1977 Volkswagen Rabbit

The year 2007 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the first diesel Volkswagen available in the United States. Volkswagen is now making a renewed diesel push in the US market starting this year thanks to the availability of 50 state legal BlueTec diesels. As part of the anniversary VW is looking for two very special diesels, the oldest and the one with the most mileage. If you have an old oil burning Rabbit, Jetta or other VW diesel that meets one of those requirements and still has it's original engine, VW wants to hear from you. The owners of the oldest examples will get to drive a new Touareg V10 TDi for six months free of charge. Just head over to http://www.vw.com/tdi and enter. I wonder if my old friend Larry still has his '84 Jetta. He had over 250,000 miles back in '92 and was getting 65mpg on the highway. The VW press release is after the jump.

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[Source: Volkswagen]

02 March 2007
VOLKSWAGEN NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OLDEST AND HIGHEST MILEAGE DIESEL VEHICLES

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that applications are now being accepted at www.vw.com for the oldest and highest mileage diesel-powered Volkswagens. Interested owners have until May 31 to get their application turned in; entering "Diesel Search" in the search box on the home page will take applicants to the application form.

The oldest U.S. market diesel Volkswagen search is open to registered vehicles, still running on the road with their original engines. Volkswagen anticipates this will be a Rabbit, as 12,393 were sold in 1977.

The highest accumulated mileage diesel Volkswagen search is also open to registered vehicles, still running on the road with their original engines. The odometer reading must be substantiated with service records and/or logbook data.

"Since announcing this search, we've already heard from several diesel owners in the 300,000 to 400,000-mile range," said Keith Price, public relations manager, Volkswagen of America, Inc.,

The winner of each search will be provided with the use of a diesel-powered 2007 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI for six months.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com.



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