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Finding Itself: Volkswagen’s Second-Generation Touareg

posted by on 5 May 2011 in Reviews and Road Tests

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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

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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…

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

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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…