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December 22, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The average fuel economy for a new car in the United States is 25 m.p.g. That's far less than the 121 m.p.g.-equivalent of the Scion iQ EV, which is the most fuel-efficient passenger vehicle on the market. But what if a car could get 200 miles per gallon? That's what Volkswagen has achieved with its XL1 - a two-seater that will be the most fuel-efficient car to ever go into production when it makes its way down a German assembly line next year. With a price tag of about $145,000, the return on investment, at current fuel prices, would take decades.
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January 11, 1998 | By Rick Nichols, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
My second Beetle developed the unnerving habit one day of sliding on its frame after you braked. Turned out the spot welds that had reattached the chassis after a wreck (and an Earl Scheib paint job) had popped. A wreck? The salesman had forgotten to mention that. Used bugs could be things of constant wonder, as the unveiling last week of the New Beetle gave occasion to recall. "I rode in one once," a younger colleague told me: "Could you always see the highway through the floorboards?"
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November 14, 1997 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
When Volkswagen redesigned the Passat for 1998, it wanted to offer something unique: a midsize family car with European styling, and a generous taste of the kind of refinement, amenities and driving experience you get in an upmarket German sports sedan. Those design goals have produced some nifty results. The new Passat is a distinctive, well-equipped, high-quality family car that acts like a European sports sedan. And with a starting price of $20,750, it doesn't break the bank in the process.
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March 7, 1997 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Whenever I get behind the wheel of a Volkswagen, my mind is dragged, kicking and screaming, back to The Bug. It's strange, since I never liked the little insect very much. It was a cold, noisy, underpowered beer can whose low-compression, air-cooled engine was obsolete long before the car became a legend. But since The Beetle has become an obligatory benchmark for any VW I drive, I wasn't surprised when a recent dance with the Jetta GLS evoked the old fugitive from the Roach Motel.
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April 27, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
German duo: A Volkswagen sedan and a hatchback, sporting vastly different turbocharged engines, go head to head. This week: 2015 VW Jetta 1.8T SE. Price: $26,160 as tested. (The 1.8T SE started at $23,650, and added $995 for fog lights and $695 for the safety package.) Marketer's pitch: "More. With an extra helping of more. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "spacious interior and trunk; good fuel economy and performance from turbocharged engines and available Jetta Hybrid," but not the "weak, inefficient base engine; high price of hybrid and diesel-powered TDI; middling handling and steering capabilities; mediocre touchscreen displays.
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January 6, 1997 | For The Inquirer / ALEX LLOYD GROSS
On the Betsy Ross Bridge, rescuers prepare to remove a victim from a van that was hit head-on by an eastbound Volkswagen that crossed into the westbound lanes. Last night, the van's driver, James G. Fall, 71, of Philadelphia, was in guarded condition at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. His two passengers - a mother and daughter - were in critical condition at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center. The Volkswagen driver was in critical condition at Allegheny University Hospitals/Hahnemann.
NEWS
February 14, 2012
A 22-year-old man was killed in a car crash Monday afternoon in the city's Roxborough section, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was driving a Volkswagen at 1:34 p.m. when it struck a curb, swerved into oncoming traffic, and struck another vehicle in the 6000 block of Henry Avenue, police said. The driver of the Volkswagen was transported to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m. The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor cuts and bruises.
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September 14, 1998 | By Joel D. Joseph
Volkswagen would like you to believe that its use of slave labor during World War II was an aberration, that it is ancient history not to be repeated by today's modern company. But today's Volkswagen, while no longer a slave driver, continues to exploit workers while misleading Americans about how and where its cars are made. Volkswagen spends hundreds of millions of dollars to advertise in the United States. One recent ad touts the Wolfsburg Edition Jetta. While Volkswagen manufactures cars in Wolfsburg, Germany, the Wolfsburg Edition Jetta available for sale in the United States comes from a factory in Puebla, Mexico.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2011 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, Linda Macht's customers have urged her to open a metal-stamping plant in the South, to be closer to the new center of domestic auto manufacturing. "They've been asking me, asking me, asking me, and I've been putting them off," said Macht, who owned a clothing store before joining her father in running Tottser Tool & Manufacturing in 1988. Macht, 54, now president of the small Huntingdon Valley company (her father died in 2001), came around to the idea of going south several years ago. But the final push came when one of her big customers told her it would pull its jobs from Tottser unless she opened a Southern plant by the end of this year.
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September 25, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Erwin Boyd was driving a Volkswagen sedan, allegedly fleeing from police Sunday morning on the Vine Street Expressway, when he pulled over and switched seats with his passenger. The chance of eluding capture did not improve with Tikeena Isreal at the wheel. Boyd, 40, and Isreal, 41, were arrested after a wild run from pursuing officers that included a U-turn on the Schuylkill Expressway into oncoming traffic while Isreal was driving, prosecutors said. About 10:45 a.m., Camden County police attempted to pull over a 2011 Volkswagen CC near the Ben Franklin Bridge, according to Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
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April 27, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
German duo: A Volkswagen sedan and a hatchback, sporting vastly different turbocharged engines, go head to head. This week: 2015 VW Jetta 1.8T SE. Price: $26,160 as tested. (The 1.8T SE started at $23,650, and added $995 for fog lights and $695 for the safety package.) Marketer's pitch: "More. With an extra helping of more. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "spacious interior and trunk; good fuel economy and performance from turbocharged engines and available Jetta Hybrid," but not the "weak, inefficient base engine; high price of hybrid and diesel-powered TDI; middling handling and steering capabilities; mediocre touchscreen displays.
