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First Drive: 2011 Touareg Hybrid

posted by on 7 January 2011 in Reviews and Road Tests

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It’s safe to say we were the only hybrid on the dusty off-road trails just off California’s Highway 138 near Silverwood Lake. In fact, we were just about the only vehicle at all that day, save for a Ford F150 that we encountered a couple miles in. The trails out here exist primarily so that […] More…

First Drive: 2011 Jetta VI

posted by on 1 August 2010 in Reviews and Road Tests Reviews and Road Tests Beta

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This is one of those rare times when writing an initial drive report for a brand new model is actually tough. It really shouldn’t be, because the formula is usually pretty consistent: Manufacturer A unleashes the all-new, next-generation version of its best-selling XYZ model, and almost always it is a genuine improvement over the outgoing […] More…

Driven: 2010 VW Jetta TDI Cup Edition

posted by on 21 July 2010 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Race on Sunday, sell on Monday. It’s an old strategy in the car business, but one that seems to work. The one-model Jetta TDI Cup race series, designed to promote young, up-and-coming drivers in identically prepared race cars, has been Volkswagen’s entrée into the world of trackside marketing since the 2008 racing season. The unexpected […] More…

First Drive – 2010 Golf VI Lineup

posted by on 23 November 2009 in Reviews and Road Tests Reviews and Road Tests Beta

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Volkswagen sells a lot of Golfs — including all variants, more than 450,000 were sold last year in Europe alone. Since its introduction in 1974, a staggering 25 million units have moved from lots. Marketed across the world, the Golf is one of those simple cars that doesn’t necessarily excel in any one particular area, […] More…

California Dreaming

posted by on 24 April 2009 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Volkswagen vans are as much a part of the coastal California landscape as surfboards and seagulls. From San Francisco to San Diego, it’s almost impossible to drive a mile on the coast highway without passing a microbus, a Vanagon or a Eurovan. With a family trip to the central coast already planned, it seemed fitting […] More…

Volkswagen Golf VI GTI First Drive

posted by on 18 April 2009 in Reviews and Road Tests Reviews and Road Tests Beta

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“We always had a GTI in the family, from the first to the fifth,” says racing legend, Hans Stuck. “There were no gaps here. Even when I was under contract with BMW, I preferred to drive to the Nürburgring in a GTI. It was in a GTI that I drove 911 drivers to distraction on […] More…