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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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    Official: China BAK delivering lithium-ion batteries for FAW-Volkswagen
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    FAW-Volkswagen, the China joint-venture that includes the giant German automaker, will begin testing lithium-ion batteries made by China BAK for use in upcoming electric vehicles. The program starts slow, with China BAK delivering three lithium-ion batteries to FAW-Volkswagen by the end of next ...

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    Official: Greenpeace renews attack on VW's eco efforts with Star Wars-themed Golf Jedi Edition
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    Last year, Greenpeace targeted Volkswagen with its VW Dark Side campaign. A twist on the popular Star War-themed Passat commercial that debuted during the 2011 Super Bowl, VW Dark Side pointed out that VW wasn't doing as much as it could to further the cause of more efficient vehicles. This ...

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    Official: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI is America's most fuel-efficient convertible
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    What's better than driving with the top down and the wind in your hair? Cruising in the open air while saving a ton of money at the pump. The EPA has just released its figures for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, and the numbers don't lie. The Beetle Convertible TDI, with its 140 ...

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    Study: CNG vehicle sales will grow, global hybrid sales will grow more by 2015
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    Saying that sales of hybrid and compressed natural-gas (CNG) vehicles will grow during the next few years is a bit of a "dog bites man" story, but at least one firm is willing to put some specific numbers on the tale. Consumer research firm TechNavio is doing the honors, giving specific ...

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    Quick Spin: Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept [w/video]
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    Prelude To A Beetle Speedster? Driving $2 million prototypes on public roads is risky, so rather than increase the count of gray hair on their heads, Volkswagen's public relations team invited us up to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to spend some time in its all-electric E-Bugster Concept. But don't ...

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    Report: Without more incentives, Germany will fall 40% short of 1m electric vehicle goal
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    Don't count on the German electric-vehicle market to get another recharge from the government. According to a panel of government officials, automakers and unions, the country will fall short of its goal of selling a million EVs by 2020 unless the government ratchets up EV subsidies. Instead, by ...

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