he purpose of the Cincinnati TDI Club is to help owners of this modern diesel learn how to maintain, enhance, preserve, and enjoy their vehicles.
For those of you near Columbus, Ohio or enjoying the drive, the 3rd Annual Growler GTG will be June 14th for those wanting to work on or see some TDI friends. Aaron hosts a hands-on oriented GTG, so if you are in need of advice or a second opinion, this is a worthwhile day.
|Date:||Saturday June 14, 2014|
|Time:||12:00 am - 12:00 am (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time - Dublin / Edinburgh / Lisbon / London|
|Location:||11880 Lancaster St., Millersport, OH 43046|
According to the folks at Autoguide, Volkswagen will be following the VW Jetta Sportwagen with Golf SportWagen in 2015 and is teasing us with a diesel variant. The new TDI concept proposes an all-wheel drive 2.0-liter powerplant called the EA288 diesel. This new diesel would offer 10 more horsepower over the current diesel and could come in both a six-speed manual or 6-speed DSG automatic. The 1.8-liter gasoline model is slated to hit dealer showrooms in early 2015 and will be available with LED daytime running lights, Xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof and 12-way power driver’s seat. The larger than a Golf, but smaller Jetta SportWagen could be the ideal car for many Americans who love utility of smaller all-wheel drive SUVs, but want their next car to have improved fuel economy. Volkswagen has not published any MPG numbers for the new concept, but one would think they should be close to VW's other TDIs.
If you are thinking about a new Volkswagen Jetta TDI this year the entry point just got a few dollars cheaper ... thank you Chevrolet Cruze diesel for the competition -- $22,115.
Volkswagen Group of America announced that in 2013 between their VW and Audi nameplates they have sold sold over 100,000 diesel TDI equipped vehicles in the U.S. “That's the highest number of diesels the company has ever sold here in a single year.”
It makes me nervous when major changes are made to Volkswagen’s TDI engines, but according to a NYTimes Wheels blog article there are new efficient diesel power plants planned for Golf, Beetle, Passat and Jetta models next year. A few years the Pumpe Düse unit injector PD engine displace VW’s ALH motor which was one of the more reliable engines and then not too long after another common rail and emission change was made. What were suppose to be improvements each time had many customers complaining and facing some very expensive repairs (not to mention the hassles of having their relatively new cars serviced). I’m not sure where the status of those issues are today, but I always worry about design flaws and the normal black-eye producing bugs that show up when drastic changes are made to engines.
Volkswagen announced Tuesday that its EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine would be available in the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Passat and Jetta models, which were scheduled to go on sale in the United States during the second half of 2014.