Feb 20th GTG @ Dubwerx

Its official, Dubwerx is hosting our GTG on Feb 20th, TDIClub memebers reynolcj, cojones, and Algirdas just got done working out the initial details.

Dubwerks is all in allowing us to use their space and even a lift if we have the need.

Current plan is to start at 8am, CinciTDI will provide lunch (burgers, dogs, etc) at noonish and go on through the day as long as we need to.

Right now we are looking at any topside work that needs to be done, anything else needs to be done by request.

Check out the thread on the tdiclub.com forums for more info and to add your requests

A Case for a Small Car

Nice plug for 2010 Volkswagen Golf models in WSJ article: "Volkswagen offers the only diesel in this economy-car category. For $22,155 it can go 30 miles per gallon in the city and 42 on the highway. I think this is the most desirable of the compact cars. Its fuel economy approaches the Prius level, yet it has a lot of power and feels especially zippy around town. It is also the cheapest diesel on the market (most cost more than $40,000)."


2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI Road Trip

2010 VW Sportwagen TDI InteriorJohn Matras, Auto Review Examiner, posted a great write up on his Road Test of a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. It's an enjoyable and informative read highlighting a few lessor known features on Volkswagen vehicles. Here's an example: "The Jetta SportWagen's front seats must be moved forward to lower the rear seats but then can be moved back into the regular driving position. The front seats, however, have an odd semi-power operation. The seats slide forward and aft manually but have power tilting seatbacks. It's a theme reprised in the heating/air conditioning controls. Unlike fully automatic temperature controls which regulate temperature and fan speed, only the temperature can be maintained automatically on the Jetta's HVAC system. The fan speed is set manually.

Time Magazine as Q&A with President of Audi highlighting diesel

From Time Magazine's How Audi is Cleaning Up with Clean Diesel's question and answer with Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi's U.S. division:

Audi is instead touting the benefits of diesel technology. How do you get around the negative perception of diesel cars in the U.S.?
Clean-diesel technology represents an immediate technological leap — you immediately, very significantly, reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Biodiesel, too, could get you very close to the point where you can have a neutral carbon footprint. This can all be attained in a relatively shorter space of time, and at lower costs, than waiting 20 years–plus until we get our act together with electric cars. I should say, though, that hybrids are important. It is not diesel vs. hybrid — they are complementary technologies. We, too, will be producing hybrids — diesel ones.

2010 VW Jetta TDI "Cup Edition" coming January 2010

If you enjoy snapping your Volkswagen around a corner or stopping fast enough launch your sunglasses into the windshield, then you might want to consider the VW TDI Cup "Street" Edition. It's closest kin is the Jetta GLI ... but with a diesel engine. Today Volkswagen announced that the TDI Cup Edition Jettas should be in dealer showrooms this January.

A hint of what is coming to improve TDI emissions and efficiency

2010 Audi A3

Automatic start-stop systems are becoming more common on gasoline powered cars, particularly hybrid, but Audi is looking to change that with the introduction of a new system on the A3 that is paired with the 7-speed S-tronic dual clutch transmission on both their 105 hp 1.6 TDI diesel and the 125 hp 1.4 TFSI gas engine. In both cases, the cars are also equipped with brake energy regeneration which captures some energy during coast down to charge the battery. This has the effect of reducing the alternator load on the engine during acceleration.  The 1.6 TDI gets an EU combined rating of 56 mpg (U.S.) with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km while the 1.4 TFSI is rated at 44.4 mpg (U.S.) and 124 g/km. No announcement has been made concerning this technology in the U.S., but the 2010 Audi A3 is currently available in North America with the 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine.

VW official news on the 2010 Golf TDI - 42 mpg

Autoblog has news about the 2010 Golf TDI, the good news is the engine is the same 2.0-liter TDI from last years Jetta.  Unfortunately VW is continuning its tradition of making the TDI with only premium options and pushing the TDI to over $3000 more then the base model.

The manual diesel gets 30/41 mpg while the DSG diesel gets 31/42 mpg, a slight improvement over last years Jetta TDI with the same engine.

 2010 TDI Engine


No 2009 Volkswagen TDIs in inventory, but 2010 are on their way

2010 VW Sportwagen TDI

It has been frustrating for wannabe Volkswagen TDI buyers planning to purchase a new 2009 diesel late this summer or fall. Most have discovered that there are none to be had and that MSRP and sometimes above is required to get on a dealer list for a 2010 first off the boat (happening this week!) This time it’s not that VW isn’t making them (lapse for a couple years) or that $4.00 gasoline have sent people running to buy a fuel-sipper … no, it’s  that wonderful US govenment “Cash for Clunker” program.

“If you hear from dealers or customers complaining about where their Jetta [TDI] Sportwagen is or they can’t buy a Jetta[TDI] Sportwagen–because believe me we get these emails every day” Keys told Journalists, “(the cash for clunkers program) is what did it.”