• Jun 6, 2007
Volkswagen has been down this road before with the Jetta Trek back in the late '90s. This time, though, they're putting a green spin on it. Lime, to be exact. Chi-town Volkswagen dealers are giving buyers a bicycle and roof rack for the next month. The premise is that the dealer will encourage you to take your bike on quick, short-distance jaunts. Not driving a car at all by riding a bike is super effective at reducing fuel consumption, gridlock, and CO2 emissions. Biking is also way cheaper than exotic technological solutions; plus, you'll get some exercise, which is hard to come by in stop and go traffic. The cycle is still a Trek, dubbed the Lime, which is one of their newest models and has a three speed automatic transmission that automatically changes gears for you, in the hopes that you'll find it a more enjoyable way to ride. We'd probably hate it. It really is a great, simple solution that could work for a lot of folks. We know this is Autoblog, and this has turned into a bicycular love-fest, but we have to applaud the marketing stunt as an elegant (if gimmicky) way of focusing on our vast appetite for fuel.
[Source: VW via AutoblogGreen]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I should state that the rating I quoted above is highway.

      The city rating is 19.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You know, a good promotion might also be get a free fire extinguisher and 5 coupons for a free loan car with very purchase. They might help move some VW metal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      shut up Will, my 2k7 Rab will be getting 30 mpg leaking oil and running your ass over. Now that's poetic justice. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW has done stuff like this before. IIRC, back in the 90's they had a Jetta with a Trek package where you got a bike and roof rack, or you could get a K2 golf with a roof rack and skis.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A three speed automatic transmission on a bike? What, some people don't like using a clutch?
      • 7 Years Ago
      So you drop 15-20k and you're not supposed to drive it? Why not buy a bike, and ride the train around town. The only time you can't get by with public transportation or bike is outside of the city limits. seems funny that you can only get the deal INSIDE Chicago, but with the bike and train for city transport, you really only need the car OUTSIDE of Chicago.

      nothing more, just rubs me funny.
        Machiblue
        • 7 Years Ago
        The CTA, Chicago transit Authority is awful. It is always running late, no matter the time of day. I have been riding the CTA, both trains and buses since I've been in highschool. I am in college now, and I commute to and from school everyday on the CTA, trains and buses. It takes me about 1 hour to get to school using public trans, when I do drive to school I can get to school in around 30 minutes at the most. Also you can't take a bike on the trains during rush hour, which would defeat the purpose of the bike in the first place.
        I would rather have a car to drive those long distance, and a bike for those small, closer distances, over having to use the CTA. I may not be the only one who thinks like this, so VW has a great promotion on their hands.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Of course the roof rack will cut down the highway mileage. Nice try though
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have to agree with Kris, the Rabbit gets horrible mileage. The new EPA rating for the Rabbit is 28 mpg. For a small car that is abysmal. Another problem is that it takes five or six quarts of oil (can't remember the specifics) per oil change. It certainly would appear that VW's "green" push is all smoke and mirrors.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be reducing CO emissions?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ug. Automatic bikes are worse than automatic cars.
      And the riders will be huffing and puffing polluted Chicago air.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd like it even better if the Rabbit got better than 30 mpg. For a car that size, its pretty silly. That would be a bit more reasonable than throwing in a bicycle.

      Now, if they want to give me a free bike rack when I buy a Rabbit TDI next year, I won't complain. I don't need the bike though.
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