2011 VW Touareg Hybrid

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Volkswagen is known as the diesel engine carmaker. Hybrids up to now had been left to the rest of the industry. Now VW has also taken the hybrid route with its all-new-for-2011 Touareg crossover vehicle.

Volkswagen Jetta — Get more, pay less

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Volkswagen Jetta for years has felt more upscale than its competitors, offering a premium vehicle experience not found in other segment cars. The all-new 2011 Jetta — at least in upper trim level — does a nice job of advancing the Jetta mystique.

Volkswagen Golf — A rose by any other name

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

First it’s the Rabbit. Then it’s the Golf. Then it’s the Rabbit again. And then, egad, it’s back to Golf.

The Volkswagen Rabbit of many years ago eventually became the Golf as the vehicle was known in Europe from inception. Then came along the marketing genius de jour and Golf was changed back into a Rabbit from 2006 through 2009, and now it has once again been re-christened the Golf, and hopefully this time for good.

Volkswagen Touareg turns into an award winner for VW

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Volkswagen owners, like Porsche and Buick owners who desire to become part of the sport utility family of drivers no longer have to abandon their beloved nameplate.

Earlier this year the odd-named Touareg (pronounced "tour-regg") joined the exploding ranks of luxury-level car-based SUVs. Most people by now have probably seen or at least heard about the new mid-sized VW sport utility that derives its name from a nomadic tribe in the Sahara Desert. 

Volkswagen Passat 2.0T – German engineering at a value price

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The new Volkswagen Passat is a truly remarkable car. It did not take many miles behind the wheel of the 2006 sedan to come to that conclusion.

The completely redesigned mid-sized Passat has all the earmarks of an entry luxury car with a library-quiet demeanor, rich-looking and well-executed interior and solid performance. There’s nothing to hint that the new sixth-generation Passat will not be everything and more than the award-winning and highly rated version it replaces.

Volkswagen Eos – hardtop down

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Steel top convertibles may not have the same panache as traditional soft top open-air machines. After all the so-called rag tops have a century of nostalgia on their side.
Cloth has been the fabric of open-air automobiles since the horseless carriage.

Volkswagen R32 – limited edition finds unlimited fun

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Small tossable hot hatchbacks were always intriguing to us. And years ago we wished for more horsepower in the little guys. That was back in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Change was on the way in 1983 when Volkswagen endowed its square-box Rabbit with a bigger engine and called it the GTI.

Volkswagen Jetta TDI — Simple and economically compelling

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI sedan and wagon are unexpectedly green and predictably fuel efficient without the need for batteries, sophisticated computer equipment and long-term warranties on the electrical system.

Volkswagen’s new diesel — certified in all 50 states — works well in the compact Jetta sedan giving frugal families a very alluring alternative to the current crop of complicated hybrid vehicles.

Volkswagen CC — Is this the best looking VW ever?

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Volkswagen CC is our kind of car. It makes a personal statement we agree with.

It’s a sleek, stylish four-passenger sedan — Volkswagen calls it the “Comfort Coupe,” hence the CC tag — that sets it apart from the standard Volkswagen offerings, and most everything else on the road with four doors.