Volkswagen Tiguan — Relevant in two segments

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

As the small family crossover segment heats up, the Volkswagen Tiguan — despite the lack of a major redesign since its inception in 2009 — remains very relevant and a solid competitor against both the new breed of sub-compacts and compacts in both the mainstream and entry luxury segments.

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen — The most useable Golf

By David Finkelstein
Special to MotorwayAmerica

AUSTIN, Texas — The newest rendition and perhaps the most useable of the award-winning version of the Volkswagen Golf is now reaching showrooms in the form of the Golf SportWagen with a starting base of $21,395. That price point reflects the model 1.8T S  equipped with a manual transmission and a direct-injection 1.8-liter engine.

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen — The wagon is back

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Manufacturers apparently put credence in the old refrain that, since the advent of the SUV and especially the crossover, American drivers don't want station wagons. The segment is almost non-existent in the U.S., and is growing less relevant in Europe as crossovers and “sport activity vehicles” multiply. But we think this "wagon is a dirty word" perception would be forgotten if car buyers would get behind the wheel of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.

2015 VW Golf SportWagen

AUSTIN, Texas — Manufacturers apparently put credence in the old refrain that American drivers don't buy wagons because the segment is almost non-existent in the U.S. We think this "wagon is a dirty word" perception would be relegated to the dustbin of forgotten automotive lore if  car buyers could get behind the wheel of the all-new Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.

Volkswagen Passat 1.8T — Making a compelling case

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

For a spacious mid-sized family sedan with European feel and style it would be difficult to find a better product than the Volkswagen Passat. And usually when discussing the Passat, we recommend the company's outstanding diesel engine, which has been updated with 10 more horsepower for 2015. But these days we have reassessed that recommendation.

Volkswagen GTI — The 'hot hatch' benchmark

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Volkswagen's sales in North America have been struggling. We think that's because the German automaker has been slow to bring its new and improved vehicles, vehicles that Europeans get months and even years before we do.

After driving the all-new 2015 GTI (which have been cruising German highways since November 2012) we’re thrilled that the new Golf lineup is finally here because the newest version of the iconic hatchback is among the best in the compact car ranks.

Volkswagen Jetta — Debuting a 1.8L turbo

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Volkswagen Jetta has been powered by a couple of noteworthy engines and a couple that weren’t so noteworthy over the last half dozen years. Our favorites have been the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 200 horsepower, and the fuel efficient 2.0-liter turbo diesel. Unfortunately, the turbocharged 2.0-liter was not carried over to the newest generation Jetta in 2011.For 2014 the award-winning diesel is still available, as is an all-new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that offers a winning combination of excellent gas mileage and noteworthy performance.

2014 Volkswagen CC

INDIANAPOLIS — I’m a big fan of the Mercedes-Benz CLS63, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, and Audi RS7 — all super sexy four-door German super coupes.  Packing muscles of the gods, they romp from 0-60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds  and touch 190 mph with their 560 horsepower V8 engines.  Of course, these fabulous show ponies cost around $130,000.  Yeah right! 

Volkswagen Beetle convertible — Top-down cruising at its best

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The new Volkswagen Beetle convertible offers iconic open-air cruising at its best. And as rewarding as it was to go "topless" on an unusually warm winter day, the newest rendition of the soft-top Bug proved more impressive to us driving with its lid closed.

2013 VW Beetle convertible

LOS ANGELES — Few of us were around in 1949 when the type 15 Convertible was introduced by Volkswagen. In essence it was the first Beetle convertible and over a 32-year span the company produced more than 330,000 of the popular little cars. With a salute to the past, the third-generation Beetle convertible, introduced at the L.A. Auto Show, has three specific editions that harken back to the three distinct decades of the iconic vehicle in American history: the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.