2013 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line at the L.A. Auto Show


  • Competes with: Mini Cooper S, Fiat 500 Turbo
  • Looks like: Beetle joins the sporty R-Line club
  • Drivetrain: 200-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Hits dealerships: Early next year

Volkswagen customers who want racecar styling without the high-speed performance will have another option when the 2013 Beetle R-Line becomes the second U.S. offering of the trim level, joining the CC R-Line.

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Available only on the Beetle Turbo model and using its 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the R-Line's exterior sports a restyled front bumper with grained black surfaces and chrome-framed turn signals, and the rear bumper incorporates a race-inspired diffuser, according to Volkswagen. That's in addition to R-Line logos, standard 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime-running lights.

By Matt Schmitz | November 28, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Volkswagen CC R-Line Starts at $33,020

Along with refreshing the midsize sedan for the new model year, Volkswagen added a sporty version to the CC's lineup. The R-Line will start just over $33,000, including a destination fee, when it goes on sale at the end of this year.

Available with the CC's 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the R-Line looks more aggressive than regular CCs thanks to unique bumpers, side skirts and taillights along with a large lower air intake and projector-style chrome-ringed fog lights. Shaded taillights and specific 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels give it a more menacing look.

The R-Line slots in between the base 2.0T trim and 2.0T Sport Plus model. Full 2013 Volkswagen CC pricing is after the jump:

By Jennifer Geiger | October 22, 2012 | Comments (5)

Why Isn't the Buick Regal Selling Well?

Buick Regal

Over the past few years, we've seen a global convergence and streamlining of major vehicle lineups, which means more of the Eurocentric vehicles that automotive enthusiasts covet are coming here. But many of them aren't selling well.

For proof, just look at the relatively poor-selling BMW 1 Series, Smart ForTwo, Suzuki Kizashi or Scion iQ. (The latter two were designed with Europe in mind.) At the top of the list is the Buick Regal, which historically was one of Buick's best-selling models. In 2004 it was redesigned and renamed LaCrosse — now Buick's flagship sedan in the U.S. After a six-year hiatus in the U.S., the Regal returned to our shores, but as a different beast.

By Colin Bird | August 17, 2012 | Comments (61)

Mercedes, Lexus and Audi Fail Latest IIHS Crash Tests


The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and two Lexus sedans — the IS 250/350 and the outgoing ES 350 — failed the latest round of IIHS frontal tests.

As we reported Monday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new offset frontal-barrier test simulates a 40-mph collision with a rigid barrier that overlaps just 25% of the car. The test simulates a front-corner collision with a tree, a pole or another vehicle, a scenario that is responsible for almost 25% of front crashes that seriously injure or kill someone in front, IIHS says. The new test will augment the agency's existing frontal test, which crashes a car at 40 mph against a deformable barrier that overlaps 40% of the front.

"Outside of some automakers’ proving grounds, such a test isn’t currently conducted anywhere else in the United States or Europe," IIHS said in a statement, noting that despite an increasing number of cars that score well in frontal crash tests, some 10,000 highway deaths still come from frontal collisions each year.

By Kelsey Mays | August 14, 2012 | Comments (30)

2013 Volkswagen CC R-Line: First Look

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  • Competes with: Buick Regal, Infiniti G, Nissan Maxima
  • Looks like: New bumpers, side skirts and taillights give the CC a more menacing, aggressive look
  • Drivetrain: 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: End of 2012

Volkswagen's CC received a face-lift for 2013, and now it's joining the automaker's sporty R-Line club. The 2013 VW CC R-Line will use the model's 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and will get a host of sporty styling upgrades, inside and out.

