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Monday August 3rd, 2009 at 10:88 AM
Posted by: Derek

VW Jetta TDI dieselLast year I totally got onboard the diesel train after driving a new Jetta TDI. Now I appreciate the value of diesel power a whole lot more after recently driving several hybrids in as many weeks. I’ve come to the conclusion that hybrids are as much fun to drive as a shopping cart with a broken wheel. And they require a totally different mindset from what I already have burned into my left hemisphere.

When gas prices were out of control last summer, diesel powered vehicles offered a little relief because more miles per gallon were possible with a gallon of diesel vs. regular petrol, plus they were an attractive alternative to the over-hyped, over-priced hybrids. The Jetta TDI I tested was quiet, drove like a real car, didn’t spew soot all over the rear bumper, and most importantly – didn’t smell like a carton of rotten eggs.

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan – First Impressions

Friday July 31st, 2009 at 8:77 AM
Posted by: twain

By Twain Mein

Diesel: what’s old is new, only better
I’ve been unintentionally green for a few weeks now; my beloved 2000 Audi A6 is in the shop getting major surgery including a transmission rebuild, new power steering rack, and catalytic converters. So I’ve been cycling and train-riding to work for the past few weeks. Unfortunately, the train station is quite a ways from work, so I’ve been riding a minimum of 9 miles, and sometimes 40 miles a day (if I forego the train). You can imagine there are times I’m pretty tired.

Luckily, my backside got a welcome break with the chance to test the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. But the “green” didn’t take a break with this frugal VW. It’s a fantastic car that offers plenty of room front and rear, fold down seats to easily fit the bike into the trunk, excellent handling, and a thoroughly entertaining diesel engine. Entertaining? Diesel? Yep-this sucker features a turbocharger that kicks in for some prodigious torque. While the 2.0 liter 4 cylinder has only 140 horsepower, it packs a whopping 236 foot pounds of torque. While it lags a bit off the line, at highway speeds, the torque makes passing a joy. It is an ideal highway cruiser. Even more impressive, despite my notorious lead-footedness (I infamously logged just 22mpg in the ’08 Honda Fit), I averaged a stunning 37.5 mpg!

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Diesel's Popularity Because of Fuel Efficiency & Performance

Wednesday July 22nd, 2009 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

VW Jetta TDI clean diesel

Yup, diesel sales are on the increase again, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Times is tight, as Desmond Dekker said, and people are looking to save wherever they can. Add that to growing green concerns amongst the populace, and that’ll be another selling point for oil burners. “But performance” some people might ask, “Really?”

Indeed, performance is also a viable reason for considering diesels these days. A while back, just for the heck of it, I looked into building up a VW Golf TDi as an eco-friendly rally car. The Golf is a good platform for that in general, but I was concerned about what could be done with the engine.

Turns out, you could do a surprising amount of fun stuff.

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2009 Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI Review – $43K, 30 mpg and 406 lb. ft torque = A No-Brainer.

Tuesday July 21st, 2009 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

Blings:

  • Powerful, Fuel Efficient, Clean and Quiet V6 diesel
  • Off-road prowess
  • Exceptional value
  • Safer than a nuclear fallout shelter

Dings:

  • No 3rd row seating (but this could actually be a bling depending on one’s affinity for hauling bodies)
  • Umm…that’s it, folks!

Ruling: If you want an SUV that can do everything but schlep more than five passengers, stop your search here.

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2009 Volkswagen CC Review

Monday July 13th, 2009 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: Francois

2009 Volkswagen CC
By Francis Cebedo

Blings:

  • The 2.0 model is an incredible value
  • Styling is simply stunning
  • The power and economy combination of the 2.0 is excellent
  • Interior materials and craftsmanship is first rate
  • Optional alloy wheel design complements the car very well
  • Leather seats are superb
  • This car is really comparable to cars that cost $10k more
  • You get a lot of looks and inquiries at the parking lot

Dings:

  • Only two rear seats in the rear for a car this size sacrifices space efficiency
  • Moonroof does not slide back
  • Rear door has a very sharp edge and can get caught upon upon opening
  • Owner’s manual is lacking details
  • Bluetooth and iPod compatibility needs to be standard on a car of this caliber
  • The 2.0 Sport model is the better car but the option upgrades are limited
  • You get a lot of looks and inquiries at the parking lot :^)
  • There is a big blind spot with the rear quarter panel so backing up is a chore
  • This car deserves to have the TDI engine option available

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VW Routan Minivan Reportedly Canceled

Wednesday April 29th, 2009 at 9:44 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Here’s some news that’s not all that surprising, Volkswagen’s Routan minivan, essentially a rebadged Chrysler minivan, is on the chopping block. You could pretty much see this coming from a mile away, almost before the Routan was rolled out. Rather than design and build their own minivan (a class of car that VW invented with the Type II way back when) VW decided that a better route was to take Dodge’s Caravan, change the trim here & there, add a VW badge and give it an Euro-sounding name. The Routan was built alongside its Chrysler Corp. counterparts at Chrysler’s Windsor, Ontario, plant until last December, when VW asked Chrysler to stop production. Apparently, not a single Routan has rolled off the assembly line since, and there are no immediate plans to resume production according to sources.

