2012 Honda Civic CNG Green Car of the Year semi-finalist

Finalists for 2012 Green Car of the Year Announced Ahead of LA Auto Show

The five finalists for the 2012 Green Car of the Year have been announced with the field reduced to the: 2012 Ford Focus Electric, 2012 Mitsubishi i, the 2012 Honda Civic CNG, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI and the 2012 Toyota Prius V. The winner will be announced at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 17.

Volkswagen recalls 2011-2012 Jetta sedans for excessively long tailpipes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of select 2011 and 2012 Volkswagen Jetta models over a concern about the tailpipe extension being too long – increasing the risk of burns to passers-by when the car is parked after being driven.

A Beaded VW Beetle to tour US, European museums of art in 2012

The indigenous Huichol tribe of Jalisco and Nayarit, Mexico is known for their exquisite and colorful designs and decorations in beadwork – now they have applied their stylish art to a VW Beetle completely covered with 200 lbs. of the tiny beads as part of a project for the Museum of Popular Art in Mexico City.

Zietlow sets world record in 14,000-mile race

It’s called the TDI-Panamericana Challenge and it is the longest race in the world from the tip of Argentina to the barren plains of Dead Horse, Alaska at the northern edge of the North American continent. Fourteen thousand miles through grueling weather extremes and conditions; incredible altitude climbs and descents, not to mention variations in terrain that defy the imagination.