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Driven: 2008 Touareg VR6

posted by on 16 October 2007 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Volkswagen was fashionably late to the SUV party with its Touareg SUV in 2004, but the truck more than made up for its tardiness with its combination of off-road capability, style, and European refinement – traditionally the hallmarks of Land Rovers – at prices competitive with domestic offerings. For Touareg’s fourth birthday, VW revisited its […] More…

First Drive: 2008 Touareg V8

posted by on 30 May 2007 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Fresh from directing Volkswagen’s series of Safe Happens commercials, the king of one-take stunts Dan Bradley is spending his St. Patrick’s Day under the Brooklyn Bridge, setting up the climax of the upcoming The Bourne Ultimatum‘s final car chase. Three new, second-generation Touaregs were supplied by Volkswagen for this scene, and two were destroyed filming […] More…

Driven: 2008 Audi TT 2.0T Coupe with DSG

posted by on 29 March 2007 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Nearly ten years ago the TT sent shockwaves through the automotive industry, instantly becoming an icon. The ground-breaking styling, geometric shape of the roof, front, and rear made the car instantly recognizable. The geometric theme followed through to the interior with circular styling of most interior components, and a multitude of aluminum trim pieces that […] More…

Driven: 2008 Audi R8

posted by on 7 February 2007 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Never mind the very act of building such a car, it was a bold move on Audi’s part just to name its production sports car, based very closely on the 2003 Le Mans concept, with the legendary alphanumeric title “R8”. That moniker was born and burned into the minds of motorsport aficionados by the company’s […] More…

Driven: 2007 Audi S6

posted by on 14 November 2006 in Reviews and Road Tests

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Consider the position of Audi’s new S6 and the predicament in which the Audi brand finds itself in the American marketplace. A case can be made that the situations are surprisingly parallel. Like the entire Audi brand, the S6 has matured, yet is lagging somewhat in visibility compared to its German rivals. Also like the […] More…

First Drive: 2007 VW Eos 3.2

posted by on 9 November 2006 in Reviews and Road Tests

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The invitation was too good to pass up. Fly to France in early autumn, pick up a new Volkswagen Eos with the 3.2-liter VR6, spend a couple days driving through Germany’s Black Forest and the French countryside, and then arrive in Paris in time for the auto show. My hosts were so optimistic about the […] More…