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84th Geneva Motor Show – Day 2

84th Geneva Motor Show – Day 2

GENEVA —The 84th Geneva International Motor Show entered its second day on Wednesday and the stream of launches continued with debuts from Volkswagen, Audi, Jeep and Ford.
Here is our final report from Geneva.
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Volkswagen introduced, the Volkswagen GTE, powered by an electric engine and a combustion engine. The plug-in hybrid …

Volkswagen Group Announces Record Investments in Eco-Friendly Products

Volkswagen Group Announces Record Investments in Eco-Friendly Products

Volkswagen Group announced on Monday its plans to increase its investment expenditures on eco-friendly vehicles from last year by 15% to a record value of €10.2 billion or $14 billion. On the eve of the opening of the Geneva Motor Show, Dr. Martin Winterkorn, the Wolfsburg automaker’s chairman of the …

Volkswagen Introduces the 2015 T-Roc

Volkswagen Introduces the 2015 T-Roc

Next week at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen will announce the world premier of the T-Roc, a two-door concept vehicle that combines the all-wheel drive capabilities of a sports utility vehicle with the breeziness of a convertible. With removable roof halves and digital instruments, the progressive design of …

VW Begins Golf Production in Mexico for North American Market

VW Begins Golf Production in Mexico for North American Market

Volkswagen announced that it began production on Tuesday of its 2015 Golf, including TDI models, at its plant in Puebla, Mexico.  The plant will be responsible for fulfilling all North American Golf orders.
The plant in Puebla has the capacity to manufacture 700 Golfs per day.  The new Golf will join the …

Vote for the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

Vote for the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

Voting for the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year and the 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year has begun.  Seven automakers, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen, currently offer diesel passenger cars and SUVs in the U.S.  The field has almost doubled, with 23 nominees compared to …

Volkswagen to Debut Fuel Efficient Passat BlueMotion Concept

Volkswagen to Debut Fuel Efficient Passat BlueMotion Concept

Volkswagen of America will introduce the Passat BlueMotion Concept at the Detroit Auto Show next week.
The mid-size sedan is not a hybrid, diesel, or electric vehicle, and is fueled by gasoline.  Despite this, the BlueMotion Concept incorporates new technology to make it very efficient, and it achieves 42 mpg (5.6 …

Diesels Account for 23% of VW Sales in 2013, Overall Sales Down 7% for the Year

Diesels Account for 23% of VW Sales in 2013, Overall Sales Down 7% for the Year

Sales of diesel-powered automobiles accounted for almost a quarter of Volkswagen’s 2013 vehicle sales in the United States, although overall sales of the Wolfsburg-based automaker declined.
On Friday, VW announced U.S. sales figures for 2013, which totaled 407,704 vehicles, a year-over-year decrease of 6.9%.  Volkswagen had sold 438,133 cars in 2012, …

Volkswagen Group Sells 100,000 TDI Clean Diesel Vehicles

Volkswagen Group Sells 100,000 TDI Clean Diesel Vehicles

Volkswagen Group of America announced that it hit a major milestone in diesel sales on Friday.
The Wolfsburg-based automaker reported that it had sold over 100,000 TDI Clean Diesel vehicle as of December 20.  It’s the first time the automaker has reached this figure in one calendar year.
Volkswagen Group offers 12 …

Volkswagen to Deliver 7th Generation Golf Number 500,000

Volkswagen to Deliver 7th Generation Golf Number 500,000

Volkswagen announced that it has built and will deliver the 500,000th seventh-generation Golf to a customer within the next few days. The specific model wasn’t announced but, statistically, it’s likely to be a four-cylinder diesel.
Volkswagen has yet to launch the new Golf in key markets such as the United States …

Volkswagen e-Golf to Make U.S. Debut This Week

Volkswagen e-Golf to Make U.S. Debut This Week

Volkswagen’s e-Golf, the automaker’s first fully electric vehicle, will make its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.
The e-Golf’s electric propulsion system provides a driving range of between 70 and 90 miles (112 to 145 kilometers), and develops 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque.  From a standstill, …

VW Golf TDI BlueMotion Sets Record on Drive from France to Denmark with 80.6 mpg

VW Golf TDI BlueMotion Sets Record on Drive from France to Denmark with 80.6 mpg

A Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion completed a 995-mile (1,602-kilometer) trip on a single tank of diesel fuel, averaging 80.6 mpg (2.92 l/100 km), a record for the car.
The trip originated in the French city of Nantes, where the BlueMotion received a full tank of diesel fuel, and concluded in Copenhagen, …

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI – First Drive and Review

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI – First Drive and Review

The seventh generation Volkswagen Golf TDI is a great car and no, you can’t have one – at least not until some time next year when it reaches these shores as a 2015 model.
Earlier in the week, I spent the better part of a day motoring around in a European-spec …