2015 VW Jetta TDIIs $6,465 too much to get someone thinking about buying a Nissan Leaf to opt for the Volkswagen e-Golf instead? That's the price difference between the current EV sales champion, which now starts at $28,980, and the just-announced price for the e-Golf, which will sell for $35,445 in the US when it arrives in about ten states (basically, the ZEV states that follow California's lead in zero-emission vehicle rules) this November and will qualify for the federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

VW says that the extra money will get you "the most versatile electric vehicle in its class." There is only one trim line, the SEL Premium, which will be the first VW in the US with all-LED headlights. The car's powertrain numbers pretty much match the Nissan Leaf, though. The e-Golf has a 24.2-kWh lithium-ion battery (the Leaf has a 24-kWh pack) and a 115-hp, 199-pound foot electric motor (107 hp,187 lb-ft in the Leaf). The e-Golf's official EPA numbers are not yet available, but VW says it will have an "average range between 70 and 90 miles." The Leaf has an official EPA range of 84 miles.

The e-Golf has a better onboard charger – 7.2 kW vs. 3.6 or 6.6, depending on your Leaf's options – and has SAE Combo fast charging capability as standard. VW is also working with 3Degrees to offset all of the emissions "created from production, distribution and charging of the e-Golf for up to approximately 36,000 miles of driving."

VW also announced prices for its lightly facelifted 2015 Jetta today. The base model, the 2.0-liter S with a manual transmission, starts at $17,325 while the top-of-the-line model, the Hybrid SEL Premium, will set you back at least $31,670. The lowest-cost TDI is the S manual, which starts at $21,640 and features VW's new 2.0-liter diesel four. A new limited-edition 1.8 Sport model with a firmer suspension, tinted taillamps and rear spoiler starts at $20,895. All VW prices listed exclude VW's *$820 destination charge and you can find all the details on trim lines in the press releases below.
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VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES PRICING OF 2015 E-GOLF
Aug 25, 2014
  • The most versatile Electric Vehicle in its class goes on sale in November, priced at $35,445 for the fully equipped SEL Premium model
  • Drivetrain consists of 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor with 199 pound-feet of torque; 7.2 kW onboard charger is standard
  • Standard fast charging capability allows 80 percent battery charge within 30 minutes
  • First U.S.-market Volkswagen to be fitted with all-LED headlights
Herndon, VA - Volkswagen of America, Inc., today, announced pricing for its 2015 e-Golf, the brand's first fully electric, zero tailpipe emissions vehicle for the U.S. market. Joining Volkswagen's extensive Golf family of versatile, sporty hatchbacks, the e-Golf starts at $35,445 (plus $820 destination and delivery) for the SEL Premium model.

Built on the Golf's sporty Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, and powered by a compact electric motor and lithium-ion battery (built in-house at Volkswagen's Braunschweig facility), the e-Golf follows the Golf's "fun-to-drive, yet practical" formula, with all of the benefits of an electric vehicle.

Additionally, Volkswagen is further improving the ownership experience with a groundbreaking and holistic approach to e-Mobility. Volkswagen has announced a collaboration with 3Degrees®, a renewable energy services provider, to invest in carbon reduction projects to help offset the emissions created from production, distribution and charging of the e-Golf for up to approximately 36,000 miles of driving. Charging solutions from Bosch® and Chargepoint®, along with a new Roadside Assistance program and the VW Car-Net® e-Golf app are designed to make owning the e-Golf a thoroughly reassuring, rewarding and enjoyable experience.

