What's Wrong With This Picture: 2.5 Is Alive Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

“The work that Crispin did was memorable and award-winning, but they have to sell cars. They’re not going to leave any stone unturned,” an unnamed marketing expert tells Automotive News [sub]. Except, of course, for the stone that has VW’s high-tech European engines under it. The big news is that a TDI Golf will be available in 2010, but if the unlovable 2.5 is the only the only gas engine on offer, VW will remain in the wilderness for some time.

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  • Fgbrault Fgbrault on Aug 25, 2009

    psarhjinian : August 24th, 2009 at 2:55 pm Crash tests into walls do not take into consideration the fact that heavier vehicles in crashes with other vehicles are safer than lighter vehicles. When I was considering a new car one of my requirements was that it weigh 3,000 lbs or more. My Jetta TDI meets that requirement.

  • Accs Accs on Aug 25, 2009

    Jeez... I take pleasure in knowing I can drive. anything over 3200lbs.. doesnt have that ability. Ive missed accidents because I could get out QUICKLY. Ive had pile ups right in front of me and I got out quickly. Ive almost been T boned a coupla times and I got out quickly and FAST. My current car is 3200, next one is going to be spot on 3000. Weight is bloat.. and thats not what I need. Current Accord is wayy too damn big = 3600lbs. Civic is decent.. but the 1.8 is just lacking. As for charging 17g for a stripper Golf / Rabbit.. thats just crazy. And when the JETTA is heavier and costs more than an Accord, thats CRAZIER! And as for as the Passat goes.. ya looking at 25s into the early 30s for one. Whats wrong with this picture.. is the PEOPLES car doesnt even compete with the lowliest of the low.. Hyun / Kia.

  • Psarhjinian Psarhjinian on Aug 25, 2009
    When they start selling Alfas here, and if they are as good as Clarkson says, would you ever consider buying one? Good question. Based on what my relatives (who live near Turin; one actually works for FIAT) have told me, they're more or less safe to lease. That said, they bought an Accord recently and have been suprised at how much more reliable it's been than the FIATs and Lancias and Alfas they've had for years.
  • Mpresley Mpresley on Aug 25, 2009
    FreedMike : Mazdaspeed 3 - brilliant car. Not great looking, but then again, it doesn’t look like the stylists at Wolfsburg are exactly burning the midnight oil on the Golf / Jetta either. Perhaps, but my God, the Mazda 3 epitomizes the Jet Jaguar school of design that I've been talking about. It even sports Jet's goofy grin. I'd be embarrassed to be seen in it.