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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: German automakers building own wind, natural gas plants; to get away from nuclear
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    German automakers are caught in a quandary – how can they pay more for a clean energy surcharge tax when automotive sales are down. The problem stems from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's move to take the country further away from nuclear and toward using more renewables to power the ...

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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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    Report: 'Real world' electric vehicle test easily beats EPA ratings
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    Some Republicans decry what they say are the liberal leanings of the federal government, but when it comes to rating the single-charge range of electric vehicles, the feds' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is decidedly conservative. At least, this is what Edmunds found in a recent EV road ...

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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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    Official: Volkwagen wants to be "the leader in electrification"
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    Europe's largest automaker continues to talk big when it comes to launching and expanding its plug-in vehicle offerings in both Europe and the US. Volkswagen this week outlined its goal to become "the leader in electrification" starting with the debut of the e-up! city electric-vehicle in Europe ...

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    Report: VW will expand PHEV offerings from Porsche in 2014
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    Volkswagen is two-pronging its approach to alt-fuel vehicles by expanding its stable of plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs) starting in 2014 while continuing to boost its push for more sales of its clean-diesel vehicles. Europe's largest automaker is adding PHEV versions of the Porsche ...

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    Official: German automakers renew push for clean-diesel sales in US
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    Germany's largest automakers are renewing their pitch for their clean-diesel vehicles in the US as a way for consumers to combat high gas prices without having to resort to the (often) even pricier hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, Porsche and ...

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    Official: VW launches Eco Up!, can burn natural gas or biomethane
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    If you won't change the car, perhaps you can change the fuel. This is part of the alt-energy strategy that Volkswagen is employing as it works on electric vehicles. To wit, its project with Solazyme to make renewable diesel and also the Eco Up! vehicle. VW is launching the compressed natural ...

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    Official: VW Jetta Hybrid driver hits 49.9 mpg in 400-mile California eco-driving rally
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    We all know they really wanted to hit that 50 mile per gallon mark, but 49.9 mpg will have to do. That's what Frank Zauft, the most fuel-efficient driver, achieved in the first-ever "Think Blue. World Championship" competition (yes, the period's supposed to be there) that Volkswagen has conducted ...

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    Official: Volkswagen "Thinks Blue," takes pride in its energy-efficient plants
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    More than 350 employees from 21 Volkswagen manufacturing plants met in Wolfsburg, Germany, to discuss the campaign to make the global automaker more green – or, actually, the eco color that Volkswagen calls "blue." At the "Think Blue. Factory." annual meeting, details were presented on ...

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    2013 Volkwagen Jetta Hybrid a performer in the mountain air
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    We've already spent time behind the wheel of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, but when VW invited us to the high hills of Santa Fe to drive it again, we quickly accepted. After all, this is supposed to be a hybrid without compromise, and that means it should be a car that's fun to drive. On our ...

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    Official: VW admits 2013 Jetta Hybrid gets worse mpg than Prius but claims it's for a reason
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    When the 2013 Jetta Hybrid was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, Volkswagen suggested the car would get 45 miles per gallon on the combined cycle. Well, we're now 10 months closer to launch – still scheduled for some time in late 2012 at a price that starts at $24,995 ...

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    Report: Volkswagen reconsiders, will give the Up! a two-cylinder mill
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    A company has the right to change its mind, right? Volkswagen, which said as recently as late 2010 that it wouldn't consider a two-cylinder engine for its Up! city car, is now doing just that. The German automaker will add the option of a two-cylinder diesel engine to the Up as part of an ...

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    Official: VW bringing Touareg X Hybrid to Europe
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    The Roman numeral thing works for the Super Bowl and the Olympics. Any reason Volkswagen shouldn't give it a shot, as well? Europe's biggest automaker is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Touareg by building the Touareg Edition X, and is including a hybrid version as well. VW is giving ...

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    Official: VW Golf BlueMotion concept is a diesel looker worth 73.5 mpg
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    The first Volkswagen concept from the 2012 Paris Motor Show is the new Golf BlueMotion, which has enough green blue street cred to be called "the most fuel-efficient Golf ever." How efficient does this seventh-generation Golf need to be to reach this grandiose claim? It burns 3.2 liters of ...

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    Report: Greenpeace pickets VW Golf premiere in Berlin
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    No cute little Ewoks with this campaign. Last year, Greenpeace used the Star Wars-themed ad for the Volkswagen Passat to form its own "Dark Side" campaign. The one criticized Europe's biggest automaker for not doing enough to cut automobile greenhouse gas emissions, and Greenpeace was at it ...

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    Spy Shots: Volkswagen's 235-mpg XL1 caught hot-weather testing
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    Earlier this year, we caught the Volkswagen XL1 testing in some cold-weather climates, and as the ultra-fuel-efficient hybrid gets closer to production, some more spy photos have surfaced showing the car performing hot-weather tests. A production version of this diesel plug-in hybrid car is ...

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