May 22, 2016 |
Joe Lingle took my advice. He messaged me in 2013, looking for something with room for his tall frame but with great fuel economy. "Does a diesel fit the bill?" I wrote in my reply message, after he inquired about hybrids. "I know there's a whole less fuel/more soot conundrum there, but the Passat is a big, sweet, wonderful ride. . . . " Having owned a Volkswagen before, Lingle looked into it - and was sold. After all, new Volkswagens came with the promise of "clean diesel" engines.
September 26, 2015 |
The stock is tanking, the CEO has resigned, and fines up to $18 billion could be slapped on Volkswagen for cheating on U.S. emissions tests of diesel-fueled cars. Add to that the possibility of criminal charges by the Department of Justice and class-action lawsuits from unhappy customers. The troubles at Volkswagen are far from over. How devastating the financial blow and how quickly Europe's biggest automaker recovers may depend on whether top executives were responsible vs. a rogue engineer, some experts say. Meanwhile, initial reaction from area Volkswagen diesel customers is split.
April 27, 2015 |
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.
September 29, 2014 |
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.
December 22, 2013 |
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.
September 25, 2013 |
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.
January 6, 2013 |
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.
August 6, 2012 |
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.
June 7, 2012 |
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.
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.