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End of an era as Ferdinand Piëch finally cut ties with VW Group

Two years ago, Ferdinand Piëch, then chairman of the Volkswagen Group, resigned from his post following a public spat with Martin Wintekorn, who was the automaker's CEO at the time. The 80-year-old has now cut all ties with the VW Group by offloading his sizable stake in Porsche Automobil Holding (Porsche SE), the holding company founded in 1931...

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Next Volkswagen Beetle to be electric, rear-wheel drive?

Should reported plans for a next-generation Volkswagen Beetle pan out, the iconic car will see a major transformation. On Friday, Autocar reported VW is actively considering a rear-wheel-drive, all-electric Beetle. The change would harken back to the original Beetle, which was rear-wheel drive with an engine placed in the rear. Per the report, if an...

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI spy shots

Volkswagen is working on a new generation of its Jetta compact sedan. We'll see it unveiled next January at the 2018 Detroit auto show, as a 2019 model. Shortly after the launch will be the arrival of the sporty Jetta GLI, a prototype for which has been spotted. We know this is the GLI due to its dual-tip exhaust, lowered suspension, and Golf...

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VW testing Polo R but undecided on production

Volkswagen in the summer unveiled a new generation of its Polo subcompact. The most potent model is the Polo GTI with 197 horsepower on tap, but an even spicier Polo R has not been ruled out. The German automaker unveiled a prototype Polo R in 2014. The car was based on the previous-generation Polo platform and had about 250 hp. It also had an...

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VW to return to Pikes Peak with radical electric racecar

It appears Volkswagen's motorsport division has been busy since ending its dominant run in the World Rally Championship at the close of the 2016 season. The German automaker has confirmed it will be returning to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2018. Along with the confirmation, the automaker dropped a series of teaser shots of its new...

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Next-gen Jetta will have a manual; new Jetta GLI arriving quickly

The next-generation, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will launch with a manual transmission and a higher-performance Jetta GLI will quickly follow, Volkswagen leadership told Motor Authority over the weekend. Volkswagen Group of America's President Hinrich J. Woebcken and VWoA's Senior Vice President Product Planning & Strategy Hendrik Muth confirmed the...

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta spy shots

Volkswagen's Jetta is about to be redesigned, as evidenced by the recent sighting of a prototype. The current Jetta, the nameplate's sixth iteration, has been on sale since 2011. We're expecting the new 7th-generation model to debut early next year, as a 2019 model. The car will finally ditch the aging PQ35 platform which has been in use since...

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