VW halts Passat diesel output in Chattanooga

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

Volkswagen of America has halted production of diesel-powered 2016 Passat midsize sedans at its plant in Chattanooga, a VW spokesman said Tuesday. The pause comes midway through a planned production ramp-up for the re-engineered Passat. Gasoline-powered 2016 Passats are scheduled to arrive in dealerships later this month or in early December....
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The magic bullet that became an illusion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2015

Until U.S. regulators revealed that VW admitted to cheating on its emissions tests, Volkswagen's "clean diesel" strategy largely worked. And it's no wonder that "clean diesel" has been a cornerstone of its U.S. strategy since 2008....
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Volkswagen TDI owners sound off on Twitter

6:58 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Jilted owners of Volkswagen TDI vehicles are voicing their displeasure on Twitter after news broke that the automaker used special software to manipulate emissions results for its "clean diesel" lineup going back to 2009....
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VW updates Passat as emission scandal looms

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

For 2016, the Passat gets a much more substantial midcycle update than is VW's custom. The Passat's hood, front fenders, grille, front and rear bumpers are all new -- the only sheet metal unchanged from the 2015 model are the door panels, roof and body side stamping, VW says....
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2 senior VW executives to skip Passat event

10:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Two senior Volkswagen executives cancelled a planned appearance at a media event scheduled today to introduce the re-engineered 2016 Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan....
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VW recalls 420,000 cars in the U.S. to fix airbags

8:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

VW is recalling as many as 420,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a flaw that may prevent their airbags from deploying in an accident. The recall affects seven models, including the Golf, Jetta and Passat....
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In playful rivalry, Dodge pokes fun at Volkswagen Passat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2015

Dodge has been throwing playful darts at Volkswagen for nearly two years in Charger ads that use the Passat as a target of punchlines. Dodge insists it has no sinister intentions in the commercials. Automotive News Staff Reporter Vince Bond Jr. spoke with Randy Ortiz, head of Dodge and SRT brand advertising, about Dodge's rivalry with VW....
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Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept lands in Shanghai

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Volkswagen, continuing a march upmarket, unveiled the C Coupe GTE concept this week at the Shanghai auto show. Meant to be positioned between the Passat and the Phaeton if it goes into production, the C Coupe GTE concept is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI gasoline engine connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with an electric motor integrated in the transmission housing providing extra power; electricity is stored in a 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery....
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VW Passat, CC sedans get U.S. scrutiny for possible electrical flaw

10:49 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

U.S. safety regulators said they have opened an investigation into an estimated 30,000 Volkswagen sedans for a potential electrical defect that could affect the performance of the driver's-side airbag and other parts....
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Winterkorn: Complacency cost VW in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Speaking to a German car magazine, VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn acknowledged his team became complacent after the initial success of VW's Chattanooga-built Passat....
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VW Passat named European Car of the Year

March 2, 2015 17:28 CET

The Volkswagen Passat is Europe's 2015 Car of the Year, marking the third time in six years that VW has won the title. The Passat beat its nearest competitor, the Citroen C4 Cactus, by nearly 100 points. The Mercedes C class finished third in the voting....
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BLOG: Did VW pick the wrong U.S. state to build the Passat?

5:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear has a message for any German carmaker or supplier considering expanding into the South: Labor unions are welcome, at least in his state....
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VW Passat tackles trailer troubles

Jan. 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Volkswagen has made a big effort to ensure its latest Passat remains Europe’s best-selling midsize car, including adding a feature that can back the car and a trailer autonomously into a parking space....
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VW brand suffers biggest drop in car sales this year

Dec. 8, 2014 17:41 CET

Sales of Volkswagen's core passenger-car brand fell 4 percent in November, the biggest monthly drop this year, as demand contracted in eastern Europe and Latin America and VW switched to a new-generation Passat....
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