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#221 of 288 Re: VW Passat #1 in Motor Trend test [robr2]
Jan 08, 2012 (2:38 pm)
I've now seen several new Passat's - Big Yawn! The base 5 cylinder engine, something not talked about much in the press, is the same agrarian powerplant used a decade ago, and it shows.
#222 of 288 Re: VW Passat #1 in Motor Trend test [berri]
Jan 08, 2012 (2:53 pm)
Buying the Passat with anything but the diesel seems silly to me. You are right about that 5 cylinder engine. I have driven cars with it. Just does not get it. Not in a league with the TDI. And not very good mileage.
Feb 01, 2012 (11:17 am)
"Volkswagen AG's namesake brand sold 27,209, a 48% increase for its best January performance since 1974, according to the company. VW announced yesterday that it was adding 200 jobs to its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant to meet expanded demand."
January U.S. Auto Sales Jump (WSJ)
Feb 24, 2012 (5:13 pm)
"But like other carmakers, Europe's economic slowdown continues to be a drag on Volkswagen.
"VW has previously highlighted the need to provision for price competition in Europe, which suggests the market in Europe continues to be difficult," said Mr Tyndall."
(Translation - annual profits were great but the 4th quarter wasn't so hot).
Volkswagen annual profits double to 15.8bn euros (BBC)
#225 of 288 Re: Profits double [steve_]
Feb 24, 2012 (9:52 pm)
Did any of the other Carmakers come close in profit. How many cars did GM and Toyota sell in 2011?
#227 of 288 VW buys the other half
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 05, 2012 (9:51 am)
"Volkswagen's agreement to buy the remaining half of Porsche will result in "pioneering products and technologies," VW said on Monday. VW acquired the remaining stake in Porsche for $5.6 billion, ending one of the most dramatic automotive takeover stories in history.
The "accelerated integration" of Porsche into the Volkswagen Group is widely seen as a major triumph for VW as it pursues its goal of becoming the world's largest automaker by 2018. Porsche will be fully folded into Volkswagen Group on August 1, joining a growing stable of VW brands from Audi to Ducati."
Volkswagen and Porsche Hook-Up To Result in "Pioneering Products" (Inside Line)
#228 of 288 As of 5-30-2012, Toyota had #1 and #3
Jul 05, 2012 (11:57 am)
'Yota had the #1 and #3 selling cars in the world as of May 30th.
So Vee-Dub got some work to do I think.....
Prius Now Third Best-Selling Car in the World
Written by Megan Treacy on 30/05/12
If you thought you were seeing Toyota Priuses absolutely everywhere these days, you were right. The hybrid car has gone from a small, niche vehicle to global top-seller in just over a decade.
High demand in the U.S. and Japanese incentives for domestic vehicles were driving factors in the Prius hitting the third-best selling mark in the first quarter of this year, where Toyota sold 247,230 of the vehicles globally and 86,027 in the U.S. alone. The expansion of the Prius family to include four models of vehicles also drove up sales.
Number one Toyota Corolla, number two Ford Focus and the rest of the top five best-selling cars were all smaller, fuel-efficient sedans, which shows a global consensus that fuel efficiency is a necessary feature in a car.
The fact that the Prius has gone from an "alternative vehicle" in 2000 to a full-fledged mainstream car in 2012 means that same evolution is just as achievable for the all-electric models that have hit the market in the past couple of years, especially as charging infrastructure spreads across the country and around the world.
Not bad for a car called "fugly" and "financially disadvantageous."
#229 of 288 Re: As of 5-30-2012, Toyota had #1 and #3 [larsb]
Jul 05, 2012 (2:56 pm)
Sadly when it comes to cars, popularity and ability to be enjoyable aren't related. Kind of like modern popular music and being enjoyable.
#230 of 288 Re: As of 5-30-2012, Toyota had #1 and #3 [fintail]
Jul 05, 2012 (3:32 pm)
I think most Prius owners "enjoy" their cars.
I know for a FACT they "enjoy" getting 45-60 MPG.
For certain people, myself included, that's all the joy I need from a car....save me money at the pump and you have my heart.....