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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…

First Drive – 2010 Golf VI Lineup

posted by on 23 November 2009 in Reviews and Road Tests

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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…