The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Is Proof VW Doesn't Really Hate Us

"Volkswagen doesn't understand America." That's what the critics like to say. It's what they blame for a lack of cars that can crush it in the mass market and Volkswagen's slump during the best sales year in a decade. But there is proof that Volkswagen is at least listening to some us, and the proof is in the all new,… » 1/29/15 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Screw Tesla, BMW And Volkswagen Will Build Their Own EV Charging Network

America fell pretty far short of President Obama's 2011 call to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. There's a lot of reasons for this, and a lack of charging infrastructure is one of them. So far Tesla Motors has been leading that charge (sorry for the pun) with their Supercharger network, but today… » 1/22/15 1:30pm 1/22/15 1:30pm

Volkswagen Jacks Up Price On GTI After Winning All The Awards

Whether or not you put any credence in those COTY awards from various publications — and you shouldn't because they're stupid — this year the VW Golf/GTI did quite well, snagging everything from Motor Trend's golden calipers to the North American Car of The Year. So Volkswagen, in their infinite wisdom to increase… » 1/12/15 10:29am 1/12/15 10:29am

This Fascinating Stillborn VW Prototype Would Have Been Revolutionary

By the late '60s, VW was in a legitimate full-on panic about replacing the Beetle: somehow, they never really managed to figure this out. The Beetle was just selling too well for too long to worry until it was almost too late. Eventually, the Golf saved the day, but there was a brief moment where it looked like VW's… » 12/29/14 2:25pm 12/29/14 2:25pm

VW's Only Officially-Approved Christmas Story Has A Jolly Green Beetle

Back in the '60s, Volkswagen was eager to corner the under-12 market. They were in a good position: the Beetle, looking like a giant toy, was appealing to kids, so they just needed to sweeten the pot a bit and get the kids into dealers. That's why they made special holiday books like this. Too bad kids are always… » 12/24/14 12:00pm 12/24/14 12:00pm

VW Invented First-Person Racing Video Games And They Don't Even Know It

You'd think the development of what is likely the first computerized driving simulator with actual computer-generated visuals would be a big deal. An achievement like that would have set the standard for not just simulators, but would have been the genesis of every first-person driving game since. Which is why it's so… » 12/18/14 12:00pm 12/18/14 12:00pm

I Had No Idea VW Invented Automatic Seatbelts

While looking through the cache of vintage car magazines I got from a pantsless man in Arizona, I stumbled upon one very interesting little article. It was about the very first use of automatic seatbelts, way back in 1973. And, surprisingly, this innovation didn't come from Volvo or Saab – the first cars to have it… » 12/02/14 4:30pm 12/02/14 4:30pm

Is This Where Elio Got Their 84 MPG Number?

One of the things I've never fully understood about Elio Motor's still-not-quite-real new car is their focus on a gas mileage rating of 84 MPG. Why 84? Why not 85, or 80? What's so magical about 84? They almost certainly picked that number for non-technical reasons, since they don't even have an engine yet. Maybe it… » 12/01/14 9:25pm 12/01/14 9:25pm