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A quick look at some new members of the Volkswagen lineup

Volkswagen is working hard to become the largest automaker in the world. It’s a quest that demands strong sales figures from all parts of the Volkswagen Group family, with most of the pressure placed on Audi and VW itself. An internal goal was announced last year, which pegged the VW sales target at 800,000 units per year in the United States.

The automaker wants to hit that goal by 2018. To reach that target, Volkswagen sales will need to climb 14 percent per year, every year from here on out (thanks for that number Forbes, we’re not good at the maths). That’s rather ambitious, but dealers around the country are getting help thanks to the Volkswagen product planning department.

The current lineup features a family of cars that’ve been refreshed, updated, or are all-new. Let’s take a closer look at a handful of them.

2012 Volkwagen Jetta GLI

Volkswagen offered up a redesigned version of its popular compact sedan in 2010 for the 2011 model year. Initial reactions were mostly negative from the motoring press, but the car is selling well. This proves that that average automotive journalist doesn’t know a thing about what the car-buying public actually wants. An automaker is not staffed by said journos, but by folks who do pay attention to customer demands, and thus the 2011 Jetta was built to reach a wider audience by way of its lower entry-level pricing.

Still, that base car is quite boring. Thankfully though, there exists a Jetta which is in fact a blast to drive. Just look for the GLI badge on the back, as well as the more aggressive front fascia treatment and larger wheels. The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which pushes out 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. That doesn’t sound like a ton in this era of ever-expanding power figures, but it’s plenty to push the car firmly into the fun-to-drive zone. The relatively low 3,150-pound curb weight certainly helps here. On top of that, the engine provides a nearly shockingly awesome amount of growl and grunt.

The turbo mill is paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or the six-speed DSG unit. Most of the time, it’s not a terrible idea to avoid the mushy manual setups found in your everyday Volkswagen, but that’s not the case here with the 2012 GLI. The shifter slides cleanly into place every time, and feels far better than row-your-own Volkswagen vehicles we’ve driven in the past.

Pricing for the 2012 Jetta GLI is nearly as aggressive as the vehicle itself. A base car, which is nicely equipped out of the gate, runs in the low $23k-$24k range, while a maxed out car should wind up on the better side of $30k.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo

The iconic Beetle is back, and it’s got a whole new shape. All you super heterosexual men should no longer be afraid to come and give the Beetle a big hug, because its not quite as girly as before. In fact, it’s pretty damn slick looking while also retaining the exterior lines that clearly show it’s a Volkswagen Beetle.

On top of that, it can also come fitted with the same powertrain setup that was just mentioned above. We’re talking about a turbo-four making 200 horses and 207 torques. This means you get the same great noise and levels of fun as found in the Jetta GLI, but it comes in the infinitely more interesting shape that is provided by the all-new Beetle. That said, the GLI feels more composed on a twisty road, and the Beetle felt as if it afforded less grip. It most likely comes down to the suspension setup, and wheel and tire packages found on each vehicle. The GLI we drove was loaded whereas the Beetle Turbo was a mildly equipped example.

Regardless, the Beetle Turbo is still a surprisingly engaging driver, and a joy on your local back road. Should you desire a bit more low-end thrust, a TDI version is set to hit dealerships this summer. A 140-horsepower turbodiesel will provide the forward the motivation, and the mighty mill is good for 236 pound-feet of torque that arrives low on the rev counter than falls off a cliff above 3,750 rpm.

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI

If Volkswagen wants to make a dent in that über-aggressive sales goal, it has to start moving the Passat in greater numbers. The mid-size sedan segment is overflowing with excellent choices from all angles. Getting the latest Passat named as the Motortrend Car of the Year will certainly help get more eyeballs on this particular German product, and taking a gander at the sales figures show that the automaker’s hard work is finally paying off at the dealership level.

Just two years ago, Volkswagen sold about 10,000 examples of the Passat in one year. Now? It’s on track to sell 10,000 per month.

We can see why too, as we spent some seat time behind the wheel of the TDI-equipped Passat. The car has received a makeover for the new model year, and the exterior boasts subtle lines that present a rather understated look. It will work for some, but we’d prefer a bit more splash. That’s a minor nitpick, but Volkswagen designers should make sure they’re not creating a car which evokes visions of the Toyota Avalon in our minds.

