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.

RMDE II: High speed at High Plains Raceway

Some folks are born to the racetrack and others find themselves there by a less direct route. Driving the latest automotive models about a track designed by, operated for and maintained in the interests of regional car and motorcycle-racing clubs is a rare opportunity for many in the automotive media. High Plains Raceway is just such a place under an hour East of Denver, where the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press provided track time for those attending the second annual Rocky Mountain Driving Experience this week.

VW electronic research lab moved to Silicon Valley

Top Volkswagen and Audi executives, Silicon Valley tech innovators, political leaders and educators converged today to celebrate the opening of the VW's new electronic research laboratory (ERL) location in Belmont. The future abilities of cars to process information and provide guidance on spending less time in traffic, saving fuel and even driving safer were demonstrated.

Chrysler alters production at Charger/Challenger, Fiat 500 plants due to Japanese crisis

The Chrysler Group has announced their first work stoppage due to the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis as the Detroit automaker has cut planned overtime at the Brampton, Ontario and Toluca, Mexico production facilities in an effort to conserve electric components sourced from Japan.

New 2012 Volkswagen Beetle makes hip MTV debut with Black Eyed Peas

Once upon a time, new car debuts were held at auto shows media days previews in front of auto writers and news reporters. Not now, not with the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle--or as VW is calling it, the 21st Century Beetle--which will begin with a linkup to MTV in a global series of events on three continents and include live performances by the Black Eyed Peas and 2manydjs, with the New York event streamed live on the internet on April 18th.

Volkswagen-Porsche merger questionable due to legal issues

The Volkswagen Auto Group (VAG) had originally planned to merge with Porsche Automobil Holding SE by the second half of 2011 but with massive lawsuits outstanding against Porsche, VAG may have to hold off on the merger until sometime next year – leaving Porsche SE scrambling to secure new investment options to carry the company until the merger occurs.