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Compared: 2015 Volkswagen GTI vs 2015 Subaru WRX

posted by on 17 February 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Coming in around $30k, the Volkswagen GTI and Subaru WRX may not be the most obvious of rivals, but they offer similar fun at a similar price point and as such, are cross-shopped quite often. Even still, they are quite similar fundamentally. Both have turbocharged four-cylinder power. Both are synonyms for inexpensive fun. And both […] More…

Review: Soumatrix “Xtase” Speaker Upgrade Kit

posted by on 10 February 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

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There was a time when the to-do list for a Volkswagen owner went like this: 1.) Suspension 2.) Intake 3.) Exhaust 4.) Chip 5.) Wheels 6.) Brakes 7.) Stereo Vortex archives are chock full of threads going all the way back to the late 90s, wherein readers debated the merits of those modifications as fervently […] More…

CES 2015: Volkswagen Introduces Advanced Gesture Control and Networking for New Age of Mobility

posted by on 5 January 2015 in Events Coverage

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Volkswagen attends CES officially and highlights a few of the future car technologies they are working on for the future… More…

50 Shades of Grey- The Sterilization of Automotive Color

posted by on 18 December 2014 in Columns

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It’s 5pm and I find myself stuck in DC Metro traffic yet again.  I’ve driven this route countless times.  I know that I need to be clear of the area by rush hour, yet somehow, here I sit.  Again.  That helpless feeling starts to set in as I look around at all the other vehicles […] More…

From the Armchair: Suggesting a Nostalgia Shift from Bugs to Bunny

posted by on 11 December 2014 in Columns

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Nostalgia plays are a tough move. Ford does it with the Mustang, MINI does it with the… well… MINI, and Volkswagen does it with the Beetle. While not the boom segment it was during the era of the PT Cruiser or Ford Thunderbird, the nostalgia segment has been weened to mainly sustainable icon-inspired models. Even […] More…

SEMA 2014: EMPI Dune Buggy

posted by on 13 November 2014 in 2014 SEMA Show

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In the late 1960s, dune buggy conversions were quite popular in the Volkswagen aftermarket due to their cool factor and relatively low entry price and have remained somewhat of a cult icon ever since.  Buggy and Air-Cooled specialists EMPI were in attendance at this year’s SEMA show, and brought along an original EMPI IMP buggy […] More…