Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE Photo Gallery (40 Photos)

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Volkswagen unveiled a new concept at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, but this "coupe" has four doors. Like the Cross Coupe GTE concept that debuted at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Sport Coupe Concept GTE is a plug-in hybrid that shows off the brand's future design language and alternative-fuel technologies.

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Outside, the sedan is sleek with a swooping roofline, a strong character line running the length of the body and low overall height. Its strong face is accented by LED headlights and daytime running lights along with a linear aluminium grille that dips up "like the winglets of a modern jet airplane," VW said in a statement.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 2, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Starts at $22,215

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The new Golf SportWagen replaces the Jetta SportWagen in Volkswagen's lineup when it goes on sale in April with a $22,215 starting price, including an $820 destination charge. That's $400 more than the base price of a 2014 Jetta SportWagen, but the Golf SportWagen has more standard features and gets better gas mileage, according to VW. The $25,415 base price for the TDI diesel version of the Golf SportWagen is nearly $2,000 less than the Jetta SportWagen TDI.

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Both gas and diesel versions of the Golf SportWagen are offered in S, SE and SEL models with increasing levels of features. The $22,215 base price gets you a Golf SportWagen S with a turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine and a manual transmission that's rated at 36 mpg highway. Standard features include 15-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a touch-screen stereo with iPod integration, simulated leather upholstery and air conditioning. An automatic transmission costs an additional $1,100. When equipped with a diesel engine, the S trim level also has keyless access with push-button start, a backup camera and 16-inch alloy wheels instead of 15-inch ones.

By Mike Hanley | February 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014-2015 Volkswagen Sedans and Hatchbacks

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 44,660 model-year 2014-15 Volkswagen Jetta sedans manufactured between March 28 and Nov. 24, 2014; model-year 2014-15 Passat sedans manufactured between April 7 and Nov. 18, 2014; model-year 2015 Golf and GTI hatchbacks manufactured between July 1 and Nov. 20, 2014; and model-year 2014-2015 Beetle hatchbacks and convertibles manufactured between March 31 and Nov. 27, 2014. This is an expansion of an earlier Volkswagen recall.

The Problem: A sealing cap at the fueling rail may fail and allow fuel to leak into the engine compartment; in the presence of an ignition source this increases the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Volkswagen will be notifying owners in early February, and dealers will replace the fuel rails free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jen Burklow | February 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 26,000 Audi and Volkswagen Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: About 26,000 model-year 2011-12 Audi S4, S5 and Q7 vehicles; model-year 2012 Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid vehicles; and model-year 2012-13 Audi A7 sedans.

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the fuel-injection system could experience a leak. In the presence of an ignition source, this leak increases the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals for free.

What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will notify owners around March 10. Audi owners can call 800-822-2834 and refer to recall 24AP; Volkswagen owners can call 800-893-5298 and refer to recall 24BK. Owners also can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Newman | January 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Partnership Aims to Create EV Charging 'Corridors'

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In a bid to try to mitigate range anxiety as a reason for consumer avoidance of electric vehicles, BMW and Volkswagen have announced that they're teaming up with EV charging station network provider ChargePoint to create new charging "corridors" along both the East and West coasts.

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The goal is to have 100 DC Fast chargers installed in and between major metropolitan areas on both coasts. One section will encompass the Interstate 95 corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C., while the other connects the areas of Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. The goal is to space these chargers about 50 miles apart, or the average usable range of current EVs at highway speeds. Each station will consist of up to two 50- or 24-kilowatt 480-volt DC Fast chargers, as well as several Level 2 240-volt chargers. Users will access the charging stations via a ChargePoint membership, which allows them to scan a card and plug in.

By Aaron Bragman | January 23, 2015 | Comments (1)

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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Volkswagen is planning on a new seven-passenger SUV for the end of 2016, and it's likely that it will look a lot like the five-passenger Cross Coupe GTE concept that debuted today in Detroit. Although it has production-intent styling cues, it still has a few show-car-specific features, including the multimedia system's gesture-based controls.

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Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept: First Look

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Looks like: The new face of Volkswagen SUVs, probably

Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid drivetrain, chiseled exterior styling, Bauhaus-inspired interior

Ridiculous features: Multimedia system's gesture controls, joystick-like shifter

Chance of being mass-produced: The production SUV arriving by the end of 2016 should look a lot like this

If you want to know what Volkswagen's upcoming seven-seat SUV will look like then take a look at this. It's the five-seat Cross Coupe GTE concept, and Volkswagen says its front-end styling foreshadows the new SUV. That model is slated to be built at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., by the end of next year.

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The Cross Coupe GTE is the third concept SUV Volkswagen has shown in recent years, but it looks a lot like the second one: the CrossBlue Coupe concept . The Cross Coupe GTE has more muscular wheel arches and more traditional taillights, but the overall shape and size of the two concepts are similar.

By Mike Hanley | January 11, 2015 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: Nearly 38,000 Volkswagen Cars

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Vehicles Affected: Volkswagen is recalling some model-year 2014-15 Jetta sedans manufactured March 28 to Nov. 24, 2014, model-year 2014-15 Passat sedans manufactured April 7 to Nov. 18, 2014, model-year 2014-15 Beetle coupes and convertibles manufactured March 31 to Nov. 27, 2014, and model-year 2015 Golf and GTI hatchbacks manufactured July 1 to Nov. 20, 2014.

The Problem: A sealing cap at the fuel rail could fail, allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment. In the presence of an ignition source, a leak can result in a fire.

The Fix: Volkswagen will replace the fuel rails with new parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: VW hasn’t yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-893-5298 and reference recall number 24Bi, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Newman | December 31, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 25,000 model-year 2015 Volkswagen Jetta sedans manufactured between July 11 and Nov. 13, 2014

The Problem: A software glitch could cause the low-beam headlights to turn off when the high-beam headlights are engaged. The light output from the headlights may be insufficient, increasing the risk of a crash.   

The Fix: Dealers will update the headlight control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will begin notifying owners in January. Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-893-5298 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Do Men Buy the Volkswagen Beetle?

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Let's take a trip back to November 2010 when talk-show host Oprah Winfrey announced that everyone in her audience would be receiving a redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, though the design was kept under wraps at the time. It seemed an obvious choice for Volkswagen to call on the Beetle's trusty female base to create excitement about its iconic "chick car."

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Months later, when the 2012 Beetle emerged from under wraps in an advertisement announcing, "It's a boy," people were talking about the car's masculine look. A streamlined, flattened body and removal of the previous model's bubbly, cute features (ahem, flower vase) sparked talk about VW abandoning its female-centric look to appeal to more buyers.

"The current-generation Beetle was designed to be a modern reinterpretation of the original model," Darryll Harrison Jr., Volkswagen's public relations manager, said in an email. "The current design is also bolder than the outgoing model ... successfully bringing more customers into the VW family."

At water coolers and online, men cheered the move, but did they buy it? With a couple years of sales under its belt, we took a look at the Beetle's numbers to see if its newfound masculinity paid off.

By Sara Lacey | December 30, 2014 | Comments (4)

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