VW assembled the previous-generation Octavia at its own Russian plant in Kaluga but contracted with GAZ for output of its successor, as the German auto maker is adding Skoda Rapid production in Kaluga....More
Add behind-the-wheel kicks to the virtual elimination of the price difference between gasoline and diesel, at least in the Midwest, and the Chevrolet Cruze is primed to extend the Detroit Three’s diesel push beyond a few heavy-duty pickup truck models....More
Toyota has been cool toward EV technology, believing fuel-cell vehicles offer a better long-term solution to global warming. But the No.1 hybrid maker nevertheless launched all-electric versions of the Scion iQ and RAV4 in 2012....More
The new production hall will see the start of machining, mainly of engine blocks for the MDB engines, in early 2014. A new assembly line with capacity of up to 1,000 engines a day is expected to launch operations in 2015....More
Not one to take no for an answer, Ferdinand Piech first challenged his engineering team with developing a so-called 1L car as the new millennium dawned. The XL1 bowing in Geneva signals another mission accomplished for the Volkswagen chairman....More
Europe has not seen a monthly gain in car registrations since September 2011, and the region has not had a growth year since 2007, when a record 16 million vehicles were registered. Last year’s total was just 12 million....More
The auto maker put the spotlight on a potentially growing stable of CUVs at the auto show in Detroit, a segment it will have to penetrate in bigger numbers in order to hit its 2018 volume target....More
After a brief absence, the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible returns with the same redefined styling as its coupe counterpart, with the Mini Cooper, Fiat 500 Cabrio, Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro in its sights.
“(VW) investigated what technologies, what production, what features, what the competition is offering, and we made a strategy of what we should offer and what should be better,” chief designer Klaus Bischoff says....More
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