Those visions are washed away upon entering the cabin, however, as this latest Passat is endlessly comfortable inside. On top of that, you can equip the car with a diesel motor that returns over 40 miles per gallon all day long. In fact, the EPA-estimated range for the 2012 Passat TDI is 795 miles. That’s a round-trip run from Hooniverse HQ in Southern California to Las Vegas and back… and then nearly back to Vegas on one tank of gas. Granted, we’d have to hypermile our asses off, but it would be worth it for the eventual late-night self-loathing we find after striking out at the blackjack table. “Free” drinks can only wash away so much of our shame.

Volkswagen eGolf

Besides the standard affair of production or near-production vehicles we drove in Northern California, Volkswagen also offered up a few minutes of seat time in its all-electric Golf. As more automakers offer up zero emissions vehicles, we find that we’re less surprised with them. That’s a good thing, because it means we’re beginning to accept them as part of the norm. The Volkswagen eGolf is no exception, yet it still managed to throw out a nice surprise.

This electron-swilling Golf has an estimated range in the 75-100 mile space, and drives just like a standard Golf, just with more road noise. A nifty trick we found was the use of the standard steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, which served a different function here since there’s no DSG mounted under the skin. You can dial in the amount of brake-regen from the paddles, ranging from “none”, “some”, and “a lot”. If you need to eek out a bit more juice, head for a nice downhill section, tap the paddle to kick those brakes into action, and earn some more go-go energy to make it home.

While Nissan has paved the way for an everyday electric vehicle, the Volkswagen eGolf should step up and command some more of that eco money. Mainly because it won’t appear as daunting to those on the electric-car-buying fence (ZAP!), and also because it doesn’t look like a Leaf.

2012 Volkswagen Golf R

Here it is, the real reason we wanted to trek to Northern California to drive a handful of VW-badged machines. The 2012 Golf R is just the third Golf to wear the R badge here in the states. We’ve had two iterations of the R32, and Volkswagen learned from something from each one. Mostly, they’ve learned not to mess with a good thing. The 2004 R32 was excellent while the 2008 was a disappointment.

For 2012, Volkswagen is leaning back towards the excitement it churned out in the 2004 example. Under the hood is the familiar 2.0TSI, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Here in the Golf R however, it pushes out 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. That represents a 56-horse and 36- pound-foot leap in power over the 2012 GTI. Also, the torque is available from 2,400 rpm up to 5,200 rpm, which is nearly diesel in its delivery.

Since this hot hatch holds enthusiasts in its heart, the Golf R is only offered with a six-speed manual gearbox. Two-pedal humpers need not apply.

To further separate the car from its GTI sibling, Volkswagen has fitted the Golf R with unique 18-inch wheels, a rear diffuser, an aggressive front fascia with LED running lights, and twin exhaust outlets in the back. If you look really close, you might see that it sits 0.6-inches lower than the GTI as well. If you can see that though, you must have super-human vision and need to be locked up and studied by the government.

If you have a Golf R, you’ll have fun running from those feds. All-wheel-drive comes standard here, and pairs nicely with all of that grunt running across the majority of the rev range. The handling is crisp, the engine note is fantastic, and the price is situated neatly above the GTI while below that of a Subaru WRX STI. Sure, the STI would dust the Golf R, but it also costs $4k-$7k more. Pricing on the Golf R starts at $33,990 and runs up to $36,090.

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As you can see, we had our hands full with Volkswagen steering wheels for a day. There were more cars to drive, but we ran out of time trying to get to them all. From what we did drive, however, we’ve learned that VW is pushing a wide array of products that should help it inch ever closer to that mammoth sales target.

There’s more coming too. A Jetta Hybrid will be available alongside the base car and the fun-to-drive GLI. The Passat CC has been redesigned for the 2013 model year, and Volkswagen even plans to bring back the R-line for the CC lineup. We also learned that you can buy a $38,000 Tiguan… OK, so the lineup isn’t entirely perfect, but it’s pretty impressive nonetheless.

[Disclosure: Volkswagen wanted us to take a look at a large portion of its current lineup, so the automaker flew us to Half Moon Bay in California, and put us in a swanky hotel. We were also fed both food and alcohol.]

  • Marcal

    It's a bloated Audi TT – not a Beetle.

  • I saw a brown (new) Bettle in traffic a few weeks ago, and really liked it. Not something that I would buy, no, but I like it more than I thought I would.

