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CLIFF LEPPKE'S CYBER SEAT
VW’s 2017 Lineup: Rugged Alltrack, #PinkBeetle; No Diesels, no Hybrids
VW’s $10B Diesel Settlement Expected June 28
VW’s Alltrack tops the list of what’s new for 2017. It combines 4Motion, a rugged higher stance, off-road mode and the Golf SportWagen’s practicality. It’s powered by VW’s 1.8-liter TSI gas engine. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission shifts the introductory models; a six-speed manual arrives later.
Don’t want the off-road stuff? VW’s got you covered; there’s an all-wheel-drive Golf SportWagen too.
The Beetle Classic returns, there’s a fuchsia-colored #PinkBeetle and the raised-height Dune.
The stylish coupe-like CC comes in 2.0T Sport trim. The V-6 Executive has been deleted. Those who want VW’s driver aids can opt for the 2.0T R-Line Executive.
A Wolfsburg Edition becomes the Golf’s high-value trim. It adds driver assistance, a sunroof and push-button start. It’s atop the base S model. The four-door SE and SEL trims are order only.
The GTI emphasizes four-door models. The base S is the only two-door GTI. A GTI Sport four-door comes with the Performance package (220-hp mill) and the Golf R’s brakes. The Performance package is now standard on SE and Autobahn models. Driver assistance is available on S and SE models, standard on the Autobahn trim.
Jetta buyers may select from four models: S, SE, SEL and SEL premium. The sporty GLI continues in SE trim. A rearview camera is now standard. Driver assistance is added to lower trim lines. The Hybrid has been discontinued.
Forward collision warning with autonomous braking is now standard on all Passat trims. Blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert are standard on R-Line and SE trims.
Two new models join the Tiguan lineup: Wolfsburg and Sport. The R-Line and SE trims have been deleted. The base S trim gets VW’s new 6.3-inch screen infotainment system. Leather seating package is available on the S, Sport and Wolfsburg.
A Touareg Wolfsburg Edition replaces the Lux model. Driver assistance package with park distance control is standard.
Off the Record: VW’s Diesel Settlement Update
Several unnamed sources say VW will pay $10 billion to cover government fines and compensate owners of diesel vehicles that cheated on emission standards. VW’s deal with regulators and others will be filed in federal court Tuesday June 28. It may include payments of as much as $7,000 to owners of its 2.0-liter TDI vehicles. That figure might require owners to release their legal claims against VW. The automaker will also pay a fine to offset the environmental damage it caused. It might fund heavy-duty diesel engine cleanup programs. The settlement has provisions for vehicle buy backs and/or repairs.
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The scam was on as early as 2008, when this Candy White Jetta TDI Clean Diesel model, embellished with green plant matter, was rolled out. In case anyone had a doubt, VW added the wording "Not a concept car."