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  • Volkswagen Plug In Coming

    It's often said that plug-in hybrids are the "gateway drug" to pure battery-electric vehicles, exposing drivers to the electric-car experience without looming range anxiety. Now it appears that a member of the powerful board of global automaker Volkswagen Group agrees. DON'T MISS: 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf: Drive Report, First U.S. Sale Details In an interview with the Australian outlet CarAdvice, VW board member and head of powertrain development Heinz-Jakob Neusser called plug-in hybrids just a "bridging technology." The ultimate goal, he suggested, remains entirely battery-electric vehicles...

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    Volkswagen, Audi & Porsche Grow Diesel Sales Beyond 100,000 In 2013

    For drivers whose travel include long stretches of high-speed highways, diesel cars offer a fuel-efficient alternative to gasoline vehicles. For many years, the biggest seller of diesel vehicles in the U.S. has been Volkswagen--more recently joined by its corporate siblings Audi and Porsche. MORE...

  • Martin Winterkorn, (now former) CEO of Volkswagen AG, at opening of VW engine plant, Silao, Mexico
    Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars Not Viable, Says Volkswagen CEO

    Leave it to the Germans to be blunt. Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn has rendered his company's verdict on the future of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles: They're not viable. Fuel-cell cars suffer from a lack of infrastructure, he said, will be far too costly for consumers, and use a fuel that...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI Clean Diesel: 5 Things You Need To Know

    Volkswagen is one of the few automakers to have consistently produced diesel-powered cars for the U.S. market. In fact, we told you last week that a 1974-1983 diesel VW Rabbit was still one of the most fuel-efficient classic cars you could buy. Its direct descendant -- the 2012 VW Golf TDI Clean...

  • 2012 Audi A8 Hybrid
    Audi A8 Hybrid: For Europe In 2012, For U.S. Sometime Later, Maybe

    Historically, German automakers were slow to move into hybrid-electric vehicles, relying exclusively on diesel engines to boost fuel efficiency. That's in the past, though, and the Volkswagen Group is aggressively spreading its hybrid powertrain across models from many of its brands. But while VW...

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