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VW Jetta Sportwagen at New York Auto Show

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Jetta SportWagen, a sporty and dynamic wagon version of Volkswagen's top-selling model, made its U.S. debut today at the New York Auto Show. The Jetta SportWagen mixes practicality with European style and balances both elegance and sportiness. Its exceptional ride and handling and segment-leading safety features, along with its design are perfect for those with an active lifestyle.

Hybrids/Diesel Engines Steadily Gaining U.S. Market Share

Conventional gas engines will remain dominant in the U.S. market, but hybrids and diesels are steadily gaining market share, especially as gas prices and concerns about global warming rise and technology advances, concludes a report by J.D. Power and Associates in "The Steady-But Slow-Rise of Hybrids and Diesels in the U.S. Auto Market," published March 22, 2007.

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Does VW need its own face?

"Volkswagen must be different. VW needs its own face." (think Audi)

"We lost our way" — that's the assessment of Volkswagen's new design chief, Walter de' Silva, who was transferred from his role at Audi and Lamborghini by CEO Martin Winterkorn to try to reinvent VW design.

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VW sales slumping - down 16.3% in March

Hmm ... with no 2007 VW TDIs I'm not surprised.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced March 2007 sales of 17,355 units. This represents a decrease of 16.3% from March 2006 sales of 20,730 vehicles.

On a 2007 year-to-date basis, Volkswagen has sold 50,332 units. This reflects a decrease of 5.6% from January through March 2006 sales of 53,296 vehicles.

Audi R10 TDI team is outstanding

Dindo Capello/Allan McNish (Italy/Scotland) and Emanuele Pirro/Marco Werner (Italy/Germany) claimed an unexpected 1-2 victory for Audi in a turbulent and exciting race in St. Petersburg. This proved that the Le Mans sports car is capable of also winning on a "city” street course.

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Porsche moving closer to taking over Volkswagen

Porsche plans to increase its stake in Volkswagen to 31 percent — a move that will force the sports car maker to make a formal bid to acquire all of VW. German law requires Porsche to make a takeover bid if its stake in VW exceeds 30 percent.

"Porsche is firmly convinced that a closer bond with VW through an increase of the stake to more than 30% of the Volkswagen ordinary shares will produce benefits for both partners without diluting or indeed endangering the identity of Porsche," Porsche said in a statement to investors and the media. "Quite the contrary: Porsche will perform its economic and social role even more strongly."

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Aren't you glad you drive a VW TDI?

Driving Cost Per Mile Calculated at 52.2 Cents for 2007

AAA Calculates Cost of Car Ownership and Operation for 100 Miles of Driving is $52.20

Consumers feeling pinched by increases in day-to-day living expenses can take some comfort in AAA’s annual study of driving costs released today. According to the nation’s largest organization for motorists, the cost of owning and operating a new vehicle in 2007 remains basically unchanged from a year ago at 52.2 cents per mile, or $7,823 per year, when driving 15,000 miles annually.

Chili Pepper Racing's TDI used biodiesel at Sebring

Red Hot TDI

With the start of Round 1 SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series Chili Pepper Racing became the first team to race a production based DIESEL powered car in US Touring car history. In addition, SCCA PRO Racing and Chili Pepper Racing made Motorsport history as the first to approve and race BIO-Diesel fuel in a production based Touring Car Series World Wide.

The #24 Spice Red Volkswagen Jetta TDI was fueled with B50 blend Bio-diesel utilizing "food-grade" soy oil as it base. This falls on the heels of the Motorsports Industry Association International conference on Energy Efficient Motorsports and is part of global trend to develop and promote bio-fuel technologies.