Posts Tagged ‘2011 ny auto show’

VW Unveils More than Just the Beetle

Automaker’s stand full as it pushes growth plans.

by on Apr.25, 2011

VW introduces its most powerful Golf.

The 2012 Beetle may be the biggest news story to emerge from this year’s New York Auto Show, but it isn’t the only new Volkswagen being shown at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.

VW is planning big, the maker hoping to double U.S. sales, to 800,000 annually, by 2016.  And, by then, it is hoping to overcome rivals Toyota and General Motors to become the world’s largest automaker.  So, VW is rapidly rolling out a variety of new and updated products to fill gaps in its line-up.

Auto Show Updates!

On its NY Auto Show stand showgoers will find not only the all-new VW Beetle, but a high-performance version of the Golf, the Bulli Concept (think Microbus for modern times) that made its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show, in March, and a refreshed Tiguan crossover.

Let’s start with the Tiguan. The news is mostly limited to styling updates and a few new standard features, including a wireless cell phone link.


World Car of the Year Finalists Announced

Europeans dominate, though Leaf, Grand Cherokee make the cut.

by on Feb.07, 2011

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the only U.S. model among the 10 World Car of the Year finalists.

European automakers overwhelmed their North American and Asian competition, placing eight of the 10 products to make the cut as finalists in the World Car of the Year balloting.

Audi, with the new A1 and A8 models, and BMW, with the redesigned X3 and 5-Series, have the strongest presence on the list, which also includes, among Europeans:

  • Jaguar XJ;
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS;
  • Porsche Cayenne; and
  • Volvo S60/V60.

In an unexpected slight, only Nissan, with the all-new battery-electric Leaf, and Jeep, and the newly redesigned Grand Cherokee, managed to find a spot alongside the Continental offerings.

Notably absent were the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, which has won an armful of awards, including North American Car of the Year, and the Ford Explorer, named last month North American Truck of the Year.  Leaf came in just behind Volt in the North American balloting, while Grand Cherokee lost out to the Explorer.