• Aug 18, 2008
Lovers of both fuel mileage and torque can finally rest easy; Volkswagen of America is now officially selling its 50-State-approved, clean diesel engine in either the Jetta sedan for $21,990 or Jetta SportWagen wrappers for $23,590. Equipped with the six-speed DSG transmission, both Jetta gets an EPA rating of 29 miles per gallon in the city and 40 on the highway. We expect to see better real-world numbers, though we're a bit wary of VW's advertising its alternate rating of 38/44 -- a number that is impossible to compare with anything else currently available. In any case, the $2,000 premium for the TDI engine will be lessened somewhat by the Fed's $1,300 tax credit which applies to either TDI model. Look for an early test of the oil-burner on these pages shortly.

[Source: Volkswagen]

Press Release:

THE WAIT IS OVER

Volkswagen's all-new clean diesel is right for the times and now available in all 50 states

HERNDON, Va.-Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that their all-new, and highly anticipated 50-state compliant clean diesel Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen are now available for customer delivery.

"We're proud to be the first manufacturer to offer a clean diesel vehicle for sale in all fifty states," said Stefan Jacoby, CEO/President, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "We believe our Jetta TDI's truly offer a no compromise alternative fuel driving experience, that provides the customer the best of both worlds-excellent fuel efficiency combined with a dynamic driving experience."

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the Jetta TDI at an economical 29 mpg City and 40 mpg Highway. Volkswagen went a step further to evaluate the real world fuel economy of the Jetta TDI. Leading third-party certifier, AMCI, tested the Jetta TDI and found it performed 24 percent better in real world conditions, achieving 38 mpg in the City and 44 mpg on the Highway.*

EPA research has concluded that if diesels were to power one third of all light duty vehicles in the United States, the shift would save approximately 1.4 million barrels of oil a day-equal to the daily shipments from Saudi Arabia to the U.S.

Providing even more value to the Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen, a $1300 Federal Income Tax Credit was recently announced. The Internal Revenue Service issued a certification letter affirming that both vehicles qualify for an Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicle income tax credit.

The Jetta TDI's come standard with Volkswagen's Prevent and Preserve Safety System, consisting of numerous standard safety features. Jetta TDI's include six airbags, with optional rear side airbags, and like all 2009 model year Volkswagens, Jetta TDI's also feature standard Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) for added safety.

Also standard for 2009 is Volkswagen's carefree maintenance program, with this program there are no charges for the scheduled maintenance described in the vehicle's maintenance booklet for the length of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty-three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

Recently Volkswagen announced pricing for their Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen would start at $21,990 and $23,590, respectively.

Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. recently announced Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as standard equipment on all its 2009 vehicles. As a result, Volkswagen is one of the only original equipment manufacturers to offer an electronic stability control system on their entire product line – ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) deadline requiring vehicles in the 2012 model year to include stability control systems. Volkswagen's ESP technology works in conjunction with anti-lock brakes and helps reduce loss of control and rollovers to avoid crashes. NHTSA predicts nearly 10,000 lives could be saved each year if automakers included stability systems as standard equipment.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Va. 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, Tiguan and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw a Silver Sport Wagon on a car hauler truck today in FL. Noticed the 31/40 Sticker and though "finally" it has arrived.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rabbit with a 6sp manual for $19k, please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can only imagine how much the "additional dealer markup" will be for this!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, I don't have a link but search for

      Final Technical Support Document
      Fuel Economy Labeling of Motor Vehicle Revisions to Improve Calculation of Fuel Economy Estimates

      from the EPA. There's a chart on page 8, chapter 2.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If people want to buy high mileage cars, that's commendable. But why the hell should they should be getting a Federal subsidy?

      Presumably this purchase will already benefit the consumer with lower operating expenses. Why do the people with the cash to buy one of these VW's have to reach into everyone else's pocket?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because buying a diesel could help the country with some of its gas problems. However buying diesel is risky because the cost of diesel is high and could go higher if it becomes popular here in the US. Tax incentives are often offered to technology trailblazers, those that are willing to pay a premium for new unproven technology. I say unproven because we still don't know how diesels will fair in the US economy. The tax money is not coming out of your pocket, it actually came out of my pocket and is just going back into it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I feel the very same way on principle.

