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February 4, 2016

Audi RS Q3 gets 367-hp Performance version

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Audi has unveiled yet another model that won't be offered in the United States - the RS Q3 Performance. The new "Performance" version adds more power, an upgraded suspension and a few new styling bits to the RS Q3, which also isn't offered here.

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February 1, 2016

VW Budd-e gets the green light, could arrive by 2020

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At last month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), VW unveiled the electric Budd-e concept that revived hopes of a new Microbus. Now a new report claims that the concept has been given the green light.

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January 20, 2016

2017 Audi R8 V10 and V10 Plus pricing announced

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Audi has released the pricing for the all-new 2017 R8, which is now holds the title of the "the fastest and most powerful Audi production model ever." Pricing for the R8 V10 starts at $164,150, while the R8 V10 Plus will set you back $191,150 after the $1,250 destination fees are applied.

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January 11, 2016

VW Tiguan GTE Active concept debuts in Detroit

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Last week, VW unveiled the fully-electric Budd-e concept at the Consumer Electronics Show and now VW is continuing with the electrified theme at this week's Detroit Auto Show. VW has unveiled the Tiguan GTE Active concept, which is a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Tiguan.

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January 6, 2016

VW Budd-e concept is a futuristic electric Microbus

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As expected VW has unveiled a new electric concept that could preview a new Microbus. Dubbed the Budd-e concept, the electric concept features a 101 kWh battery pack that gives it a driving range up to 373 miles on a single charge.

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December 17, 2015

Audi may reveal a hydrogen-powered concept in Detroit

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Several reports have surfaced about what Audi may reveal next month at the Detroit Auto Show. If the reports are accurate, Audi is going to reveal a new hydrogen-powered concept called the h-tron quattro.

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VW ends Phaeton production, but an electric successor is coming around 2020

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Although the Volkswagen Phaeton left the United States market about a decade ago, the full-size luxury sedan has continued to be sold in other markets. One of the big reasons that buyers stayed away from the Phaeton was because of its crazy starting price. In Germany, the Phaeton starts at a lofty 89,650 euros ($97,253). Well its finally done, since VW has confirmed that the Phaeton will end production next March.

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December 13, 2015

VW Microbus concept to debut next month, production version rumored

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Ever since VW unveiled the Microbus concept back in 2001, fans of the iconic Microbus have been waiting eagerly for VW to release a production version. It looked like it was getting even closer to a reality with the Bulli concept in 2011, but now it might finally be happening. VW is reportedly going to reveal a new Microbus concept next month at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.

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November 17, 2015

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune draws inspiration from the classic Baja Bugs

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VW has unveiled a new version of the 2016 Beetle that is directly inspired by the classic Baja Bugs - the 2016 Beetle Dune. Originally previewed as a concept, the 2016 Beetle Dune has a more aggressive exterior and a raised ground clearance to make it a bit more rugged than the standard Beetles.

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November 12, 2015

2016 Audi S8 plus and RS 7 performance models priced

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Audi has announced the pricing for the 2016 S8 plus and RS 7 performance models. Both models are expected to debut next week at the LA Auto Show before they go on sale next month.

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November 11, 2015

2017 Audi Q7 priced at $55,750

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Audi has announced the pricing for the all-new 2017 Q7, which will start at $55,750 when it goes on sale at the beginning of 2016. The 2017 Q7 introduces Audi's new SUV design language and now rides on a new lighter platform, which helps the new Q7 come in at 475 pounds lighter than the outgoing model.

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November 9, 2015

2015 VW Jetta Hybrid [REVIEW]

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Driving the brand's first ever hybrid, there's an immediate sense that the German automaker has succeeded in delivering customer satisfaction without many compromises. How VW managed to do so is by combining a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a 27-hp electric motor, regenerative braking and an all-electric, zero-emissions operation. The combination delivers impressive performance and fuel economy. Matched with a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission, the outcome defies regular hybrid expectations presenting a vehicle that feels powerful yet is extremely economical.

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November 6, 2015

Audi's year-end sales event includes new A3 and A4 special editions

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Audi's annual year-end sales event began this week and runs through the beginning of January. This year to celebrate the holidays, Audi is also including new special edition versions of the A3 and A4 models in the sales event.

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October 27, 2015

2016 Audi A8 L 4.0T Sport revealed with 450-hp

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Audi has revealed the new 2016 A8 L 4.0T Sport, which is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 with 450-hp, 15 more horsepower than the previous 4.0T model.

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October 22, 2015

Audi RS 6 Avant and RS 7 get 605-hp performance upgrade

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Audi has unveiled new "performance" versions of the RS 6 Avant and RS 7, which bumps the power from the 4.0L engine to 605 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque. If you want more power, an overboost function will temporarily boost the available torque up to 553 lb-ft.

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October 19, 2015

2016 VW Passat priced at $22,440

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VW has released the pricing for the restyled 2016 Passat, which starts at $22,440. Even though the starting price is the same as the outgoing model, VW has added a host of new standard features that it says represent a $1,315 value over the 2015 Passat.

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September 21, 2015

2016 Volkswagen Passat debuts with new styling

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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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VW CEO apologizes for cheating on emissions tests, diesel sales put on hold

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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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September 16, 2015

2017 Audi S4 brings 354-hp to Frankfurt

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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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September 15, 2015

Audi e-tron quattro concept is a 311-mile electric SUV that we need now!

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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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September 14, 2015

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan grows up, will be offered with two wheelbases

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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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September 13, 2015

Next-Gen 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan teased, debuts this week in Frankfurt

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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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September 9, 2015

2016 VW GTI Clubsport debuts with 261-hp to celebrate the GTI's 40th birthday

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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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August 19, 2015

Audi e-tron quattro concept teased ahead of its Frankfurt debut

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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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August 6, 2015

2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid priced at $38,825

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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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August 5, 2015

Audi S8 Plus debuts with 605 horsepower

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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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August 4, 2015

2016 VW Jetta gets a new 1.4L Turbo

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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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July 30, 2015

Audi C-BEV Concept to preview Q6 e-tron in Frankfurt

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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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July 23, 2015

Volkswagen builds the 500,000th Passat in Chattanooga

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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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July 10, 2015

Volkswagen creates a 330-hp Golf for the racetrack

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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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July 9, 2015

2017 Audi A4 to arrive in the U.S. next spring

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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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July 8, 2015

VW Golf TDI travels 8k miles on less than $300 of diesel

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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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June 30, 2015

Next-Gen VW e-Golf could have 186 mile driving range

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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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June 28, 2015

2016 Audi A4: Here's the official info and pics

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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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June 11, 2015

2016 VW Jetta GLI gets a bit more aggressive

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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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June 4, 2015

Audi and TOMS team up to create a limited-edition shoe

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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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June 3, 2015

Restyled 2016 Audi Q3 priced at $33,700

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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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2015 Audi A3 TDI [REVIEW]

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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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May 25, 2015

Audi R8 e-tron piloted driving concept previews Audi's self-driving tech

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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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May 26, 2015

2015 Volkswagen GTI [REVIEW]

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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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