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2016 Passat Unveiling: Chicken Little, The Sky Is Not Falling Because Volkswagen Lied

Alright people, I will get right to the point. The Volkswagen emissions scandal (A.K.A.—Dieselgate) is not by any stretch of the imagination the “largest scandal in the history of auto manufacturing” nor is it any more of a “betrayal of…

VW Owner Welcome

VW Owner Welcome

My brother owns a 2009 VW Jetta TDI. As a owner, he gets a subscription to VW’s magazine DasAuto. I intercepted it the other day for some good bathro…I mean, downtime reading material. Owner’s magazines are nothing new and DasAuto magazine has the usual product propaganda and branded trinkets to buy. But I also found some really useful information that VW is offering to their owners – the most interesting being their online instruction manual for new VW owners.

Road Trip in a 2009 VW Touareg V6 TDI

2009 VW Touareg TDI

I just spent a week at the helm of the 2009 VW Touareg V6 TDI. The week included a trip from my home in Northern NJ to Atlanta, GA via Greensboro, NC. The stop in NC was to pick up three nephews that helped work on my home in Hotlanta for a few days. When the Touareg was scheduled, I had no idea that I’d be putting so many miles on it. Lucky for me, it coincided with a free week in my schedule and I couldn’t have been happier with its combination of luxurious comfort, room and excellent highway fuel economy. And according to three 16 year-old boys’, the Touareg kicks as*. Their words, not mine.

2009 VW Touareg TDI

by Colin Mathews The Germans are launching an all-out diesel assault on the American market this year, and many in the automotive media have their share of doubts that they’ll succeed. Include me in that mix. And it’s not because…

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen

by Colin Mathews The average American doesn’t cotton to wagons anymore – the minivan, the SUV, and now the crossover have successfully taken its place for a huge cross-section of America. But then the GLBT community has never exactly mirrored…

Driving Clean Across America

Audi Clean Diesel Mileage Marathon

I am taking part in Wave 3 of Audi’s “Mileage Marathon” – a cross-country drive event that started in New York last week and will end in Los Angeles on October 20th. Audi’s is using this event to introduce their new clean diesel vehicles to the world and I’ll be part of a team testing a Q7 from Denver to Las Vegas via Durango, CO and Sedona, AZ.

2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Vehicular Version of Sensible Shoes By Joe Tralongo Break out your sensible shoes, girls: the age of wretched excess is coming to an end. Look up there — gas prices are up there to stay. Down at your feet? That’s…