On the Ice Road with Volkswagen’s 2018 Tiguan SUV in Yellowknife

Highlights from a four-day expedition around the capital of Canada's Northwest Territories

by Jaclyn Trop The Inuits believe that the Aurora Borealis hails from gods in the sky playing soccer with a walrus head. Others say that the brighter the lights, the brighter the spirit. After two nights of trying, we finally saw it, a hazy cloud streaking across the night. It bore no resemblance to a soccer match nor to any part of a walrus, but …

Andretti Autosport’s Volkswagen Beetles at Global Rallycross

Well-designed endurance vehicles above and beyond the Bug of yesteryears

by Justin Kaehler Volkswagen’s Beetle is a global icon. It’s cheap. It’s cute. And it’s cheerful. And despite the brand’s scandals of late, VW has pushed innovations in design and engineering for decades. That said, it’s a bit of a shock to see the VW Beetle dominate Red Bull’s Global Rally Cross (GRC) series. This is racing for the X-Games set, starring action sports royalty …

Test Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R

Inside the fast, fun and powerful hatchback

by Justin Kaehler Just last year, it seemed Volkswagen had reached peak hatchback status, but evidently, they had grand plans. The respected company is now ready to release its ultimate hatchback, the Golf R. It’s the fastest, most powerful Golf ever made and has the specs to back it up. It’s bigger and more spacious than the previous generation R, but also lighter and packs …