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Audi Tech Chief Resigns:  Lied About 3.0-Liter TDI Emissions Cheat

VW Announces Golf Alltrack Pricing and Specs

Two Doors No More:  VW Discontinues Two-Door GTI

It’s $27,770 for the S and $33,710 for the top tier SEL Alltrack—VW’s all-wheel-drive wagon with .6-inch additional ground clearance, special off road mode and a hill descent feature.  Driver assistance packages are available too.

VW took a Golf SportWagen, which will also get AWD, added rugged body cladding, heated seats and other treats to create a vehicle that fits into a niche between two popular Subaru models.

Powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged 170-hp four-cylinder mill, the Alltrack comes with VW’s six-speed DSG, an automated manual transmission.  Later a six-speed manual will arrive priced at $26,670.  The AWD setup can decouple the rear wheels to improve fuel economy.

Golf Family’s Two-Side Door Models Gone

Speculation that VW would drop its one-time popular two-door Golf models has been verified.  Dealers told the VWCA about this earlier this year.  VWoA, however, denied it.  When VW announced its 2017 lineup this June, only the two-door GTI in S trim survived.  Those shopping for a two-door 2017 GTI, however, couldn’t find one.  A VW product specialist recently confirmed that VW won’t offer two-door Golf-branded vehicles for 2017 due to low demand.

Those who find two is enough, commence mourning.  

Sept. 26  Reuters:  Audi's head of technical development, Stefan Knirsch, resigned.  He  knew about cheat software on VW/Audi's 3.0-liter TDI engines; gave false statements under oath.  Knirsch had succeeded Ulrich Hackenberg as Audi's top engineer.        

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