For everyone who has been waiting anxiously for the new fifty state legal
TDI to arrive at U.S.
, it appears things are inching a little closer. A reader the other day spotted a transporter filled with
festooned with TDI signage headed northbound on a North Carolina freeway. Andrew called a local VW dealer who confirmed that these were actually among the first batch of TDIs that will be available for test drives at dealers around North America for the next couple of months before they go on sale later this summer.
We first reported on VW's plans back in February at the Chicago Auto Show
. From the initial batch of 1,000 cars, each dealer will get one car initially and more will arrive through the course of the summer.
expects about half of the 15,000 Sportwagens for 2009 to be TDI powered with about 30-40 percent of the sedans. Keep your eyes open for the new Jetta TDI and
if you can snap some photos put them up on Flickr or some other site and send us a link
. In the meantime check out the
driving impressions of the gas-powered Jetta SportWagen
[Source: reader Andrew]