VW’s latest 4-cyl. offering sets a new refinement benchmark for small-displacement engines with forced induction. The well-equipped Jetta that delivered this engine to our offices like a holiday gift basket can be had for less than $24,000....More
Diesel-vehicle sales were a hallmark for VW in the U.S. in 2013, with sales reaching 95,823 units, marking the best year ever. “There will be a lot of talk about TDI in coming quarters,” COO Mark McNabb says....More
The winners, which include three diesels, an EV, eight engines using direct fuel injection and six with forced induction, emerged from a field of 44 powertrains evaluated by WardsAuto editors in October and November....More
This is the 20th year for Ward’s 10 Best Engines, a competition created to recognize outstanding powertrain achievement, world-class technologies and those rare engines or electric propulsion systems that are so compelling they help sell the vehicle.
VWA won't change course to goose sales as the year winds down, CEO Jonathan Browning says, adding the automaker is confident the VW brand's 2013 volume will top 400,000 for the second year in a row....More
A record six diesels are in this year’s competition. WardsAuto editors are driving 45 vehicles with all-new or redesigned engines or propulsion systems. Among the nominees, 20 are turbocharged and three are supercharged....More
There’s some concern consumer confidence remains shaky following the government shutdown that tempered showroom traffic in the first half of October, and that could have negative effect on auto sales through the end of 2013, the automaker says....More
VWA COO Mark McNabb warns not to read too much into rising incentive spending during the month, saying the higher spiffs mainly are a result of having to clear out ’13 models. “We feel good going into the last quarter.”...More
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