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What happens when you have to drive your electric-only Volkswagen e-Golf out of Hollywood to some inland dustbowl with no charger? You get creative. And you end up burning hydrocarbons anyway.
Oh, you thought Volkswagen was out of the woods now after its $14.7 billion settlement with the feds? Not yet. The troubled automaker still has an ongoing criminal investigation to deal with, and today it came out that settling that case could cost VW billions of dollars.
Volkswagen has informed around 70,000 of its employees that they are amplifying the risk of corporate espionage by playing their silly little augmented reality Pokémon games.
The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune convertible deceptively named for two reasons: first, while “Dune” in the context of a Beetle is an obvious reference to dune buggies, this modern Beetle really isn’t any more off-road capable than a normal one. Second, it seems to have almost nothing to do with Frank Herbert’s iconic…
Even more bad news for Volkswagen: security researchers have discovered a huge security hole that affects potentially up to 100 million cars. It’s possible, using hardware as cheap as a $40 setup with an Arduino and an add-on radio transceiver board, to intercept signals from a Volkswagen Group key fob, and then by…
Northern Irish Citroën Racing World Rally Championship driver Kris Meeke just crushed Rally Finland with the fastest ever win there. So, imagine his annoyance when Volkswagen team principal/whiner-in-chief Jost Capito says that Meeke can’t be happy with that win. Dude, what?
Thanks to this website designed to bankrupt those of us who love cars, I found out that there’s an absurdly rare Volkswagen-derived car for sale on eBay: a Porsche Type 823, which is just the pedant’s name for a wartime VW wearing a tank costume.
After smogging up the world with its cheating diesels, Volkswagen said—in the most obvious statement ever—that it’d cut back on oil-burners in the U.S., leaving a void in the market. Now Chevrolet tells Automotive News the car company will jump in with its Cruze diesel, non-cheatingly (presumably, anyway) stomping on…
The German state of Bavaria said today that it will sue Volkswagen for state pension fund damages caused by the diesel emissions scandal that came to light last September, making it the first regional government in Germany to try and bring the automaker to court.
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler and about 30 other Audi managers decided to get lit on the company’s dime. Except when the Dieselgate-hobbled Volkswagen Group caught wind of the outrageous bill, they told Stadler and other organizers to pony up, Germany’s Bild Am Sonntag reports.
Elon Musk said a lot of crazy things about the future of Tesla in his Master Plan Part Deux, things about solar panels and energy and expanding its vehicle lineup. But how serious was he about making the kind of mini-bus that Volkswagen has teased but never delivered on? Apparently very serious, and Elon Musk himself…
Volkswagen needs to wake up, Microbus-wise, because after a decade and a half of teasing the world about a reborn bus, Tesla basically just said that they’re going to beat them to the punch. Even if VW doesn’t seem to realize it, this is bad news for them.
I’ve got one more day with this 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune convertible, and I thought that before a full review, you nice people might like some time with it live–well, as live as possible with current technology. You can’t really taste it, yet.
This week was a landmark one for owners of the nearly 500,000 Volkswagen 2.0-liter diesel cars affected by the Dieselgate emissions fiasco, as U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer granted preliminary approval of VW’s settlement with regulators over the emissions-cheating vehicles. With that complete, VW has now rolled…