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Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up by reading the first edition here or check out , which offered the gamut of mobility news from Lyft and Bird to Waymo’s laser bears and cybersecurity. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. An...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Washington, Softbank, Israel, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, E-commerce, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Austin, Automotive


More Legal Trouble for Volkswagen, Former CEO

While three and a half years have passed since the Volkswagen diesel scandal broke, its reverberations are still being felt. For the automaker turned green soothsayer, this usually comes with financial hardship attached, plus the requisite regurgitation of a past VW would like to see forgotten. The latest salvo launched at VW over its emissions-rigged […] The post More Legal Trouble for Volkswagen, Former CEO appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Lawsuits, Autos, SEC, Volkswagen, Law And Order, News Blog, Diesel Emissions Scandal


People’s Car, Redux? Volkswagen’s EV Plan Doesn’t Forget the Proles

You can’t tell the masses that, if they can’t afford the latest and greatest green vehicle, they should get used to riding a bike or a bus. Volkswagen seems to realize that. As it prepares an even larger complement of electric vehicles than originally thought, the automaker isn’t forgetting the little guy. VW plans to […] The post People’s Car, Redux? Volkswagen’s EV Plan Doesn’t Forget the Proles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, EVs, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, City Cars, Volkswagen I.D, Low-priced Cars


Greener, but Leaner: It’s Volkswagen’s Turn to Cut Jobs

Volkswagen Group just announced a restructuring plan aimed at raising the company’s operating margin to 6 percent. Unfortunately, the strategy involves a staffing reduction of up to 7,000 individuals by 2023 — with the automaker saving an estimated 5.9 billion euros in the process. While legitimate layoffs aren’t expected to take place for at least a few […] The post Greener, but Leaner: It’s Volkswagen’s Turn to Cut Jobs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Layoffs, Jobs, Industry, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Profits, Industry News, Volkswagen Group, VW Group, Volkswagen AG, News Blog, Restructuring, Auto Jobs


Ace of Base: 2019 Volkswagen Beetle S

When you start life advertising yer brand as “The People’s Car,” you’d better have a hella good value proposition. Fortunately for Volkswagen, that’s exactly what it had when the brand burst onto these shores all those years ago. Before long, driveways and parking lots were filled with affordable Bugs as customers bought into the Size […] The post Ace of Base: 2019 Volkswagen Beetle S appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Beetle, S, News Blog, Volkswagen Beetle, Ace of Base


Volkswagen Doubles Down on Its Lofty EV Promises

If the industry’s Magic 8 Ball worked with 100 percent accuracy, no vehicle would ever land with a disappointing thud. Sales projections would always be on target, and smooth sailing would be assured. Alas, predicting consumer appetite and market forces is never that easy, but Volkswagen feels confident it can beat its already ambitious electric […] The post Volkswagen Doubles Down on Its Lofty EV Promises appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, EVs, Platforms, VW Group, Meb, News Blog, Product Planning


Volkswagen: American-market Pickup Still on the Table

European and other overseas buyers will one day be able to purchase a Volkswagen version of the Ford Ranger, all thanks to the automakers’ recently forged alliance, but what about North American customers? The dream of a German pickup in the U.S. is still alive, VW confirms. However, what that truck might look like — […] The post Volkswagen: American-market Pickup Still on the Table appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Ford, Autos, Volkswagen, Trucks, Ford Ranger, Alliances, News Blog, Product Planning, Badge Engineering, Future Models, Volkswagen Tanoak


Volkswagen Brings Back the Buggy in Geneva

The Meyers Manx has returned, only it isn’t technically a Manx. Volkswagen built it, it’s an EV, and it isn’t actually going on sale anywhere because it’s a concept car. Our apologies to any aged beach bums we just pulled the rug from beneath. A lot of dune buggies (including the Manx) were adapted from […] The post Volkswagen Brings Back the Buggy in Geneva appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Autos, Geneva, Volkswagen, Concept Cars, Geneva Motor Show, Geneva Auto Show, Manx, News Blog, Dune Buggies, Meyers Manx, Buggies, Volkswagen I.D. Buggy, VW Buggy Up, Manx Volkswagen


