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    Official: VW ready to spend $25B on at least 6 EVs in China by 2018
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    Standing next to the lovely GTE plug-in hybrid during the Beijing Motor Show, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn announced a renewed, $25-billion focus for the German automaker on electric mobility in China. EVs + China is not a new equation for VW (see here and here and here), but the time is now for the ...

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    Report: Volkswagen could build plug-in hybrids in China
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    When you're Europe's largest automaker and your largest global market happens to be the one most notorious for its pollution (China), some solutions just present themselves. Volkswagen may be heeding that call. During the upcoming Beijing Motor Show, the company is expected to announce plans to ...

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    VW chair says component cost decrease keeps him confident of EV success
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    Volkswagen AG is in the middle of implementing a comprehensive electric vehicle strategy, one that we've been documenting for a long time. The Group stands ready to offer dozens of plug-in vehicles in the coming years if it feels there is sufficient demand and believes that selling a million EVs ...

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    Exclusive: VW modular platform strategy goes all-in on EVs
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    The Volkswagen Group has already revealed or put on sale a broad slate of new electric vehicles: the E-up, the E-Golf (shown above), the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the XL1. In 2014, there will be at least six more models, including the A3 Sportback E-Tron. And after that? ...

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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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    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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    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: 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: 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: 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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