TDI Beetle Details Announced!


The only Clean Diesel offering in the compact coupe category goes on sale in August

• Volkswagen’s sixth TDI® Clean Diesel model available in the U.S.

Herndon, VA –  Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced pricing for the Beetle TDI® Clean Diesel coupe. The Beetle TDI is the third model in the Beetle lineup and joins the 2.5-liter five-cylinder and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline models, which launched to great acclaim in 2011. The Beetle TDI features VW’s 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection Clean Diesel engine that produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with a manual transmission, the model has manufacturer fuel economy estimates of 41 mpg highway and 32 mpg city.

Model Lineup
Three trims are available with the TDI® Clean Diesel powertrain. All models feature a standard six-speed manual transmission with Volkswagen’s acclaimed six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission as an option. All three are very well equipped, with standard features such as power windows with one-touch up/down; cruise control; V-Tex Leatherette seating; front-center armrest; the “Käeferfach” secondary glovebox; Bluetooth® technology; leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with audio controls; three-color ambient lighting; auxiliary instrument package; Keyless entry with push-button start; SiriusXM Satellite Radio®; and a Media Device Interface with iPod® cable.

Manual $23,295
Automatic $24,395
The base TDI model comes standard with unique 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, all the equipment listed above, and an interior and exterior chrome package. The standard RCD310 audio system has an AM/FM radio, CD player, Bluetooth® technology, SiriusXM Satellite Radio® and eight speakers

TDI with Sunroof
Manual $24,895
Automatic $25,995
This model adds a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof and Volkswagen’s touchscreen Premium VIII radio to the Beetle TDI trim.

TDI with Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation

Manual $26,195
Automatic $27,295
In addition to the above features, the top model includes the RNS 315 navigation system and the award-winning Fender® Premium Audio system.All prices exclude a destination charge of $770.

2013 Beetle TDI Pricing
2.0L 140 hp TDI® engine, six-speed manual transmission; 17-inch alloy wheels; power windows with one-touch up/down; cruise-control; V-Tex leatherette seating; trip computer; front center-armrest; auxiliary instrument package; keyless access with push-button start; RCD 310 eight-speaker sound system with aux-in and Media Device Interface with iPod® cable; SiriusXM® Satellite Radio; three-color ambient lighting
+ Six-speed DSG® transmission
TDI w/ Sunroof
(Includes Beetle TDI features)
+ Panoramic sunroof with power tilt and slide
+ Six-speed DSG® transmission
TDI w/ Sunroof, Sound, and Navi
(Includes TDI w/ Sunroof features)
+ RNS 315 touchscreen navigation, Fender Premium Audio System
+ six-speed DSG® transmission
$     770
All Prices Exclude Destination Charge
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Beetle Fender Edition coming to US

Volkswagen presents a new special edition of the Beetle at the Leipzig Auto Show

  • Standard concert-quality Fender Premium Audio System
  • Interior features “Sunburst” dash and contrasting stitching
  • Brushed chrome side mirrors, 18-inch “Disc” aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Fender logo displayed in chrome
Leipzig, Germany/Herndon, VA  –  First seen as a concept car at the Frankfurt International Auto Show in 2011, the production version of the Beetle Fender Edition makes its world debut at the Leipzig International Auto Show. Volkswagen’s iconic coupe is not only fitted with the outstanding premium Fender© sound system, but also visually demonstrates its affiliation with the American musical icon.The Beetle Fender Edition stands out with unique interior and exterior styling. Its distinctively painted dashboard features the quintessential sunburst color of Fender guitars, and the vehicle’s interior is accented with color-contrasting seams that complement the dash’s colors. Beetle Fender Edition vehicles equipped with the 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder TSI© engine will receive seats with exclusive fabric inserts. Outside, all Beetle Fender Edition vehicles are painted in Deep Black Metallic and also feature brushed chrome exterior mirrors, 18-inch “Disc” aluminum-alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, and the famous Fender logo.The Fender Premium Audio System debuted in the Jetta GLI in the U.S., but the Beetle is the first VW vehicle in Europe equipped with the high-performance sound setup. Using proprietary Panasonic© speaker technology, the system cuts through noise and other distraction with front dual-voice coil speakers to create a soundstage closely akin to a true, live performance. The concert-quality audio won’s “Best-sounding car stereo” award.The Fender Premium Audio System includes no fewer than nine speakers along with a 10-channel amplifier providing 400 Watts of system power:

• Four Fender Deluxe™ Tweeters

  • Two-ohm soft dome with neodymium magnet
  • Wide frequency range and extension
  • Incredibly low distortion
  • Excellent off-axis performance
  • Reveals the harmonic richness of voices and instruments

• Two Fender Twin™ Speakers

  • 20-cm with dual-voice coils
  • Ribbed polypropylene honeycomb cone
  • Wide frequency range and extension
  • High power-handling capability
  • Lightweight and low distortion

• Two Fender Rear Speakers

  • 16-cm with neodymium magnet
  • Ribbed polypropylene honeycomb cone
  • Smooth midrange response

• One Fender Bassman™ Subwoofer

  • 20-cm with dual-voice coils
  • Lightweight and high-efficiency neodymium magnet
  • Glassfiber-reinforced foamed paper
  • Super-low distortion
  • High power-handling capability
  • Powerful and precise bass response
The Beetle Fender Edition will first go on sale in Europe and will be available in America in the fall of 2012. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
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1,626 Miles on ONE Tank of Fuel

1,626 Miles on ONE Tank of Fuel



Mileage experts John and Helen Taylor complete 1626-mile drive in Chattanooga-built Volkswagen Passat TDI®—without stopping for fuel!

  • Record set using a stock 2012 Passat TDI SE with six-speed manual transmission
  • Average of 84.1 miles per gallon during three-day trip
  • Shows mileage benefits of VW Clean Diesel technology
Herndon, VA –  The world’s most fuel-efficient couple has done it again. John and Helen Taylor were determined to break the record for the farthest distance traveled on a single tank of fuel. They decided to attempt the record in the U.S. with a stock 2012 Volkswagen Passat SE TDI Clean Diesel vehicle equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. The previous record for the most miles covered on a single tank of diesel was 1526.6 miles, achieved with a VW Passat 1.6 BlueMotion® diesel in Europe.The result? A new record of 1626.1 miles, achieved on one tank of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel under real world driving conditions. That’s an incredible 99.5 miles better than the old mark. Over the course of three days and driving through nine states, the couple averaged 84.1 miles per gallon, spending only 4.65 cents per mile. The three-day drive commenced on May 3, 2012 in Houston, TX and ended on May 5, 2012 in Sterling, Virginia. To make the drive as realistic as possible, the couple included 120 pounds of luggage and drove during daylight hours to experience normal traffic situations. Additionally, the couple took turns driving and didn’t travel more than 14 hours per day.“We’re excited to have broken the record for the longest distance driven on one-tank of fuel,” said John Taylor. “The Passat TDI was the perfect car for the trip. It offers plenty of interior and cargo space, yet is frugal enough to help us achieve this record.”The Passat’s 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel inline four-cylinder engine produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and with a manual transmission delivers an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 43 mpg on the highway. The TDI engine is equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction System (SCR) that fulfills emissions requirements in all 50 states. The Passat—built at the world’s only LEED Platinum certified automotive factory in Chattanooga, TN—was named Motor Trend’s 2012 Car of the Year.

“The Passat was engineered and designed to be a comfortable yet fun to drive alternative in the midsize segment. The TDI Clean Diesel version unites driving dynamics and fuel efficiency that isn’t found in the competitive set,” said Rainer Michel, Vice President of Product Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We’re honored that the Taylors chose the 2012 Passat TDI as the vehicle to set this outstanding distance record. Their record shows just how economical the Passat TDI can be in the right hands.”

