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Volkswagen TDI and diesel related news items.

A Volkswagen TDI concept based on the 2015 Golf Sportwagen

Golf SportWagen

According to the folks at Autoguide, Volkswagen will be following the  VW Jetta Sportwagen with Golf SportWagen in 2015 and is teasing us with a diesel variant. The new TDI concept proposes an all-wheel drive 2.0-liter powerplant called the EA288 diesel. This new diesel would offer 10 more horsepower over the current diesel and could come in both a six-speed manual or 6-speed DSG automatic. The  1.8-liter gasoline model is slated to hit dealer showrooms in early 2015 and will be available with LED daytime running lights, Xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof and 12-way power driver’s seat. The larger than a Golf, but smaller Jetta SportWagen could be the ideal car for many Americans who love utility of smaller all-wheel drive SUVs, but want their next car to have improved fuel economy. Volkswagen has not published any MPG numbers for the new concept, but one would think they should be close to VW's other TDIs.

 

The VW TDI Jetta "Value Edition" gets a lower price

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Value Edition

If you are thinking about a new Volkswagen Jetta TDI this year the entry point just got a few dollars cheaper ... thank you Chevrolet Cruze diesel for the competition -- $22,115.

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In 2013 VW and Audi sold over 100,000 U.S. diesel vehicles

Volkswagen Group of America announced that in 2013 between their VW and Audi nameplates they have sold sold over 100,000 diesel TDI equipped vehicles in the U.S.  “That's the highest number of diesels the company has ever sold here in a single year.”

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New diesel engines from Volkswagen

It makes me nervous when major changes are made to Volkswagen’s TDI engines, but according to a NYTimes Wheels blog article there are new efficient diesel power plants planned for Golf, Beetle, Passat and Jetta models next year. A few years the Pumpe Düse unit injector PD engine displace VW’s ALH motor which was one of the more reliable engines and then not too long after another common rail and emission change was made. What were suppose to be improvements each time had many customers complaining and facing some very expensive repairs (not to mention the hassles of having their relatively new cars serviced). I’m not sure where the status of those issues are today, but I always worry about design flaws and the normal black-eye producing bugs that show up when drastic changes are made to engines.

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Volkswagen announced Tuesday that its EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine would be available in the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Passat and Jetta models, which were scheduled to go on sale in the United States during the second half of 2014.

TDIFest 2013 - For those interested in a Labor Day trip

TDIFest 2013 is just over a month away and promises to be filled with fun and excitement! This year's TDIFest is located in Newry, Maine and will be centered around the Sunday River Resort’s Grand Summit Hotel on Labor Day weekend (August 30th - September 1st). Find out more at http://wiki.tdifest.com, register at http://reg.tdifest.com, and reserve your hotel room by calling 800-207-2365 (group code 85b22m) by August 9th to take advantage of our great group rates. Please note that late TDIFest 2013 registration rates go into effective August 1st so register early and save!

Kick off the weekend with our fabulous New England cookout (meet-n-greet) on Friday evening. Saturday will feature breakfast with a guest speaker, show & shine, and several technical sessions. Saturday evening will feature a group drive and dinner on your own at one of the great restaurants in downtown Bethel. Sunday offers the raffle drawing and additional technical sessions. Sunday evening gives you time to explore the mountain, ride the ski lift, and end up at the Peak Lodge for our awards banquet and live auction.

Both Saturday and Sunday will have vendor displays in the parking lot. This is a great opportunity to get to know the vendors and purchase items that you might need for your TDI. Many vendors have already graciously donated some products that will be auctioned off at the banquet, with the proceeds helping to fund TDIClub for another year. If you are a vendor and wish to donate some products, please contact us at tdifest@tdiclub.com and we will be able to give you further information.

The Passat TDI: all 48 states, but how many MPG?

Some road trips are more epic than others, and I’m excited to announce that we have a pretty epic one planned. Today, two drivers, Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger, depart from Volkswagen of America’s Herndon, Virginia headquarters in a 2013 Passat TDI® Clean Diesel. They’ll drive it 8,000 miles and pass through all 48 contiguous states over the next two weeks. The two friends are challenging the current Guinness World Record achievement for the lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. states for a non-hybrid car*. If anyone can break the current record of 67.9 mpg in the Passat TDI, it’s Wayne.

He’s an automotive journalist and founder of cleanmpg.com, an online community dedicated to fuel economy. He’s set mileage records in more than 100 vehicles, including the record for lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. states with ahybrid vehicle. Wayne will do most of the driving, but will share those duties with Bob, an electronics engineer with a history of energy and conservation projects. For the trip, the Passat TDI clean diesel will run on Shell ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel and Continental PureContact® with EcoPlus® Technology tires, which help improve fuel efficiency. The car also has a Linear Logic ScanGauge II® for precise fuel economy measurements and a Motorola® Droid® RAZR MAXX™ HD smartphone to provide Guinness World Records tracking requirements. Wayne and Bob will be stopping along the way to share their experiences on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels, so check in to see when they’ll be driving through your state. You can also track their trip by following the #VWTDI hashtag.

Volkswagen TDI marketing is being seen on the web

2013 TDI fuel efficiency

How is your fuel mileage stacking up to the current Volkswagen EPA TDI web advertising? LINK

The TDIClub and the generosity of people

It is during the challenging times when people know they are associated with the right groups and organizations. A couple groups I belong to demonstrated their true colors over the past few weeks. The TDIClub, a Volkswagen diesel car club of which our local CinciTDI is part, rallied around a long standing and giving member. Brian Johnson, known as "Oilhammer" on the forums, has been dealing with an onslaught of family medical and financial problems this past year. He has been a long giving and active member of the TDIClub and his expertise has been appreciated by all. A few friends (and vendors) in the club decided they might be able to lend a hand. I don't think anyone expected the caring to be so overwhelming, but the generosity and compassion of "good" people was amazing. Our local CinciTDI group was chosen to hold the raffle this weekend and shockingly saw a simple raffle of parts raise $13,125. Wow, it feels good to have helped out and be a part of this great group of caring people.