• Uber and Toyota confirm strategic investment and auto leasing deal

    Uber and Toyota confirm strategic investment and auto leasing deal

    Rideshare wars just got even more interesting. Uber has confirmed a strategic investment and auto leasing deal from Toyota. “Toyota is a global leader in the automotive industry and Toyota vehicles are among the most popular cars on the Uber platform worldwide,” Uber said in a statement to TechCrunch. “We are proud to partner with Toyota in a variety of ways, including… Read More

  • VW invests $300M in Uber rival Gett in new ride-sharing partnership

    VW invests $300M in Uber rival Gett in new ride-sharing partnership

    The on-demand transportation service continues to heat up, and today the spotlight is shining on a New York startup whose business is based primarily in Europe. Gett, a cab-hailing startup with operations across some 60 cities, is getting a $300 million investment from German car giant Volkswagen. VW plans to use the investment to spearhead its own move into ride-sharing, on-demand… Read More

  • FTC files false advertising lawsuit against VW

    FTC files false advertising lawsuit against VW

    This morning, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen Group of America, charging that it “deceived customers with the advertising campaign it used to promote its supposedly ‘clean diesel’ VWs and Audis,” according to the FTC press release. As I’m sure you recall, these are the vehicles that were caught cheating on emissions tests in… Read More

  • Volkswagen Gave An Apology Sandwich With The Reveal Of Its Budd-e Concept Car In-Between

    Volkswagen Gave An Apology Sandwich With The Reveal Of Its Budd-e Concept Car In-Between

    Volkswagen’s head brand ambassador Herbert Diess quickly got the emissions fiasco apologies out of the way on stage at CES on Tuesday and then unveiled two connected and all-electric concept cars of the future, the e-Golf Touch and the much-anticipated Budd-e microbus. Diess was in the running for VW CEO shortly after Martin Winterkorn resigned in fall 2015, amidst a revelation the… Read More

  • Volkswagen’s Apple Watch App Will Notify You When Your Teen Driver Speeds

    Volkswagen’s Apple Watch App Will Notify You When Your Teen Driver Speeds

    German car manufacturer Volkswagen today announced that it’s joining the ranks of companies offering an Apple Watch app to go along with its broader mobile service. VW’s Car-Net service has offered a variety of the standard “smart” features car manufacturers have built into their mobile apps since its 2014 model year. Features like remote control of climate settings… Read More

  • VW rolls out folding electric bicycle

    Volkswagen just announced their latest gadget, the Bik.e – a folding electric bicycle designed to fit in the trunk of your car, in the space currently taken up by your spare tire. With a maximum range of 12.5 miles, I question whether it would be a good spare tire replacement, but I still like it. It is interesting to see a company like Volkswagen get into the electric bicycle… Read More

  • A look at how the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) is changing the world

    Volkswagen is taking great strides in making the roads safer and remove the dangerous fun from driving by developing fully autonomous vehicles. I had a chance to talk to Dr. Burkhard Huhnke, director of the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) about the future of the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) at Stanford University and how the technology developed there… Read More

  • Volkswagen ‘launches’ the 2010 GTI on the iPhone with Real Racing GTI game

    To call us a “car blog” would sorta be stretching the truth. Occasionally one of the guys—aka Matt Burns—will do a car story, yeah, but that’s primarily because he thinks he’s James May. I have no such illusions of grandeur; I’m just sitting at a desk typing things, and writing student loan checks… Before this gets any further off track, the news… Read More

  • Volkswagen Routan goes wireless with Autonet Mobile

    Starting this month, prospective VW Routan buyers will have the option of equipping their minivan with Autonet Mobile’s Wi-Fi service, uconnect. Service for uconnect in your Routan will cost $29/month for 1GB of data or $59/month for 5GB of data. Read More

  • Test Drive: Volkswagen CC

    I’ve always been a tad averse to Volkswagens since my days in HS. For some reason, I always associated a VW with a girl’s car. Perhaps the flower holder in the Beetle was a bit much, VW. I simply could not be associated with any brand that touted a flower holder as a feature. Heh. I would have given my right arm for a mint Scirocco, but all the ones I could find were in disarray… Read More

  • Whoa, does Volkswagen want to bring back the Microbus?

    Flower children, It looks like Volkswagen is considering bringing back the Microbus, a symbol of your generation I think I read once. The company wants more of a presence in the North American market; suggestions that it re-make the Microbus (or Kombi, depending on where you’re from) quickly followed. And here’s the business, straight from a senior VW official: We’re looking… Read More

  • Ist dies das iCar? Nein, es ist der VW Von Morgan

    What with all the hullabaloo about syncing your car with your phone or mp3 player, it’s only natural that rumors would arise about Apple having exclusive dealings with some company — and maybe even helping in the design of the car. Well, here’s some more fuel for the fire. This VW concept car featured in the German car mag Autobild looks more Apple-inspired than… Read More

  • If you don’t believe that Volkswagen knows what the people want, just ask this talking Beetle. Volkswagen is on a quest to find out exactly what the people want, and they’re not afraid to use new… Read More

  • VW and Sanyo getting together on Li-ion batteries for hybrids

    Following the lead of Nissan and NEC, which both recently have started down this track, the German carmaker is looking into lithium-ion batteries to improve its hybrids and electrics. It sounds like the Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries in their cars are both heavier and more toxic than the alternative. The Li-ion batteries would lower the weight of the car by hundreds of pounds… Read More

  • VW will have a 235mpg car by 2010

    Volkswagen says they are planning to produce a 1-Liter car, ready for sale by early 2010. The body of the car will be made of plastic and magnesium. A one-cylinder engine with a top speed of about 74 mph will power the gas sipping car. With the rising price of fuel, the main selling point for this car is that it will get 235 mpg (hippies are going to love this thing). That might sound like… Read More

  • VW Space Up! Blue: the one concept car I really, really want

    I know the Space Up! Blue from VW was announced last Fall, but this is the last time it will be seen in the US and I got the chance to take a look up close. For all intents and purposes for CG we’ll focus on the interface, which was eerily similar to Apple’s slew of touch screen devices. The monitor in the center is 7-inches of touch screen goodness. It utilizes proximity sensors… Read More

  • Apple and Volkswagen Working On iCar

    Hell, why stop with a phone? According to rumors somebody’s second cousin made up, Volkswagen and Apple are apparently having secret talks about an iCar. The car will be so technologically advanced, that etc. etc….blah blah. You know the deal with these Apple rumors. Several tie-ins with Apple products…draw in the consumer…etc. Thankfully, we here at CrunchGear know… Read More

  • Volkswagen And Sirius Strike Deal

    Looks like Sirius and Volkswagen have successfully completed a deal that will make Sirius Satellite Radio standard in select VWs from 2008 to 2012. The Touareg 2, New Beetle, New Beetle Convertible, GTI, and GLI models will all have Sirius included standard, though you’ll still have to shell out the monthly bucks for a subscription to the service. Thankfully, VW includes a 3-month… Read More