    Also, I would like a Jetta Sportwagen TDI with 4-Motion, please, Volkswagen.

  • tonyola

    I don't think VW went quite far enough with the new New Beetle. It looks like the designers were trying for a sort of Porsche 356 vibe but lost their nerve halfway. Slick up the ends a little more and do some smoothing in the transition between the body and the "fenders" and you'd really have something.

    • dukeisduke

      I kinda like it. It looks like they chopped the roof. I have seen some running around with steelies with retro hubcaps and trim rings, meant to mimic the late '60s / early '70s Beetles. It's not quite authentic.

    • facelvega

      better halfway to a 356 than none of the way at all, like the old new beetle. It's also halfway to being interesting instead of just boringly nice, which is again halfway further than any other car in the US VW lineup.

      • tonyola

        I do think the new look is a big improvement, but creating a faux-356 look would go far in eliminating the "girly" image the New Beetle has here in the US.

  • PotbellyJoe

    I don't mind the new beetle except that it is such a safe way to go after nostalgia.

    I'm not going to sit here and advocate they return to the air-cooled motor, but they should have given thought to the engine and drivetrain being located at the correct end of the car. They'd get a useable trunk out of it too.

    As for the Passat, I am hung up on it. I love the idea of a diesel that gets me to and from Boston from NJ without having to worry about getting fuel along the corridor and keeping all of my limbs intact. All while comfortably carrying three car seats and the things that go with that.

    • It's a pretty impressive entry in the segment. I will be getting the V6 in soon for review, and I am trying to get Rob into the TDI for a longer review as well.

      • PotbellyJoe

        Yeah, I really like the Passat. I don't reference Boston on accident. I drive up there minimum 6 times a year.

        The fuel would be awesome, at $25-26K it's a great price.

        My concern steps in at the long term costs. As I tend to own my cars until they are a burning heap, somewhere around 220k miles, I want something that my family can use and will last without breaking into my college funds.

        I know for VW Past performance is no indication of future results, but I am leery of VW and their extremely expensive parts catalog.

        The other side of me is ok with getting a Mazda5 with a stick and just dealing with finding fuel in the Boston area 6-10 times a year.

        • I imagine your ownership experience would unfold in two phases.

          Phase 1: Warranty period. Life is grand, and I love my car.
          Phase 2: Out-of-warranty period. Life is horrible, I hate my car and everyone I look at.

          • PotbellyJoe

            Yeah, Unfortunately i have been spoiled with really reliable vehicles in the past few years. My ZX2 was ridiculously stout and the tC I bought has only taken wear and tear items to keep on the road for 124k miles so far. The wife's Vibe is similarly strong, although we only have 58k miles on it.

            With my/my family's experience with the Protege5, I feel like the 5 would be on the road as long as the Passat without costing me a ton in the service department.

            But again, it's all hypothetical.

          • pj134

            From what I hear, VW techs hate warranty work (because it pays nothing). I assume they make you suffer for it once the car is out of warranty as best they can.

            • Deartháir

              At least in Canada, warranty work doesn't pay any different than regular work; it just takes FOREVER to get paid. Depending on the dealership, that can mean the tech will actually have to wait a very long time before they see a paycheque for their work.

              • pj134

                In the states I don't know of a company that doesn't have a much lower warranty hourly rate than what they charge customers. VW is just apparently the extreme from what I've heard from the mechanics I've worked with.

          • I've never owned a vehicle under warranty; I just cycle between those two phases on an ad hoc basis.

        • Deartháir

          Keep in mind, parts are now manufactured all around the world. The same components can be manufactured in Puebla, Chattanooga and Wolfsburg. This is a fairly recent change since the days when Ze Chermans dictated that powerplants could ONLY be manufactured in Chermany, so any parts for the engine had to be shipped from there at rather high cost.

          My experience, working in the dealership, is that parts are comparable to Honda, but not quite as cheap as Ford, GM or Toyota, and (depending on the pieces) marginally cheaper than Subaru.

          Also keep in mind, those TDI engines are forecast — WITH REGULAR MAINTENANCE — to run for 750,000 km and up.

