DETROIT -- Auto makers of the world, fix your gaze upon this engine. How does Volkswagen AG manage to give out this much in cars that don't cost a whole lot? After all, this grunty but high-tech little powerhouse now can be had with a Volkswagen badge for around $19,000. Go to the domestics -- and more than one of the Japanese auto makers, too -- and that same money gets you some crappy unit that deserves the moniker of "4-banger." But somehow, VW makes a business case for doling out ...

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