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Volkswagen of America is counting its lucky stars that it has a portfolio of diesel-powered models on the showroom floor as increasingly fuel-economy-conscious consumers look for relief from rising gas prices. In the first four months of the year, Volkswagen's TDI diesels accounted for more than 22 percent of total sales. In April, diesel sales accounted for more than 40-percent of New Beetles sold and 38-percent of Jettas.

VW sales are probably getting a helping hand from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy - the agencies' 2006 Fuel Economy Guide rates the diesel version of the New Beetle and Golf as the highest fuel economy models in their respective classes.

VW is also set to see a windfall of TDI sales later in the year when the U.S. switches to Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel fuel as a national standard. We expect VW and DaimlerChrysler to be on the ready with a marketing blitz to inform the public of how clean diesel fuel has become.

[Source: Volkswagen of America]


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      • 9 Years Ago
      Umm... what?

      "It's also looking like there will be none for MY 2008 either."

      That one's new to me - and I'm a very active member on TDIClub. (The 2007 one I knew about, though.)

      "Until diesel prices return to at or below that of regular the math doesn't work. The vehicle costs a little more, the fuel is hard to find and costs a little more... so the slight fuel economy nebefit is washed away very quickly."

      Wait until you see the fact that not staying on top of maintenance means bad things. These cars are not ultimate economy cars, they were never meant to be. There's other advantages to driving a diesel - the best one begins with a "T", ends with an "E", and has an "ORQU" in the middle.

      Also, while diesel fuel DOES cost more than gas in some areas, the fuel economy advantage outweighs that. At a filling station that I often fuel at, diesel fuel is $2.879 per gallon. Regular unleaded gasoline is $2.619. Premium is $2.789. The Jetta TDI 5M is rated for (and with efficient driving, often beats) 41 MPG highway. The Jetta 2.5 5M is rated for (and usually matches) 30 MPG highway. The Jetta 2.0T 5M is rated for (and usually matches) 32 MPG highway.

      Per highway mile, on fuel costs, using EPA estimates (which are low on the TDI) the TDI costs 6.9 cents per mile on fuel. The 2.5 costs 8.7 cents per mile to fuel. The 2.0T also costs 8.7 cents per mile to fuel.

      By the way, diesel fuel is available at 40% of fueling stations around the country. If you live near an interstate, you live near a station offering diesel.

      Yes, the fuel does have a distinct smell to it. Then again, so does gasoline.
      • 9 Years Ago
      bhtooefr, why no TDi models in 07?!
      • 9 Years Ago
      According to reports, the new low-sulfur fuel has no smell at all.

      Here is the difference between driving a gas turbo-4 and diesel turbo-4 from a stop.

      Gas: floor it, wait, wait, wait, here is the power, yes, damn, have to shift; again wait, wait, wait, here it is.. shift. this is from my recent MY '06 WRX test-drive experience.

      Diesel: floor it, wow, so much power. shift; wow, so much power! this is from my recent european alfa 147 diesel experience.

      Diesel cars feel like they have a V8 with the economy of a 3-cylinder. I for one can't wait.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I work for a large deisel truck maker and I can tell you that EPA07 emissions regulations for deisel engines has caused more headaches and money spent by OEMs than anything else in the past. The deisel trucking companies have NO choice, they MUST comply or not sell product. Its easy to see why VW is dropping the TDI, the development costs are staggering to meet the new emissions target. Just wait until EPA10 (2010). The challenges will be un-surmountable for many.

      Regarding current TDI's?, I say get em while you can. I have one, my friends have them, and have not had ANY problems I've read in the comments posted here. If you change your fuel filter every 25000 miles, and your oil every 3000, your TDI will run effortless for well over 300,000 miles. If you drive a 2006 TDI JETTA at 65mph, you'll also get more than 43mpg. I get 48.

      If the EPA and the treehuggers would leave well enough alone, we would have a much better state of economy. But it really doesn't matter much since all the new jobs are either in China, Mexico, India, or whereever else the greed sends them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hi All ,,its dec 30/2007 and when can i take a test drive and purchase a desiel jetta
      Anyone ,
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sorry to hear about all your problems with your Jetta
      Pennypacker. I have a 2003 Jetta TDI GL 5 speed that
      I bought new March 24th of 2003. It now has 84,000 miles on it. The check engine MIL came on once. I went
      to AutoZone and they scanned it. Coolant sensor. I replaced it for $16.00 myself. I do all my own service work on the Jetta.