The key features, benefits and standard equipment of the e-Golf are:
  • Combined Charging System (CCS) that allows 80 percent battery charge within 30 minutes
  • Standard 7.2kW onboard charger
  • Average range between 70 and 90 miles, depending on driving style and charging behavior
  • Class-leading 199 lb-ft of torque, with 115 horsepower
  • Largest interior space in a compact EV-an impressive 93.5 cubic feet, same volume as Golf
  • Versatile cargo area, with 22.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats; 52.7 cubic feet with seats folded
  • Three driving profiles designed to preserve energy ("Normal", "Eco", and "Eco+")
  • Three driver-selectable regenerative braking levels
  • 5.8-inch touchscreen navigation system and infotainment center
  • Bluetooth® technology
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking system
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • LED headlights
  • Bespoke 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Keyless access
  • Heatable front seats
  • Rearview camera; and front and rear Park Distance Control
The e-Golf will go on sale in participating dealerships in select states in November 2014.
2015 e-Golf Pricing
Model Price Features
e-Golf SEL Premium $35,445 115 hp, 199 lb-ft electric motor, 1-speed transmission, 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery; 7.2kW onboard charger; DC fast charging (SAE Combined Charging System); 3 driver-selectable regeneration modes; 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; front and rear disc brakes; electric parking brake; ESC; XDS® Cross Differential system; electrically heated windshield; power adjustable and heatable exterior mirrors; rear window wiper and washer system; heated front washer nozzles; LED headlights with dynamic headlight range adjustment and LED DRLs; body color exterior mirror caps, moldings, door handles and bumpers; front center armrest; front and rear carpeted floormats; comfort seats; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces w/ front manual lumbar support; tilt and telescope steering column; split folding rear seats with center armrest and pass-through; heatable front seats; Climatronic® automatic dual-zone A/C; power windows w/ one-touch up/down on all windows; Keyless access; cruise control; leather-wrapped handbrake, shifter knob, and multifunction steering wheel; LED reading lights; touchscreen radio/navigation system w/8 speakers, CD, MDI with iPod® integration, Bluetooth® connectivity, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio; VW Car-Net® connected services; front and rear Park Distance Control; rearview camera; dual front airbags, driver and front passenger, front side airbags, Side Curtain Protection® system for front and rear passengers; Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
Destination $820 All prices exclude destination

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 644 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

Notes:

This press release and images of the 2015 e-Golf are available at media.vw.com. Follow us @VWNews

"Climatronic", "VW", "Volkswagen", "XDS", all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. "Car-Net" and "Carefree Maintenance" are registered trademarks of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "Bluetooth" is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. "iPod" and "iPhone" are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. "SiriusXM" and "SiriusXM Satellite Radio" are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio, Inc.

Where stated, vehicle range values are forecast manufacturer values for the USA; EPA estimates were not available at time of release. Mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf will be available only at participating dealers in select states.

VW Car-Net services provided by Verizon Telematics, Inc. See applicable Terms of Service and Privacy Policy available at www.vw.com/carnet for details. Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted.

VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES PRICING OF 2015 JETTA, STARTING AT $16,215
Aug 25, 2014

The latest Jetta features new front, rear and interior styling, enhanced content, new driver assistance systems, and improved fuel efficiency
  • The entry-level 2.0L trim starts at just $16,215, featuring a standard five-speed manual transmission
  • New limited-edition 1.8T Sport trim offers lowered sport suspension, navigation, rearview camera, rear spoiler and darkened taillights, starting at $20,895
  • New driver assistance systems available: Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning System, and Park Distance Control
  • Improved aerodynamics and reduced rolling resistance increase efficiency across Jetta lineup
  • Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and Adaptive Front-lighting System now available on select models
Herndon, VA - Today, Volkswagen of America, Inc., announced pricing of its redesigned 2015 Jetta models, which feature a new turbocharged EA288 TDI® Clean Diesel engine, a refreshed exterior, and a host of newly-available driver assistance systems. The 2.0L base trim starts at $16,215 (plus $820 destination and handling), and is available as a factory order only. The well-equipped S model starts at $18,425 with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the entry-level 1.8T model, the SE, is priced from $18,995 with a five-speed manual transmission. The frugal TDI Clean Diesel model starts at $21,640 for the S trim.

Expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the third quarter of 2014, the new Jetta lineup will offer the following gasoline, hybrid and Clean Diesel powertrains:
  • 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, as well as 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter versions of the turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine
  • 1.4-liter turbocharged hybrid unit
  • All-new 2.0-liter turbocharged EA288 TDI® Clean Diesel engine, one of the most fuel-efficient engines in its class, returning an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating of 46 mpg with the manual transmission
Key design elements of the 2015 Jetta include an extended wheelbase that stretches 104.4 inches; rear-seat legroom of 38.1 inches; gently arcing roofline that enables ample headroom of 37.1 inches for rear-seat passengers; 15.5 cubic feet of usable trunk space; and a new front bumper that helps to reduce air drag, improving aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

The 2015 Jetta S features the following standard equipment:
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • One-touch auto up/down power windows
  • Power locks with keyless entry
  • Aux-in for the radio/CD player
  • Power heated exterior mirrors
  • Driver and front passenger front and side thorax airbags and Side Curtain Protection® airbags front and rear
  • Suite of advanced electronic safety features, including Anti-lock Braking (ABS), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
The 2015 Jetta is offered in four trim levels-Base, S, SE, and SEL-with a total of 12 equipment levels.

