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  • Volkswagen announces Google quantum computer partnership

    Nvidia kicked off the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show on Sunday by announcing a trio of new partnerships: one with ride-hailing company Uber, China's Baidu, and Volkswagen. CNBC reported on the new partnerships, which positions the computer-chip maker as a force in self-driving technology. With Uber, Nvidia will supply chips for an artificial intelligence (AI) system in the company's fleet of self-driving vehicles. It will embark on a similar partnership with Baidu; the chip-maker will develop a production-ready AI system designed for China. German company ZF will also help with the project...

  • 1959 Mercedes-Benz O 319 bus
    VW Microbus too common? This retro Mercedes bus may do the trick

    Everyone knows the Volkswagen Microbus, which stands as an icon of the German automaker to this day. The Mercedes-Benz O 319 bus is likely not as well known, but this fine example is just the ticket if the VW bus is just a little too commonplace. RM Sotheby's will offer the pristine 1959...

  • Volkswagen Group Sedric concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    VW self-driving car edges closer to reality with Aurora deal

    The Volkswagen Group will use next week’s 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to formally announce a strategic partnership with a self-driving company by the name of Aurora Innovation. You may not have heard of Aurora but you’ll definitely know of the key people behind it if...

  • Volkswagen Amarok Power concept
    VW trademarks Amarok name, but will a VW pickup come to the US?

    Since 2010, Volkswagen has offered a vehicle for those who need the utility of a pickup truck. It's called the Volkswagen Amarok, and it's a name you likely haven't heard. That's because the Amarok has never been sold in the United States or Canada. Perhaps that's about to change, though, as...

  • Watch this VW engine be rebuilt in six minutes
    Watch a VW Beetle engine be rebuilt in 6 minutes

    Wouldn't it be nice to have a proper work space in which you could wrench on your pride and joy? To have the tools and the time to do so is a wonderful luxury to be enjoyed whenever possible. Perhaps you're short on one of those things. It's most likely going to be the time aspect of it all...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, 2017 Geneva motor show
    2019 VW Arteon to make US debut at 2018 Chicago auto show

    Volkswagen’s Arteon will go on sale next year as the replacement for the CC. It arrives as a 2019 model and has little in the way of direct competition, apart from the Buick Regal Sportback. Some buyers may also want to check out the Audi A5 Sportback or perhaps even the Kia Stinger. The...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Touareg spy shots - Image via SB-Medien

    Volkswagen is in the midst of an SUV onslaught that will see existing models like the Tiguan and Touareg not only redesigned but joined by several all-new models. It all started with the Atlas that debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show and has continued with the redesigned Tiguan at the 2017 Detroit auto show and T-Roc at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show. The next SUV from VW will be a redesigned Touareg, a completely undisguised version of which has just been spotted. Compared to the Atlas, also a mid-size SUV, the Touareg isn’t quite as long, which makes sense as it will remain a...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, 2017 Geneva motor show
    VW exec hints at Arteon R

    Volkswagen will replace the CC next year with a new model called the Arteon. The sultry fastback sedan made its debut in March at the 2017 Geneva motor show and so far the most potent version we’ve seen offers up a respectable but hardly exciting 276 horsepower. VW could spice things up with...

  • Teaser for 2019 Volkswagen Jetta debuting at 2018 Detroit auto show
    2019 Volkswagen Jetta teased ahead of Detroit debut

    Volkswagen has given a hint at the final design of its new Jetta debuting next month at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We recently had a chance to sample the 7th-generation model in prototype form and found it to be a solid drive but not particularly sporty. Hopefully...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta prototype
    2019 Volkswagen Jetta prototype first drive: stress relief

    Matthias Erb, the engineer tasked with turning VW’s North American operations from car importer to full-on development office, isn't able to relax for long. Last year, VW finally got competitive in the American crossover market with its redesigned Tiguan and new Atlas. This year, it’s a...

  • Oliver Schmidt
    VW manager receives 7-year prison term, $400,000 fine for diesel scandal

    A second former Volkswagen Group employee has received a prison sentence in relation to the automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal. German citizen Oliver Schmidt was sentenced on Wednesday by United States District Court Judge Sean Cox to seven years in prison for his involvement in...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 rally car
    Volkswagen reveals Polo GTI R5 rally car

    Prior to pulling out of the World Rally Championship at the end of the 2016 season, Volkswagen had been developing a new rally car based on the sixth-generation Polo hatchback. Rather than let the design go to waste, as well as the experience gained from 4-straight WRC titles (from 2013-2016)...