Prior to the drive, the speedometer and odometer were calibrated by a state certified testing station in Houston, Texas. Law enforcement officers from the city of Houston, Texas oversaw validation of mileage, fuel fill-up, and gas tank sealing at the beginning of the drive. A Loudoun County, Virginia Sheriff’s Deputy verified completion of the drive and mileage prior to removing the fuel tank seal.

The Taylors have made a career out of driving efficiently and conducting workshops globally on fuel-efficient driving techniques. They have collected more than 90 world fuel economy and vehicle-related records from drives around the globe.

Top 7 Reasons Why Owning a Volkswagen Rocks

Via DasAuto Magazine

There’s a reason they call it the “people’s car”—because people absolutely love owning a Volkswagen. It’s why more than 5 million folks around the world bought a new Volkswagen last year—a record, by the way [1]. So exactly why does owning a Volkswagen rock? We can think of a hundred reasons—from the terrific Big Game ads to the literally rocking available Fender® sound system and new partnership with Rolling Stone to the tricked-out rides—but here are our top seven, with additions from our VW fans on Facebook and Twitter.

1. VW Has Its Eye on the Future with Fuel-Efficient Cars

Over the next five years, Volkswagen will spend 62.4 billion Euro—that’s more than $80 billion—to develop some of the most technically advanced cars and SUVs in the industry. Much of that investment—one of the largest in Volkswagen history—is going to focus on developing eco-conscious vehicles with the Think Blue® mantras of efficiency and sustainability in mind, including hybrid, diesel, and electric cars.

But Volkswagen owners are already feeling the love in their wallet: “I love our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI for the savings in fuel costs [2],” says owner Lew Wiezorek of Montgomery, Illinois. “My wife and I were spending over $600 a month in gas on her previous vehicle. We spend maybe $170-190 a month now in diesel fuel. The savings alone is almost making our car payment!”

Danny Hurt of Nottingham, United Kingdom, who owns a 2001 VW Polo adds: “The thing I love about owning a VW is how proud it makes you feel inside, and the longer I have my VW the more impressive it gets—even in its 10th year!”

2. VW Goes the Distance

In the 34 years Pasadena, California, resident Albert Klein owned his white 1963 VW Beetle, he’s racked up a staggering 1,613,281 miles. That’s right—1.6 million—the equivalent of driving 238 times around the moon.

Or, as 1986 VW Golf owner Mark Sayampanathan of Hedgesville, West Virginia puts it: “My Volkswagen just refuses to die.”

3. VW Gets Speed

Meet Tristan Herbert. He’s 35, lives in Reston, Virginia, and used to be a pro snowboarder and motorcycle racer—until an accident sidelined him. Now he’s in the driver’s seat, racing cars for Volkswagen. He’s pretty good too; last year in his rookie season, he finished fourth in the Pirelli World Challenge driving his GTI. An admitted VW junkie, he’s on his fifth GTI.

Waltham, Massachusetts resident Scott Lian gets a kick out of regular freeway driving in his 2009 VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel. “I love my TDI, it has been by far the best car I have ever owned,” Scott says. “I love nothing more than passing a slow-moving hybrid, looking down to see about 40 mpg on my dash [2], and then pulling away with all that torque [3].”

Raymond Padora of Sydney, Australia, puts the performance appeal of his 2011 VW Polo simply: “Corners, corners, corners.”

4. VW Infatuation Runs Deep—All Around the Globe

In the 65 years it was built—1938 to 2003—some 21.5 million Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 models were snapped up by owners around the world [1]. That makes it the fourth best-selling car of all time. What’s in third place? The hugely popular Volkswagen Golf, of course, with more than 27 million in sales worldwide since its launch in 1974. That means there are a lot of Volkswagen enthusiasts out there.

One of the best parts of having so many fellow VW fans in the world is the unofficial community that’s formed. Owners often wave and honk at one another as they pass—even if they’re complete strangers. The VW bond is a strong connector.

“The number one thing I love about owning a VW is the little rush of camaraderie every time I exchange a thumbs-up, peace sign, nod or wave with another ‘Dubber’ on the road,” says Mike Howells of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and owner of a 2008 VW GTI.

