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    Official: VW, Protean will work together on in-wheel motors
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    Protean Electric has reached an agreement for its all-electric in-wheel motors to go in some of Volkswagen's vehicles. Sadly, they're not going into the Bug or Vanagon. The compact-sedan VW Bora (which is similar to a Jetta, older version pictured above) is the platform that gets the honor of ...

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    Report: VW e-up will start at £24,250 in UK
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    That translates to a starting price of about $39,528 US dollars. Volkswagen is keeping its word on electric mobility, bringing the e-Up! electric car to the United Kingdom this month at a competitive starting price. Unveiled with the e-Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the e-Up! ...

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    Los Angeles: VW's Krebs talks hydrogen, says 'most efficient way to convert energy to mobility is electricity'
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    Volkswagen has staked out a claim to be the industry leader in electric vehicles. One of the executives leading the VW Group into an e-mobililty future is Rudolf Krebs, who took over VW's electrification efforts back in 2010. Today, he is the group commissioner for electric drive systems for the ...

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    Official: Does VW's updated CrossBlue Coupe hint at production?
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    After introducing the CrossBlue plug-in hybrid SUV concept at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, Volkswagen showed off the CrossBlue Coupe concept in Shanghai in April. We're about to get our third CrossBlue sighting at the LA Auto Show next week with an updated, seemingly more ...

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    Confirmed: 'Huge interest' in VW XL1 doesn't mean production will be increased
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    The Volkswagen XL1 will be expensive (roughly $145,000 US, if reports are to be believed) but that doesn't mean buyers aren't interested in the sleek, hyper-efficient machine. InAutoNews reports that more people are telling VW they want to buy the 261-mpg car than VW plans to make. We asked VW's ...

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    Report: VW CEO says 1M EVs in Germany a reachable goal
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    Volkswagen will do its part to ensure that Germany reaches a government goal of having one million electric vehicles on the country's roads by the end of the decade. With a catch. VW says that goal is reachable as long as plug-in hybrid vehicles are counted in the "electric vehicle" mix, ...

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    Report: VW XL1 gets augmented reality repair app
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    With a pricetag of about $150,000, buyers of the upcoming, limited-edition Volkswagen XL1 will probably wish that the repair bills be "virtual" as well, but VW's new "augmented reality" feature will only apply to the repairs themselves, at least for now. Europe's biggest automaker, which is ...

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    Official: VW ready to have 40 EV models by 2018 if there is 'sufficient demand'
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    Last week, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled the e-Up! and e-Golf models, putting official faces on at least some of the company's longstanding EV plans. We say some because, as part of the Frankfurt barrage, VW started talking about a company-wide electrified line-up that includes ...

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    Rumormill: VW XL1 to carry $145,000 price tag?
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    The best we've been able to suss out thus far is that the Volkswagen XL1 will be expensive. Like six-figure, "as much as a nicely detailed Audi A6," expensive (we're assuming that Audi bit is European pricing). Given that this is a hand-built, hyper-aerodynamic, plug-in-diesel vehicle – and ...

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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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