        But this subsidy makes it fair since they've been doing it with Hybrids for years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not offering a TDI Rabbit is even dumber than not offering climate control in the same.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @zamafir:

        They previously sold TDI versions of the Jetta, Golf, New Beetle, and Passat(not to mention the Touareg) all at the same time.

        They are selling more cars now than then and are presumably doing better off as well. I think they can easily choose to offer TDIs in those models again.

        Personally, I think the reason has more to do with capacity issues(same reason we got for the delay in the Tiguan TDI for the US). I think in a few years though, we will see VW again leading the charge and offering TDI's in a large number of their models.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I am not convinced nobody would buy a Rabbit Turbo Diesel. In fact, it should not be much more expensive than the current 5-cylinder engine, which is a pretty expensive option in Europe. But they could start by offering a reasonably strong 4-cylinder turbo that is more economic AND cheaper.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I didn't say no one would buy it, I said the business case isn't there for them. That said, the car may be around in a year depending on how well the sedan does. it won't be cheap, and it will be more expensive than the base 2.5 just as TDIs always have been. They have a strong turbo, the 2.0T, trouble is the engine costs more to make than the 2.5, thus the higher price. Again, plain business.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's pretty simple. VW's tired of loosing money in north america. Their margin on the rabbit is already the slimmest of any of their cars. the us economy continues to go down. Thus huge risk cars, ie the Manual m5 everyone clamored for and no one purchased, aren't going to be a priority regardless of how much enthusiasts clamor for it. It's not dumb, it's the simple reality business.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally...hopefully it is a sales success to show other makers that diesel is worth the effort for all 50 states.
        • 6 Years Ago
        VW never, ever, had issues selling the MKIV TDI.

        As it stands, most TDi sedans are currently spoken for out to about five months from now. My dealer just received three last night, all with deposits, all be purchased today. 50mpg sedans that actually handle aren't going to have any issue moving, just as the previous iteration.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Since diesel costs about 33% more than gas in my area, fuel costs will be equivalent to a gas-powered sedan that gets 19/27 mpg (EPA) or 25/29 (VW's mileage estimates). Not such a great deal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If I lived in your part of the country, I might not buy one either.

        But, where I live, diesel was around 20% higher than RUG at it's highest point and is currently closing the gap as fuel prices fall.

        No one ever said it would make sense for everyone. Some places have higher fuel costs than others, that's never been in dispute.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well considering last week it was only 14% more expensive than RUG on the national average, by your logic that would make it a good deal for most people.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A month ago everyone was panning these things as irrelevant given high Diesel prices. Where I am, Diesel just dropped a (US) dollar a gallon and is now cheaper than midgrade gasoline.

      I ordered one. Some dealers are asking for markup, but others are opting to stick to MSRP in hopes of pumping volume. The more they sell, the more priority they get on availability.

      They are super fun to drive. The torque makes it fly.

      I just hope it doesn't fall apart as fast as everyone tells me VW's do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was told by my dealer that VW was not going to make any TDI New Beetles. Anybodyelse heard this one?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I talked to the VW dealership where I purchased a Jetta from a few weeks ago and they said they were charging an extra 4k for the TDI version. I was considering it until I heard that. Besides, they already had most of their TDI shipments reserved for the next month or two.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wagons are out now, i know three people who have purchased them, without markup. If a dealer is crappy, and can't sell cars, and as a result insists on a markup or MSRP, go to another dealer. The more cars a given VW dealer sells, the more kickback they receive on each car, and the more they can offer to drop the price below MSRP. None of my last three VW purchases (all MKV) were equal to or great than MSRP out the door.

        Using a site like edmunds helps as well to farm out what dealers are reasonable from the get go and which just want to dick you around.

        best of luck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I had my dealer tell me the same $4K mark up as well.
        Well, they came in today and I got a call they were available. I was surprised because I thought there was a list. He said they had some available today. I didn't ask about the mark up since I want the wagon and it won't be in until next week when they come in. If they have those available as well from day one, I guarantee I wont be paying much mark up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now just add an electric hybrid system to this diesel (you could actually use a smaller diesel) and this would be a real winner at about 70 MPG.

      And, to the folks questioning why this should be subsidized by the government - it is to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and reduce the amount of dollars going to TERRORISTS. Get it?
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