At launch, Volkswagen will also offer a limited-edition Jetta Sport. Based on the 1.8T SE with Connectivity, this trim adds a sport suspension, front sport seats, RNS® 315 navigation with rearview camera, rear spoiler, and unique interior decor. When paired with a five-speed manual transmission, the Sport starts at $20,895 and costs $21,995 with a six-speed automatic transmission.

2015 Jetta Pricing

Model

Price

Features

2.0L S

(manual)

(automatic)

$17,325

$18,425

2.0L 115 hp/125 lb-ft engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel disc brakes; 15-inch wheels with all-season tires; power and heatable exterior mirrors; manual A/C; RCD® 310 radio w/single CD player; Bluetooth® connectivity; aux-in and four speakers; multifunction steering wheel; trip computer; cruise control; power locks w/remote keyless entry; power windows w/1-touch up/down on all four windows; cloth seating

+ Six-speed automatic transmission

1.8T SE

(manual)

(automatic)

$18,995

$20,095

(Includes S features)

+ 1.8L, 170 hp/184 lb-ft engine; five-speed manual transmission; 16-inch "Sedona" wheels; heatable front seats; electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering; Keyless entry with push-button start; heated washer nozzles; MDI w/iPod® adapter; SiriusXM® Satellite Radio

+ Six-speed automatic transmission

1.8T SE w/ Connectivity

(automatic)

$22,325

(Includes SE features)

+ 16-inch "Arlington" wheels; chrome front grille and window trim; body-color exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators; front and rear carpeted floormats; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; driver lumbar adjustment; rear seat pass-through and armrest; leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and handbrake; sunroof; Premium VIII touchscreen radio; rearview camera; VW Car-Net® connected car features w/six-month no-charge trial period

1.8T Sport

(manual)

(automatic)

$20,895

$21,995

(includes SE features)

+ 17-inch "Joda Black" alloy wheels; sport suspension; two-tone heatable sport seats; RNS315 navigation; rearview camera; foglights; black headliner; contrast stitching on steering wheel, seats, handbrake and shift lever; rear spoiler.

+Six-speed automatic

1.8T SE w/ Connectivity and Navigation

$23,650

(Includes SE with Connectivity features)

+17-inch "Joda" alloy wheels; Keyless access with push-button start; foglights; RNS 315 touchscreen navigation

1.8T SEL

$25,380

(Includes SDE with Connectivity and Navigation features)

+Two-tone sport seats; full power driver seat; Fender Premium® Audio System; soft-touch dash; Homelink; automatic duel-zone climate control

TDI S

(manual)

(auto)

$21,640

$22,740

+ 2.0L 150hp TDI engine, six-speed manual transmission; electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering; 16-inch steel wheels; chrome grille; heatable front seats; cruise control; MDI with iPod cable; SiriusXM Satellite Radio

+ Six-speed DSG transmission

2.0L TDI SE with Connectivity

(manual)

(automatic)

$24,075

$25,175

(Includes TDI S features)

+ body-color power heated exterior side mirrors with turn signal indicators; chrome window trim; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; driver seat lumbar adjustment; rear-seat armrest with pass through; soft-touch dash; leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and handbrake; sunroof; VW Car-Net connected car features; Premium VIII touchscreen radio; rearview camera; Keyless entry with push-button start.

+ Six-speed DSG automatic transmission


TDI SEL

(manual)

(automatic)

$26,410

$27,510

(Includes TDI SE with Connectivity features)

+17-inch "Lancaster" alloy wheels; six-way power driver seat; RNS 315 navigation system; Fender Premium Audio System; automatic dual-zone climate control; rearview camera; Keyless access w/push-button start; foglights

+ Six-speed DSG automatic transmission

2.0L GLI SE

(manual)

(automatic)

