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2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Diesel Manual

Tidy refinement with a stick-shift twist.<p>Diesels used to be more eclectic than thrift shops in Portland. But diesels, like hipster culture, are beginning to blend into the mainstream. Walk up to the Golf TDI and almost nothing gives away its compression-ignition secret. The redesigned 2.0-liter …

2015 Audi S3, A3 Cabriolet, and A3 Sedan Prices Announced

The 2015 Audi A3 compact sedan is already in showrooms, but Audi is just getting started. The all-new A3 sedan is just the first of a whole range of compact Audis, and today the brand has released pricing on the A3 TDI diesel, the S3 performance sedan, and the A3 cabriolet.<p>Back in March Audi …

Volkswagen Beetle GRC: 544 hp, 0–60 in 2.1 Seconds!

The hottest Volkswagen Beetle on sale today is the GSR, which gets 210 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four. Cute, right? But when prepped for Global Rallycross duty, the Beetle ditches its love bug image for one that’s a bit more . . . blood-spitting fire ant. Or is it vein-collapsing …

Subaru BRZ May Not Live to See Second Generation

From a planned mid-sized Toyota Supra-esque sports car to intense cooperation on hybrid technology and carbon-fiber expertise, much good may spring from the increasingly cozy relationship between Toyota and BMW. Unless, that is, you hope to see the perky little Subaru BRZ live to see another …

Audi Developing Energy-Generating Suspension

There are many ways that energy is wasted in an automobile, including braking, mechanical friction, aerodynamic drag, and more. Audi, which is just now launching its first-ever plug-in hybrid, the A3 e-tron, and which continues development of its all-electric R8 e-tron supercar, seems hell-bent on …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

Volkswagen Announces a New Premium Package for the Beetle

If we’ve learned nothing else here at the halfway point of 2014, it’s that putting the adjective “premium” in front of any noun makes it better: “premium” beer, “premium” seats, “premium” beef jerky. Operating under that logic, Volkswagen is introducing a new Premium package for the Beetle. It gets …

McLaren rolls out new competition-spec 650S GT3

When McLaren rolled out its new 650S, we knew it would only be a matter of time before it would completely replace the 12C altogether. And that would include the racing version – not least because McLaren officials told us as much. And with the Goodwood Festival of Speed now getting underway in the …

2014 Mini Cooper S

Striking The Balance Its Predecessor Never Could<p>One of the big challenges as an automotive journalist is reviewing cars that you have a personal connection to. I have a strong passion for Minis. My first new car was a 2004 Cooper S, and I still own a 2006 model. It's this affinity that's left me …