  • VW MOIA ride-sharing concept car

    The Volkswagen Group doesn't simply want to electrify its portfolio of brands and cars for personal ownership, it also wants to provide sustainable transportation in other ways. Its first step? Ridesharing. This week, the automaker's newly minted MOIA mobility unit revealed its first vehicle designed specifically for offering rides. It's a van with an electric powertrain and seating for six passengers, and it was revealed on Monday ahead of an official debut at this week's TechCrunch 2017 in Berlin, Germany. MOIA envisions a ride-sharing community where users book and pay for a ride within a...

  • Volkswagen's new Budack engine cycle
    How does VW's Budack engine cycle work?

    Volkswagen isn't reinventing the way your internal combustion engine works. The automaker has, however, created a new twist on the Otto cycle that's a revised version of the Atkinson cycle. Your standard Otto cycle is the one with which you're most familiar. It's made up of intake, compression...

  • Volkswagen ID Crozz concept
    Electric SUV based on VW ID Crozz concept coming in 2020

    Volkswagen’s next electric car on sale in the United States will be a production version of the ID Crozz SUV concept first shown in April at the 2017 Shanghai auto show. It will arrive in showrooms in 2020 and is expected to be similar in size to the Tiguan. VW made the confirmation on...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line
    2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line adds style and spice for a reasonable price

    The Volkswagen Tiguan is a nice, handsome option in the small SUV segment. It is not, however, very sporty looking. Enter the latest Volkswagen R-Line package. Attached to the 2018 Tiguan, this affordably priced trim package adds an extra dose of spice to this currywurst of a crossover...

  • Ferdinand Piech, chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Group, at 2000 Paris Motor Show
    End of an era as Ferdinand Piëch finally cut ties with VW Group

    Two years ago, Ferdinand Piëch, then chairman of the Volkswagen Group, resigned from his post following a public spat with Martin Wintekorn, who was the automaker’s CEO at the time. The 80-year-old has now cut all ties with the VW Group by offloading his sizable stake in Porsche...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible
    Next Volkswagen Beetle to be electric, rear-wheel drive?

    Should reported plans for a next-generation Volkswagen Beetle pan out, the iconic car will see a major transformation. On Friday, Autocar reported VW is actively considering a rear-wheel-drive, all-electric Beetle. The change would harken back to the original Beetle, which was rear-wheel drive with...

  • Volkswagen announces Google quantum computer partnership

    Volkswagen will embark on a transformation of its business through electric cars and self-driving technology, and it is looking elsewhere to bolster its technological capabilities. On Monday, the German automaker announced a partnership with Google to work with quantum computers for future battery, transportation, and self-driving technology. VW Group Information Technologies (IT) personnel in San Francisco and Munich will develop the algorithms, simulations, and optimizations in concert with experts from Google and feed that information into Google's quantum computers. What is a quantum...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI
    VW testing Polo R but undecided on production

    Volkswagen in the summer unveiled a new generation of its Polo subcompact. The most potent model is the Polo GTI with 197 horsepower on tap, but an even spicier Polo R has not been ruled out. The German automaker unveiled a prototype Polo R in 2014. The car was based on the previous-generation Polo...

  • 150 millionth Volkswagen delivered
    Volkswagen delivers its 150 millionth car: a Golf GTE

    The Volkswagen brand spans more than 150 markets around the world, and over the course of decades, it's finally delivered its 150 millionth car. And fittingly, it's an electrified (and rather sporty) vehicle: a Golf GTE plug-in hybrid. The brand delivered the milestone car in Norway, also fitting...

  • 1973 Volkswagen Thing
    Volkswagen might bring back Thing as an electric car

    Volkswagen thinks the possibilities are plentiful to bring back some of its most iconic vehicles from the past, thanks to its dedicated MEB electric car platform. The latest retro revival? The Volkswagen Thing, which graced the United States for just two model years before disappearing. The...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Next-gen Jetta will have a manual; new Jetta GLI arriving quickly

    The next-generation, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will launch with a manual transmission and a higher-performance Jetta GLI will quickly follow, Volkswagen leadership told Motor Authority over the weekend. Volkswagen Group of America's President Hinrich J. Woebcken and VWoA's Senior Vice President Product...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Volkswagen Jetta spy shots

    Volkswagen’s Jetta is about to be redesigned, as evidenced by the recent sighting of a prototype. The current Jetta, the nameplate's sixth iteration, has been on sale since 2011. We’re expecting the new 7th-generation model to debut early next year, as a 2019 model. The car will finally...

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