Dealers are shaving thousands off of Volkswagen’s Golf GTI — up to $5,000 at some dealers — and the hatchback is relatively easy to find at rental car counters across the country.
So, is everything going OK with 2015’s North American Car of the Year™?
For starters, in Volkswagen’s defense, most of its cars are available with at least a few thousand dollars off as dealers cope with sagging sales from its diesel crisis. At my nearby Volkswagen dealer (Emich VW in Denver) it’s not uncommon to find a Jetta or Passat with $2,500 on the hood.
But there are some GTIs on the same lot that have been docked nearly $4,500, without any incentive trickeration or destination withholding. (To get the deal, it just needs to be a conquest buy and financed through Volkswagen, which aren’t extraordinary conditions.)
Readers over at VWVortex have noticed the trend too; owners have reported similar prices at dealerships across the U.S.
We reached out to Volkswagen officials to see what they have to say but haven’t yet heard back.