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VW Outlines the Future of Fuels, TDI, Bluetech, Fuel Cells and more

SunFuel® Volkswagen New Beetle

Volkswagen outlines the future of fuels for today, tomorrow and well beyond. A very good read on how Diesel technology is here today, and the fuels that may shape the future! Fuel cells in 2009 and mass production in 2020!

19 December 2006 - TO THE POINT: DRIVING THE FUTURE - TODAY, TOMORROW AND BEYOND

The roadmap to an epoch free of oil

Wolfsburg - Volkswagen’s engine strategy integrates highly innovative technologies on the way via the fuel cell to pure electrical traction.

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Touareg V6 TDI in a Severe Test as a Service Vehicle in the Dakar Rally

A POWERFUL START: THE NEW TOUAREG V6 TDI IN A SEVERE TEST AS A SERVICE VEHICLE IN THE DAKAR RALLY

Touareg Dakar Service Vehicle

The new Touareg is ready and able for the Dakar adventure

The Dakar Rally 2007 starts on 6th January in Lisbon

9 December 2006 - Wolfsburg - The Dakar Rally 2007 begins in 18 days. Five Race-Touareg 2s are involved as favorites and several new Touareg V6 TDIs as service vehicles. This will be a last trial before the second generation of the globally successful off-roader is delivered to the first customer at the beginning of 2007. The opinion of off-road experts: cars that can survive such a 9,000 kilometer desert adventure as the Dakar Rally can withstand anything.

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Ford Announces Corporate Realignment

FORD ANNOUNCES CORPORATE REALIGNMENT

Just a month after Ford announced buyout plans for current employees, Ford announces it's corporate realignment. Reports hint at up to 30,000 layoffs, and closures of up to 10 plants in the USA. Will this be a major hit to the economy, or is this what Ford needs to survive?

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 14 – Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) President and CEO Alan Mulally today announced a realignment of the company's organization that puts additional focus on its worldwide markets and customers while better leveraging the company's global assets and capabilities.

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New Midsized Diesel SUVs planned for the USA Market

New Midsized Diesel SUVs planned for the USA Market

The USA market is poised for the introduction of two new midsized diesel SUV's. Two new possible entries into the market from Volkswagen and Audi look promising. 2007? 2008? Later?

Audi USA will introduce to market a TDI in the Q7 model sometime in 2008. This TDI engine will be a mid-sized 3.0L engine that shows that Audi is not only committed to the USA market, but also shows strong technology as a consumer diesel engine manufacturer. If the USA version is anything close to the 3.0 TDI offerings across the pond, we can expect to see a potent 3.0 V6 TDI engine that delivers 233 HP and 368 lb-ft of neck snapping torque. A premium for this vehicle can be expected and we will share more information as it becomes available.

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“GOLDEN HELMET” FOR AUDI DRIVER DINDO CAPELLO

“GOLDEN HELMET” FOR AUDI DRIVER DINDO CAPELLO

13 December 2006 - INGOLSTADT, Germany - Audi factory driver Dindo Capello has received the "Golden Helmet” from the Italian motorsport specialist magazine "Autosprint” for a second time after success in 2003, acknowledging the 2006 American Le Mans Series title won by the Italian with the revolutionary Audi R10 TDI. "In Italy, the ‘Casco d’oro’ is the ‘Oscar of motorsport’, that’s why this award means a lot to me,” explained the two-time Le Mans winner who was handed the trophy in Bologna last Saturday.

Capello’s team-mate Allan McNish received two awards last week. The readers of the British Audi specialist magazine "Audi Driver” voted the Scotsman "Audi Personality of the Year 2006”. Meanwhile for a fourth time in his career, the Audi driver received the BRDC/ACO Trophy for the best-placed British driver at the Le Mans 24 Hours from the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC).