      I use the TDI to pull my Sea-doo RXP, about 1000 lbs.
      with trailer. It doesn't know it's back there! With 3
      people in the car, the trunk packed, and the RXP hitched behind,I got 36 mpg running the hell out of it. Up Jellico Hill( 4 to 6% grade)in Tennesee, it stayed between 65 and 70 mph in 5th gear with this same load. The Jetta has been one of the best cars I've owned.

      My brother bought a bright red 1998 Jetta TDI 5 speed used with 228,000 miles on it. He drives from Mt. Gilead,Ohio to downtown Columbus, 43 miles one way to work. It now has 304,000 miles on it and I know it will go 1/2 a million. It isn't rusty and still feels
      solid.

      Alot has been said about the poor quality of VW and how
      great the Japanese cars are. I've owned many mopars,
      2 Lexus ES 300s, 2 Hondas, and an Escalade. I've had to
      work on everyone of them at some time or another. As
      bhtooefr said, maintenance is the key. They have all
      been good cars for me but none has been head and shoulders above the rest.

      I will say the TDI has hooked me on Diesels. There isn't a down side to the Jetta. You get a normal looking car that drives great at autobaun speeds
      and gets great mileage. What's not to like! JB.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Still can't buy one in California.
      Jim
      • 9 Years Ago
      Totally incorrect that there will be no 2007MY diesels. As an example, the Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD will go into production in the first quarter of 2007. It will be powered by the Mercedes engineered blutec diesel motor.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hi. I'm from Spain, and I feel like adding a bit about particulates. Here in Europe, PSA (Peugeot/Citroën) has developed and sold a special diesel HPI particulate filter for their 2.0L engines that could probably make it in the US, although I don't know the details of the regulation. So I think this could solve the problem.

      As for VW reliability, well... I don't know what's going on at VW but I wouldn't buy one either. But here in Europe most new cars sold are diesels from PSA and Renault, and we don't suffer so much from reliability. I drive a Citroën Evasion 1.9 TD since 1994 and had NO reliability issues at all.

      I really think diesel is cheaper in the long run and more confortable in everyday drive. Besides, here in Europe diesel is sold cheaper than gas, and that's the main reason why everybody's buying diesel here.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Take a look at some of the manufacturers European websites at the diesels available in the same cars they sell in the US. Mazda, Ford, Audi, etc. Just back from Europe where we drove a rental Audi with diesel and could hardly tell it from gas. US drivers haven't tried one and are hooked on automatic transmissions to boot. Seems to me that Ford Chrysler and other manufacturers could have them on the market in short order and help get out of their crunch. Even faster if the EPA would get out of the way.

      If you want acceleration and gas mileage get a motorcycle (160 mph and 40 mpg) like many riders in Europe. Fix the zoning and parking to allow bicycles and motorcycle parking with locking posts in cities on sidewalks like in Paris. Splitting lanes should be legal also. Park on the sidewalk in the US and get a ticket.

      Live close to work and walk more...zoning again!
      Lose weight in the process. Is there a relationship to the obesity problem here? Smaller cars for smaller people
      • 9 Years Ago
      #17 Cervus: Certainly!

      http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=116813&highlight=weekend+effect
      http://forums.tdiclub.com/showpost.php?p=1098923&postcount=9 (original thread is http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=117168&highlight=weekend+effect )

      There's a couple of the latest.

      I do assume that you've been debating about NOx, which is the main problem with diesels. Now, about particulates, there's some info, too...

      http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=39598&highlight=particulate+settle

      Anyway, have fun looking around in here for more ammo. :) http://forums.tdiclub.com/forumdisplay.php?f=29
      • 9 Years Ago
      However, I will counter that with timing belts.

      The VW diesels use timing belts, which *MUST* be changed at 100,000 miles on 2003+ models, 80,000 miles on 2002 models, 60,000 miles on manual transmission models 1977-2001, and 40,000 miles on automatic transmission New Beetles 1998-2001 and Golf/Jettas 1999.5-2001. (Note: New Beetles 1998-2002 and Golf/Jettas 1999.5-2002 can be retrofitted with the 100K parts by simply using a 100K kit instead of the kit specified for the vehicle. Dealerships won't do it.)

      Now, those that are familiar with high-output gasoline engines that use timing belts will find this as nothing new - they're using interference engines as well, and timing belt failure is just as catastrophic. However, diesels have tighter tolerances, and the "mark and pray" method is downright dangerous on a diesel. ;)

      Also, if you don't stay right on top of other maintenance on a diesel, it'll bite you in the ass - gassers tend to be more tolerant of mistakes. However, if you just keep up on the schedule, and drive the vehicle correctly (check the "Break-in period" thread on TDIClub, it's got driving instructions to keep the vehicle in top shape) you'll be fine. (And, if you do it on a gasser, it'll make it last longer, although likely not as long as a diesel.)
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