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2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI joins Autoblog's Long-Term Garage

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI – Click above for high-res image gallery If you had told us last year that this year's most controversial redesign would be the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, we would've politely walked away and laughed at your outrageous claim behind your back. We're like that. But here we are, and the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is, arguably, the most controversial redesign of the year. The reason is not so much how the designer's hand has changed the car's look, but rather how the bean counters and product managers have completely changed what the Jetta is. It's no longer a... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
2.0L Turbo Diesel
Power:
140 HP / 236 lb-ft
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
MSRP:
$24,195
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    Report: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI being investigated over potential fuel leak
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching an investigation concerning 40,000 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI models. This is the result of NHTSA receiving seven complaints from Jetta TDI owners citing leakage from the fuel line to the fuel injector. If an official recall is issued, both the 2011 Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen will be ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: July 2011
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    If the Volkswagen Jetta TDI featured in our Battle Of The Eco Compact Cars comparison test looked familiar, that's because it's our long-term tester. In fact, you might say that the arrival of our Jetta TDI is what sparked the idea for the comparison test, especially after Editor-in-Chief John Neff took the car on a few long highway trips and recorded ...

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    Comparo: Honda Civic Hybrid takes on Chevrolet Cruze Eco and Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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    Battle Of The Eco Compact Cars If you wanted a highly efficient compact car five years ago, you bought a hybrid. Diesel was still a dirty word commonly reserved for heavy-duty pickups and the occasional Euro import, and 30 miles per gallon was just becoming the new industry benchmark. The Chevrolet Volt was still just a concept, all-electrics like the ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, June 2011
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    Our long-term 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI started its year-long journey with us last month and spent the most amount of days in June under my care, so while I've already passed on its keys to a number of other editors, it's my job to tell you how it fared in its first weeks. As we mentioned when introducing our long-term Jetta TDI, this 2011 model is ...

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    Long Term: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI joins Autoblog's Long-Term Garage
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    If you had told us last year that this year's most controversial redesign would be the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, we would've politely walked away and laughed at your outrageous claim behind your back. We're like that. But here we are, and the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is, arguably, the most controversial redesign of the year. Jetta fans and auto journalists ...

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    Ad Spotting: VW Gets Serious About Pushing Diesel
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    Company: Volkswagen of America Medium: TV Ad Agency: Deutsch/LA Product: 2011 Jetta TDI Campaign: "Can I Drive" What We Like: That VW is putting some money behind marketing its clean diesel models. VW's sister company, Audi, has long been pushing its diesel offerings, while VW seemed to be mostly letting its enthusiast audience do word-of-mouth for ...

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    Hybrid sales up 46.5% in March; Lexus CT 200h captures 3rd place
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    It's that time again: March 2011 sales have been tallied and hybrid vehicles posted gains of 46.4 percent compared to the same month last year. They shot up an almost identical 46.5 percent compared to February 2011. Overall, sales of hybrid models hit 34,082 units in March, accounting for 2.74 percent of the 1,241,951 vehicles sold in the U.S. last ...

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    Study: Diesels, hybrids retain more value than gasoline-fueled vehicles
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    Which type of vehicle retains the highest resale value? Well, according to a study released by Carnegie Mellon University, it's most likley to be one with a non-gasoline-fueled powertrain. CMU found that hybrids and diesel-burning vehicles are often slapped with price tags that are, at least in some cases, substantially higher than gas-powered vehicles. ...

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    2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Edition: Cold Weather Start [w/video]
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    The 2.0-liter turbo diesel in our long-term 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Edition is a very modern mill, so we were curious how it would handle starting in the frigid clime of northeastern Ohio this time of year. Diesel engines typically have three vulnerabilities when it comes to cold weather starts: the fuel, the battery and their glow plugs. First, ...

