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Spied: The Mk7 Jetta Caught Testing

Spy photographers have caught the first pictures of the next-generation Jetta testing in the Southwest. We learned earlier this year that production of the new Jetta will begin before the end of 2017, but the new car is otherwise shrouded in mystery. It has long been predicted that the Mk7 Jetta would resemble the “Midsize Coupe […]
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The Bigger 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Costs $385 More Than the Old One

The new, significantly bigger Volkswagen Tiguan is a lot more car than its predecessor, but it won’t cost a lot more money. The 2018 Tiguan, which is more than 10 inches longer than before and now offers a third row of seats, costs just $385 more than did the 2017 model, with a base price […] …


Oil (Won’t) Be Back: Audi Confirms Diesel Is Dead for the U.S.

Long-serving Volkswagen Group executives wince when they hear the word Dieselgate. As they should; the scandal has cost the company millions in buyback restitution and an as yet unquantified amount in damage to its reputation. But although the company remains committed to diesel technology in Europe, we now have confirmation from a senior source that […] …


Audi Wants High-Performance EVs to Join Hybrid RS Variants

The great thing about talking to senior executives at auto companies is that they know considerably more than their PR minders do. And sometimes, if you get the right exec on the right day, they’re prepared to talk about things the spin doctors would advise against revealing. We suspect that Peter Mertens, new head of […] …


2017 Honda Civic Si Driven: Excellence without VTEC

There is no denying the overall excellence of the 2017 Honda Civic Si. There just isn’t. Adopting as it has the boldly styled forms of Honda’s 10th-generation Civic sedan and coupe, the new Si starts out with a darn good foundation. And none of the Si additions—a 205-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, a short-throw shifter for the […] …


VW Takes First and Second at Lydden Hill Rallycross

Petter Solberg was on sparkling form this weekend, taking his first win of the season at the historic Lydden Hill Circuit. The win was made even sweeter as teammate Johan Kristoffersson was on the second step to keep him company. Solberg’s win is only the second for the team so far this year, following Kristoffersson’s […]
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It’s Time for Good Idea, Bad Idea: Worthersee Edition

There’s a lot to take in at Wörthersee and in all the excitement, it’s easy to lose track of what’s smart and what’s not. Some things may sound like a good idea, but turn out not to be so. But fear not, VW Vortex is here to help with a format liberally stolen from The […]
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The Ultimate Mercedes-AMG: Details Emerge on Project One

Mercedes-Benz celebrated the 50th anniversary of AMG at the 2017 edition of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring this weekend, but the seven AMG GT3s gunning for the podium were just part of the excitement. In a darkened trackside room, AMG CEO Tobias Moers pulled the cover off a drivetrain mockup and spilled a few […] …


Porsche Plans Crackdown on GT-Car Speculators and Flippers

Like many of the world’s most desirable cars, Porsche’s GT models attract the interest of buyers who are more keen to buy them as investments than for driving pleasure. But now the automaker says it is planning to crack down on those who have been betting on the rising value of some of its rarer GT variants […] …


Dynamic Aero Application: Porsche Patents Rear Diffuser Technology

The dynamic rear wing on new Porsches (such as the 718 Boxster pictured above) may soon be joined by a rear diffuser that automatically deploys itself in similar fashion. That’s if a recently published patent filed by Porsche with the United States Patent and Trademark Office makes the transition from idea to reality. According to the patent, this rear […] …