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Volkswagen has purchased a stake in battery development company QuantumScape Corp. to gain an edge over electric vehicle competitors like Tesla Motors Inc. and Nissan Motor Co. Inside sources, who wished to remain anonymous, told Bloomberg News that Volkswagen purchased a five-percent share in the privately owned company located in San Jose with the option […]

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Most major automotive suppliers met last week to focus on 48-volt systems during the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Automotive 48V Power Supply Systems. Leading automakers and tier 1 suppliers, discussed the need for an internationally agreed 48-volt electrical standard. A proper standard is needed by the global automotive industry to achieve the economies of […]

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Have any of you ever dreamed of a car made out of fabric? Volkswagen’s Spanish arm, SEAT, just created one. SEAT unveiled this week the world’s first fabric car, constructed entirely of lace, with jewel trim. Yes, it is full size, but there is no engine and I wouldn’t bet much on crash protection. On […]

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The electric version of Volkswagen’s Golf has been rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined MPGe. The EPA also gave the fully electric 2015 e-Golf an official range of up to 83 miles. Volkswagen observed that compared to other compact electric vehicles (EVs), these numbers make […]

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Volkswagen is preparing a PHEV derivative of its new European Passat. The eighth-generation Passat is currently being launched in Europe, and Volkswagen already announced it will show the Passat GTE in a world premiere at the Paris Motor Show – the first Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive system. VW announced it as a zero-emission […]

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The redesigned 2015 Jetta has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ when equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning system. The 2015 Jetta is currently on sale in U.S. dealerships and offers three gasoline engines, a TDI Clean Diesel, and a hybrid powertrain. These Jetta models offer a […]

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Volkswagen revealed its 2015 Jetta powered by the brand’s new TDI Clean Diesel starts at $21,640. The updated car features the turbocharged EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine, a refreshed exterior, and what the company describes as being a host of newly-available driver assistance systems. These driver assistance systems include Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, […]

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The new VW Golf reaching our shores mark the beginning of the availability of VW’s new platform, known as MBQ, on which most future models, hybrid and regular, will be based. With the launch of the all-new Golf and Golf GTI, Volkswagen is introducing the Modular Transverse Matrix — the German acronym is MQB — […]

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Volkswagen announced the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee will be building the brand’s new midsize SUV. Diesel and/or hybrid powertrains are expected to be available on this new seven passenger SUV. The Group said it will be investing a total of approximately $900 million in the production of a newly developed, seven-passenger SUV, and creating 2,000 […]

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Volkswagen is investing in connectivity by acquiring assets from Blackberry. The Volkswagen Group announced it is taking over BlackBerry’s European research and development center in Bochum, Germany. With the newly founded Volkswagen Infotainment GmbH, the Wolfsburg-based automotive group said it is further expanding its expertise and capabilities in the field of vehicle connectivity. Through its […]

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