          That's probably the biggest trick with a Volkswagen. Do your regular maintenance, they'll run for-goddamned-ever. Ignore it, they'll hate you. You can buy a Toyota and run it for 200,000 km without doing an oil change, or you can buy a Volkswagen and run it for three times that if you do your maintenance. I've lost count of how many cars we took in on trade with well over 500,000 kms on the odo; but I've also seen those cars that are smouldering heaps because the owners didn't think they should ever have to service the car.

          • pj134

            Yeah, but they aren't even using real units of measure.

          • PotbellyJoe

            You are correct. It's why I stand by my belief that there are very few bad cars in this world, just bad owners.

            I think the huge advantage to the VW is the service under warranty. I think by the end of the warranty, you will know if the car is worth keeping. Haha.

          • tonyola

            I've known too many people who have maintained their VWs by the book and still had lots of problems with their cars. VW might have excellent design and engineering expertise, but the execution has long been flawed, especially compared to makes like Honda and Toyota. By the way, I've seen plenty of Civics and Corollas run in excess of 200,000-300,000 miles with minimal problems. I know, I owned a 1990 Civic LX sedan for 16 years. Nothing broke, stopped working, or fell off. The car remained tight and solid despite extended bashing off-pavement and around construction sites. The only unplanned repairs were a replacement of a resistor block and an engine pulley (that at 190,000 miles). I finally got rid of it at nearly 300,000 miles only because it was due for some major work and it wouldn't have been worth the money.

            • Deartháir

              Yes, and my parents will never buy another GM product because his '73 Oldsmobile was a pig on gas, and they'll never buy another Toyota product because his '93 Camry required three engine rebuilds in the first two years they owned it. And "I know people" whose Mazdas have rusted out to nothing, so they're out, I guess. Dad owned a Valiant back in the '60s, and the steering was shit, so that's Mopar out… I had a '91 Accord Wagon, and the interior was really cheap and plasticky, so I guess that eliminates Honda…. Pretty soon we won't have any brands left that we CAN buy.

              • tonyola

                Is VW paying you to be an apologist? I hope they pay well, because their problems in the USA since the '70s are far too well documented to be dismissed merely as "poor maintenance". The problems I know about just personally are too numerous to be discounted like your '93 Camry story. And even if poor maintenance was the case, then VW still dropped the ball because the old Beetles were famous for withstanding abuse.

                • Deartháir

                  No, they're not. But my point is, if you're willing to overlook allthe problems Hyundai and Kia had for decades, and overlook all theproblems GM had for decades, and overlook everything Chrysler has everdone, but not willing to look at any progress Volkswagen has made,then your comment really should just be “I don't like Volkswagen, andI never will so there”.

                  • tonyola

                    But the problem is that I do like Volkswagens. They're mostly pretty great to drive and they have nice interiors. I'd like to own one but they break too damn often and the dealer service is notoriously bad. As for "progress", I'll wait and see – I remember VW infomercials from the mid-'90s admitting that the company had lost their way and was really gonna get it right this time. So there goes your attempted argument. Now go back to your Kool-Aid.

                    • Deartháir

                      And I'm telling you that they've made ENORMOUS progress in solvingthose problems. They're aware of them, and they've done everythingthey can to solve them, but their image isn't improving because peoplein forums keep saying, “Rabble rabble, I had a Volkswagen back in '91and it was no good, rabble rabble.”I'm not even drinking the Kool Aid, I'm just tired of saying the samethings. If I go into a Hyundai post and talk about how shitty the Ponywas, everyone and their dog will jump on me for being unfair, and notgiving Hyundai credit for the progress they've made. If I badmouthChrysler for how bad the LeBaron was, and use that as justificationnot to buy a current car, I'll be told that I “need to give themanother chance”. If I said Ford couldn't be trusted because of theTempo and Topaz, I'd be told I was being ridiculous, and then FTFwould disembowel me. But this is the same era of cars that manypeople are whinging about from Volkswagen, and somehow that's justfine. I'm not trying to be an apologist, I'm trying to point out howhypocritical that is in general.

  • Patrick

    I have always liked VW, but I have yet to forgive them for the expensive personal disaster that my glorious paperweight, the Touareg, was.

    • tonyola

      All the problems of the Touareg originated from the fact that no-one knew how to pronounce the name. That led to all sorts of unnecessary shortcuts – "Hey, have you finished the quality improvements for the Too-reg…er, Tau-reg…uh, Too-rye-ay….oh, just forget about it!"

