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    Official: VW promotes electric car guru Sommer to executive ranks
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    Volkswagen has promoted its electric-vehicle chief Joerge Sommer to vice president, product marketing and strategy of Volkswagen of America, hinting that Europe's largest vehicle maker is likely to more aggressively pursue electric-drive vehicle sales within its US operations. Sommer will be in ...

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    Official: Volkswagen will enter E-Up!, XL1 in this month's Silvretta E-Car Rally
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    The distance between Volkswagen's home country of Germany and Austria's Silvretta Electric Car Rally isn't that far, so the German automaker will use the event to promote its upcoming plug-in vehicles. VW will enter both the E-Up! battery-electric and the XL1 plug-in diesel hybrid concept in the ...

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    Report: Germany lobbies EU for emissions leniency to allow more gas-guzzlers
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    The German auto industry has been long lauded for its vehicles' achievements in speed. The German government is now saying the European Union's 2020 emissions mandate is coming up a little too quick for its liking. Germany is lobbying EU officials to give some leeway to automakers such as ...

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    Official: New VW Golf TDI BlueMotion is 'most fuel-efficient ever' with 73.5 mpg
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    Volkswagen claims its newly launched Golf TDI BlueMotion is about as good as it gets with that old standby, the internal combustion engine. The new Golf consumes 3.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, the equivalent of getting 73.5 US miles per gallon (on the European cycle), a 15-percent ...

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    Rumormill: Could VW XL1 provide blueprint for 190-mph, 70-mpg XR1 sports car?
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    The Volkswagen XL1 is a next-generation vehicle focused on one thing: hitting the one-liter per 100 kilometer fuel efficiency bogey (hence its name). That ultra-low level of energy usage translates to 235 miles per gallon, but since VW says the two-seater burns even less than a liter per 100 km, ...

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    Official: VW Passat TDI Clean Diesel en route to new Lower 48 mpg record
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    Here's the thing: it takes a lot of practice to drive like a true hypermiler. The 2013 VW Passat TDI Clean Diesel with a manual transmission, for example, has an EPA estimated 31 city/43 highway mile per gallon rating. Hypermiler Wayne Gerdes thinks the car is good for at least 68 mpg. Gerdes, ...

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    Report: VW XL1 'only' gets 120 mpg in new test drive
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    You've got to love this brave new world we're in, where getting 120 miles per gallon can be considered a disappointment. That's the upshot of an Automobile magazine test drive of the Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid diesel, which the German automaker has said can get as much as 261 miles per gallon, ...

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    World's first Tweet-powered car is Minddrive's 1967 Karmann Ghia EV
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    If you think it's hard to find a plug for your electric vehicle, be glad you don't need to look for a Twitter friend every time you want to drive. But that's the restriction that a group of at-risk high school students built into their electric Kharmann Ghia as they attempt to drive from Kansas ...

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    Report: BMW, Audi lead the pack on misrepresenting CO2 figures in Europe
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    BMW and Volkswagen are taking differing political tacks to address stricter European emissions standards that will kick in by the end of the decade, but the two German automakers appear to be moving in lockstep when it comes to not reporting accurate CO2 emissions numbers. Bimmer and VW's Audi ...

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    VW XL1 likely to be available for lease only
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    When we drove the Volkswagen XL1, the incredibly efficient plug-in diesel hybrid pod that gets something like 261 miles per gallon, we learned that Volkswagen is only going to make 250 of them. We later heard it was unlikely to come to the US, which isn't all that surprising. What VW hasn't been ...

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    Official: VW sustaniability report shows emissions, production progress
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    The most recent companywide sustainability report from Volkswagen comes in at a tidy 168 pages. Here's hoping not too many folks took out trees by printing the whole thing out. Europe's biggest automaker said it has reduced the amount of both energy and water required to make each vehicle by 10 ...

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    Official: VW, Greenpeace agree on tighter emissions standards, 95 g/km of CO2 by 2020
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    We're not expecting the next whaling-ship ramming Greenpeace boat to have a VW logo on it, but it's nice that the two entities are finally getting together in the name of lower emissions. Volkswagen and Greenpeace leaders recently agreed that Europe's largest automaker would pledge to cut its ...

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    Report: VW hints hyper-efficient, 260-mpg XL1 could come to US, but only to show off
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    While the limited-production Volkswagen XL1 diesel-hybrid coupe is earmarked for Europe, a small number of the super-light vehicles may find their way to this side of the pond, Plug In Cars says, citing an interview with Volkswagen of America CEO Jonathan Browning. As many as 20 of the projected ...

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    Official: Volkswagen to use CO2 as future refrigerant for air conditioning systems
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    Another German automaker has rejected the air conditioning refrigerant that's scheduled to be adopted by global automakers in 2017. Earlier this month, Volkswagen lined up with Daimler and BMW to support Daimler's findings from last year that the new refrigerant, called HFO-1234yf, can become ...

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    Official: Kansas City teens convert VW Karmann Ghia into all-electric, zero-emission beauty
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    Some kids from the Show Me State are certainly showing us how it's done with this converted, all-electric Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. In this case, a group of at-risk teens converted one of the classic VW compacts to all-electric power. It was unveiled at the Kansas City International Autoshow last ...

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    Report: VW launching at least six plug-in hybrids after 2014
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    Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will play a big role in the moves the Volkswagen Group is making towards increased e-mobility starting in 2014. Oliver Schmidt, general manager engineering and environmental office for Volkswagen Group of America, speaking at the recent SAE 2013 Hybrid & ...

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    Report: Volkswagen chief says fuel-cell vehicles not possible at a "reasonable cost"
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    The head of Europe's biggest carmaker says the prospects for hydrogen vehicles are vanishing into thin air. Yes, when recently asked about fuel-cell technology, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said it's nearly impossible to build those vehicles at a "reasonable cost." As Automotive News ...

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    Official: New Volkswagen E-Up! debuts with 93-mile range, Combined Charging System
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    Excited as always, the new E-Up! from Volkswagen is making its debut today at the Annual Press and Investors Conference in VW's home town of Wolfsburg, Germany. But wait, you're saying, we first saw the E-Up! at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, so what's this "debut" that VW is talking ...

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    Report: Volkswagen Golf plug-in hybrid now due in 2014
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    Good news travels fast, and in the case of Volkswagen and its the Golf plug-in hybrid, a little faster than we thought. Europe's biggest automaker, which was previously thought to be debuting the Golf PHEV in 2015, is apparently bumping that timetable up to next year, UK's Autocar reports. The ...

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    Official: VW starts up largest solar park at US auto factory in Chattanooga, TN
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    In December 2011, the Volkswagen plant near Chattanooga, TN was certified LEED Platinum. That's a difficult level to reach – as we described at the time – but the one billion dollars the company spent there fit snugly into the VW corporate storyline: we're going to make cleaner cars ...

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