Audi’s new Q4 e-tron concept is a compact electric crossover with 280 miles of range

Audi provided Tuesday an advanced look at what will be its fifth production electric vehicle, a compact crossover concept that is expected to come to market at the end of 2020. The all-electric Q4 e-tron SUV concept, which was revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show, is equipped with dual motors with a power output of 225 kW and a 82 kWh battery provides 280 miles of range, that’s more than the bigger e-tron that debuted in September. Audi bases its range estimate off of Europe’s new ...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, Cars, Tech, Automotive, Vw, Transport, Audi, Sports Cars, Geneva Motor Show, VW Group, Sportback, Sedans, Audi Sport GmbH


VW’s futuristic all-electric dune buggy embraces its 1960s’ roots

Volkswagen has added another member to its ever-expanding I.D. line of concept electric vehicles that’s meant to showcase the automaker’s electric future. This time it’s the I.D. Buggy, an all-electric dune buggy with some 1960s California subculture flair. The I.D. Buggy, which made its global debut Monday at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show, is meant to show the versatility of the automaker’s modular electric drive toolkit chassis, or MEB. The MEB, which was introduced in 2016, is a fl...
Tags: Transportation, California, China, Germany, Cars, Tech, Automotive, United States, Vw, Tennessee, Transport, Volkswagen, EVs, Chattanooga, Hanover, North American International Auto Show


The VW ID Buggy Proves Our Electric Future Will Have A Fun Side

The 200bhp ID Buggy Concept is intended to show the possibilities of VW’s new MEB architecture
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Report: VW to Invest $1.7 Billion Into Ford’s Autonomous Arm

It appears that a presumed rough patch in Ford and Volkswagen’s relationship is over, now that The Wall Street Journal is reporting on VW preparing a nearly $2-billion investment into the Blue Oval’s autonomous development unit, Argo AI. Earlier this month, claims arose that negotiations had reached an uncomfortable crossroad, with Volkswagen balking at Ford’s proposed […] The post Report: VW to Invest $1.7 Billion Into Ford’s Autonomous Arm appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Deals, Vw, Ford, Autos, Automotive Industry, Autonomous Vehicles, Volkswagen, Wall Street Journal, Ford Motor Co, VW Group, Avs, Volkswagen AG, Blue Oval, News Blog, Argo AI, Automotive Alliances


From Model to Make: Volkswagen Launches JETTA Brand

There’s a reason for the use of upper-case letters — the Volkswagen Jetta is still a car model sold in China, and a quite popular one at that, while JETTA is a new brand aimed at entry-level consumers in that mega market. VW is an incredibly big deal in the world’s most car-hungry country, eating up […] The post From Model to Make: Volkswagen Launches JETTA Brand appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Overseas, Branding, Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta, News Blog, Product Planning, Foreign Markets


The New 664lb ft Diesel V8 VW Touareg Will Do 0-62 In 4.9 Seconds

A V8 diesel engine with a whopping 664lb ft of torque has been added to the Touareg
Tags: Vw, Autos


Peace, Love & The VW Light Bus

The iconic VW Light Bus returns for the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Features the designs and paintwork of original artist Dr. Bob Hieronimus. The classic VW Bus, i.e. the Type 2, started out in America as a surf mobile. Yet the same reasons surfers loved the thing – cheap, reliable, you can sleep in it waiting for your swell and such – appealed to a another growing segment of the counterculture: Hippies. From Hattiesburg to The Haight, the young and disaffected, those who tuned in, turned o...
Tags: New York, America, Vw, Long Beach, Autos, Associated Press, Volkswagen, Woodstock, Hattiesburg, Chisholm, Volkswagen of America Inc, Car Talk, Mike Lang, Tony Borroz, Kesey, Bob Hieronimus


