• Sep 18, 2008

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Volkswagen officials gave Autoblog some insight into their new model roll-out plans when we met with them earlier this week at the media drive for the new 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. First into showrooms will be the 3.0-liter Touareg TDI, scheduled to start production in Mid-February 2009. It will followed by the MK VI GTI, based on the new Golf making its debut at the Paris Motor Show next month. The 2.5-liter Rabbit (gas) and 2.0-liter Rabbit TDI (diesel) will follow in the fall. Absent from VW's diesel lineup is the Tiguan. Larger and heavier than the compact cars currently utilizing the 2.0-liter TDI, the engine would need an urea injection to meet emission standards -- and the crossover wasn't designed with a storage tank in mind. Sorry diesel fans, the Tiguan will be sitting this one out for a while.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Meanwhile Ford doesn't want to bring it's 65mpg Euro compact to the US as they don't think we will buy a diesel powered car.... Idiots.
      • 6 Years Ago
      too bad no one near me sells any diesel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, will the Tiguan be receiving the 'new' 2.0T (the one with Audi Valvelift system)

      The front wheel drive can continue with the current 2.0t (250+ ft-lbs@1500, don't think so)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have always wanted a rabbit but I hate the 2.5. I was looking at a JSW tdi and love the new engine but dont want to dump 25k+$. If the rabbit can sell around 20k VW will have a winner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good news about the Touareg, too. That will make 3 midsize SUV with diesels. Perhaps GM could start sending that 2.9L V6 here sooner than later.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh yes yes yes please, VW! A 2 litre TDI Rabbit would be kick ass. As long as it lives up to its; 40+mpg potential.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Look i always attack Cruze on the whole 40 MPG thing. So same goes here.

        Yeah 40 sound great, but in a year after VW does on sale Honda will come out with brand new Civic and the CR-Z and a year after that new Corolla should arrive. I am willing to bet that all 3 will get more than 40, Civic already gets 36 right now, so i do not see why new Civic will not be able to get more than 40 and it will probably get more than VW in the city. This whole 40 MPG on highway segment will be just as crowded in about 2-3 years as 30 MPG on highway is right now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ zamafir:

        That's assuming the US-spec MKVI Rabbit will have the Dynamic Drive. I'm not betting on it. Just as likely we won't get the parking assistance feature it has as well.

        We never seem to get the full-on Euro versions and considering the difference between the USD and Euro, i doubt that things will change anytime soon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I doubt anyone will purchase a Mark VI Rabbit TDi simply for it's >50mpg on the freeway, it's going to have dynamic drive as an option, an even better interrior than the current car, and should be a bit cheaper, all those add up to a much more refined ride (especially with the ability to go from 'comfort' to 'sport') in conjunction with the prius beating on highway (aka where americans spend a lot of their time) fuel economy.

        I can't wait. Mark VI rabbit with dynamic drive and 55 on the highway for just a hair above 20k? Sign me up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @nowelfare

        The difference between mileage when you hit the high 30's and 40's is very misleading. It actually makes very little difference in real world terms when compared to the difference in fuel economy in the 10's and 20's.

        A improvement of 2.5 mpg on a vehicle that get's 12.5mpg (bringing it up to 15mpg) would actually save you about as much money at the pump as an improvement from 30mpg to 70mpg.

        Here is an example. Driving 100 miles in a vehicle with gas at $4 a gallon here is what the estimated cost would be based on MPG...

        12.5pmg $32
        15mpg $26.66
        20mpg $20
        25mpg $16
        30mpg $13.33
        35mpg $11.42
        40mpg $10
        45mpg $8.88
        all the way down to...
        70mpg $5.71

        So people are making a big deal out of next to nothing. Getting that dream new econobox that get's 45mpg instead of 40mpg on a 100 mile trip it is going to save you just over $1! WHOOOPPPIE! Meanwhile the guy who bought the new truck that get's 2-3 mpg better than his old one saved enough on that trip alone in gas to buy himself lunch.

        My point is American mpg ratings are misleading. A better reflection would actually gallons per 100 miles (in Canada we use litres per 100km). The net effect is that there is little being gained when you talk about increases in fuel economy at that end of the scale and far more being gained than it would appear when you talk about small increases in economy at the gas guzzler end.

      • 6 Years Ago
      ah, where is the diesel passat?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why doesn't anyone think anybody wants a fuel efficient SUV except for Saturn and Ford? A Diesel Tiguan would have sold fast as hell in the U.S.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There are 2 challenges- the mentioned Urea tank, along with the completely different emissions system that would be needed just for that one model. and the fact that VW is selling Tiguans in Europe for ALOT more profit than they can in the US because of the weak US$.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And what's your point? I love seeing hot ladies sporting around in VW's, especially MKIV Jetta's.
      Good taste.

      I suppose you're implying if they're not in an BMW or MB they're not worth consideration? Open wallet, insert foot...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I sure hope these are 50 state legal diesels; meaning California gets them.

      I would go for the diesel over a hybrid anyday.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those bucket seats are pretty killer for just being the premium seats on the normal Golf. I can't imagine what the GTI's will look like.
        • 6 Years Ago
        VW only imports new diesels if they're california compliant, california is their largest market for their tdi lineup, which is why you're seeing the 3.0TDI which has already been cleared for the Q7/A4/A5 being used in the T-Reg and the 2.0TDI already on sale being used in the Mark Vi.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The advertising couldn't be any more obvious unless VW actually printed "this is a chick car"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chase: Interesting, because I assumed they were trying to say "this is the small car that gets you laid."

        Laid by _what_ is the question. Dorkmobiles like this tend to attract Dorkettes (and I don't mean the wanna-be-hottie middle class label whores on the corner in the pic; they're laughing at it, not with it).

        I mean, if you don't care what willy romps in, go with that. The rest of us have some standards.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Interesting, because I assumed they were trying to say "this is the small car that gets you laid."
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just to point out the obvious: VWs have stronger "European" branding than BMWs. European stuff is sexy to American women. European stuff + cool guy = sexy guy? Sure, it depends on the woman, but I've had some great experiences with my VW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Having driven , & about to buy TDI SportWagen, the only thing wrong with a TDI Rabbit is they,re not here now.
      Guess it will take a long time to get the NVH as good as Jetta TDI
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