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September 29, 2014 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
The same week Mr. Driver's Seat had his first-ever chance to get behind the wheel of the all-electric, new-for-2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, a message arrived in my inbox noting that electrified car sales - meaning electric vehicles and hybrids - are essentially flat for 2013 to 2014. Volkswagen will not be the only manufacturer joining the all-electric car race for this model year. Kia plans the Soul EV and Fiat the 500e for select markets in the near future, and Tesla is adding the Model X to the Model S. These new models join the Smart electric drive, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, and Mitsubishi I-Miev.
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December 22, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The average fuel economy for a new car in the United States is 25 m.p.g. That's far less than the 121 m.p.g.-equivalent of the Scion iQ EV, which is the most fuel-efficient passenger vehicle on the market. But what if a car could get 200 miles per gallon? That's what Volkswagen has achieved with its XL1 - a two-seater that will be the most fuel-efficient car to ever go into production when it makes its way down a German assembly line next year. With a price tag of about $145,000, the return on investment, at current fuel prices, would take decades.
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Erwin Boyd was driving a Volkswagen sedan, allegedly fleeing from police Sunday morning on the Vine Street Expressway, when he pulled over and switched seats with his passenger. The chance of eluding capture did not improve with Tikeena Isreal at the wheel. Boyd, 40, and Isreal, 41, were arrested after a wild run from pursuing officers that included a U-turn on the Schuylkill Expressway into oncoming traffic while Isreal was driving, prosecutors said. About 10:45 a.m., Camden County police attempted to pull over a 2011 Volkswagen CC near the Ben Franklin Bridge, according to Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
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January 6, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The Volkswagen Beetle is the best-selling vehicle of all time, and you would think the Teutonic transiteer would be content with that title. But, no. Volkswagen wants to be king of the car cosmos. The goal of the company that also builds such rides as the Audi, Porsche, and Bentley is to be the world's largest automaker. Numero uno. Capo di tutti capi. To that end, it will be spending billions to enhance the appeal of its Audi automobiles, which are already Europe's most popular luxury cars.
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August 6, 2012 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
I actually had a dream about the 2013 Volkswagen CC that I just test-drove. How pathetic is it for a car writer to do that? I mean, that sounds like something that could happen only in a play titled Get a Life . On the other hand, it could have been a lot worse. My subconscious could have subjected me to a nocturnal interlude with a Yugo, a Suzuki X-90, or a Chevrolet Chevette. But instead, it was kind enough to let me audition for the cast of Get a Life by dreaming about an exceptionally handsome midsize sedan that drives as well as it looks.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2012 | Scott Sturgis
2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux: A mileage boost, but a particulate boost, too. Price: $53,225 (No options. A sport version with gasoline engine can be had starting at $43,375, and a sport TDI starts at $46,875.) Marketer's pitch: The premium diesel SUV with the soul of a Volkswagen. Conventional wisdom: Diesel means smelly, dirty, and underpowered, right? Reality: The engine works great and is definitely not smelly, dirty, or underpowered.
NEWS
February 14, 2012
A 22-year-old man was killed in a car crash Monday afternoon in the city's Roxborough section, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was driving a Volkswagen at 1:34 p.m. when it struck a curb, swerved into oncoming traffic, and struck another vehicle in the 6000 block of Henry Avenue, police said. The driver of the Volkswagen was transported to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m. The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor cuts and bruises.
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January 17, 2012
PHILADELPHIA Kelly Drive crash kills 2 Two people were killed and a third was was seriously injured after a crash on Kelly Drive in Fairmount Park yesterday afternoon, police said. A 34-year-old woman driving a silver Volkswagen northbound along Kelly Drive crossed the center line about 3 p.m. and ran head-on into a green Toyota Sienna being driven by a 49-year-old woman, police said. A passenger in the Volkswagen was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:05 p.m., and the driver was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m., said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman.
NEWS
November 12, 2011
A 39-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man were the victims of a double-homicide in Camden Friday night, authorities said on Saturday. Tara Ryan, of Woodbury, and Tarik Ali, who has prior addresses in Mount Holly and Trenton, were found fatally shot in a black 2001 Volkswagen near 30th and Berkley streets around 6:42 p.m. Friday, the county prosecutor's office and Camden police said Saturday. The vehicle was in drive and crashed into a pickup truck before police responded. Anyone with information on the fatal shooting is encouraged to call John Hunsinger, an investigator with the county prosecutor's office at 856-225-8400 or Camden Det. Robert Chew at 856-757-7420.
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