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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.

Audi R10 TDI still dominate at Sebring

Audi TDI victory at Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. - Despite new regulations, the Audi R10 TDI remains the sports car to beat. By achieving an impressive victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring (USA), AUDI AG made a perfect start into the 2007 motorsport season with its revolutionary diesel sports car and also a successful dress rehearsal for the Le Mans 24 Hours on 16/17 June. It was the eighth victory in a row in the classic American endurance race for the manufacturer from Ingolstadt.

The Audi R10 TDI, which remains unbeaten in its ninth consecutive race, had to start for the first time with a 10 percent smaller fuel tank (81 instead of 90 liters). This meant the Audi had to come to the pits for refueling up to five laps earlier than their competitors.

2008 VW Touareg V-6 BlueTDI to US first

An Edmunds 2007 Geneva Auto Show post announced that the 2008 Touareg BlueTDI will be introduced in the US rather than in Europe. The new "selective catalytic reduction" or SCR, system that reduces nitrogen-oxide emissions by up to 90 percent, thus making it what VW asserts is "one of the cleanest diesel engines on the market." The system is linked to a diesel 3.0-liter V6 TDI that makes 222 horsepower and will meet CARB state standards.

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