R-Line additions include a more aggressive-looking front bumper, new side skirts, an R-Line grille logo, a large lower air intake and projector-style chrome-ringed fog lights. It also features shaded taillights and specific 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside, there's stainless-steel scuff plates and new paddle shifters for the automatic version.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 29, 2012 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Buzz Index: April 2012

2013 volkswagen cc
The Volkswagen CC, whose restyled 2013 model hit dealerships recently, tops this month's Buzz Index as the car with the highest gain in popularity on Cars.com. Perhaps it's a good sign that shoppers are interested in this coupe-like sedan, which was popular when it launched in 2008 but has seen sales fall 31% through the first quarter of 2012 versus last year. Volkswagen sales overall were up 41% during that time, which means the CC may be getting some secondhand interest from Passat and Jetta shoppers.

The rest of the list shows interest is growing for cars that aren't the most fuel efficient on the lot: sports cars, SUVs, trucks, minivans and large sedans.

Fuel efficiency still rates high for car shoppers, but plateauing gas prices — though still high — have stripped the sort of gains in interest that would land such cars here. Indeed, rising gas prices in the early months of 2012 brought five cars with an EPA highway rating of at least 40 mpg in some variant to March's Buzz Index. April's index has zero.

By Kelsey Mays | April 30, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Volkswagen CC Starts at $30,250

Volkswagen's redesigned-for-2013 CC sedan will start just above $30,000 when it goes on sale this spring. It costs almost $2,000 more than the 2012 model's $28,515 base price.

Updates for the new model year include revised styling that's more aligned with the redesigned Jetta and Passat siblings; a new bench seat that allows for three passengers in back; and LED taillights. The CC is available in front- or all-wheel drive, and its powertrains also carry over for 2013: both the 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 remain available.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 28, 2012 | Comments (3)

2013 Volkswagen CC: Up Close

Automakers can be a little obsessed with making their cars share styling cues, and that seems to be the impetus for the 2013 CC's design updates. The sporty sedan's new front end is a dead ringer for the recently redesigned Passat's. It's aggressive and crisp, but there wasn't anything particularly wrong with the prior design.

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The biggest practical change is the newly standard middle rear seat. I checked it out, and like a lot of middle seats, the cushioning is a little hard and you sit a little higher. I had just enough headroom, but I am 6-foot-1, and the CC has a very sleek roofline.

By Mike Hanley | November 16, 2011 | Comments (0)

2013 Volkswagen CC at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

2013 Volkswagen CC

  • Competes with: Acura TSX, Nissan Maxima, Buick Regal
  • Looks like: One of the sleekest family sedans around
  • Drivetrain: 200-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 with six-speed manual (four-cylinder) or six-speed automatic; front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Spring 2012

Volkswagen's sleek four-door CC gets a host of updates for the 2013 model year. Its new front and rear styling gives the car a stronger family resemblance with its Jetta and Passat siblings, and it's more practical as it goes from a four-seat to a five-seat layout with the new rear bench seat. It hits dealerships in spring 2012.

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The CC retains its signature coupe-like profile, which is one of its distinguishing visual features, but the front and rear of the car have an all-new look. Newly standard bi-xenon headlights are enclosed in new surrounds, and the grille and front bumper have a more horizontal, angular appearance that closely resembles the look of Volkswagen's latest Passat family sedan. LED daytime running lights are optional. In back, new rectangular LED taillights emphasize the car's wide, low stance. There's also a new range of 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels.

By Mike Hanley | November 16, 2011 | Comments (0)

Updated 2013 Volkswagen CC Coming to 2011 L.A. Auto Show


The 2013 Volkswagen CC adds new front and rear styling to better match VW’s new corporate look. That's the biggest takeaway we can see in Volkswagen's early release of information ahead of the car's debut at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show later this month. The four-door coupe’s new styling has a more serious expression with angular headlights, fog lights and grille, much like the recently redesigned Passat and Jetta wear.

Along with new styling, VW is upping the CC’s standard feature content for 2013 with bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, adaptive front lighting and LED taillights. The 2013 CC will be available in the U.S. next spring.

There are few details regarding any other changes or pricing, but we will know more in the coming weeks. More photos are below.

By Joe Bruzek | November 3, 2011 | Comments (10)

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