Dennis Canuto of Charlotte, North Carolina, agrees. “People brag about owning a BMW or Mercedes-Benz, but no other car company has a community like VW,” says the owner of a 1995 VW Corrado and a 2003 VW Passat W8. “Shows like Southern Wörthersee, Waterfest and H2O International are proof!”

“The number one thing I love about owning a VW is the VW owners’ community in Bulgaria, my country,” says Ivo Stankov of Varna and a 1998 VW Polo owner. “Our VW car community is the largest one in Bulgaria. We have weekly meetings in every big city where we help each other and showcase our beloved Volkswagen vehicles.”

5. VW Safety Comes Standard

Volkswagen owners love the way their vehicles make them feel safer behind the wheel.

Raul Benitez of Reynosa, Mexico and owner of a 1968 VW Beetle sedan says the number one reason to own a Volkswagen is: “Because nothing says love and care than driving my VW.”

Thomas Goodwin of Edison, New Jersey says the thing he loves most about driving a Volkswagen is: “Knowing that I am safe!” After a collision totaled his beloved 2010 VW GTI, he bought another Volkswagen, a 1994 VW Golf. “Thank goodness I had been driving a Volkswagen.”

And when it comes to safety, Volkswagen leads the industry in the U.S. with nine models being named 2012 Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety [4]. Call it safety in numbers.

6. VW Owners Are In on the Smile Factor

We heard it from dozens of Volkswagen owners: Driving a VW makes you smile.

“I do not drive a Volkswagen because of all the gadgets that they pack in,” says Nate Saam of Longmont, Colorado, who owns a 2003 Jetta GLS TDI. “I do not drive a Volkswagen because of the outstanding fuel economy [2] it gets. I drive a Volkswagen because it brings out the 12-year-old in me when I am behind the wheel. There is something to be said about a car that makes you want to smile.”

Nancy MacIntyre of Winter Park, Florida, owns a 2005 New Beetle Convertible and knows all about the kid appeal. “On my way home from work there is a stoplight at the corner where there is a walk-up window to an Italian ice business. I have incited so many ‘Punch Dub’ wars from kids standing in line. It is hilarious,” Nancy says. “I also love my VW because it is super cute. I still get loads of compliments on it and it is seven years old.”

Plus, VW owners love serving as brand ambassadors: “I love it when people get in my Tiguan for the first time and exclaim: ‘This is a Volkswagen?!’” says Bryce Jardon, owner of a 2010 Tiguan, living in Overland Park, Kansas.

7. VW Owners Are Passionate “Lifers”

“Owning a VW is a lifestyle,” says 2007 VW Caddy pick-up owner Stuart Wood of Port Alfred, South Africa.

Konner Bruce has been a VW enthusiast since the day he was born, literally. “My parents drove to the hospital in a 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon,” says Konner, who lives in Poulsbo, Washington. “Since then I’ve owned a 1991 VW Vanagon, a 1992 VW GTI, a 1969 VW Karmann Ghia, a 1980 VW Rabbit Diesel, and currently I drive a taiga green 1978 VW Transporter that I named ‘Paddy’ because I bought it on St. Patrick’s Day last year—and I’m only 20! VW has timeless style. I love the passion that comes with owning a Volkswagen.”

“Owning a VW is like having another family member, not just a form of transportation,” says Katie Giltinan, of Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, who owns a 2002 VW New Beetle 1.8t.

Colin Boyle of Campbell, California, agrees: “I love my 2012 VW Beetle Turbo. I take pride in owning it, washing it and yes, even saying good night to it. It’s family. Volkswagen adds fun to my life. It makes me smile and for that, I say thank you.”

Los Angeles, California resident and 1998 VW Golf K2 owner Jim Cherry sums up the charm of being a Volkswagen owner best: “You can’t pin the appeal of owning a Volkswagen down to one thing, but if I had to, I would say it’s the unique combination of economy [2], driving fun, timeless design, practicality and solid German engineering.”