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A Revisit to the Eos: VW’s Hardtop Cabrio Gets a Facelift

posted by on 21 September 2011 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Introduced to the US at the end of 2006, Volkswagen’s Eos was marketed as “The only hardtop convertible with a sunroof,” and VW touted its blend of year round usefulness and top down fun. While traditional soft top convertibles allow you the same ability to cruise with the roof down, enjoying the sunshine and warm […] More…

CC R-Line: Volkswagen’s Masquerade Car

posted by on 11 August 2011 in Reviews and Road Tests

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“That thing’s a Volkswagen?” If we had a nickel for every time we heard this from a random passerby through our week with Volkswagen’s CC R-Line, well, we wouldn’t say we’d be rich, but we’d have quite a few nickels in our pockets. Most swore it was a Jaguar, while the father of a teenager […] More…

The Many Faces of Volkswagen’s Golf R

posted by on 20 July 2011 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Lop off two cylinders and bolt on a turbo. That’s the new performance car mantra. In an era of tougher emissions and fuel economy standards, there is indeed — contrary to the ancient American proverb — a replacement for displacement. That explains why Volkswagen’s venerable VR6 is being put to pasture for the latest all-wheel-drive, […] More…

Finding Itself: Volkswagen’s Second-Generation Touareg

posted by on 5 May 2011 in Reviews and Road Tests Reviews and Road Tests Beta

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When Volkswagen released the Touareg in 2004, no one really knew what to do with it. Marking VW’s first foray into the modern SUV market, the truck was solid and capable off-road, but inherited one thing from the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 with which it shared a platform: an upmarket price tag. Customers weren’t […] More…

Driven: 1981 Volkswagen Iltis – The Ur-Ur quattro

posted by on 23 February 2011 in Reviews and Road Tests Reviews and Road Tests Beta

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“We’re about to confirm that we’ve cancelled the Q3,” Joseph, Audi AG’s German PR representative says to me with a smile as I walk past him and into the frigid morning air in the Quebec back country. He pauses, waiting for my morning din to crack and for me to respond. “Really?” I ask quizzically. […] More…

First Drive: 2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback

posted by on 20 January 2011 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Why go to Canada in the dead of winter just to drive an Audi, you ask? Because that’s where the badass car on badass tires is. Specifically, the RS 3 Sportback — a tweaked-up version of the A3 that we don’t currently get — shod with chunky snow tires eager to grind the combination of […] More…