LAKE PLACID, New York, USA — The midnight blue Volkswagen Jetta flies down the narrow, twisty Adirondack blacktop mountain road, whipping up a cloud of fine sand from the road's shoulder in its wake. Not more than a car-length behind, a somewhat gangly, rectangular, forest green EuroVan keeps up, turn for turn and twist for twist. If there is body roll, it's not detectable thanks to improved body rigidity and a highly advanced electronic stability system called ESP. This is Volkswagen ...

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