The ’14 Jetta we tested last year stickered for $23,985, compared with $21,815 for the fun and functional ’15 Golf TSI hatchback we are evaluating this fall. Stepping up the displacement ladder in the EA888 engine family brings us to the 2.0L turbo, which makes 220 hp in the new VW GTI and 292 hp in the ’15 Audi S3.
Peter Miles, BMW of North America’s vice president-Sales Channel Development and Customer Relations, says the Performance Center is an ideal way to connect with car enthusiasts who may end up as loyal customers (See related story: BMW Tracking for California Growth).
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries CEO Tony Weber says the industry group hopes the government has ‟no intention of allowing Australia to become the dumping ground for other countries’ old secondhand vehicles.”...More
Lowering the price of the base grade for the GX’s ’14 refresh, by substituting fake leather for real leather and deleting some content, was key to this year’s sales jump, a company official says....More
“This is the greatest day ever!” declares Thomas Semaan, whose ’80 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray fueled up for a mere $8.60 instead of the $38 he would have paid for the same amount in today’s dollars....More
In honor of National Collector Car Appreciation Day, Hagerty Classic Cars, which insures about 900,000 lovingly restored autos nationwide, celebrated by offering owners (many of them customers) up to 10 gallons (37.8 L) of fuel at a deep, deep discount.
The 30-year GM veteran says the automaker will "take the action that we need," including issuing more recalls, if it finds additional defects that already have prompted the recall of 20 million cars....More
Tracker Police Liaison Officer Adrian Davenport says the most expensive car recovered in 2013 was worth £90,000, but the average recovered car’s value was just £23,600, down from the year before....More
Each PIVE program offered subsidies to new-car buyers who had to show they were scrapping a model 10 to 12 years old. But because none set a minimum ownership period, some old vehicles changed hands without leaving the junkyard....More
Regulators are not saying whether they will formally investigate two fatal accidents linked to the ignition-switch malfunction in 2.6 million cars GM is recalling, but the Center for Auto Safety says consumers should stop driving the cars until a probe is launched....More
Continental plans to expand its business in sensors and chassis systems that will enable semi- or fully autonomous driving in the coming decade. The German supplier expects that its unique in-tire air-pressure monitor will play a part in that development....More
The biggest drag is the key Brazilian export market, where a corruption scandal, political crisis and high inflation have thrust its economy into recession. Argentina sells about half of its vehicle output to Brazil....More
Fiat enthusiast John Montgomery says a hurdle is getting people to look beyond the cars’ unflattering past. His hope is they will recognize that, just as a new pope brings new energy, a new Fiat means new possibilities....More
Without designing an experience specifically for the car from the ground up, the Apple and Google interfaces remain fragmented. The result? Missed opportunities for innovation and a decline in safety....More