Oct. 22: VW says it’s ending Car-Net services for its 2014-2019 model-year vehicles. They use AT&T’s 3-G service, which sunsets Feb. 22, 2022. Therefore, the overhead green light will turn off, features such as Safe and Secure, Remote Access, SOS and roadside assistance won’t work.
Oct. 14; Elkhart Lake, WI: Journalists at this year’s Midwest Automotive Media Association Fall Rally drove VW’s AWD ID.4 battery electric vehicle on scenic routes near fabled Road America. It’s max horsepower is a healthy 295 with 339 lb-ft of torque. You can sprint to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. Towing capacity is 2,700 lbs.
Jeffrey Lear, the vehicle’s product manager, claims 89% of those who buy or lease an ID.4 are new to EVs and 68% are new to the VW brand. VW plans ID.4 updates such as free plug-and-charge at Electrify America stations—no phone app required, auto-hold brakes and improved charge-scheduling software.
Oct. 13: The 2022 Jetta’s new 1.5-liter turbocharged EA211 mill offers impressive fuel economy. Its EPA numbers are: 29 mpg city, 43 highway and 34 combined (six-speed manual). The automatic SE/SEL trims are slightly lower: 29 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 33 combined.