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New York Auto Show 2014: Breaking News


With the New York International Auto Show just days from opening its doors to the public, media sources are already calling this year’s expo the greenest ever. BMW has confirmed the appearance of its awaited Concept X5 eDrive, which is expected to reach showrooms perhaps as early as 2015. The plug-in hybrid X5 is a [...]

VW Golf Sportwagen Diesel to NY Show


Volkswagen will bring a concept model of its U.S.-bound clean diesel Golf Sportwagen to the New York Auto Show next week. The car features a longer roof and is said to resemble the company’s European Golf in significant details. The concept car that will be on display in New York is officially called Golf Sportwagen [...]

Surprise! Here are ‘Real’ MPG Champs


Automotive reviewers in several major publications are making their annual ‘top ten’ lists of cars that deliver high mileage. Consistently ranking at or near the top of almost every list is the new, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf TDI clean diesel hatchback. Featuring an inline 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine, the little diesel beauty is a 140-horsepower fuel-miser. Combined [...]

Breaking News: March Plug-in Car Sales Up


Electric car sales rose 30 percent in March, with total sales for the month standing at about 9,000 units, compared to 6,900 electric vehicles sold in February. Nissan in particular was a big winner among plug-in carmakers, notching a 12 percent increase in Leaf sales for March compared to the same month in 2012. Chevrolet [...]

Finalists for World Car Awards at NY Auto Show


Finalists have been announced for all categories of the World Car Awards. Winners will be revealed at the upcoming New York Auto Show, with all eyes on the World Green Car segment. In that category, the three finalists are Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, BMW i3, and the Volkswagen XL1. Close Up: Audi A3 Sportback e-tron [...]

Volkswagen’s Big Plans for TDI in 2015


Volkswagen officials announced this week that 2015 models of the Beetle, Jetta, Passat and Golf would feature the carmaker’s famous EA288 engine, which is a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter unit that runs on clean diesel fuel. The updated version of EA288 will offer a cornucopia of tweaks, namely ultra low-friction bearings in the camshaft, a manifold-integrated inter-cooler, [...]

Kia Soul EV a Hit at Geneva Motor Show


An electric version of the Kia Soul is drawing media and public attention at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show this week. Company spokespersons say the sleek EV will likely be on sale before 2015 and will feature an 81 kW motor, lithium-ion polymer batteries, and front-wheel-drive. Bigger news perhaps is the car’s range per charge, [...]

Volkswagen XL1: “It’s a Go!”


Volkswagen will produce its plug-in hybrid XL1 during 2014, the company has revealed. The gull-wing doors and 235-mpg rating are unique among new models. Most who see the XL1 for the first time assume it is a one-off concept vehicle. The two-seat, diesel-hybrid plug-in is expected to sell for between $40,000 and $67,000, though Volkswagen [...]

Volkswagen Plug-in GTE Golf: It’s Show Time


Volkswagen will use the upcoming Geneva Motor Show to debut a plug-in hybrid version of the Golf GTE hatchback. During a media event scheduled for Mar. 4, company executives will provide more details about rollout dates and intended markets for the fresh-faced plug-in. With engineering that is almost a clone of sister company Audi’s A3 [...]

‘World Green Car’ Finalists Are…


No one will know who the winner is until that fact is revealed at the New York International Auto Show on April 17, but the finalists for World Green Car 2014 were announced this week. The five vehicles are: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle) Honda Accord Hybrid BMW i3 Volkswagen XL1 Audi A3 Sportback [...]

New, Unexpected ‘Number 2′ Among Automakers


Toyota of Japan retained its title as number one automaker (based on sales) in the world, with Volkswagen edging out GM for the number two spot. Toyota officials announced that in 2014 the company expects to sell more than 10 million vehicles, a first in automotive history. Volkswagen’s sales for 2013 were up a full [...]

Surprises in Store for VW Golf Plug-in

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Global media sources are reporting that Volkswagen’s new Golf plug-in hybrid will carry a GTE designation after its name. That means the German carmaker will be offering a total of four different Golf models. The new hybrid Golf will feature a 107 horsepower electric motor alongside a 148 horsepower gasoline engine. Most industry-watchers expect the [...]

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