A little over a year ago we had the VW Beetle in for a week of testing, it was the 2.5L 5 cylinder with an automatic. We never published a review on it, because we flat out didn't like it, though it was for personal reasons more than anything else. It felt like a pure nostalgia play, and it wasn't enjoyable to drive.
When our VW rep called and asked if we wanted to try the Beetle with the TDI Clean Diesel, we said, "sure, why not". We wondered if Volkswagen's terrific TDI engine could be a saving grace. Turns out it absolutely transformed the car!
This TDI Beetle with a manual was not only a hoot to drive, it returned 47-48mpg on the highway at 80mph! Sit back and have a look as Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive have a go with the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI.
Earlier this year we had the opportunity to spend a week with the all new Jetta, in this case the 2011 2.5 SEL model, and came away with some good impressions. We also got some great feedback from that post which was most appreciated. What we really wanted to try though was the TDI Clean Diesel version of the car.
Recently we got to spend a week with the TDI Jetta and these our our thoughts:
My fellow RoundAboutShow panelist Zack Bowman posted this video on the ExhaustNote blog. I can almost guarantee that thanks to lawyers and special interest groups, you won't see this on TV in the US because it will offend three people in a country of 300 Million!
Also in this era of "Green" where the politicians and leaders of Social Conscience who preach "green" fly in private aircraft and are driven around in SUV to all their speeches. Also the same IDIOT'S prevent cars like this from being sold in the US at affordable prices because they think technology that's not ready for primetime for 7-10 years is a better idea then technology available TODAY than can cut petrolium use in the US by 20+% in a very short period of time.
Anyway have a look at this very funny Audi commercial.
We got a press release from Audi this morning with a new commercial they will be running promoting their clean diesel technology in their cars. As long time readers of this blog and readers of the podcast know, I have, for 15+ years been a big proponent of turbo diesel technology and it's benefits, especially in cost over the much hyped hybrid option.
First VW comes out with an add that's fun and snarky, now Audi, comes out with their message that is pretty straight forward, and makes it's point very directly. Have a look.