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DETROIT—On the eve of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volkswagen unveiled the newest generation of its compact 4-door sedan. The redesigned 2019 Jetta is slightly wider, taller, and longer than the previous model, and the wheelbase grows from 104.4 inches to 105.7—all of which improves interior room. The new Jetta is based on Volkswagen’s MQB architecture, which also underpins the new-for-2018 Tiguan compact SUV and Atlas midsize SUV.
Class: Midsize Crossover
Miles driven: 541
Fuel used: 28.4 gallons
Special-edition, limited-run vehicles have long been a part of most automakers’ bag of sales-boosting tricks. Producing a limited number of specially trimmed examples of a given vehicle—unique paint, wheels, interior and exterior trim, and maybe some stripes or special emblems—is a relatively easy, cost-effective way to drum up a little excitement over a given model line without incurring the significant expenses of a serious styling update or mechanical refresh. The special-edition model is a time-honored practice that has been going on in one form or another since the Fifties.
Volkswagen announced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show that its I.D. CROZZ concept vehicle is a preview of an all-new pure-electric production SUV that is scheduled to debut as a 2020 model. The I.D. CROZZ Concept, which debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show and was shown in updated form at the Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this year, was displayed at the L.A. Auto Show alongside the original Volkswagen I.D. and I.D. Buzz concept vehicles.
Class: Compact Crossover SUV
Miles driven: 326
Fuel used: 13.8 gallons
Volkswagen announced today that most of its U.S.-market products will be covered by a standard 6-year/72,000-mile limited “bumper-to-bumper” warranty beginning with the 2018 model year. New Volkswagen Warranty.
Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2017 Volkswagen Passat for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.
Long before the automotive Asian Invasion, German carmakers were happily and successfully selling vehicles in the U.S. The official importation of Mercedes-Benz vehicles began in 1952, though the company’s cars were imported independently for decades prior.
All of the sudden, Volkswagen is back in the crossover SUV game in a big way. Hot on the heels of the recently launched Atlas midsize SUV comes the long-awaited (some would say long overdue) second generation of VW’s Tiguan compact SUV.