3rd Annual Growler GTG June 14 2014

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
Notes:   http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=413777

A Volkswagen TDI concept based on the 2015 Golf Sportwagen

Golf SportWagen

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.

 

New diesel engines from Volkswagen

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.

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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.

TDIFest 2013 - For those interested in a Labor Day trip

TDIFest 2013 is just over a month away and promises to be filled with fun and excitement! This year's TDIFest is located in Newry, Maine and will be centered around the Sunday River Resort’s Grand Summit Hotel on Labor Day weekend (August 30th - September 1st). Find out more at http://wiki.tdifest.com, register at http://reg.tdifest.com, and reserve your hotel room by calling 800-207-2365 (group code 85b22m) by August 9th to take advantage of our great group rates. Please note that late TDIFest 2013 registration rates go into effective August 1st so register early and save!

Kick off the weekend with our fabulous New England cookout (meet-n-greet) on Friday evening. Saturday will feature breakfast with a guest speaker, show & shine, and several technical sessions. Saturday evening will feature a group drive and dinner on your own at one of the great restaurants in downtown Bethel. Sunday offers the raffle drawing and additional technical sessions. Sunday evening gives you time to explore the mountain, ride the ski lift, and end up at the Peak Lodge for our awards banquet and live auction.

Both Saturday and Sunday will have vendor displays in the parking lot. This is a great opportunity to get to know the vendors and purchase items that you might need for your TDI. Many vendors have already graciously donated some products that will be auctioned off at the banquet, with the proceeds helping to fund TDIClub for another year. If you are a vendor and wish to donate some products, please contact us at [email protected] and we will be able to give you further information.