The United Auto Workers is as strong as ever; in 2010, the union increased active membership to 376,612, a six-percent increase over 2009—a feat it accomplished largely without membership from autoworkers in the South.
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Volkswagen is set to offer a new edition of the Passat starting in 2013.
The Beetle gets some scoot to go with the spherical styling: it receives essentially the GTI’s entire powertrain, including the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower.
Here’s a fun bit of trivia: the world’s fastest insect is the Australian tiger beetle, which can run 170 times its body length in one second.