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    By the Numbers: The Great Long-Term Vehicle Swap of 2010
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    Like two ships passing in the night, our long-term 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT and 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street edition briefly met in person last Saturday morning before their driver – myself and Senior Editor Lavrinc – swapped keys, turned around and headed back to our respective ends of the country. The Great Long-Term Vehicle Swap of ...

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    Comparo: Alternative Aspirations: 2011 Honda CR-Z vs. 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Street Cup Edition
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    Two Ways To Go Green And Enjoy It What do the Ferrari 599 HY-KERS, Lotus Evora 414E and Porsche 918 Spyder have in common? They're all fuel efficient sports cars with technology that's finally fitted to something worth driving. Also, we can't buy them... yet. What's worse, when they do go on sale, mere mortals who don't log on to an off-shore account to ...

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    2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition: It's the little things...
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    With over three months and 5,342 miles on our Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition long-termer, we've moved from the honeymoon phase to the daily grind, and now we're appreciating the little things. Aside from averaging 39.2 mpg since our last update – which included a 10- hour trip to LA and back – there are a handful of thoughtful ...

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    U.S. sales of clean diesel models buck auto industry's slumping trend
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    Last month, the U.S. automotive industry experienced its weakest August sales since 1983. Overall, sales dropped off nearly 21 percent from the numbers recorded during the Cash-for-Clunkers-boosted month of August 2009. In addition, sales of hybrids tanked, dropping by 40.4 percent this August compared a year ago and even the vaunted Toyota Prius ...

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    Report: NHTSA looking at 2009 VW Jetta stalling issues
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    It's only taken seven filed complaints out of 37,889 vehicles sold, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking a close look at the 2009 VW Jetta TDi regarding sudden stalling. Although only a handful of complaints have come into the NHTSA, a greater number of owners in various forums like VW Vortex, TDIclub.com, and VWDiesel.net ...

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    2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition: How low is too low?
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    My daily driver is lowered. Really low. Like damn-near-touring car low. Almost every car I've owned over the last decade has benefited from some kind of suspension setup that dropped its ride height. Traversing speed-bumps and steep driveways has always been a slow-speed, one-wheel-at-a-time affair for me. But with all these different cars with their low ...

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    Recycling Gone Wild: Turn your VW Jetta TDI into a Smyth Performance G3F [w/video]
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    Reduce-Reuse-Recycle is the tri-directive that could help us become more sustainable as a society. Soon, a kit for the G3F from Smyth Performance – a new venture by Factory Five Racing co-founder Mark Smith – will follow those guidelines, enabling you to convert a previously-enjoyed Volkswagen Jetta into something you can really look forward ...

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    Recycling gone wild: turn your VW Jetta TDI into a Smyth Performance G3F
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    Reduce-Reuse-Recycle is the tri-directive that could help us become more sustainable as a society. Soon, a kit for the G3F from Smyth Performance – a new venture by Factory Five Racing co-founder Mark Smith – will follow those guidelines, enabling you to convert a previously-enjoyed Volkswagen Jetta into something you can really look forward ...

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    2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition: Getting intimate and egged
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    There's no better way to get to know a vehicle than washing it yourself. So rather than sending it through the local hand-wash last weekend, I pulled out a bucket and got sudsy for the first time... in a while. After a run through the Altamont Hills the previous day, our long-term Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition was coated from windshield to air ...

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    2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition: Supreme steering but awkward shifting
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    Since we took delivery of our 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition – henceforth know as the Jetta TDI Cup, for the sake of brevity – we've managed to rack up a little over 1,100 miles on our long-term Salsa Red tester. We've bounced around the Bay Area, made it out to the coast, logged several trips into San Francisco and made the ...

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    Autoblog Long-Term Garage Introduction: 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition
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    We hinted at it in our review, but it's time to make it official. Welcome the newest entrant to the Autoblog Long-Term Garage: the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition. So why, with the all-new Jetta right around the corner, would we bring the TDI Cup into the hallowed halls of Autoblog Towers? Simple. We want to get intimate with diesel. Not ...

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