2015 Volkswagen Jetta: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla

Looks like: We'll need stronger glasses to notice the changes

Drivetrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder/electric hybrid, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel

Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

There may not be much new to see when evaluating the updated 2015 Volkswagen Jetta, but there has been a lot of work under the hood and on the option list. VW will showcase the upgraded sedan this week during the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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The Jetta trim lineup also remains the same with the base car, a GLI high-performance model, hybrid and TDI diesel.

By David Thomas | April 14, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen: First Look

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Competes with: Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback, Ford C-Max Hybrid

Looks like: A more chiseled, carlike wagon

Drivetrain: 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder with five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission; 150-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder with six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmissions

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Say goodbye to Volkswagen's Jetta SportWagen and hello to the 2015 Golf SportWagen taking the Jetta's place as one of the few dedicated station wagons competing against an entire segment of compact SUVs. The new wagon will make its North American debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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Volkswagen's replacement sits on the new 2015 Golf platform to offer increased interior and cargo volume compared to the outgoing Jetta wagon. The Golf wagon is longer, wider and also lighter, more fuel efficient and still available in a diesel TDI version — with a new, more powerful engine — while a new turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine improves fuel economy up to 17 percent.

This wagon is definitely firing on all cylinders. Icing on the cake for the New York Auto Show is that Volkswagen is showing off a TDI wagon concept with all-wheel drive, a configuration that readers have been asking about for some time.

By Joe Bruzek | April 11, 2014 | Comments (9)

Recall Alert: 2012-2013 Volkswagen Passat

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Vehicles Affected: About 150,201 model-year 2012-2013 Volkswagen Passat sedans manufactured between January 2011 and November 2012.

The Problem: The low beam headlight bulb may become loose and lose electrical contact; this may reduce the driver's visibility and increase the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Volkswagen will notify owners starting in May, and dealers will replace the bulb holder for free.

What Owners Should do: Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 9, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2012-2013 Volkswagen Passat

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Vehicles Affected: About 150,201 model-year 2012-2013 Volkswagen Passat sedans.

The Problem: When the hood is closed roughly, or dropped from a certain height, the resulting vibration or impact could cause a low-beam headlight bulb to lose electrical contact; failing illumination of the low-beam bulb may lead to reduced visibility. In its voluntary-recall announcement, Volkswagen noted that if the low beam loses electrical contact, a warning in the instrument cluster will immediately alert the driver. No crashes or injuries related to the problem have been reported, according to the automaker.

The Fix: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an improved bulb fitting, and inspect and adjust the hood bumpers if necessary to prevent the hood from contacting the headlight assembly when dropped during closing; dealers will do the work for free. The automaker did not specify a timeline for notification.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can contact Volkswagen at 800-893-5298 for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 18, 2014 | Comments (8)

Winter Weather Impacts Auto Production Worldwide

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The severe weather that has made drivers' commutes miserable for much of this winter across much of the U.S. is also affecting global and domestic auto production. Production was expected to resume Tuesday at most Toyota and Honda factories shut down after a major snowstorm in Japan disrupted shipments from parts suppliers.

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According to the Detroit News, Toyota stopped production Monday at its Takaoka plant, which builds cars including the Corolla and iQ (sold in the U.S. under the Scion brand); the Tsutsumi factory that makes the Prius and Camry; and plants in Motomachi and Tahara. All facilities but Tsutsumi were expected to resume production Tuesday. Honda, meanwhile, suspended work at its Yorii factory near Tokyo after snow affected output Feb. 14 and 15, the Detroit News reported.

By Matt Schmitz | February 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

No Union for Volkswagen's Tennessee Plant

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The United Auto Workers union was dealt a big blow Feb. 14 as employees at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant voted not to unionize. The move means further efforts to unionize auto workers at other foreign automaker plants in the U.S. will be very difficult. The no vote at VW's facility follows failed UAW campaigns at Nissan and Honda plants. According to USA Today, however, Volkswagen favors the creation of a German-style "works council," which gives workers a voice on a variety of product and other decisions.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 17, 2014 | Comments (7)

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got an early peek at the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R last week during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show and was optimistic about what he saw. The performance hatchback, slated to go on sale early next year, has stepped up its speed game with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that gets hefty boosts in both horsepower and torque. The result is a sub-5-second zero-to-60-mph time with the available six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Style-wise, Mays liked the new front end, but found the quad-tailpipes indulgent. Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | February 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Video

This may look like Volkswagen's Golf, but there's more than meets the eye here. For 2015, the automaker is adding an electric Golf to the hatchback's lineup, and a few styling cues like a smaller grille, active shutters for better aerodynamics and LED headlights set the e-Golf apart. Although it's not the roomiest car, Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder says the electric version doesn’t compromise passenger and cargo space. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Golf R: Up Close

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Volkswagen teased us at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with its new 290-horsepower Volkswagen Golf R in two-door form.

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We'll definitely see the new Golf R in the U.S., but this time around it will only be available with four doors. The previous Golf R gave U.S. buyers the choice of four or two doors, and customers overseas will still get that option with the new version. Volkswagen told us that the two-door Golf R was shown in Detroit because it was the same model originally introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

By Joe Bruzek | January 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Golf R Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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The Volkswagen Golf R, the performance hatchback based on the seventh-generation Golf and GTI, won't reach dealerships until next year, but we're getting an early look at it here at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Unique gaping bumpers distinguish the Golf R from the GTI. Other exterior features of the Golf R — newly offered only as a four-door hatchback, though VW showed off the two-door model at the show — include xenon high-intensity headlights with horseshoe-ringed LED daytime running lights, standard 18-inch alloy wheels and quad exhaust pipes.

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Inside features include a flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel; new color choices; R badging; sport seats and a 5.8-inch touch-screen. Under the hood of the all-wheel-drive Golf R is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 290 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque (a big boost for both measures) and pairs with a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission. The latter is good for a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 5 seconds. Meanwhile fuel economy improves by 4 mpg to 31 mpg with the manual. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

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