Last post on Jul 05, 2006 at 7:03 AM
You are in the Future Vehicles - Archived Discussions
This discussion is ARCHIVED. To reactivate the discussion, post a request in the Lost? Ask the Future Vehicles Host for Directions! discussion.
What is this discussion about?
Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#18 of 83 Re: Golf [600kgolfgt] VW Sales Up 72% in Early Sept.
Sep 15, 2005 (7:29 am)
RE: Well, I guess VW will be extinct from the U.S. inside of two years...and U.S. consumers will rejoice everywhere - glad that they won't have to deal with such a problematic brand - the worst in the annals of automotive history....
Maybe not. According to Bloomberg.com news service on Sept. 12, 2005:
"Volkswagen AG's U.S. sales of its namesake brand rose 72 percent in
the first 10 days of September as record gasoline prices prompted
buyers to trade in sport-utility vehicles for small cars and demand
more diesel models, the brand's top U.S. executive said."
full story here:
I wonder whether VW can ramp up production of diesel engines to meet the demand, which is already high in Europe and elsewhere outside the US. My guess is that pricing will be very firm instead of, or in addition to, production increases.
#19 of 83 Re: Golf [600kgolfgt]
Sep 18, 2005 (2:42 am)
Well, I guess VW will be extinct from the U.S. inside of two years...and U.S. consumers will rejoice everywhere - glad that they won't have to deal with such a problematic brand - the worst in the annals of automotive history....
quite an idiosyncratic, pontificating statement?
VW is one of the largest and most influential international automotive companies, and will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the US market one way or another in the remainder of this century. I love my two VWs, and I am not alone with that here in the US. Great value, great handling, sufficiently reliable, and inexpensive to maintain (at least for me). Tons of brand-new VWs in my neighborhood. Just flew across the US to the East Coast - same there. Looks like a bright future for VW, to me.
#20 of 83 Re: Golf [allhorizon]
Sep 18, 2005 (4:14 pm)
> quite an idiosyncratic, pontificating statement?
No. It's called sarcasm (hint: my forum name - 600kGolfGT). I currently own 3 VWs...
#21 of 83 Re: Golf [600kgolfgt]
Sep 18, 2005 (11:47 pm)
Sorry, with all this brand bashing going around like a flu, that one went right by my receptors.
#22 of 83 Re: Golf [600kgolfgt]
Jan 19, 2006 (12:14 am)
Had a 1999 VW Golf, built in Germany, so I figured it would be OK in build quality. This was probably one of the first ones off the boat, but they had been building them for two years before it even got here. The interior was excellent.. until the sunroof starting popping parts off at me and the interior glue started to melt in the California sun. Had to have the rotors turned on the front at 6K, ext. body trim parts fell off every time I drove it. The worst part was the dealer experience, which was, to say the least, lacking. To the cars defense it did drive great, but if a car is always in the shop how it drives doesn't much matter. This only gets worse when your friends are telling you about their great Hondas, Toyotas and Mazdas. I agree, VW needs to fix their problems or they really are doomed in the US. I wish I could say that I was the only one with these problems, and it was just a fluke. But statistics don't lie.
Jackson, No. CA
#23 of 83 Re: Golf [jacksonca]
Jan 19, 2006 (7:52 am)
built in Germany, so I figured it would be OK
And why would the location where the car is assembled tell you anything about how reliable it is likely to be?
#24 of 83 VW in Canada
Jan 21, 2006 (10:43 am)
The VWs are still popular in Canada and reflect a good percentage of vehicles on the street. Canadians have moved away from North American builds because of low quality and even less sportiness. To say they are bland is putting it mildly.
The Japanese models excel here because of the great fuel economy and reliability that is imparted on the foreign vehicles.
Feb 16, 2006 (10:21 am)
I just saw the 2007 VW Golf at the Chicago Auto Show and it is an impressive change from the current Golf. I had some major disappointments, however. Namely, it will not be available in the TDI model until 2008. I don't understand this move by the company. The Jetta TDI is available and I thought the engines were the same.
#26 of 83 Re: 2007 VW Golf [grasspress]
Feb 18, 2006 (10:02 pm)
The Jetta TDI will also be discontinued, for a short while. Blame your lawmakers, not VW. They changed the emissions regulations before introduction of the new low Sulfur Diesel, expected towards the end of this year. Car Diesels will become available again, probably sometime in 2007.
In the meantime, you can of course buy a large Diesel pick-up truck without much exhaust control and ten times the pollution...
#27 of 83 Re: 2007 VW Golf [allhorizon]
Feb 19, 2006 (12:18 pm)
With the low sulfer, who knew they would change regulations? O well. My friends Jetta TDI tip get's about 39 hwy, while I think the new 2.0T is rated at 32ish. Not a huge difference.