The timing almost couldn't be worse for Volkswagen to reveal the restyled 2016 Passat. With all the news focusing on the diesel scandal, it may be a bit hard to focus on the updated Passat. Either way, VW has given the 2016 Passat a long list of upgrades, which includes new styling and more tech.
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Late last week news broke that Volkswagen has been using software on almost 500,000 diesel Volkswagen and Audi models to manipulate the EPA's emissions tests. The EPA and California Air Resources Board revealed that the software breached the Clean Air Act, which could bring heavy fines to the automaker and now VW's CEO has issued an apology.
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Audi has unveiled the 2017 S4, which is debuting this week at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the all-new A4, the S4 gets a revised 3.0L turbocharged V6 that generates 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. of torque.
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Electric vehicles seem to be making all the headlines so far at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and the VW group is part of the news with its new plug-in concepts. Audi has unveiled the e-tron quattro concept, which is a preview of its new electric SUV that is going to arrive in early 2018.
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Volkswagen has unveiled the all-new Tiguan on the eve of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The second-generation Tiguan is the first VW SUV to be based on the MQB platform as the SUV grows in almost every dimension.
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Volkswagen has released two official design sketches of the next-generation 2017 Tiguan, which is going to debut this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. We've been waiting a long time for the new Tiguan and from these sketches you can see that the new one is heavily influenced by VW's previous crossover concepts.
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VW is getting ready to celebrate the iconic GTI's 40th birthday in 2016 and to celebrate the big birthday, VW has unveiled the new GTI Clubsport. The GTI Clubsport was originally unveiled as a concept earlier this year, but the production version is going to debut this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show as the most powerful production GTI yet.
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Audi has released a batch of teaser images that preview the new e-tron quattro concept that is going to debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept is a preview of the new Q6 crossover coupe, which will also be offered in an electric version that will take on the Tesla Model X.
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Audi has released the pricing for its first plug-in hybrid, the 2016 A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid, which will start at $38,825 when it arrives later this year. The A3 e-tron is eligible for several federal and state tax incentives, including a $4,168 federal tax credit.
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Audi has just unveiled a new version of the A8, the S8 Plus, which is powered by a 605 horsepower 4.0L V8 that gives it a 0-62 mph time of 3.8 seconds. The new range topping S8 Plus also has a top speed of 189.5 mph.
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VW has announced that the 2016 VW Jetta now features a new 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that replaces the old naturally aspirated 2.0L engine in the S model and the 1.8T in the SE model. With 150 horsepower on tap, the new 1.4L generates 35 more horsepower than the old 2.0L engine, but at the same time it's up to 13 percent more fuel efficient.
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Audi is reportedly going to unveil the new C-BEV concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The concept is expected to be a preview of the upcoming Q6 e-tron electric crossover and a few photos of the concept have leaked online today.
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Volkswagen has announced that the 500,000th Passat has rolled off the line at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The special Passat was a Candy White Limited Edition, with black interior, keyless access with pushbutton start, a rearview camera, heated seats, a 1.8 liter turbo engine, premium radio and 17 inch alloy 'Sonoma' wheels.
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Volkswagen has created a unique Golf that has been designed specifically for the racetrack. Volkswagen Motorsport is developing its first racing car based on the seventh generation Golf. The production-based, 330-hp concept car is assembled in accordance with TCR regulations and is intended to help Volkswagen evaluate a potential customer racing program from the 2016 season onwards.
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Last month Audi took the wraps off the all-new Audi A4, which is going to go on sale in Europe by the end of the year. During the reveal, Audi left off the details for the US-spec version, but now Audi has announced that it will arrive in the U.S. by next spring as a 2017 model.
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Last year Audi challenged a select group of journalists to travel over 800 miles on a single tank of diesel fuel in the Audi A3 TDI and now the VW group is at it again, but this time with the Golf TDI. VW has announced that the 2015 Golf TDI has set a new Guinness World Records achievement for the "lowest fuel consumption--48 U.S. contiguous States for a non-hybrid car" with a remarkable 81.17 mpg.
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Volkswagen has revealed that it is developing new battery technology that will give its electric vehicles a much longer driving range than today's e-Golf. VW Chairman Martin Winterkorn recently confirmed that the new technology will bring "a quantum leap for the electric car."
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Audi has unveiled the all-new 2016 A4 ahead of its official world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The new fifth-generation A4 may not look that different on the outside, but beyond the evolutionary styling, the new A4 gets new technology features, more efficient engines and an elegant new interior.
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VW has revealed the 2016 Jetta GLI, which is kinda a sedan version of the much loved GTI. It's powered by the same 210-hp 2.0L turbocharged engine as the GTI and now for the 2016 model year, the Jetta GLI gets more aggressive styling and a few other updates.
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Audi and TOMS have announced the release of a new limited-edition Alpargata shoe that will be available to Audi buyers this summer. From June 3 until August 4, if you buy or lease an Audi you will receive an offer for a pair of exclusively-designed TOMS featuring the four rings. As part of the program, TOMS will donate 55,000 shoes to children in need.
