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Volkswagen shows off new Beetle design

Oprah Winfrey gives away, but doesn't show, the new Beetle late last year. (Harpo)

The 2012 Beetle. (Volkswagen)

The 2012 New Beetle, the car that Oprah Winfrey gave away to her audience back in November, is finally ready to show itself in public. The car was unveiled Monday at events held simultaneously in New York City and Shanghai.

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey gave 275 of the cars to her studio audience as part of an “Oprah’s Favorite Things“ promotion. Volkswagen donated the cars for the promotion. Get the full story »

Honk if you want to stop your 2011 Jetta

A 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. (Courtesy Volkswagen/MCT)

Volkswagen of America is recalling about 71,000 2011 Jetta sedans for a wiring problem that could cause the car to turn off when the horn is used.

Under certain rare circumstances using the horn could cause a short circuit that would, in turn, cause an electronic part called a converter box to disconnect from the car’s power supply, a VW spokeswoman said. Get the full story »

NHTSA steps up probe into diesel VW stalling

The government is expanding its safety investigation into possible engine problems in 100,000 Volkswagen diesel cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 160 complaints and field reports about engines stalling or losing power. The reports involve 2009 and 2010  Jettas and 2010 Golfs and Audi A3s with TDI clean diesel engines. Get the full story »

Volkswagen unveils 2012 Jetta GLI, outlines U.S. plan

Volkswagen looks to come on like gangbusters in the U.S. in the next several years, said Jonathan Browning, CEO of Volkswagen North America, during the unveiling of the 2012 Jetta GLI at the Chicago Auto Show.

The automaker’s goals for the GLI were to keep Volkswagen’s euro-style, with multilink rear suspension for taut handling, but also meet U.S. buyer demands. So the car also includes carefree maintenance, the carmaker’s Intelligent Crash Response System, and fuel economy and power from a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It will be priced at $23,000. Get the full story »

Hyundai, VW top insurance industry safe car list

Fast growing Korean manufacturer Hyundai Motor and its Kia Motors affiliate shared the top spot for crash safety in a broad review of 2011 models. (See the full list)

Volkswagen and its luxury Audi brand also were among the 66 passenger cars and sport utilities garnering the highest ratings published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Get the full story »

Chrysler, VW recall nearly 600,000 vehicles

Chrysler and Volkswagen announced large recalls Wednesday to address potential accidental air-bag deployments and possible fuel leaks.

Chrysler Group LLC said it was recalling more than 367,000 minivans to address potential accidental air-bag deployments in 2008  Chrysler Town and Countrys and Dodge Grand Caravans. Get the full story »

GM veteran to lead Volkswagen in U.S.

Volkswagen has named a former Ford and GM executive to lead the German automaker’s ambitious growth plans in the U.S. Get the full story »

Tenneco rides auto sales rebound to solid 2Q profit

Auto parts maker Tenneco Inc. on Thursday posted  a second-quarter profit that surged past Wall Street expectations, as auto production rose by 72 percent in North America, its largest market.

Tenneco shares rose more than 6 percent in morning trading, to $25.61. Get the full story »