkswagen's Beetle may be slated for discontinuation, if a Tweet from a trusted source is to be believed. Autoline recently Tweeted: "Good bye Beetle. VW to axe its iconic car at end of 2018. Sales are slowing to a trickle and VW needs more CUVs." It's not clear where the information came from...

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    Oscar-nominated filmmaker begins work on VW "dieselgate" documentary

    If you're going to find someone to document Volkswagen's "dieselgate" emissions scandal on film, there's probably not a better person to do that than Steve Kalafer. Not only has Kalafer been nominated for an Oscar three times, he owns a VW dealership in New Jersey. Actually, Kalafer is the chairman...

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