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.