      • dukeisduke

        It's really supposed to be TWAH-reg (they're a nomadic tribe), but VW butchered the pronunciation. I remember the TV commercial where various people try to pronounce it, and one guy actually gets it right (but wrong, according to VW).

  • Kogashiwa

    GLI wagon is where?

    • Europe perhaps… unfortunately.

      • Deartháir

        That would be a GTI wagon, since the wagon is a Golf. There is a concept that exists, as well as a Jetta R with the 3.6L VR6. Whether either of them ever see the light of day is doubtful in this generation.

  • JayP2112

    I read VW designers brought in a split window Bug for reference to design the 2012- not referencing the old New Beetle except for what not to do…

    I like it- the Turbo with the Porsche-ish decals is fun. The wheels on the standard Beetle look like dog dishes and trim rings.

    Since we never saw the New Beetle Cup car here… they teased a Beetle R in LA to just get us all worked up again.
    <img src="http://image.motortrend.com/f/35743138+w786+ar1/Volkswagen-Beetle-R-Concept-front-three-quarters.jpg&quot; width="450">

  • dukeisduke

    They're going to have to improve their reliability record, and their dealership service experience.

    • Deartháir

      They have. Dramatically. But it'll take quite a few years before that reputation catches up with them. Look how long it took Buick to convince people that their quality was way up.

  • 4doornomore

    For what does it profit a company to gain the whole world and forfeit its soul?

    …well, besides the money, obviously.

  • pj134

    How exactly is $34,095 for an STI sedan ($36,095 for hatch) or $34,495 for an Evo "4-7k more" than $33,990? They'd both kick it's ass, the Golf R runs with a WRX for a lot more money.

    • Deartháir

      Personal experience, the Golf R will outrun a WRX, and have its ass handed to it by an STI. A GTI runs closer to a WRX, numbers not withstanding.

      • pj134

        And you have 7 grand in fun money to make a WRX beat a Golf R. It's not going to take anywhere near 7 grand though.

        • Deartháir

          Yes and no. If you REALLY wanted to get to a Golf R, it would take a lot more. Keep in mind, I don't work there anymore, but the Golf is still a REALLY impressive platform. There isn't another small car out there with that level of structural rigidity, that level of potential, or that level of refinement. The Impreza is a great platform, but it's not overbuilt to the same level as the Golf. Easiest way to see that, get into each and slam the door. HARD. Or jack each car up from a corner with all the doors and hatch open.The Impreza is a bargain. If you're looking for a bargain, buy that. If you're looking for a performance car that can double as a very comfortable daily driver, and borders on a luxury car, buy the Golf.Just like a Challenger and a Genesis are two VERY different takes on a RWD performance coupe, a Golf R and Impreza are very different takes on a hot hatch.

          • Joe Dunlap

            I second your motion sir. Ive been driving an 06 GTI for a year and a half as a daily driver, and its been a terrific car. Easily the most solid feeling, best handling fwd ive ever driven, and as a tech, Ive driven just about all of them. When I worked for VoA, one of the salesmen used to make the strength point by rolling down a front window, opening the door fully, and then slipping through the open window and sitting on the door. He would then ask the prospective customer to shut the door with him in it. Clicked shut like he wasnt even there.

          • pj134

            I've driven them, they definitely are not 7 grand more impressive. I'd put the Mazdaspeed 3 right there with the GTI in terms of quality, the speed 3 is just faster. I guess I was making the mistake of thinking that VW was trying to make a performance car/hot hatch out of the Golf R and GTI when they were just aiming for a structurally rigid near-luxury. Just because they're different doesn't mean they don't have the same pretensions.

            • Deartháir

              Yes, they are, actually. Significantly more than 7 grand more impressive from a technical standpoint. The cars are actually subsidized significantly for the North American market to bring their price down to what their competitors are charging. And you've picked a good competitor. The Focus platform (ie the Mazda3) is probably closest to the Golf in terms of quality. It's not even close to the same, but it's the closest competitor. And I work for Ford now, and really really like the Focus platform… but it's not the Golf.

              It's a good competitor for the Jetta platform though.

  • Alcology

    That turbo beetle is calling my name since it comes with so many torques. I only have 1 neck so I guess I'll just give the rest away! I could probably sell some to get my money back though…

  • Kogashiwa

    I knew I'd seen the rear 3/4 view of the newer new beetle somewhere before.