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SEAT's Race Game for iPhone & iPod

Friday April 10th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: tonyb

iPhone SEAT ibiza cupra

It’s Friday, so why not have a little fun, huh? SEAT, Volkswagen’s auto concern in Spain recently came out with this apparently nifty racing game that runs on the latest iPhone and touch-screen iPods (I say apparently cause I’m too cheap to own either yet).

The game is reminiscent of a BMW app that was floating around a short while ago, and it take advantage of the iPhone/iPods tilt sensors; tilt right and the car turns right. And the car in question is pretty interesting, especially if you like hot Euro hatchbacks. It’s SEAT’s Ibiza Cupra, that features a 180HP 1.4-liter four banger that’s get this, turbocharged AND supercharged. Tell me that doesn’t sound like fun.

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20 New VW Models By 2010

Tuesday March 31st, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

VW logo

Crisis? What crisis? Or at least that seems to be what Volkswagen is not only thinking, but also acting on. Reports are that the German auto giant will have TWENTY new models in show rooms by 2010. That’s next year.

Prof. Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of VW AG, said during a speech at the Volkswagen Group’s Annual Media Conference and Investor Conference on March 12, that the automaker will rollout more than 20 completely new models worldwide by 2010. This is not to say that there will be 20 new VWs out there, but 20 new models across all of VW’s brands, including Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Scania, SEAT, Skoda and VW CV,

CEO Winterkorn said that among the cars that will roll out will be the sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI in 2009 and the New Small Family based on the Up! Concepts, which will debut in early 2010. The New Small Family cars will be available for both urban drivers in the West and for the emerging markets.

He also added that the further optimization of the TDI, TSI and TFSI turbocharged diesel and gasoline engines is on the front burner for VW, as the company believes that combustion engines will remain the dominant technology for the foreseeable future. “We will break new ground and also introduce SUVs and large saloons with modern turbo- and supercharged 4-cylinder engines,” said Winterkorn.

Source: CarScoop

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More Sportier BlueMotion Models From VW?

Tuesday March 24th, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Cool, cool and most definitely cool. This is cool news for car fans that are also environmentally aware. Recently Volkswagen rolled out a new drivetrain, dubbed BlueMotion, which was a leaner & cleaner diesel. Not only was it 50 state legal (we’re looking at you Cali), but they also dropped it into a devastatingly neat mid-engined drop top “show car”, the BlueSport Roadster, that was sort of like a cheap, green version of Porsche’s Boxster. Now comes word that BlueMotion will also find its way into more VW models.

The BlueSport Roadster concept, from the last Detroit Auto Show, featured a 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel engine that got 35/62 mpg in the European Combined Cycle ratings. Now, reports from the U.K.’s Evo magazine are that VW is working on a production version of the BlueSport concept for 2011. Before that model hits the market, the BlueSport name may be applied to a performance-minded diesel version of the European Scirocco and possibly an oil-burning GTI as well.

Yes please! There’s no reason a car can’t be better for the planet AND fun to drive at the same time. As a matter of fact, I’d like to think that doing that is pretty damn imperative. Doing something because “you have to” is never that much fun, now is it? ‘Eat your broccoli, it’s good for you,’ never really would cut it for me when I was a kid, and it doesn’t really make it for other people when they hear, ‘You should drive XXX car, because it’s good for the environment.’ Make a car that’s fun AND good for the environment, and everybody wins.

Source: AutoBlogGreen

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2010 Volkswagen Polo Mk V Revealed At Geneva

Monday March 16th, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2020 VW Polo

Here’s the upcoming VW Polo, which just bowed at the Geneva Motor Show. Why is that important you ask, what’s the big deal about a Euro debut for a Euro car? Because VW recently announced that they will be bringing the Polo, long a standard in Europe, to these shores soon.

So, the new 2010 model which you see on the Geneva show stand is the same model that you will be seeing on the showroom floors and streets of America sometime soon. VW has been cagy about exactly when the U.S.-bound Polo will grace these shores, but all indications point to it coming in sometime later this year, or perhaps early next year (as a half year model, a la the first Mustang).

The Polo originally started out as a sub-compact model, sized, engined and optioned bellow the Golf. VW at first thought it was too small for the North American market (and they were probably right, about that), but as the Golf has grown and grown, so has the Polo. So the 2010 model is currently about the size of a Gen II or III Golf. Which ain;t that bad, or that small.

Actually, it’s kind of good. Small means light, for one thing. And that means better handling, and better overall performance. Especially when you consider that there already is an in house performance variant, the Polo GTi, and there’s already a Euro aftermarket for these things.

So look at the North American version of the Polo this way: It’s like a 2010 version of a Golf III that will be efficient, easy on the wallet and fun to drive. What’s not to like?

Source: LeftLaneNews

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