$26,920

$28,080

2.0L TSI, 210 hp/207 lb-ft engine; 18-inch "Mallory" alloy wheels; sport bumper (front) and side skirts; red-painted brake calipers; sport suspension; automatic headlights; body-colored; power-adjustable and heatable exterior mirrors; front foglights; LED taillights; automatic headlights; daytime running lights with low-beam assist; rain-sensing wipes with heated washer nozzles; rear spoiler; power heated side mirrors; leather-wrapped multifunction sport steering wheel, brake handle and shift knob; heatable front sport seats with power driver seat and lumbar support; Premium VIII touchscreen radio; rearview camera; interior ambient lighting; Fender Premium Audio System; auto-dimming rearview mirror; sunroof; power windows w/1-touch up/down on all windows; automatic dual-zone climate control; Premium VIII touchscreen radio w/SiriusXM® Satellite Radio; MDI w/iPod® cable; Bluetooth® connectivity

+ Six-speed DSG® automatic transmission

2.0L GLI SEL

(manual)

(automatic)

$29,280

$30,380

(Includes 2.0L GLI SE features)

+Bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System and LED daytime running lights; foglights with static cornering light; RNS 315 navigation system; Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Homelink

+ Six-speed DSG® automatic transmission

Hybrid SEL Premium

(automatic)

$31,670

+ Seven-speed DSG® automatic transmission; 17-inch "Buenos Aires" aluminum-alloy wheels; Bi-Xenon headlights w/AFS and LED DRLs; aerodynamic body kit; rain-sensing wipers with heated wiper nozzles; rear spoiler; power heated side mirrors; auto-dimming rearview mirror; RNS 315 touchscreen navigation; SiriusXM Satellite Radio; MDI with iPod connectivity; Bluetooth connectivity; VW Car-Net connected car features; Keyless access w/push-button start; upgraded display in instrument cluster; leather-wrapped steering wheel; Homelink; automatic dual-zone climate control; Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Forward Collision Warning System; Park Distance Control (front and rear); foglights with static cornering light; Fender Premium Audio System

Destination

$ 820

All Prices Exclude Destination Charge


About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 644 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.


Notes:
This press release and images of the 2015 Jetta are available at media.vw.com.

"Climatronic", "DSG", "TDI", "TSI", "Volkswagen", "Volkswagen", "XDS", all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. "Car-Net" and "Carefree Maintenance" are registered trademarks of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "Bluetooth" is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. "Fender" is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. "iPod" and "iPhone" are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. "SiriusXM" and "SiriusXM Satellite Radio" are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio, Inc.

Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

All prices listed are the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price and exclude transportation, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.

Available EPA fuel economy estimates are provided and identified as such. All other fuel economy values are forecast manufacturer estimates for the USA; EPA estimates for those models were not available at time of release. Individual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

Volkswagen Car-Net services provided by Verizon Telematics, Inc. Available only on select models. Automatic Crash Notification may be enabled for up to six months without activating a trial or paid subscription; Manual Emergency Call feature and all other Volkswagen Car-Net features require trial or paid subscription. Volkswagen Car-Net services requires vehicle cellular connectivity and availability of vehicle GPS signal. Volkswagen Car-Net includes services that may collect location information. See applicable Terms of Service and Privacy Policy available at www.vw.com/carnet for details. Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted.

The Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) will only activate in a collision where the airbags deploy or safety belt pretensioners activate. Not all collisions cause airbags to deploy or safety belt pretensioners to activate.