    <img src="http://markitok.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/image_620.jpg"&gt;

    I might be (more) delusional (than usual) though.

  • Duurtlang

    I do think this lineup is rather narrow. There is no small car (where's the Polo?) and the US-market Passat is huge and even blander than the EU Passat. I think that besides the Polo (Fiesta) the Sharan (minivan), Touran (Mazda 5), Up (Fiat 500), Scirocco (Veloster), Caddy (Transit Connect), Transporter (commercial van) and Crafter (MB Sprinter twin) should work too, especially if VW wants to increase its sales 14% each year.

  • Hey Volkswagen. Where's the new Bus?

  • kvhnik

    No Passat wagon still???

    • Deartháir

      The plans have been drawn up, the car exists, but… let's face it, wagons aren't big sellers in the US. IF it shows up — and that's unlikely — it'll show up in Canada as a test market first, then follow in the US later.

      • TDI_FTW

        I think they should ignore the fact that they aren't big sellers and make one anyway. They have to make sure to offer it with a TDI with a manual transmission and an optional rear facing third row.

        Now if it does show up in Canada first we're counting on you to make sure this market test becomes a slamming success!

        • kvhnik

          See, I realize that the market is small. But I am one of those obnoxious folks that will whine about wanting a TDI wagon with a third pedal (and AWD)….and then just buy a Golf. Which, by the way, I did last year. And it has easily been the best VAG product I've owned in over 30 years of owning them.

          • TDI_FTW

            TDI wagons with tree pedals are very rare where I live, and I looked for 6 months…. I told myself that by the time one would show up in the classifieds that I would have to buy it. When it did I drove straight out there and bought it 🙂 9 years old with 200.000 miles on the clock with the original clutch still installed. 20.000 miles later I'm still very happy that I lived up to my commitment!

            Did you at least buy a Golf with three pedals?

            • kvhnik

              Sadly, no. Our very first autotragic car ever (blessed wife hates manuals and loves wagons…she's a keeper). We got the auto because oldest daughter was simply not getting driving a stick and we were due for getting a new "primary" vehicle. Having said that, I have to admit that the 6 speed is not too bad and for a family car it works fine. Still, if it was going to be MY primary vehicle, it would have been a manual. The good news is that younger daughter now learning to drive is very eager to learn stick.. She'll have an old '95 Golf to cruise in should be prove worthy!

              • TDI_FTW

                I currently have my '97 Golf in for some repairs after a friend borrowed it and managed to make the timing belt skip a few teeth. I think the TDI engine in that car may have given up…. The gear linkage in the Golfs of those years are fairly sloppy! If your daughter manages to drive well with that car she can drive almost any car with a stick.

                My wife loves driving cars with manual transmissions 🙂 I hope I'll get all my kids to like manuals too!

  • Jim-Bob

    I have several issues with Volkswagen that would keep me from considering their cars. First off is price. They do not offer a good small car in the US. Sell the Polo in the US for a price that competes with the Hyundai Accent and I will change my mind. Second is warranty. VW has a reputation for being both low in quality and expensive to repair. Having a warranty that runs no longer than 60k miles does little to assuage those concerns. Instead, VW needs to offer a warranty that competes with Hyundai/Kia in order to win back public confidence. Not only that but the cars need to be inexpensive to maintain when out of warranty and built so well that the warranty is rarely ever needed. Soft touch dashboards are nice, but so is an engine that doesn't die of sludge problems in 50k miles. A little bit of Japanese attention to engineering detail would go a long way here. Also, get rid of the 12 point internal drive fasteners and torque to yield bolts everywhere! Making the car hard to service makes many enthusiasts wary of ownership. It also makes it hard for the average person to find a mechanic who can work on it that is not employed by the dealer. That brings up another point: Your dealer service has a bad reputation that needs fixing before you can compete in the US. Sorry but making your cars illogically complex to work on leads to a bad customer experience when it comes time to have it fixed. Making normal service parts easy and logical to remove and replace makes for a good customer service experience by reducing down time. It also improves economic efficiency by reducing the amount of labor needed to perform warranty work.

  • I like the New, New Beetle, just because it has some Porsche in it's lines.

    • Devin

      I saw a pic of it above the new 911, and the lineage was really clear. But then again, I don't like 911s, so I might not be the ideal judge.