February 13, 2011

Auto Briefs

Carpool rates declining; VW may bring back Phaeton and Scirocco



Census: carpool rates decline over decades
The percentage of workers who carpool has dropped by almost half since 1980, the first time the Census Bureau started systematically tracking the numbers, according to new data from the bureau. Census data shows the national carpooling rate is below 12 percent of all drivers and rates differ by race -- black, Hispanic and Asian commuters carpool far more than white workers. However, at the same time that car pool rates have dropped, census data found that mass transit use has increased in the past decade and the number of people working from home at least one day a week has tripled since 1998.

--New York Times News Service



VW may bring back Phaeton and Scirocco
Volkswagen may bring back the Scirocco coupe and Phaeton sedan to the U.S. as it aims to triple sales here within the next few years. VW withdrew the $92,360 Phaeton from the U.S. in 2006 due to slow sales. The Scirocco (shown above), which sells in Europe for $30,500, had a cult following during the 1970s and 1980s. It was discontinued in 1992 and revived in Europe in 2006. VW wants to hit sales of 1 million vehicles in the U.S. by 2018, including models by its Audi luxury unit.



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