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@stever said: Fun review from the WSJ.
"An enduring mystery to me is why Americans don't care. Diesel market penetration continues to bump along the bottom in the U.S., at just over 3% in 2013. And this year there is a Noah's Ark of awesome diesels arriving from Germany. Lots of Audis and BMWs with four or more seats can be had with a diesel-engine offering."
Search the headline if the link doesn't work for some reason - it was "free" at the time of posting.
He appears to answer his own question with this (his own) statement:
..."The diesel also has an absurd advantage in torque: 413 kb-ft. at 1,500 rpm, as compared with the gasser's 300 torques." ...
The issue would seem to be, a lot of "sophisticated" drivers/would be owners do not really have a CLUE what that means.
Further, it appears to be "game, set, match" with this parenthetical take:
..."(5.8 seconds as compared with the gas-burners 5.5),"...
..."Diesel advocates, the true believers, scare me. They have an agenda and dwell in tunnels between gas stations."...
Someone like me would appear to be his huckleberry and (Hamas) tunnel digger :D
@dudleyr said: My version of gasbuddy does not mention the nozzle size - which is what CR was complaining about. Would it not be frustrating to use your app to find a diesel station and then not be able to fill because they have the wrong nozzle on the pump?
Is the solution really to fill up much sooner and negate one of the diesel advantages - longer range?
Oh, 12 oz left instead of 6 oz !!??? Oh the horror !!!! ;)
Even IF I came close to that in the VWT TDI, @ 35 mpg a tank (26.4 gal) would yield 924 miles. Realistically, I'd be ok with ONLY 910 miles. ;) B) :D
I am sometimes tempted when they (folks with that "hobby") are NOT in the EXTREME right lane to get in front of them and slow down. But the truth is really more like you can see and or feel the ADVERTISEMENT from FAR far away !! Forwarned is forearmed.
But then on the other hand, the 03 Jetta TDI is @ 114% of EPA (fuel economy.gov) and all I reasonably do is keep it @ 90 mph and below. My best tank full (62 mpg) was @ 141% of H EPA. (makes watching lacquer dry an adrenaline blood sport.)
On a slow news diesel day, prices are in the cards to SLIDE. This is despite the louder middle east conflict war drum beats.
@xwesx said: In the end, it is all about awareness. For most buyers, diesel isn't even on the radar. Any advertising done on the subject of diesel passenger cars is going raise awareness, but poorly done advertising could do more harm than good, not only for the product in question, but for the product line in a global sense.
Everyone should be so luck to do that much so WRONG to achieve those results !! In the case of the diesel JSW, you are looking through the wrong end of the binoculars. In the end VW is VERY aware of the sale of 85 to 91% JSW diesel models. To VW 85-91 % diesel is good. You do not make a case for what harm was done with that % of diesel sales, other than you do not like it or agree with it or perhaps you want to vilify VW's profit profile. Now I am sure you know what you mean/meant. But even if you apply your assertion in a wider sense, VW is adaptive to what each market will bear. So for example, VW's sales in EU is 50% +. In the US it is close to 25% over all.
Or perhaps you are more at comfort with the profit level of GM, Chrysler, with the need for the American taxpayer to help them through bankruptcies? I think MB was more than relieved to divorce or separate from Chrysler when they did.
@xwesx said: Better, for sure. In the first one, Dan was right on: The message was lost. What's more, though, is that it also served to dissuade the viewer from the product by presenting the car's driver as alienated. The second one.... wait, that was for a diesel? Oops.
This is a "head scratcher" for the US market VW Jetta Station Wagon. I have read in passing that 85 to 91 percent SOLD are TDI's. I can't even say I have seen two commercials on the VW JSW TDI in 12 MY's. It has the least discounts new. It can sell for MSRP and above. It is hard to get. It is popular. It has the best resale value of VW TDI's and almost all models have STELLAR resale values. So in that sense, VW is doing EVERYTHING WRONG.