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Gallery: 2014 GTI Treffen am Wörthersee

Story and photos by John LeBlanc REIFNITZ, Austria — Inaugurated by a few Volkswagen GTI fans 33 years ago getting together over Germany’s traditionally long Father’s Day weekend at the end of May, GTI Treffen am Wörthersee has turned into one of the largest show ‘n shine car shows in the world.

2013 Frankfurt: Volkswagen Group’s Head of Design, Walter da Silva is a busy guy

Interview by John LeBlanc FRANKFURT, GERMANY – You only have to take the long walk from one end of the Frankfurt Motor Show grounds to the other to understand the massive responsibility resting on Volkswagen Group’s Head of Design, Walter da Silva.

2013 Frankfurt: The Volkswagen Group rolls out plenty of fresh metal

Story by John LeBlanc FRANKFURT — On the eve of the 65th Frankfurt auto show, Germany’s largest automaker, the Volkswagen Group, rolled out a fleet of new vehicles from its dozen automotive, truck and motorcycle brands at a private media event. While there was fresh metal from the Volkswagen Group’s Seat and Skoda brands we’ll […]

2012 Geneva Motor Show: The best debuts NOT coming to Canada

By John LeBlanc GENEVA—For many car fans, the annual Swiss auto show held here at the foot of the Alps is strictly a “look-but-can’t-buy” proposition. While the auto industry has become a lot more global, regional regulations and consumer tastes still mean there are plenty of debuts here that will not be coming to Canada.

2011 Geneva: Seat IBX Concept

Story and photos by John LeBlanc GENEVA – Like its Czech Skoda brand stable mate, the VW Group’s Spanish Seat (say “say-at”) doesn’t sell any cars here in Canada. Too bad. The new Seat IBX concept—that previews a production compact SUV— is a slick little machine. Based on the same platform as the VW Tiguan […]

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