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VW unveils new GTD Golf for Europe

VW unveils new GTD Golf for Europe

European Volkswagen fans with a soft spot for the Golf will be glad to hear that Volkswagen has unveiled a new Golf GTD that will be sold in Europe only. VW won't acknowledge any plans to build the diesel-powered version of its Golf for the United States. Volkswagen has been selling diesel-powered cars in the US for a number of years and with the other automakers jumping into the diesel-powered car market, you might expect the automaker to offer its Golf with diesel power for American buyers.

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SlashGear’s Super Bowl XLVII ad spot roundup

SlashGear’s Super Bowl XLVII ad spot roundup

For some people, the Super Bowl isn't about the game, but about the commercials. We saw a lot of them during this year's game, and there was no shortage of advertisements relating to technology, cars, and movies. We decided to round up all of the Super Bowl commercials that we thought SlashGear readers would enjoy most, including ones from Samsung, Best Buy, GoDaddy, and even BlackBerry. We've embedded some of our personal favorites right in this post, with links to all the other ads that are relevant.

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Volkswagen’s CrossBlue SUV is one huge iPad mini dock

Volkswagen’s CrossBlue SUV is one huge iPad mini dock

Apple's iPad mini could get itself a huge new ride, if Volkswagen green-lights production on the six-seater CrossBlue SUV concept shown off at the North American International Auto Show today. Coupling ample interior space with surprising efficiency given the bulk, thanks to a diesel-electric hybrid engine capable of 35mpg combined - or 89mpge in all-electric mode, albeit with a maximum range of just 14 miles - the CrossBlue looks to Apple's tinier tablet for its rear passengers, with dual docks for a pair of the iPads in the back of the front-row headrests.

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New convertible VW Beetle debuts in LA

New convertible VW Beetle debuts in LA

Volkswagen is on hand at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and has unveiled the third-generation Beetle Convertible. The new Beetle Convertible shares much of the same design as the new third-generation Beetle Coupe with a wider, longer, and sleeker design. The new design is an attempt by Volkswagen to attract more male buyers to a vehicle more popular with women.

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2013 VW Golf makes official debut

2013 VW Golf makes official debut

Volkswagen has outed the 2013 Golf, the seventh generation of the company's bestselling hatchback, now lighter and almost a quarter more fuel efficient than before. Although outwardly similar to the model it replaces, the 2013 Golf is in fact redesigned completely, using VW's "Modular Transverse Matrix" platform; it also gets new engines, offering from 85 PS to 150 PS of power and fuel economy improvements of 23-percent over the 6th-gen Golf.

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Fiat uses Google Street view to photo bomb Volkswagen

Fiat uses Google Street view to photo bomb Volkswagen

Someone at Fiat has a sense of humor, and that can be something rare in the automotive industry. Apparently, Fiat was paying attention to when the Google Street View camera cars were cruising around a Swedish city called Södertälje where VW's Swedish headquarters is located. When it was determined that the Street View vehicles were going to cruise by VW headquarters, someone zipped in and parked a Fiat 500 by the front door.

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Volkswagen eT! mail van follows its user down the road

Volkswagen eT! mail van follows its user down the road

The German Postal Service and Volkswagen have teamed up to bring forth a new concept in electric-powered mail delivery here in the eT! mail van, one that not only reduces the amount of fossil fuels the postal service in the country will use, but will be able to follow the mailman down the street should he need to call upon it to bring him a package. The models being shown this month include "come to me" and "follow me", these still in a sort of beta phase from what it appears, the technology still not perfected enough to make sure they vehicle doesn't clobber dogs and the mail carrier his or herself in the process.

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Volkswagen Temporary Auto Pilot demo gives car intelligence

Volkswagen Temporary Auto Pilot demo gives car intelligence

Self-driving cars are still quite a few years off, but Volkswagen hopes that its so-called Temporary Auto Pilot (TAP) could help avoid a few accidents until then. The system, demonstrated for the first time on a new Passat test mule, uses a barrage of sensors to momentarily assist in the control of the car, keeping it positioned in the lane, under the speed limit and automatically slowing when workers are in the road.

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