Junkyard Find: 1987 Volkswagen Fox

If you’re a European car manufacturer in the middle 1980s, what do you do when Tercels and Excels and Justys make your value-priced econobox seem too expensive in North America? If you’re Volkswagen, you call up your Brazilian operation and start building Americanized versions of the VW Gol, successor to the Type 1 Beetle in […] The post Junkyard Find: 1987 Volkswagen Fox appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Fox, Vw, Brazil, Autos, Volkswagen, North America, Denver, 1980s, 1987, Volkswagen Fox, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, 1987 Volkswagen Fox


The VW T-Roc R Is A Hot, Golf-Like Crossover With 296bhp

VW has revealed a sportier version of its Golf-sized crossover, which is powered by the tried and tested EA888 engine
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Volkswagen’s New Transporter ‘Bus’ Has Gone Electric

The all-electric I.D Buzz compact van may be on the way, but VW is plugging the gap with an electric version of its facelifted T6
Tags: Vw, Autos, Volkswagen


2019 VW Jetta GLI: A Brief Walk Around This Sporty Jetta

The 2019 VW Jetta GLI is a sportier, more athletic version of the Jetta sedan. Styling upgrades include 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and dual chrome exhaust Performance upgrades include a limited-slip differential and multi-link rear suspension. The sixth generation of Volkswagen’s Jetta GLI just rolled off the show stand in Chicago, and if you’ve got a thing for sporty sedans that won’t break your bank account, then this one is worth paying attention to. No, it’s not a BMW or an Alfa Giulia,...
Tags: Sport, Chicago, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Audi, Custom, TSI, Volkswagen of America Inc, Car News, Alfa Giulia, Tony Borroz, VW Jetta GLI, Digital Cockpit, VW Jetta Interior Treatments The interior


The 1963 Volkswagen ‘Light Bus’ Is How You Do Automotive Art

With the 50th anniversary of Woodstock nearly upon us, it was only a matter of time before Volkswagen released a commemorative vehicle acknowledging the Microbus. The Type 2, a staple of the hippie movement, was frequently found painted in psychedelic patterns and hues. Case in point is the “Light Bus,” which appeared in numerous photos […] The post The 1963 Volkswagen ‘Light Bus’ Is How You Do Automotive Art appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Art, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, Woodstock, Microbus, Van Life, Art Cars, News Blog, Volkswagen Bus, VW Type 2, 1963 Volkswagen Type 2, Bus Culture, Light Bus


Review: 2019 VW Jetta

It’s no small secret that Americans and Europeans have their differences, and one needn’t look any further to illustrate that point than to look at what kind of cars we like to drive. The 1970’s fuel crisis made a great argument for the hatchback-the idea being to get the maximum amount of room possible for people and cargo on a relatively small footprint. VW’s Golf was a raging success and proved the formula worked, and it was what a lot of people wanted. Well, almost everyone. For whateve...
Tags: New York, America, Pandora, Vw, Connecticut, Autos, Atlantic City, Sirius Xm, Bmw, Volkswagen, Audi, Jetta, In The Garage, Digital Cockpit


Psychedelic Volkswagen Microbus from Woodstock returns for an encore

With its trippy paint scheme, the Volkswagen "Light" bus became a symbol of the 1969 Woodstock music festival. VW teamed up with the artist who created this rolling mural to stage a comeback in time for Woodstock's 50th anniversary. The post Psychedelic Volkswagen Microbus from Woodstock returns for an encore appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Vw, Classic Cars, Volkswagen, Woodstock, Volkswagen Microbus, Volkswagen Light


Volkswagen, Ford Spar Over Alliance Investments

Hoping to minimize development costs, Volkswagen Group and Ford Motor Co. recently forged an automotive alliance. Collaborative projects officially include commercial vans and pickup trucks, though the duo are also said to be working together on electric and autonomous vehicle development. Unfortunately, trouble in pinning down the details has slightly soured the relationship. Through the alliance, Ford […] The post Volkswagen, Ford Spar Over Alliance Investments appeared first on The Truth Abou...
Tags: Vw, Ford, Autos, Automotive Industry, Volkswagen, Partnerships, Ford Motor Co, Volkswagen Group, Volkswagen AG, News Blog, Auto Alliances, Volkswagen Ford Spar Over Alliance Investments


