Volkswagen GTD May Not Come to the U.S.

By | April 17, 2014
Last year, Volkswagen said that a new GTD would make its way to the U.S. next year at a price point of around $27,000. But now the automaker may not be bringing its diesel hot hatch here after all. “The GTD would be a great car,” Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn told Automotive News this week. "The price point is not really attractive. So the probability is sort of diminishing.” Volkswagen originally planned on producing the car's 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine at its engine plant in Silao, Mexico. Apparently, that plan has fallen through, meaning that the engine would have to be imported from Germany. Needless to say, this would significantly increase the car's cost.
On top of that, Volkswagen already has the Golf TDI, a popular model which accounts for more than half of all Golf sales. Could it be that Volkswagen doesn't see enough differentiation between the two diesel models? Perhaps, but the Golf TDI is significantly less powerful. Those looking for a similar driving experience can take solace in the fact that the Volkswagen GTI remains. While not as fuel efficient as its GTD cousin would have been, the gas-powered GTI has seen its fuel economy rise for the 2015 model year. The 2015 Volkswagen GTI is completely redesigned with more power, a more angular appearance, and a larger interior than the previous generation. Source: Automotive News