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AWD Volkswagen R-line TDIs could be in your future

VW R in Snow

Could you be tempted by an AWD "performance" version of your favorite Volkswagen model ... IF it was available with a diesel?  According to recent comments at the LA Auto Show VW could be offering their "R" line in all-wheel drive with a TDI ... and in more than the hatchback.

"The future is diesel and all-wheel-drive," Richter told us on the floor of last week's LA Auto Show. That could mean that the next great performance offering from VW R could come in the form of an AWD diesel hatch – essentially an oil-burning Golf R. Further, Richter contends that he can make an R version of any vehicle in the VW stable, so don't be surprised to see a Passat R in the coming years and the Beetle R getting the green light.


How about a TDI minivan ... self-made

Postings to CinciTDI have been rather thin so here's an interesting TDI conversion project that many of us have thought about over the years. Travis Gossman from South Carolina converted his family Chrysler minivan to a 5-speed manual TDI diesel. We should invite him up for a show n share!

Volkswagen issue recall for 2009 - 2012 TDIs

Archiving Volkswagen recall that includes 2009 - 2012 TDIs ... 168,275 vehicles impacted.

Vehicle Make / Model:
Model Year(s):
AUDI / A3 2010-2012

Mfr's Report Date: SEP 30, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V490000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Rocketchip Performance TDI Tuning Event on Saturday August 20, 2011 @ 8 AM

Attention All TDI Power Enthusiasts:

Jon's Auto LLC is proud to present the return of Jeff from "Rocketchip" (www.rocketchip.com) to their shop in Central Ohio.  Jon Hamilton, BBB-accredited shop owner, 10 year veteran TDI & ASE-certified mechanic, still holds the record for the fastest diesel up Pikes Peak with his 2000 Golf TDI because of Jeff Robertson's custom tune.  With over 25 year of experience in performance tuning, Jeff is a nationally recognized tuner and is well-respected in the TDI community.  Rocketchip has a number of different levels of chip-tuning to suit individual preference and goals. Jon's Auto has hosted this event since 2005 and have received 100% positive feedback with likely gains in fuel economy and definite gains in performance.  This semi-annual event will be held on Saturday August 20 @ 8 AM.  They will be doing chip tuning, injector installs, FREE VAG-COM computer scans, and other minor work if necessary.  Due to space and time constraints, they are reserving this event for individual who wish to be tuned only.  This is a first come, first serve event or you may drop off your TDI Friday evening or Saturday morning to avoid the wait.  Please contact Jon's Auto via e-mail or phone to confirm your attendance, so they may provide Jeff with an approximate tune count.  Jon's Auto appreciates your time.

UK Passat boasting 68mpg, but only 1.6L 104HP diesel

Semi-informative, semi-testing a re-posting service.

Here are a few 2012 VW Passats being made in the USA


I enjoyed exchanging emails and text messages (and tweets below) with a couple automotive writers touring the newly opened Volkswagen facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee the other day. The photos were great to see (above from Kiplinger’s Jessica Anderson) and the initial opinion regarding the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI exciting to hear as well (below from Nick Kurczewski).


TDIFest 2011 in Lexington Ky

TDIFest 2011 registration is now Live 

Information you should know.... 
-Early registration ($25) will last until June 21, then revert to full price of $35. Please plan accordingly. 
-A "companion" registration is available for $15. A companion is defined as family, boyfriend/girlfriend. Period.  If you are a club member, you must pay full registration price. Companion will get nametag, T shirt, and admittance to the pig roast. Pretty good deal. Companion MAY NOT enter a car in the show n shine. That requires a full registration.
-Pig roast. NO ONE eats for free. Only those with full or companion registrations will be allowed to go through the line. This includes kids. Please plan for this. Cutoff date for pig roast registration is noted on the registration site. We probably won't be able to accomodate last minute registrants due to finite amount of prepared food.
-Banquet. For those with special food need, please let us know. We can arrange accomodations if they aren't extensive.
-Vendors are not being charged anything extra to be at TDIFest 2011. However, all members of your party involved with sales must pay full registration. Family members not selling qualify for companion registration. Vendor is responsible for any hotel charges for unusual needs.

High Res photo gallery for the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI


If you like the new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, check out the high resolution photo gallery at gorideit.com.