Volkswagen Promises a Revolution With New Concept

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Volkswagen hasn’t introduced a vehicle as revolutionary as the Beetle since, well, the Beetle.

In the decades since its 1945 debut, the Beetle has become one of the best-selling and longest-running cars, in terms of production, that the world has ever seen.

The idea for the Beetle began in 1934 when Adolf Hitler gave Ferdinand Porsche the order to build a “people’s car.” The Beetle, and Volkswagen itself, was born with that order.

Today, more than 20 million Beetles have been produced worldwide, giving the Beetle a permanent place in the “world’s most successful” automobiles club.

This year, Volkswagen says it plans to introduce a car that will go down in history as being as revolutionary as the Beetle.

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Are Volvo’s Best Days Still Ahead?

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Growing up, Legos held a special place in my heart and a special corner in the toy closet. I kept them in one large, white-topped Rubbermaid storage bin (lest my parents find one underfoot at the wrong hour of the morning) and can’t fully fathom how many hours I spent digging through piece after piece to find a color-matching, 2×1-size brick. I took great pride in my creations, but even greater satisfaction in dismantling each, pouring the bricks back into my big rubber container, and starting the process all over again.

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Remember the Sparrow? Here’s the Electra Meccanica Solo

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The promise of an electric car that can travel a hundred miles, be recharged in three hours (on a 220-volt system), and costs just $15,500 is a tempting proposition for some folks.

Make the car a 3-wheeled single seater and the proposition gets a little more convoluted.

Are Americans ready for another 3-wheeled single-occupancy commuter car? A company called Electra Meccanica thinks so, and plans to make its 2017 Solo available in the United States.

But there are some problems.
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Kia’s New Ads: Best Ever?

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Name two things that are now nearly unrecognizable from their humble beginnings.

Here are mine:

Video games and Kia.

You may not believe this, but I haven’t played a video game since roughly Madden 2005. Before that, my favorite video game was Tecmo Bowl. No joke.

So seeing the graphics on the latest Madden, when playing with my son recently, pretty much blew me away.

I had a similar experience seeing a new Kia in a parking lot last weekend. Not only did I do a double-take, but I stood there for a few seconds admiring a car that looked nothing like the Kias of the recent past.

That would have never happened in the Korean automaker’s first decade in the U.S.

It was timely, then, to see a new ad from Kia linking my favorite childhood video game to some classic football.

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Mitsubishi: Goodbye to the Old, Hello to the New

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Mitsubishi doesn’t make the news cycle very often, especially when it comes to product-related news. The brand has, unfortunately, had plenty of coverage in recent months regarding its manipulation of fuel-economy results on vehicles in Japan.

Nothing guarantees news coverage like a scandal.

Mitsubishi’s admission of wrongdoing led to a heavy drop in stock value, a billion dollar net loss, and Nissan’s virtual takeover of the embattled company.

Still, though, the company is moving forward with new products while it phases out the old.

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Pleading Guilty: Criminal Charges in Volkswagen Scandal Begin

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Here’s a charge most people hope they never have to face in federal court: Conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.

The first Volkswagen engineer to be formally charged entered a guilty plea Friday for his role in the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal. His plea has uncovered new information regarding ten years of deceit and coverups by the German automaker.

We now know that, since the very beginning of Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” program, the company intentionally developed and installed a “defeat device” on roughly 500,000 cars in the United States so that they could appear to pass U.S. emissions tests. We also know that engineers lied in attempts to cover up the existence of the device once U.S. investigators became suspicious.

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NFL: National Ford League?

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It’s football time in America!

The official start of the NFL season kicked off last night in Denver. Along with football’s cheering fans, electrifying touchdowns, and controversial replays comes an over-saturation of corporate sponsorships.

Aside from the beer industry, cars are perhaps the products most promoted in association with the NFL.

Last year Hyundai took GM’s spot as an official NFL sponsor, which gave the South Korean automaker the rights to tout that it has the official car, SUV, and luxury car of the NFL. That, however, left open an important space:

The official truck of the NFL.

Ford didn’t let that space sit empty for long. In fact, it seems to be vying for domination of the entire National Football League.

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Samsung and FCA Partnership: Too Little Too Late?

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Apple and Samsung are fierce competitors in the phone-and-tablet businesses. In the automotive world, Apple is taking the lead by not-so-secretly developing a vehicle, which presumably will be self-driving and electric.

Samsung isn’t developing such a vehicle, but could jump-start its involvement in the auto industry by making a major purchase from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Magneti Marelli is a high-tech parts maker headquartered in Italy. The company has been a subsidiary of Fiat since 1967 but could now be sold to the South Korean tech company for $3 billion.

What does this mean for Samsung’s role in the growing world of autonomous cars?

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Audi Boosts Investment in Formula E

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To touch on a subject not normally covered by CarGurus, Audi has announced its expanded involvement in the all-electric Formula E racing series, furthering its support of Team ABT Schaeffler before fielding a full-works team in 2017. Motor racing is an exceptionally expensive business, and with perhaps the exception of Ferrari’s involvement in Formula 1, no manufacturer can simply dabble in the game—there has to be some sort of return on the investment.

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Subaru BRZ sT: A True Performance Car?

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Reporting on news based off of trademark filings can be a little iffy. Companies routinely file for, and renew, trademarks even if they have no intention of ever using them.

Sometimes companies even trademark a name just to keep another company from using it.

With that in mind, we bring you news of a possible new “performance” variant of the Subaru BRZ, potentially called the tS.

The Scion-esque name has been filed by Subaru with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which could be a foreshadow of things to come.

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