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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…

2014 VW Jetta

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8 Turbo Shows There Really Are Second Acts In German Car Lives

At a recent full line VW drive event that we here at Gaywheels.com attended in Napa, we started our morning grabbing the keys to the vehicle that we expected the least from as far as thrills and surprises go. We chose to drive a manual transmission equipped 2014 VW Jetta in midlevel (and very affordable) SE trim with the all new VW 1.8 liter base corporate turbocharged 4-cylinder motor. But there is nothing basic at all about this new 170 horsepower/184 lb. feet of torque engine, dear readers, and no longer is the Jetta a bargain basement, built to price economy car with a faint hint of German sportiness about it.

Monday morning video: “Construction Bear”

Thumbnail image for Screencap_from_VW_lane-assist_ad.jpgThere are two kinds of people in this world: people who admit they hate Mondays and liars. For the former, here’s a little something to jump-start your work week: a new ad from Volkswagen featuring one fairly burly bear and a jackhammer. Check it after the jump.


Superbowl Car Commericals – VW

VW’s new ad agency Deutsch LA is making their creative debut at the Superbowl with a new campaign featuring a modern interpretation of a classic game – “Punchdub”. We posted a story last week about introduction of “Sluggy”, the inventor…

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.

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…

2009 VW CC

by Josee Valcourt At first glance, it wasn’t the most noticeable thing about the new 2009 Volkswagen CC but it was memorable, and a tad vain: I slid into the new coupe sedan’s rear seat without mussing my hair. I…

Six Automakers Score 100 with HRC

HRC CEI 2009

9/2/2008 – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation just released its 2009 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and 6 of the 259 major U.S. businesses that scored a top rating of 100 percent are automotive manufacturers. Listed in alphabetical order they are: Chrysler, Ford, GM, Subaru, Toyota and VW.

Subaru, in concert with their long-standing support of the LGBT community, is not surprising. Some might be taken back by the other companies on the list as well as those that didn’t achieve a perfect score.

2009 VW Tiguan

Arriving Fashionably Late to the Party By Joe LaMuraglia Like a diva that needs to make sure his or her entrance is noticed at an event, Volkswagen has finally arrived to the compact SUV party with an attractive yet expensive…