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AUDI TO INVEST BILLIONS IN NEW MODELS

AUDI TO INVEST BILLIONS IN NEW MODELS

11 December 2006 - INGOLSTADT, Germany - Audi is to invest considerable capital in expanding its model range significantly over the next few years. The company plans to invest a total of 11.8 billion euros between 2006 and 2011. This was decided by the AUDI AG Supervisory Board at its last meeting for the year 2006. This means that the amount to be invested by the car manufacturer from Ingolstadt will continue to remain at a very high level.

Around 8.4 billion euros (71 percent) of the total investment volume will be invested in new Audi vehicles alone. The Audi brand intends to extend its range of vehicle models from the existing 22 to a total of 40 by the year 2015. From 2007 onwards, investments will rise steadily to around two billion euros per year. Rupert Stadler, Board Member for Finance and future Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG states: “Investments in new models, in product innovations and core competences are the lifeblood of any company. We can only ensure our corporate success by offering a range of attractive products. This is therefore also an investment in the future of the company and is decisive in safeguarding our jobs.”

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Mazdaspeed Motorsports and Speedsource announce full season 2007 Grand-am GT

Grand Am RX-8

Deviantspeed: Love this car! Ok, we owned one when they came out, so we are a little partial to the RX8. There's always a big discussion as the racing season develops on rx8club.com.

05 December 2006 -- Rotary Powered Mazda RX-8 to Challenge for Championship --

IRVINE, Calif., - MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development today announced the continuation of its partnership with Florida-based SpeedSource, Inc. in the Grand American Road Racing Association Rolex Series GT-class. The SpeedSource Grand Am GT Mazda RX-8 is based on a tube-frame chassis jointly developed by SpeedSource and Riley Technologies, and powered by Mazda’s three-rotor 20B Renesis rotary engine.

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Volkswagen GTI named among Car and Driver's 10 best cars for 2007

05 December 2006 - AUBURN HILLS, Mich.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced that the GTI has been named one of Car and Driver magazine’s 10Best cars in its 25th annual competition. This is the fourth time the GTI has earned this distinction.

The GTI is fun to drive, with its high-tech, 200-horsepower 2.0T four-cylinder engine that produces 207 ft.-lbs. of torque, fully independent sports-tuned suspension, aggressive exterior styling, and a practical interior that equally mixes functionality, flair and a driver-first focus and layout. For the first time in the U.S., a four-door hatchback body style is available in addition to the traditional GTI coupe.

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Travis Pastrana to race for Subaru through 2009

TRAVIS PASTRANA TO RACE FOR SUBARU THROUGH 2009
--Travis Pastrana wins 2006 Rally America Driver’s Championship-

LOS ANGELES, November 30, 2006 --Subaru of America today announced that 2006 Rally America Champion and X Games 12 Rally winner Travis Pastrana has agreed to a new, three-year contract to race for Subaru Rally Team USA. Pastrana is the youngest driver to win the Rally America National Championship.

In a ceremony held today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, Pastrana was awarded the Rally America Championship trophy. Subaru of America, Inc. today also confirmed its future commitment to rally, announcing a two-car team in the Open Class of the 2007 Rally America series. Ken Block, 2005 “Rookie of the Year,” will be back to drive in the #43 Subaru Rally Team USA STI for 2007.

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World premiere in Los Angeles: Volkswagen presents study of the new Tiguan

Volkswagen Concept Tiguan

29 November 2006 - LOS ANGELES, Calif.-

The countdown for the Tiguan has begun: Volkswagen will bring the “small Touareg” to market at the end of next year – a SUV, a highly variable companion for use on all routes, terrains and in all situations. Some initial signs of just how this Volkswagen – with all-wheel drive in most versions – might appear were offered in early 2006 with the Concept A presented in Berlin. Front grille, headlamps, engine hood, front fenders and wheel arches gave flashing glimpses of the Tiguan and showed where the journey is headed. Now this journey will be continued in Los Angeles: That is because with the exceptionally early world premiere of the Concept Tiguan at the LA Auto Show Volkswagen is now offering another preview of the sport utility vehicle that will arrive at its first customers within twelve months.

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