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      davegyza
      • 4 Months Ago
      The most common problem I've had with my VWs were electrical. This should be fun.
      Rotation
      • 4 Months Ago
      Looks good. This one seems to take a bit of the panache of the FIAT 500e and a lot of the utility of the LEAF and puts them together. This could be the right EV for a lot of people. Well, for those in the few states it is sold in. It's too bad more of these compliance cars can't be sold nationwide.
        DaveMart
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        That is the initial roll out. VW has been clear that dealers and mechanics will be trained up and the electric and plug in models will be for all states, at least presumably the contiguous ones.
          DaveMart
          • 4 Months Ago
          @DaveMart
          Plenty of electric cars made no bones about being compliance cars. Off the top of my head that includes the Toyota Rav EV, the Honda Fit, the Fiat 500 and the GM Spark. The mad Dane on this forum argued that VW and Audi were never going to release an electric car in the first place. That did not work out too well for him, and neither will notions that this is a compliance car, and for the same reason. They did not spend in the region of $5 billion on all new, electric capable platforms to build compliance cars. They could have simply bodged up an existing chassis as Ford have done for a fraction of the cost. VW are deadly serious about electrification, but they are going to do it in their own way and to their own tiimetable as they are allergic to losing money.
          jeff
          • 4 Months Ago
          @DaveMart
          They all say that, but I have noticed that few follow through on the statement once they are released as compliance cars...
          DaveMart
          • 4 Months Ago
          @DaveMart
          BTW if they are selling it in Europe as they already are, it does not meet any reasonable definition of a compliance car, as presumably you are referring to compliance with Californian regulations. The VW group is far more concerned with compliance with their two biggest markets, China and Europe, as the specification to comply with regulations for a city car of 50km AER on their plug in shows. The notion that they have spent $1 billion or so just on this platform to produce anything remotely resembling a compliance car is also absurd. If you want to produce a Californian compliant vehicle, you stuff batteries into an ICE as Ford have done, you don't spend many times as much for a new platform.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 4 Months Ago
          @DaveMart
          VW may have spent $5 Billion on the platform that is electric capable. They could still just be selling compliance cars too though. As you said before, they could build gas cars, diesel, hybrid, CNG, whatever else you can think of. Point is, that money wasn't spent on only electric cars. That R&D spent on the platform will be made back from the sale of regular gas/diesel cars, not electric cars. So there is still a good chance that it will only be a compliance car. They don't care since they can make their money back on the other drivetrains.
          Rotation
          • 4 Months Ago
          @DaveMart
          No credit for talk. Actions, not words.
          DaveMart
          • 4 Months Ago
          @DaveMart
          I fully agree that the VW group's PR department has been all over the place. Fortunately there seems to be no visible connect with the technology and R & D functions, which have marched steadily on, unifying all platforms to take any drive and so on.
          Rotation
          • 4 Months Ago
          @DaveMart
          DaveMart: Actually, GM equivocated about the Spark EV being a compliance car. They pretended they would sell it elsewhere. It was just talk. It became "fleet only". Like the Scion iQ EV. It's companies willingness to engage in empty talk which is why VW gets no credit for big talk. Until it is available widely, it IS a compliance car. We're not talking about make believe here.
        Spec
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        I don't think it is as cute as the Fiat 500e, but it certainly is bigger and has more standard features like DC-fast-charging. It is more expensive though.
      Spec
      • 4 Months Ago
      Why does it still have fake grilles? I'm sure they still need a little bit of air for A/C system but not that much. They need to get rid of these non-aerodynamic fake grilles and replace them with nice smooth nose cones like Tesla.
        Grendal
        • 8 Days Ago
        @Spec
        Because the old companies can't imagine that someone doesn't want a grill. Besides this is based on the original car so it is one less piece to change.
        DarylMc
        • 8 Days Ago
        @Spec
        C'mon Spec You could say the same about the Tesla. Why has it got a nose cone?
          DarylMc
          • 8 Days Ago
          @DarylMc
          Hi Spec I don't think that is good enough excuse but since it is a fine automobile I will leave it at that.
          Spec
          • 8 Days Ago
          @DarylMc
          It has a nose cone because that is a smooth dynamic shape which improves aerodynamics. But Grendal is probably right . . . this eGolf has a grille because it shares those parts with its ICE brothers. :-/
        Joeviocoe
        • 8 Days Ago
        @Spec
