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Yes, People Actually Use Their Small Pickups

Welcome to Little Car in the Big City, where I highlight fascinating cars I found walking around a town that is known for being bigger than everything else, but where every car is fighting to stand out: New York, New York.

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February 2nd, 2014

Video: Witness this insane 736-hp VW Golf immolate its front tires

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736-hp Volkswagen Mk1 Golf smoking its tires - video screencap

There’s torque steer and then there’s what we’ll from now on dub “The Boba,” as in Boba Kettler. The German tuner has a way with the Volkswagen Golf, and the MkI example you see above has been touched with 736 horsepower – that’s right, 96 more ponies than a new SRT Viper, all trying to get to ground through those two front wheels.

The 2.0-liter, 16-valve engine has an 8,800 rpm redline and is aided by a Garrett GTX3582R turbocharger shoving 50 psi through the internals. Other upgrades include a new ECU (natch) and a six-speed ‘box among other treats. The rubber is Toyo R888s – street-legal competition tires. The result is enough smoke for three Chinese New Years when the lights go green. Indeed, the standing start isn’t its forte, but it can apparently get from 62 miles per hour to 124 mph in five seconds.

Watch it go in the video below. And know that this isn’t even Boba’s best work; he’s got a 900-hp MkII Golf that’ll do 0-62 mph in 2.3 seconds.

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March 11th, 2013

Vintage Volkswagen Commercial Is Oddly Conventional [Video]

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What does a car company who made a name for themselves with unconventional advertising do when they want to shake things up a bit? Make a normal car commercial…kind of. More »

April 14th, 2012

Consumer Reports picks best used cars for teens [w/video]

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2007 Acura TSX, one of Consumer Reports best cars for teens

2011 Consumer Reports best cars for teens – Click above for high-res image gallery of the picks

Letting a 16-year-old loose on the world behind the wheel of a couple of tons of metal is a terrifying thought. Statistically, teens are more likely to die in a car accident than by any other means, and, most of the time, those accidents are avoidable.

To make picking a car for your teen easier, Consumer Reports has come up with a list of relatively new, relatively cheap options to keep your kids safe while they bomb around with five of their friends make the commute between school, work and home.

As you may imagine, CR recommends a family sedan that packs in as many modern safety features as you can afford, including stability control, ABS, traction control and side curtain air bags. They eschew trucks and SUVs due to their comparatively poor handling, high centers of gravity and bad gas mileage. Don’t even go there with sports cars.

Consumer Reports prime choices are as follows: the Acura TSX, the 2009 and up Ford Focus, the 2007 and up Hyundai Sonata or Hyundai Elantra, 2007 and up Mazda3, 2008 and on Scion xB, and both the 2007 and up Volkswagen Jetta and Rabbit/Golf. Click past the jump for a video of CR’s choices.

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March 14th, 2011

The Crusher Won’t Even Notice When It Swallows This ’78 Rabbit [Down On The Junkyard]

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The 1978 VW Rabbit sedan weighed only 1,955 pounds, or about a half-ton less than the 2010 Golf. Somehow, weighing so little, it managed to haul five normal-sized humans around… but this car’s hauling days are over! More »

July 31st, 2010

Review: 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI delivers potent one-two punch of efficiency and entertainment

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2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI – click above for high-res image gallery

It’s time for American consumers to stop being scared of small diesel cars. Currently, we can’t think of a single automaker that isn’t shelling out bags of money to research and develop new hybrid powertrains – cars that are efficient first and fun-to-drive second (or third, or fourth). Diesel vehicles, on the other hand, offer a different sort of solution. Gobs of torque delivered at low revs and impressive fuel economy work together without sacrificing too much in the way of driving pleasure. Besides, does anyone really want to live in “One Nation Under Prius?”

Volkswagen introduced us to its new Jetta TDI a little over a year ago, proving that clean diesel technology offers a way forward for anyone who gives a hoot about driver involvement. Now, the automaker has fitted its well-received 2.0-liter diesel engine in the all-new sixth-generation Golf. Can this hatch prove to America that it’s possible to fuse efficiency and enthusiasm together in a high-quality package? Can you really have your cake and eat it, too? Hit the jump to find out.

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April 14th, 2010
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