If you’re interested enough in VW to be here, then you’re most likely aware of the issue surrounding Volkswagen diesel engines and the emissions recall. Its been a little while since I’ve posted, so I thought I would give you a quick rundown on what happened and whats going on…
The most important thing, is that there is NOTHING wrong with your car. It is 100% safe and in no way if you’re a TDI owner should you worry. This issue is solely related to emissions, nothing else regarding safety or performance.
VW cheated, they’ve admitted it and are actively working on figuring out who was involved and how high up in the company the issue went. There was software installed that could detect the driving situation when the cars are being tested for emissions. When the car was in testing the software changed the way it ran to get better results, passing the test. When in real-world driving the computer allowed to car to run at normal levels, which were about the allowed amounts of emissions. Reports say 40-60x the allowed amounts, when in reality, it is at such low levels its still tiny.
VW is working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue, with progress already being made for European models. We’re hoping a US fix that doesn’t affect the performance will be out in the near future, though there’s no word from VW on when it will happen.
VW is doing everything possible to make amends. They are helping dealers get through this time, and most importantly, they’re offering all affected TDI owners a goodwill package of $1000. If you’re a TDI owner, you can register here.
On a somewhat personal note, its been super-encouraging to see all the TDI owners I’ve worked with over the last month. Its amazing that almost every single person I talk to has nothing but good things to say about their car. The only issue thats consistent is the “Hope the EPA doesnt force VW to mess up their car.” VW love!
Please contact me with any questions or concerns!
I’m hoping this comes to the US!
• Volkswagen to produce XL1 at its Osnabrück plant in Germany, using carbonfiber technology
• The XL1 is the most aerodynamic production car ever, with a Cd of 0.19
• 261 mpg combined fuel consumption was a vision—now it’s a reality
Wolfsburg, Germany – The XL1 from Volkswagen is the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, with a European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, this two-seat vehicle can also cover up to 32 miles as a zero-emissions vehicle in all-electric mode.The XL1 is an automotive standout that follows pure sports-car design principles: light weight (1753 pounds), exceptional aerodynamics (Cd 0.19), and a low center of gravity. This super-efficient Volkswagen thus has the ability to cruise down the road at a constant 62 mph while using just 8.3 horsepower. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover more than a kilometer.The XL1 emits just 21 g/km of CO2, thanks to its high-tech lightweight design, aerodynamic efficiency, and a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 47-hp two-cylinder TDI® engine, a 27-hp electric motor, a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a lithium-ion battery. The 261 mpg fuel consumption figure is a record that has not been achieved by any other vehicle to date, showing that Volkswagen is redefining what is technically feasible in the automotive industry. The XL1 also has a top speed of 99 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds.
Conceptually, the XL1 represents the third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen’s 1-liter car strategy. When the new millennium was ushered in, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, formulated the visionary goal of putting into production a practical car that had combined fuel consumption of one liter per 100 km (235 mpg). In the two-seat XL1, this vision has become reality.
Despite the tremendous efficiency of the XL1, the engineers and designers successfully came up with a body design which delivers more everyday utility than the two previous prototypes. In the L1, the 1-liter car that was shown in 2002 and 2009, the driver and passenger sat in a tandem arrangement for optimal aerodynamics; in the XL1, the two occupants sit slightly offset, side by side, almost like a conventional vehicle.
The XL1 is 153.1 inches long, 65.6 in wide, and just 45.4 in tall. By comparison, a Volkswagen Polo is slightly longer (156.3 in) and wider (66.2 in), but is significantly taller (57.6 in). Even a purebred sports car like today’s Porsche Boxster is 5.1 inches taller. The XL1 will look spectacular going down the highway—a car of the future, built for today.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.Notes:
This press release and images of the XL1 are available at media.vw.com.“DSG”, “TDI”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG.