        Study the phenomenon of automobile design and trends. Why do people put big ass double wing spoilers on their Acura Integra and Honda Civics? It does nothing for a front wheel drive car as it is meant for down-force for the drive wheels at speed exceeding 150 mph. Below that speed, the weight (even if carbon fiber) reduces performance. Same with most ground body kits which proport to provide down-force. Why do people put Fart Can exhaust on their Toyota Camrys and Nissan Sentrys? It sounds like they are taking off on an airport runway to go 0-120 mph in 4 seconds... but they are just pulling out of a McDonald's drivethru from 10-35 mph. Why do people glue fake hoodpins as if they are afraid the extreme speed they are driving will flip up their hood? Why do people put dozens of stickers on the sides of their cars representing the the company's which have suckered them into paying money for ridiculous add-ons... as if they were NASCAR sponsors or something? ---------------------- The answer to all those questions: Because of mimicry! These people grew up watching race cars have a particular look and sound. This includes gaudy spoilers, Fart Cans, and grilles. Generally a car with a big turbo needs a larger grille for the intercooler. But with EVs, a properly designed vehicle won't need such a grille, (like Tesla)... but if you want to convert a popular ICE vehicle to EV with the minimal re-engineering... might as well keep the grille. Autoblog Comments Enhancer (ACE) v1.0.0 - bit.ly/Autoblog_Comments
      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago
      Will ABG get the new commenting system?
      DaveMart
      • 4 Months Ago
      $299/mo on lease, we hear! VW is not serious, and this is only a compliance car? I don't think so!
        Rotation
        • 8 Days Ago
        @DaveMart
        Why you think a promotional rate means it's less likely to be a compliance car I don't know. If you are giving away money with each one, you have no incentive go to nationwide. It'll be something other than a compliance car once it's something other than a compliance car. Right now, with sales in limited states, it's a compliance car.
        jeff
        • 8 Days Ago
        @DaveMart
        Time will tell.... Looks like a compliance car to me..
      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago
      Will ABG get the new commenting system?
      DaveMart
      • 8 Days Ago
      Or of course it could have something to do with the battery pack in the Golf being air cooled, not liquid cooled as it is in the Tesla. But that would mean some other car company than Tesla having engineers who know their business, which is inconceivable to some.
      mikeybyte1
      • 4 Months Ago
      The $6500 price increase you quote may not be comparing apples to apples. As you indicate, the eGolf has a better onboard charger than the standard Leaf. I checked and it is $1,770 to get the 6.6kw charger on the most inexpensive Leaf. That makes the price difference $4,730. And if the eGolf comes in "SEL Premium" for the base price, my guess is it will have even more standard features than the base Leaf. With that said, it does limit the price of entry to being $6500 more than a Leaf. But what else does that $6500 get you? It may turn out that when you equip the Leaf to match the eGolf content that the eGolf is a better buy.
        PeterScott
        • 4 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        At a $6500 lower entry price, Leaf enables a lot more people to buy an EV. While I like the Golf better, I don't like it $6500 better. Even the base Leaf has more equipment than I would normally buy and the base charger will still fully charge the Leaf from dead, while I sleep. So it would be $6500 difference to me and I suspect many others. I think the Golf will sell a fraction of Leaf numbers, because price is a huge factor at the low end of the market.
          mikeybyte1
          • 4 Months Ago
          @PeterScott
          Thanks, I was just trying to get clarify on apples for apples base pricing. So many auto articles focus on price but not content for price. I do agree that many people will buy the Leaf due to the $6500 savings even if they are missing out on other items. That $6500 makes a big dent in a purchase price.
          ElectricAvenue
          • 4 Months Ago
          @PeterScott
          mikeybyte1 and PeterScott: ok you two, stop being so intelligent and logical and reasonable and *nice*. This is the Autoblog comments section!!!
      Jim1961
      • 4 Months Ago
      One more plugin for people to choose from is nothing but good news IMO.
      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago
      Will ABG get the new commenting system?
        Spec
        • 8 Days Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        I hope not, that one sucks. It is slow, it is dim, it is flaky. Bleah.
          Joeviocoe
          • 8 Days Ago
          @Spec
          And it doesn't have ACE ;) Autoblog Comments Enhancer (ACE) v1.0.0 - bit.ly/Autoblog_Comments
      ssdajoker
      • 4 Months Ago
      How many SAE combo chargers are there? Like ten on the west coast. I don't think this is any more versatile, in fact less versatile. That one kW charging difference won't make for much faster level 2 charging, but it's a bragging right I guess. Right now people want one of three things. They want the cheapest EV, or scared to commit and get a Volt, or get a Tesla. The BMW i3 with range extender is quite the option though. Tesla will show the boys how it's done.
        Spec
        • 4 Months Ago
        @ssdajoker
        Not man SAE-CCS chargers yet . . . but they are installing them. The questions is how many will be available in the future. GM, Ford, Chrysler/Fiat, VW/Audi/Porsche, Daimler/Benz/Smart, and BMW have all signed on to support SAE-CCS so it might become a big standard in the USA. But none of those companies seems to be doing much about it right now except for BMW.
        John Hansen
        • 4 Months Ago
        @ssdajoker
        Lol, scared to commit. I think you mean "made the right choice". Your three choices are crippled (Leaf), good compromise (Volt), and perfect but too expensive for most people (Tesla). Jokes aside, why take a jab at the Volt? You DO you realize that we're on the same side, right? Why alienate your best allies? Some of you Leaf owners are really over the top zealots. How annoying.
      DarylMc
      • 4 Months Ago
      I've never driven any of the EV's but that seems an obvious solution which is seldom mentioned.
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