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Volkswagen teases US VW buyers with a performance oriented GTD Golf

According to Car and Driver, American VW buyers have a shot at getting the 2014 turbocharged 2.0 liter diesel powered Volkswagen Golf GTD. The new performance model will resemble the gas GTI, but offer a 184 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque diesel. Revs for this performance are incredibly low at not much above an idle -- 1750 RPMs. Transmission choices should be what is offered in Europe -- the six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission -- but who knows .

GTD Interior

(Thanks for the link Tim)

CinciTDI winter Social GTG at Roosters


A handful of CinciTDI friends gathered on Saturday at Roosters in Fairfield Ohio with our Volkswagen TDIs and stayed warm inside most of the time for just a social get together (GTG). That's not to say a few cars didn't need a bit of "wrenching," but the temperature and wind chill would not have have made that a pleasant task – besides we only intended to talk and eat. 

Would a Volkswagen Crossblue Diesel Hybrid work for you?

Volkswagen is showing off a new DSG all wheel drive Diesel Hybrid this year at the 2013 auto shows and getting a fair amount of praise and criticism -- it is hard to make everybody happy. Some chastise the hybrid concept and others the unglamorous styling. Others see it as the SUV that they've been waiting for, but are doubtful that the price will be affordable. Who knows if VW will build it with the listed specs ... or whittle it down a bit to offer price point closer to "a people's car"  (doubt that's even possible). Volkswagen suggests that this is a "serious" concept and says  that “if it goes into production, the CrossBlue would flesh out the Volkswagen SUV lineup with a seven-seat midsize crossover that slots in above the Tiguan and below the premium Touareg.”

Here are a few specs to spark your interest:

  • VW's TDI clean diesel engine with two electric motors
  • DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Unique electric All-Wheel-Drive called "propshaft by wire"
  • Questionable 89 MPGe or 35 MPG as a hybrid fuel economy
  • Combined power is up to 305 horsepower with 516 lb-ft of torque
  • Estimated 7.2 second  0 to 60 times
  • Manual or automatic mode capable of running 14 miles on the plug-in chargeable 9.8kWh lithium-ion battery
  • Range is 661 miles on 18.5 gallons of diesel ... plus battery
  • Seats six in 3 rows with 12 airbags
  • 10.2 in touchscreen interface with user programmable instrument cluster


Autoblog wraps up their 2011 VW Jetta TDI test drive

The popular automotive site, Autoblog, wasn't overly complementary when it came to parting with a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI after a 12 month 20,000 plus mile test drive. This current and slightly larger body style has been widely criticized for its "cheapened" feel and less than European driving characteristics. Autoblog drivers did however say positive things about the little diesel's fuel economy:

... we added up all of the fuel economy records in our logbook, divided by the number of fill-ups and came to this final observed number: 42.1 mpg. That's right, our average just narrowly bested the claimed highway economy number. And, to be honest, we could have done better if we actually tried. Many drivers noted fuel economy of over 50 mpg, with Editor Korzeniewski taking the cake with one 53.8-mpg run, which he achieved without even trying.


How do you keep your VW TDI warm in the winter?

Although old man winter hasn't arrived yet this year, here's something from IDParts.com for those of you who prefer more than a piece of cardboard behind the grill of your VW TDI.

Jetta Winter Front

The only way to travel ... new VW Passat TDI

If you're thinking about a new midsize 4 door car ... be sure to test drive the new Volkswagen Passat TDI.

2012 Passat TDI

Our mileage has been pretty remarkable -- so far we're averaging just shy of 46 MPG, with a one-day high of 50.2 MPG (moderate speeds and only a few steep hills to climb) and a low of 42.6 MPG (low speeds, lots of hills). Based on what I've seen, I have no doubt that we could top 55 MPG on a long, level road with a 65 MPH speed limit...

LINK for the full story

October 2012 CinciTDI GTG

Adding a nice summary by Doogie from the Yahoo List (below), but for some great How-To detail regarding the Lower Contol Arm work, check this LINK.

Thanks Tim.  Wow, those LCA’s on your car were for sure worn out, but the sway bar bushings you could see daylight through them! J  I bet after your alignment it felt like a new car!  Your aluminum skid plate makes me feel like I should bite the bullet and get one asap!  Btw, I like getting dirty!  Makes me feel like I’m doing something!

Thanks to Eric for the quick ride down to the hardware store to get a replacement bolt.  For those of you who didn’t make it, Tim’s mega-muscle strong-arm approach to removing the bolt that holds the torsion-bar dog-arm-to-LCA was too much for the 10 year old bolt, and it snapped off after about ½ inch removal.(He’s such a BRUT!) Thankfully we didn’t have to deal with removing the remaining bolt, as it was stuck in the old LCA, which he had purchased a new one.  So, all we needed was a replacement bolt.

Eric took us down to the local hardware store, where a misplaced broken curb jumped out in front of us, and POP!  Busted a tire on his spanking clean 2012 Passat L  Tim and I were amazed at how much room that thing has, and were quit envious of it.  Feeling bad about the tire pop, we jumped right on it like an Indy 500 pit crew, and had it swapped out before Eric could say “WOW! Now I’m Glad I got the Road Hazard warranty!”  His beautiful little (big?) Passat only has 3000 miles on it!  Quite a little thing it is!