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#5 of 14 Re: Volkswagon to add Hybrid/Diesel to lineup [tpe]
Mar 02, 2008 (8:06 am)
Give me a diesel or an EV. I do not want some kluged up hybrid with 30% to 40% more stuff to repair. Hybrids are fine for those that feel they need a new vehicle every 3-5 years. I just do not fit into that group very well. I have tried it and do not like to waste money that way.
#6 of 14 Diesel
Mar 15, 2008 (4:52 am)
VW's new TDI is coming to America this year. Everyone's touting the "expected mpg," but nobody's talking about the price.
Expect it to cost $27,000 - $30,000.
I'm interested to see the pricing on their hybrid diesels, but I'm suspicious of the "will be offering" concept in the auto industry. It usually means a lot of hype, followed a few years later by a lot of excuses.
#7 of 14 Re: justifying purchase [tpe]
Jun 26, 2008 (7:38 am)
I would bet that many would buy a new, high tech, highly efficient (whether it be a hybrid, diesel, fuel cell, or some combination), not for the cost savings, but for the environmental impact- and WHERE you're sending your money.
Perhaps we'd rather send our dollars to germany (or the US for that matter) for a cool car, than to the middle east for the fuel. Even if in the end, the cost is higher.
We're ready to replace our 7-1/2 year old 3-series BMW with something we feel good about driving (other than a bicycle). Money is not the biggest consideration. And frankly, I'm not that hot on the Prius.
#8 of 14 Re: justifying purchase [morey000]
Jun 27, 2008 (5:40 am)
Wait a year. You'll have about a half-dozen new choices in the hybrid lineup.
#9 of 14 Re: justifying purchase [1stpik]
Jun 27, 2008 (1:36 pm)
not sure we can. but, the Jetta TDI might just fit our needs and passions. Still waiting for a test drive.
#10 of 14 Re: justifying purchase [morey000]
Mar 14, 2009 (9:02 am)
morey000 said: "We're ready to replace our 7-1/2 year old 3-series BMW with something we feel good about driving (other than a bicycle). Money is not the biggest consideration. And frankly, I'm not that hot on the Prius."
Ford Fusion Hybrid, out in another couple of weeks, gets incredibly good MPG in a good-handling, secure car, light years better than the wallowy, non-BMW-like Prius.
#11 of 14 Gary S. - VW Salesman
Mar 16, 2009 (1:14 pm)
The only Hybrid/Diesel in the works is the Porsche Cayenne, VW will not be getting a Hybrid anytime soon. They are concentrating on the Diesel marketplace. You'll see a TDI Touareg in a few months and if there is demand a Tiguan and Passat next year. The Chairman of VW has made repeated comments that Hybrid and Electric technology has not matured enough and we still need to concentrate on fossil fuels.
#12 of 14 Re: Gary S. - VW Salesman [spdfrk]
Mar 16, 2009 (3:11 pm)
I would be highly interested in a Tiguan TDI. Though I may go for the last year's technology ML320CDI. I am not going to get any diesel with the Urea system. I am with Roland that it is a poor system. If I could get a little more clearance with the Sportwagen TDI it would be a decent vehicle.
#13 of 14 Re: Gary S. - VW Salesman [gagrice]
Mar 17, 2009 (6:18 am)
Get you a Sportwagen TDI and get a local shop to raise it 4 inches for you.
#14 of 14 Re: Gary S. - VW Salesman [larsb]
Mar 17, 2009 (3:24 pm)
I did think of that. I just do not want to mess up the handling dynamics like the crazies are doing with PU Trucks and SUVs. So many of them are unsafe at any speed. I would probably not need more than two inches from stock on the Sportswagen. The new Audi A4 has just about the right amount of clearance. Plus it is available with AWD. It is a few inches longer and comes with a higher performance version of the TDI in the Jetta.
The Tiguan is only an inch and a half better ground clearance than the Sportwagen. I sat in the Tiguan and liked the getting in and out angle. Much better than the Jetta. Just that little bit makes it so much better and the added ground clearance to avoid getting hung up in the potholes that Arnold does not fix.