VOLKSWAGEN CLAIMS BEST HIGHWAY FUEL EFFICIENCY, WITH SEVEN MODELS THAT ACHIEVE MORE THAN 40 MPG
New Jetta Hybrid earns EPA fuel economy rating of up to 48 mpg; the first compact hybrid available with a turbocharged engine
Herndon, VA – With EPA estimated fuel economy ratings of 48 mpg on the highway, 42 mpg in the city, and a combined rating of 45 mpg, the Jetta Hybrid becomes the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the Volkswagen lineup and the seventh model capable of more than 40 mpg on the highway. With sales of the Jetta Hybrid beginning later this month, Volkswagen will offer more products that achieve this benchmark fuel economy figure than any other automotive manufacturer in the United States.
The other models to achieve more than 40 mpg are in the TDI® Clean Diesel family: Beetle TDI (manual); Beetle Convertible TDI (manual); Golf TDI (manual and automatic); Jetta TDI (manual and automatic); Jetta SportWagen TDI (manual); and Passat TDI (manual and automatic).
The Jetta Hybrid is Volkswagen’s second hybrid vehicle to go on sale in the U.S. and its first in the compact hybrid sedan segment. It uses a four-cylinder,1.4-liter, turbocharged and direct-injected TSI® engine that is mated to an electric motor and a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, a unique powertrain in the class. The combined rating of the powertrain is 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
The Jetta Hybrid goes on sale at the end of 2012, priced from $24,995. The entry-level Hybrid S has standard 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Bluetooth® technology, Climatronic® temperature control, a six-speaker sound system, and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. The SE model, starting at $26,990, adds LED taillights, MDI interface with iPod® cable, the Premium VIII touchscreen radio with SD memory card reader, and keyless access with push-button start.
The Hybrid SEL costs $29,325 and adds 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; a power tilt-and-slide sunroof; the RNS 315 touchscreen radio and navigation system; heatable seats; and a six-way power driver’s seat. The topline Hybrid SEL Premium costs $31,180. This comes standard with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs and the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), front foglights with cornering lights, the Fender® Premium Audio System, and a rearview camera.
I’ve always described hybrid vehicles as “Sewing machines on wheels.” Until now, there has never been a hybrid built that proved my wrong in that description. Well, I got to play with the new 2013 Jetta Hybrid yesterday and I was very pleasantly surprised!
The 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid is fun to drive and gets a combined 45mpg average!
Style-wise, its a Jetta, with some subtle tweaks to set it apart from its non-hybrid siblings. An updated front grill with blue-trimmed Hybrid badges, side and rear diffusers and front and rear spoilers to help with aerodynamics add a lot to the styling, along with the new wheel options.
For performance, it does not disappoint at all! The one thing I can see being a negative is owners will get carried away by the performance and drive it around like its a GTI, then say, “what happened to my fuel economy?” It is a blast to drive when you want power and performance, and a wonderfully frugal fuel-sipper when you ask that of it. I got 43.9mpg on one all-city drive around Anaheim, and 46.8 mpg on another drive! Obviously I was trying my best, but with practice and getting used to the throttle I’m confident I could do even better.
The only real negative is trunk space. Its the only hybrid sedan in its class with 60/40 split folding seats though, so that makes up for the smallish trunk size due to the hybrid battery placement. The only hybrid that really has an advantage over the Jetta here is the Prius hatchback, but then again, you’d have to drive a Prius, and that would take you right back to the worst of the sewing machines on wheels! There was an electric skateboard at the training, and it actually beat the Prius in a short drag race!
The Jetta is the fastest Hybrid, has better fuel economy than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Honda Civic Hybrid, and is most importantly FUN TO DRIVE! Owning a Volkswagen should be something to smile about, and is with the new Jetta Hybrid.
The 2013 Jetta Hybrid will be arriving in showrooms in about a month, so contact me here if you’re interested in taking a look at them when they arrive!
FUEL-EFFICIENT BEETLE TDI® CLEAN DIESEL COUPE PRICED FROM $23,295
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.
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.
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
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
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
All Prices Exclude Destination Charge