2012 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF: IMPROVING AN ICONThe versatile Golf is the hatchback that's loaded with German engineering •Sixth generation of iconic Golf•Global sales of more than 27 million since worldwide launch in 1974•MY 2012 line-up features two- and four-door models with choice of 2.5-liter and TDI® Clean Diesel power•Golf TDI Clean Diesel named one of Top 10 Green Cars of 2011 by Kelly Blue Book's kbb.com•Golf rated Total Quality leader in Strategic Vision Inc. 2011 Total Quality Index•Starting Base Price of $17,995 for well-equipped Golf 2.5; $23,995 for Golf TDI Clean Diesel •Packages and stand-alone options simplified for MY 2012 Herndon, VA – The Volkswagen Golf remains the hatchback of choice for buyers demanding German engineering coupled with benchmark levels of quality, safety, style and refinement. With global sales now topping 27 million, the Golf continues to be Volkswagen's most successful model ever—and in the … [Read more...] about 2012 Volkswagen Golf
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Styling changes to the 2016 Passat are subtle, but they help freshen the look a bit. Less subtle are the added features; most of the newest high-tech items are offered, albeit some only on upper trim levels. Prices start at $23,260 and run up to $37,655 for the top V6 model. At first I was worried. When an invitation arrived to a preview for the “new” 2016 Volkswagen Passat, I grew concerned that one of my favorite midsize sedans was going to become … well … less of a favorite. It happens. Sometimes, a vehicle hits a peak of sorts where everything just seems to fall into place, and then a redesigned model replaces it that suffers from the “Change for the sake of change” syndrome and loses something in the transition. But not this time. Partly that’s due to the fact that the Passat really didn’t change that much at all—at least, not at its core. There are some styling tweaks to the grille, front fascia, hood, front fenders, trunklid, … [Read more...] about First Spin: 2016 Volkswagen Passat
Prepare for blood… Discover the Top 8 trends currently affecting the Chinese market below. China’s new vehicle market growth is smoothing out. The perception out there is that the entire market is slowing down, whereas only its growth is for now – a big difference. Some analysts say this is the beginning of the end, I say the Chinese new vehicle market remains the most dynamic and the fastest evolving in the world and will continue to be so for many years to come. Even if its growth did stop forever, we would still be left with a 25 million annual units Chinese market in our hands vs. 17 million for the U.S. and 15 million for Europe currently – including commercials. But the growth hasn’t stopped and Chinese sales trends are evolving faster than ever, with segments like microvans rapidly losing ground while others like MPVs and SUVs outperforming the market 6-fold… A record 75 new nameplates have kick-started … [Read more...] about Where is the Chinese market headed?
In TDI SEL Premium trim, with no options, Consumer Guide’s test Passat came to $34,405 including destination charge. 2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Class: Midsize Car Miles Driven: 424 Fuel Used: 10.9 gallons Real-world fuel economy: 38.9 mpg Driving mix: 55% city, 45% highway EPA-estimated fuel economy: 30/42/34 (city/highway/combined) Base price: $33,585 (not including $820 destination charge) Options on test car: None Price as tested: $34,405 Quick Hits The great: Stellar fuel economy, roomy and comfortable cabin The good: Good power, expected European-style ride and handling The not so good: Cranky cold-weather start-up behavior Check out the entire VW lineup John Biel The lone member of the mainstream midsize-car class to offer a diesel engine gets a new one for 2015. The Volkswagen Passat sports a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel that, at 150 horsepower, is 10 hp more powerful than the engine it replaces. Handsome 18-inch wheels come standard on TDI SEL … [Read more...] about Test Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI
Volkswagen suffers from an over-reliance on its sedan lineup. See also: Why Volkswagen is losing foot in China (Part 1/3) Why Volkswagen is losing foot in China (Part 3/3) In July the Volkswagen brand dropped 31% year-on-year in China to 152,300 sales (imports excluded). In Part 1 of this Strategy series we studied the first reason behind this fall from grace: the absence in Volkswagen’s lineup of any affordable SUV, a situation that is likely to last until 2018. In Part 2 we look at the second main explanation for this precarious situation. 2. Sedans under attack In China, the sedan segment describes all passenger cars that are not SUVs or MPVs and therefore also includes hatchbacks, although these are a lot rarer than sedans – three-box-cars – as perceived in Europe. Volkswagen has always excelled in the sedan area. Unfortunately for the German manufacturer, sedans are currently under attack in China and are solely responsible for the … [Read more...] about Why Volkswagen is losing foot in China (Part 2/3)