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Audi has revealed the updates to the 2016 Q3 crossover, which is now getting a restyled front fascia with a new grille and a few interior upgrades.
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Audi first introduced the A3 to the US market for 2007. Here in the US it basically began the premium small car market. There weren't any other players at the time, except for perhaps Mini one size down, but that's more a niche player. Since that time though the competition has caught up. Every high line manufacturer either now offers a small vehicle or is planning to shortly. So luckily Audi has released an all new generation to protect it's market share.
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Audi has unveiled the R8 e-tron piloted driving concept at the CES Asia show in Shanghai, China. The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept may look almost identical to the R8 e-tron electric car, but the big news here is what you can't see - the concept previews Audi's self-driving technology that is slated to arrive in two years.
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I'm often asked what is the best small car on the market and the list always includes top models, like the Honda Fit and Mazda3, but one small car easily makes the top list - the VW Golf and specifically the GTI. The last-generation GTI was the definition of the perfect hot hatch and I loved it so much, that I actually bought one. Now for 2015 VW has completely revamped the Golf and the GTI, but is it just as good? Yes!
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Audi has big plans to further expand its current SUV lineup from the existing Q3, Q5 and Q7 lineup. It's been widely reported, but Audi has finally confirmed that three new SUVs will be added to its lineup by 2019.
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In addition to the Golf GTI Clubsport and Golf GTI Performance, VW has unveiled another Golf model - the Golf GTE Sport concept in Austria today at Wörthersee. Even though its name may make you think that it's just a sportier version of the Golf GTE, you'll be pleasantly surprised thanks to the concept's carbon fiber body and gullwing doors. VW says that the front of the concept previews "how the Golf GT models could develop in future."
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Next year the Volkswagen GTI turns 40 years old and to celebrate the birthday of one of the most iconic hatchbacks, VW is going to release a special model. VW is previewing the new limited-edition model with the GTI Clubsport concept that is debuting this week at the Wörthersee Tour GTI meet in Austria.
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VW has released design sketches of the new Golf GTI Clubsport, which is going to debut at Wörthersee next week. The concept is expected to preview a new model that will slow in between the current GTI and Golf R models in the Golf lineup.
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Audi is bringing a new concept car to Wörthersee Tour - the TT clubsport turbo concept. Even with styling bits that look like they are borrowed from the R8, the big news is what powers the concept, a 600 horsepower powertrain that gives the concept a 0-62 mph time of only 3.6 seconds.
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Audi has announced the pricing for the all-new 2016 TT. The third-generation TT is inspired by the first-generation TT, but has a modern take on the original with its with short overhangs, broad wheel arches and a lean a muscular stance.
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There have been several reports that VW may build the Golf R 400 concept with its 395-hp 2.0L turbocharged engine. Now a VW exec has confirmed that it will be produced and that its final output could rise to around 414 horsepower.
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Volkswagen has unveiled the C Coupe GTE concept at the Shanghai Motor Show. This latest concept previews the future design of VW's large sedans, like the next-generation Phaeton with its horizontal lines, creases and coupe-like profile.
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Audi has revealed another version of its sexy Prologue concept car - the Prologue Allroad. The latest concept follows up the first Prologue concept that debuted late last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Prologue Avant concept that debuted last month in Geneva.
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Last year VW created a unique GTI Roadster for the Gran Turismo 6 video game and now its unveiled a second model - the GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo concept. The newest digital concept is a hatchback version of the last year's roadster.
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Did Volkswagen just create one of the best electric cars under $40,000? Well lets just say that I was so impressed with the new eGolf that I asked Volkswagen if I could keep it longer - definitely something that I don't do often. The new seventh-generation Golf is an impressive platform, so it's no surprise that the eGolf is this great.
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Audi has announced that the high-performance RS 3 and Q8 SUV will be sold in the US. Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh has confirmed that the U.S. will get a sedan version of the RS 3 rather than the hatchback that is sold in Europe.
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Last month there were rumors that VW was considering killing off the Beetle and other slow selling models in its lineup. But now it's been confirmed that a new Beetle is in the works and that it will arrive within the next three years.
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VW continues to expand the Golf lineup and coinciding with the arrival of the new Golf SportWagen, VW has announced that the all-wheel-drive Alltrack model will go on sale in 2016 as a 2017 model. The Alltrack model adds a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, nearly an inch of ground clearance wheel arch moldings and flared side sills that offer body protection, newly designed bumpers, and an even more upscale interior.
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VW of America is celebrating its 60th anniversary and to help with the celebration, VW has revealed four unique Beetle and Beetle Convertible models at the New York Auto Show. All of the unique concepts pay homage to the Beetle's past while providing a glimpse at a possible future direction for the Beetle.
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Volkswagen has previewed its new SUV lineup several times with concepts like the Cross Coupe GTE and T-Roc. When the new SUV lineup does arrive they will have a more aggressive design language than VW's conservative models, like the Passat and Jetta.
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