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VW Trained Parking turns e-Golf into its own valet

VW Trained Parking turns e-Golf into its own valet

Turns out Elon Musk isn't the only one working on cars that can be dismissed to park themselves, with Volkswagen confirming it, too, is developing a semi-autonomous valet system for its cars. Dubbed VW Trained Parking, it builds on the company's existing Park Assist - which can take control of the steering wheel when reverse-parking or existing a parallel parking space, leaving the driver to handle the pedals - by adding the ability to track and learn commonly-completed maneuvers like parking outside your home, and then replicate them later on.

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VW Golf R Touch concept previews tomorrow’s dash

VW Golf R Touch concept previews tomorrow’s dash

CarPlay and Android Auto are a good start, but Volkswagen is already looking to the next generation of digital dashboards, and it's not letting itself get distracted with far-fetched gimmicks. While we're used to seeing concept cars with fancy but impractical flexing displays or touchscreen that wrap entirely around every surface, VW's approach in its Golf R Touch concept is far more practical, centered around a 12.8-inch high-res touchscreen and then throwing in gesture control, ambient lighting, and haptic feedback. Lest you think the Germans have lost their sense of humor, though, there are also vibrating seats.

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VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

Volkswagen will add CarPlay and Android Auto support to its cars later this year, the company has confirmed, with the arrival of a new second-gen "modular infotainment platform" in models like the Golf. The system will bring both Apple and Google's smartphone connectivity - which each offers a pared-back interface more suitable for prodding while driving - under VW's App-Connect branding, in addition to MirrorLink support for four of the company's smartphone apps, including building a shared playlist from all the phones and tablets in the car and streaming them for the perfect driving soundtrack.

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Volkswagen recalls more cars: fire risk cited

Volkswagen recalls more cars: fire risk cited

Automotive recalls -- not only have they been cropping up in ample supply this year, many older-model owners have also found themselves swept up under various manufacturer recalls, something that is fairly atypical as far as automotive recalls go. Volkswagen came to the end of 2014 with a couple of recalls of its own. It was just recently announced the auto maker would be recalling 2015 Jettas due to potential issues with the headlights, and now it has recalled even more vehicles.

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2015 VW Jettas recalled over headlight troubles

2015 VW Jettas recalled over headlight troubles

Volkswagen is rounding out the end of 2014 with a recall of its own, one that isn't as dire as some of the other recalls we've seen over the course of this year, yet notable for its potential hazards. A little over 25,000 2015 Jetta cars are being recalled due to an issue with the headlights, which may experience troubles if the headlight control module malfunctions. Under the circumstances, turning on the high-beams might cause the low-beam lights to automatically turn off.

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VW’s uber-frugal engine will make you want a diesel

VW’s uber-frugal engine will make you want a diesel

Volkswagen's flirting with higher efficiency engines looks finally set to reach the road, with a new diesel powerplant promising almost 60mpg without sacrificing driving power. The Germany company has taken its four-cylinder diesel into the labs and boosted power to 268 HP, while bringing fuel efficiency up to levels that won't actually be demanded from regulators for more than five years. However, unlike some of VW's more eye-catching development vehicles, the new TDI engine won't be wrapped up in a supercar body.

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VW Golf R 400 packs 395HP and is headed to showrooms

VW Golf R 400 packs 395HP and is headed to showrooms

Volkswagen's Golf is no spring chicken - it just hit its fortieth birthday, in fact - but the new Golf R 400 Concept looks to reboot the modern classic in all the right ways with a meaty 395 HP engine. Shown off at the Shanghai Auto Show this week, the new hot hatch squeezes 400 PS (or 395 HP) out of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from the Golf R, a car which would normally muster 300 PS.

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2015 VW Jetta makes global debut in New York

2015 VW Jetta makes global debut in New York

Volkswagen has unveiled the new 2015 Jetta at the New York International Auto Show. The 2015 Jetta gets new front, rear, and interior styling that enhances the design the Jetta is famous for. VW is also adding some optional driver assistance systems as well with blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, frontal collision warning system, and park distance control.

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Volkswagen Group working on new petrol engine for efficiency

Volkswagen Group working on new petrol engine for efficiency

At the rate fuel prices are going up, and the fact that our resources are limited, the only alternative left for us is to improvise our current technology for optimize fuel efficiency. The Volkswagen Group is doing just that. They are working on a tech that impacts the variable compression ratios that will boost its petrol engine efficiency.

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