• Jay Posted: 10/7/2009 9:00am PDT

    All very nice except when, oh when will the 2010 TDI Golf and Sportwagen be available? (I'm ready to replace our '07 TDI.)

  • R2Dad Posted: 10/7/2009 9:25am PDT

    Jacoby is very astute, explaining the widening NMS is due to our....long commutes instead of fat arses! But really, this whole brand lineup thingy is a simple concept--why does VW flail at it so much? The process that works is to have the model grow over time and move up-market. Seems to have worked for the Japanese and BMW. But VW wanted to bypass that and just slap on a Mercedes competitor to the top of their line-up. D'oh! That doesn't work, as we have seen and any competent US auto marketing manager will tell you. So it's good to see they're now starting to follow the tried and true playbook--sort of. The NMS should be called the Quantum, the CC should be the Passat, and the Phaeton (so wrong for many reasons) needs a real name but not one of those Toureg-y Tigaun-y monikers.

  • John Rees Posted: 10/7/2009 10:19am PDT

    Jacoby and VW should be working on their customer service first. View my VW experience at:
    http://www.reesphotos.com/VW/

  • try Posted: 10/7/2009 11:38am PDT

    That car looks unlike any car VW has on the market. I like the look and it seems like it will be the best looking car in its class when compared with Accord and Camry

  • Marshall Surname Posted: 10/7/2009 11:47am PDT

    Replacing the Passat with a new-for-US-only car isn't a bad idea, IF they can actually sell >100K of them.
    But I'm nervous. I owned an "Americanized" Rabbit from their first plant in Pennsylvania. Crappier materials, mushier handling, uglier details. NOT GOOD.
    More than that, what planet are they from that thinks the Phaeton is a logical VW? Don't they already have, ummm, Audi for that segment?
    Or will they end up being badge engineers just like GM was as it fell apart, a car on every platform for every brand and sell, sell, sell? Feh.

  • jim b. Posted: 10/7/2009 11:47am PDT

    Good news! I like to see some more competition to Audi A8 and of course the BMW 740i
    Lets hope VW could do something interesting here for that (too) rick market.

  • Erik Posted: 10/7/2009 12:04pm PDT

    Where has Jacoby been spending his time...Texas? VW needs more innovative models, fewer bland sedans for the least-common-denominator American. That and better dealership service is what drives showroom traffic. It sounds like VW might be doing it all wrong...again.

  • greedo Posted: 10/7/2009 12:14pm PDT

    $12K to $50K is a big stretch indeed, but Chevy pulls it off and then some, so I think it's doable. Not that Chevy is really a model of success lately.
    Looking forward to the Phaeton, especially if VW takes a little more risk with its design like they did with the CC.

  • AutoBoy Posted: 10/7/2009 12:33pm PDT

    great stuff vis a vis the breaking of this story. skeptical about the likelihood of success with so many name plates flying around. if they execute, assuming like BMW and some Asian OE's, could be lucrative and strategically the right approach. again, just not sure on the execution piece.

  • JavaJunkie Posted: 10/7/2009 1:49pm PDT

    WOW!! That is one hot car-a great replacement.

  • Mr. D Posted: 10/7/2009 1:56pm PDT

    I think Mr. Jacoby is wrong. The current Passat is not much smaller than the BMW 5 Series. Similar, the Jetta and the BMW 3 Series are similarly sized. No one has ever said that these BMW's are wrong for this market. They are just pricey, but americans still love and buy them for what they are. He needs to stop listening to the fools who want VW to keep chasing its tail. Its not about bigger, it is about better. The Phaeton needs to stay in Europe. If someone wants a vehicle of that size they can buy and Audi, since it is a steel version of the Audi A8 anyway. Quality of materials, features and driving dynamics of every VW in the US market now are better than anything in every class from Toyota and Honda already. VW for to long has choked itself by choking its product offerings. It needs to start giving up the goods. Therefore, to address VW's issues with competing with or surpassing Honda or Toyota for sales in the US market, or its sagging sales: First, VW needs to find a way to allow its gas 4 cylinders and six cylinders to use regular unleaded fuel like Toyota and Honda. Second, VW needs to make the clean diesel TDI with the DSG transmission and 4 motion available as an option across the board in the Beetle, GTI, Eos, Passat, and Tiguan to give them the fuel efficiency edges in their classes. Third, VW needs to give the Tiguan a locking fuel filler door instead of that un VW like fake out that it currently has. Fourth, VW needs to certify the twincharger engine and make it the base engine instead of the 2.5 cylinder engine to provide a fuel efficient gas engine (i.e., 40 mpg city and 45 mpg highway). Fifth, VW needs to make available a twin turbodiesel four cylinder engine option in the Touareg instead of the turbodiesel six cylinder to truly give it a fuel efficient rating. Finally, after doing all of this VW needs to start advertising how it is better than Toyota or Honda in not only quality of materials,driving dynamics, and features, but also fuel economy. Oh, and it is time for the Beetle to have its dashboard revised for the six cd changer, USB port, and satellite radio, and a diversity antenna on its roof. One catch line could be "Get German Engineering without paying through the nose for it" or "There is nothing like German Engineering" or "Fuel efficient German Engineering, but built in America."

  • carguy Posted: 10/7/2009 2:43pm PDT

    Whether VW succeeds or not is one thing- will the US OE's suffer as a result is another questions

  • Damien Thomas Posted: 10/7/2009 4:08pm PDT

    As long as VW can keep the quality up and price the car within the same bracket as Camry and Accord then VW could have a winner on its hands. We'll have to wait and see it first tho.

  • cardude Posted: 10/7/2009 4:23pm PDT

    lets wait and see

  • alice Posted: 10/8/2009 2:03am PDT

    looks very promising

  • Fred Posted: 10/8/2009 6:44am PDT

    Nice move, VW! it's about time we got something refreshing from them here in the US

  • kitesale Posted: 10/8/2009 7:39pm PDT

    These are ideally somewhat based on the blog post but that takes
    longer.

  • Control Arm Kit Posted: 9/9/2010 6:22pm PDT

    Its great that the Volkswagen car is selling well in the US. First VW has started production in America and now VW is selling well in the Middle East and Asia. Looks like a banner year.