There is some bad news for hot hatch fans who also love efficiency. The chances of the Volkswagen Golf GTD coming to the US are increasingly slim, according to an interview with Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn in Automotive News. Horn says that the model would cost too much to import from Germany. Cue the sad trombone.

"The GTD would be a great car. The price point is not really attractive. So the probability is sort of diminishing," said Horn. While other Volkswagen diesel engines for North America are built in Silao, Mexico, the factory can't support the high-output 2.0-liter diesel, he claims.

The Golf GTD seemed like a sure thing for the US market. It was slated to launch as a 2016 model for around $27,000. The opportunity of a hot hatch with 181 horsepower, 280 pound-feet of torque and over 40 miles-per-gallon fuel economy seemed perfect. Earlier, VW even brought a few previous-generation models for journalists to try out, and we liked it.

However, the GTD isn't completely off the table quite yet. "Within product planning it's still under investigation, but it's looking less likely," said Mark Gillies Manager of Product and Technology at VW US Media to Autoblog. He didn't say what caused plans to change.

As some sustenance to diesel fans, Horn tells AN that a cheaper version of the standard Golf TDI is coming. VW is also still deciding whether to add tooling to build all-wheel drive vehicles in Mexico. It would allow vehicles the Golf TDI SportWagen concept from the New York Auto Show to be made. Petrol hot hatch fans can look forward to the seventh-generation GTI in June.


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      Michaele
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW says they want big sales increases in the U.S. Perhaps they should stop treating the U.S. market like garbage and then they might have a sliver of hope in reaching their goals.
        jonwil2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michaele
        I suspect VW is caught between a rock and a hard place here. On the one hand they want (and need) more US sales and the best way to do that is to stop making the US versions of their cars crap compared to the Euro versions and to release more of the cool cars from Europe. But on the other hand, if they do that (cars without all the good bits taken out, good cars from Europe), it might hurt VW USA (if people dont buy the now-more-expensive EU-spec VWs and the new previously-EU-only cars)
      Robert
      • 1 Year Ago
      Translation: "We just announced the A3 TDI sportback and prefer you spend the extra cash on our premium brand. It will only come with the dual clutch auto, but that's OK, you silly Americans can't drive sticks anyway."
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW is much more into doing press releases than new vehicles...
      jeremiahbwhite
      • 1 Year Ago
      **** you VW. I've waited a year for a GTD and was willing to wait another one. I already contacted a dealership who is waiting with paperwork for a preorder. I will not buy a VW branded product until I see a GTD on US shores. This is ridiculous.
      Matt C
      • 1 Year Ago
      Michael Horn, why not just ship the mostly-assembled GTD engines themselves to Mexico, if that's the issue? I know there's some suspension tweaks and minor interior and exterior changes, but presumably the Mexico plant could handle those things themselves. This is coming from a legitimate prospective customer of the Golf GTD.
      mid engine madness
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not sure why VW insists on only offering cars I won't buy! Since there's no Scirocco here, I was really looking forward to the GTD. Maybe the A3 TDI hatch will do. Regardless, they're making it harder, not easier for me to buy a VW.
      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come on VW, my '07 GTI was built in Wolfsburg. This is ridiculous, just bring the damned thing here and stop being so afraid of the US market!
      username
      • 1 Year Ago
      WHAT THE HELL?! I'm sick of VW jerking us Americans around!
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Disappointing. This is the one I was waiting on. For some reason VW treats America like it's global stepchild, and then wonders why sales are not higher. The 2003 Golf TDI will remain in my garage; another lost sale for Volkswagen in America.
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      VIVA LE MEXICO
      Genial Black Man
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would VW have to certify the engine for sale here? It might be too time-consuming and expensive for the sales they expect. Also, the whole A3 TDI thing. Could VW tune the current 2.0 TDI (for the MK VII Golf/2015 Jetta) engine to approach the GTD's hp/torque numbers?
      brux2dc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Effing ridiculous.... I own a VW. I really like my VW, but it is the only model I'd consider buying in the current lineup (CC). There is nothing compelling about the current lineup. Stale is the word I'd use to describe the state of things. For shame VW, for shame! With your cars being de-contented, it's already hard to compete with the Japanese for gadgets, at least have something available that they don't offer.
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