VW Dune Buggy Concept: Where EVs & The 1960s Meet

VW’s concept is inspired by the American buggies from the 1960s and ‘70s. This modern Dune Buggy showcases the flexibility of VW’s latest EV platform. It doesn’t look like a production version is comming but we won’t give up hope. When I first saw the pictures of the VW Dune Buggy, I thought it was a prop for some upcoming sci-fi movie. Tron II – Electric Tron-a-Loo or something. But no, VW is serious. Or as serious as you can be with a show car. Which is what the Dune Buggy is. You’ll be able...
Tags: Chicago, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Iowa, Autos, Geneva, Volkswagen, Concept Cars, Joliet, Hermosa Beach, Rincon, Volkswagen of America Inc, Car News, Car Talk, Tony Borroz, Bruce Meyer


2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI: The Sedan With the Heart of a GTI

Big, hulking trucks may have stolen the spotlight in the lead-up to the Chicago Auto Show, but Volkswagen still holds an interest in plain ol’ cars. In the interest of preserving your interest in said cars, VW took its new-for-2019 Jetta sedan into the shop and hauled out the surgical instruments. The first component removed was […] The post 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI: The Sedan With the Heart of a GTI appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Features, Vw, Autos, Volkswagen, New Cars, Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen Jetta, GTI, Jetta, News Blog, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI


Electric Ambitions: Can Volkswagen Pull Off Its Aggressive EV Strategy?

Following its diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen leaned hard into electrification. The automaker needed to look environmentally conscious after being caught cheating on emissions tests, and promising a glut of electric vehicles seemed like a good way to accomplish that goal. Of course, building EVs also allows companies to offset fleet-wide emissions — protecting the existence […] The post Electric Ambitions: Can Volkswagen Pull Off Its Aggressive EV Strategy? appeared first on The Truth About...
Tags: Corporate Strategy, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, EVs, Volkswagen Group, News Blog, Product Planning


2019 VW Passat vs. 2014 VW Passat - Old vs. New

The eighth generation VW Passat (B8), introduced in mid-2014, has received its...
Tags: Vw, Autos


Volkswagen’s Electrify America Buying Tesla Hardware for EV Charging Stations

Volkswagen has agreed to spend $2 billion improving the United States’ adolescent charging infrastructure over the next 10 years as part its diesel-related agreement with federal regulators. As part of that arrangement, the automaker established Electrify America as the subsidiary responsible for most of the leg work. While it invests heavily in the nation’s EV […] The post Volkswagen’s Electrify America Buying Tesla Hardware for EV Charging Stations appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Tesla, United States, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, EVs, Electric Cars, Battery Charging, Charging Stations, VW Group, Volkswagen AG, News Blog, EV Charging Network, Electrify America


VW’s Electrify America will use Tesla battery packs to lower charging costs

Electrify America, the entity set up by Volkswagen as part of its settlement with U.S. regulators over its diesel emissions cheating scandal, plans to install Tesla Powerpack battery systems at more than 100 of its electric vehicle charging stations this year. Electrify America aims to use the Tesla Powerpacks to offset the cost of charging for customers. Owners of electric vehicles face high costs if they charge their vehicles during peak demand hours. The Tesla Powerpack battery systems sto...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Volkswagen, Energy Storage, GreenTech, Charging Stations, Electrify America, Tesla Powerpack, Tesla Powerpacks, Giovanni Palazzo, Owners of electric vehicles


Weirded Out by the Idea of a Golf GTI Mild Hybrid? You May Have Been Worrying for Nothing

Volkswagen has big plans for mild hybrid powertrains and fully electric vehicles, but the perpetually popular Golf GTI’s successor won’t be a point of contention for motoring purists. That’s because VW has reportedly pulled a screeching U-turn on that model’s electrification. According to Autocar, the eighth-generation Golf’s hot (but not hottest) hatch variant won’t go the […] The post Weirded Out by the Idea of a Golf GTI Mild Hybrid? You May Have Been Worrying for Nothing appeared first on Th...
Tags: Vw, Golf, Autos, Volkswagen, Hybrid, GTI, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Volkswagen GTI, Hot Hatches, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Mild Hybrid



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