• Nov 8, 2007
When Volkswagen unveiled its new 50 state-certified Jetta 2.0L Clean Diesel TDI back in January, the company line was that the car would be available in the spring of 2008. We've been impatiently waiting because we're excited by the prospect of diesel engines penetrating the U.S. market again, and no other vehicle could do more for the cause than the relatively inexpensive Jetta TDI. Now comes word from the TDI Club forums that the diesel sedan will be further delayed until late summer 2008 because of a "technical issue that was found during the later stages of durability testing."

The news comes via an email sent by VW to its dealers, who are reportedly disappointed that they'll have to wait even longer for this highly anticipated car. Brandweek cites one dealer who claims that three out of every five calls he receives is about the Jetta TDI.

The fact is, the U.S. now has the strictest emissions standards for diesel powerplants, and if an automaker wants to sell its diesel-powered vehicle in all 50 states, it has to meet the even stricter standards set forth by the California Air Resources Board. The complexity that must be involved to achieve this feat is likely considerable, especially without the use of a urea injection system. Hopefully, it'll be worth the wait.

[Source: TDI Club via Brandweek]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      "Delay" is VWs' middle name...ain't surprised.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is highly disappointing. The worst thing about this announcement is that it will stoke the hype, and inflate dealer markups even more. if VW was smart (meaning they do what i want them to ;-) ), they'd mandate a fixed price for this vehicle to their dealers. But they won't.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I believe the durability testing that surprises you is testing that is mandated as a part of complying with the emission standards where a car must remain in compliance for a specified number of miles.
        In this case the new TDI didn't pass the durability aspect of the emission test, just as they apparently didn't meet the expectations that you once had for your new VW.
        • 7 Years Ago
        agree, very interested in the car not interested in a bid frenzy..another racket on the making for the masses..cause this vehicle is for the concerned/budgeted buyers right?, a used one goes for high 20's in my area..this babies will go for the 30's..what will be the point then?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree, Mal. I didn't want to say it myself, because of my rep of being that guy who blasts on Diesel all the time.

        But making tier 2, bin 5 emissions is nip and tuck for manufacturers right now, and likely they found as the car ages the emissions get out of spec. Time for some reengineering.
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW has durability testing? Must be new since my car was built.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmm....
      Sounds like Subaru may have diesels in the US market before VW does again.

      That aside, this is bad bad news for VW.

      The best way for them to salvage this is to partner with the new Chrysler on small diesel engines. Then they could make money on licensing, and chrysler could help crank out engines for them (yeah yeah, they're at least marginally more reliable than VW lately, but we'll take what we can get)

      mmm....Caliber diesel in the US....

      • 7 Years Ago
      So will it be a 2009 model?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well that sucks. Puts the car totally out of my window. Thats alright though cause I don't know if I could ever be 100% comfortable buying a VW.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is everyone amazed....VW has NEVER EVER released a model on time. They are simply incapable of doing so OR they are just liars about their products scheduling.

      Either way, I'll never bu another VW again...overweight, overpriced, unreliable pieces of crap.
      • 7 Years Ago
      John, CA is voter foolish and constituent ignorant.
      The reason big rigs emit smoke is that the strict standards are for cars and light trucks, not commercial vehicles. CARB is completely without logic in their attempt to reduce emissions.
        • 7 Years Ago
        CARB is run by idiots. They gripe about CO2 emissions, and then do everything they can to restrict the most effective means of reducing said CO2 emissions.

        All this to further reduce NOx emissions, which will accomplish *absolutely nothing* because of the levels of VOCs in metro areas.

        Note: this has nothing at all to do with particulates or anything else, which is all easily complied with. NOx is the last difficult issue with these engines.
        • 7 Years Ago
        CARB is not completely without logic. They not only require particulate filters on Diesel trucks in California, but they required retrofitting them to older trucks. This is far more strict than what they do with cars, where a car is never expected to perform better (in terms of emissions) than the date upon which it was built.

        I agree some trucks still seem to belch smoke, I can only say that I guess enforcement isn't good enough.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whats the big deal about "50 state approved". Fuel shortages, global warming, etc are global issues. How's about 49 states get such cars, and let California tough it out or build their own....This is simple "min-max" economic theory. So too bad California, no diesels for you this year. Don't punish the rest of us....

      Oh, and please remind everyone that A GOOD GAS TAX can reduce congestion, improve air quality, and help us gain independance from Mid East oil. VOTE FOR THE GAS TAX! We need it.

      And tell the big Truckers to RAISE YOUR RATES if diesel is too high, I mean how many lousy green tomatoes from mexico do we need? Think of all the local jobs we could have if we produced, grew, repaired, worked, and had fun IN OUR OWN COMMUNITIES! I have no sympathy for diesel truckers who won't raise their rates.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How much is it going to cost? Just ballpark . . .
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aw the must have found out it broke down at 49,999 miles. They want it to last until the 4/50K warranty ends so it can be brought back and they can charge their excessive repair rates.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How bad is a problem that VW would delay anything?
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