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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Guess What? Hybrids Aren't the Only Way to Drive Green.

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Volkswagen_2009_JettaTDI_badge.JPGDiesels stink. They’re noisy, slow, smelly, and dirty. Right? Um, wrong. At least, not anymore. Chances are, you’ve never driven a modern diesel because you live in America. That means you’ve been missing out on some incredibly clean, green, and powerful engines that until now were only available on the other side of the Atlantic.
I recently got some seat time in the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and came away more than impressed. Here’s a really nice compact sedan that got me 40mpg during my drive (which consisted of a lot of urban and mountain driving) and none of the compromises you would normally expect from a car that gets that kind of fuel economy. What kinds of compromises, you ask? Oh, things like tepid acceleration, no off-the-line oomph, and lack of a fun-to-drive factor.


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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wins AutoPacific 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award

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“Volkswagen Jetta wins AutoPacific’s 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award, which demonstrates that Volkswagen has designed its Mid-Size Car to be ideal for its buyers. Volkswagen clearly understands what these buyers want and have delivered,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “In a product segment where owners value an efficient size with good cargo space and good ride, Volkswagen understands the buyer and knows how to provide a car that fits the bill – the Jetta. Jetta owners are also most likely to recommend their car to a friend or relative than any other vehicle in its class.” Some of those leading characteristics include:
* Exterior Size
* Cargo Space
* Ride
* Safety Features
* Ingress/Egress
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Survey Indicates Ford Benefits From Troubles Of Others And Not Taking Bailout

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TUSTIN, Calif. (June 17, 2009) — American consumers’ opinions about Ford Motor Company have been positively influenced by the company’s decision not to accept government bailout funds, and by the bankruptcy filings of rivals General Motors and Chrysler. Automotive research and analysis firm AutoPacfic conducted an online survey of more than 900 U.S. consumers regarding their purchase intent and opinions of individual car companies. Highlights include:
* Asian and European manufacturers scored highest when the survey asked “How concerned are you about buying/leasing a vehicle from” a particular maker, with an average of 61% “Not concerned at all.” Ford scored 48%, far ahead of GM’s 15% and Chrysler’s 14%.


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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Wins AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award for Mid-Size CUV

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2009_VW_Tiguan.jpgVolkswagen seizes the lead in the Mid-Size Crossover SUV segment over strong competition including the well-regarded Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and major change Ford Escape. How did they do that? With great owner satisfaction ratings for overall satisfaction, and specifically with respect to:
• Fun-to-drive, power/acceleration, handling
• Exterior and interior styling including instrument layout, the feel of interior fabrics and materials, and the quality feel/operation of controls
• Durability/long lasting


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Vintage Volkswagen and the New Beetle: Peace and Love – Have a Hippie Holliday

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The longest running and most-produced automobile of a single design on the planet was, and remains to this day, the original Volkswagen Beetle.

A record even Henry Ford and his Model T would be jealous of. The Volkswagen Beetle, co-developed by Ferdinand Porsche and Zündapp back in 1931, has become a timeless classic and an industry icon.
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Volkswagen GTI Wins 2008 AutoPacific Motorist Choice Award® for Image Compact Car

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AutoPacific: There was some strong competition in the image compact segment, but owners dubbed the Volkswagen GTI a 2008 Motorist Choice Award® winner. The GTI won with high marks for great interior fabrics and materials, along with driver’s-seat comfort and handling. The highest marks for overall satisfaction in the segment helped seal the deal.
IntelliChoice: In a class that features a wide range of vehicles — from hybrids to convertibles and wagons — the Volkswagen GTI is competing against some tough competition. While the GTI has average ownership costs in retained value, fuel and repairs, what makes the GTI a 2008 Motorist Choice Award® winner is its stellar performance within the AutoPacific survey.

Posted in: Awards, Volkswagen

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Road Noise: The Green Parade

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Green technology at the Woodward Dream Cruise? Hmmm. You could fit a whole Prius under this baby’s hood, I guess.

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Blue Tuesday

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So, first Volkswagen announces that they’re building their new plant in Tennessee, and then like two hours later, General Motors comes out with another little ray of sunshine: No more health care for salaried retirees, bonuses for nobody, and they’re closing the hell out of a bunch of plants.
You know, times have been tough, but even taking that into account, we’ve had better Tuesdays, you know?

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The manufacturing economy. (Artist’s rendering)


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Volkswagen Rabbit Wins AutoPacific 2008 Ideal Vehicle Award for Compact Car

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Package considerations placed the Volkswagen Rabbit at the top of the Compact Car segment. Winning the 2008 Ideal Vehicle award for its exterior size, passenger room and interior lighting, it also garnered top marks for seat firmness and ride.

Posted in: Awards, Volkswagen

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Chevrolet HHR and Volkswagen GTI Win Top Honors AutoPacific 2008 Vehicle Satisfaction Award in the Image Compact Car Segment

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With its retro styling and versatile package, the Chevrolet HHR collected top honors in the Image Compact Car Segment. It received high marks for Exterior Styling and also got high ratings in Ease of Getting In and Out. Although owners had complaints about Cupholder Design and Size, the HHR held its own against the competition.
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Volkswagen took home top honors in the Image Compact Car Segment with the GTi. Overall Quality and the Fun Factor were main reasons the GTi performed well in the Vehicle Satisfaction Survey. Owners named Power, Braking, Handling and Exterior Styling as the vehicle’s major strengths.

Posted in: Awards, Chevrolet, Volkswagen

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