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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…

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

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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…

Driven: 2010 Audi S4 S Tronic

posted by on 10 November 2008 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Audi walked away from a certain customer in 2004. Well, that’s what any hardcore forced-induction protagonist will tell you of the late, great “B5” S4’s demise. That particular car was the first S-car to be based on the A4 sedan and powered by a 250-hp twin-turbocharged V6. Back then, the S4 was the step up […] More…