Re: VW Jetta 2018

January 17th, 2018, 4:50 pm

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I like my current GTI but coming from the M235i it was a tough act to follow. Now that my wife has gone through a back surgery (can't really stand the ride) and we have a baby (trunk barely fits the stroller) I'll probably be looking at giant family haulers for the next one.

I secretly really like Minivans, but my wife can't stand that fact.

Re: VW Jetta 2018

January 17th, 2018, 10:42 pm

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Even the new Honda Insight is more interesting:
https://www.autoblog.com/2018/01/11/201 ... de-7212732
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Re: VW Jetta 2018

January 17th, 2018, 10:49 pm

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mo-i wrote: I'd say the departure of Peter Schreyer was the second worst decision VW made during the last decade.
I worked with a Chinese car company a few years back and the President of that company was a retired VW exec. He shared the exact same sentiment....

Re: VW Jetta 2018

January 18th, 2018, 10:07 am

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Cyberdemon wrote:
I secretly really like Minivans, but my wife can't stand that fact.
We don’t get this one in the US. The Touran.
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Re: VW Jetta 2018

January 19th, 2018, 6:19 am

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VW can definitely revamp their brand as they are clearly looking for a new design DNA, starting with the Up! and their electric concept vans, I like that they are showing elements in their current production models, although it looks too much Audi mixed with an Asian car. Yet I think this will succeed as a lower budget executive sedan and reach a broad audience.
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Re: VW Jetta 2018

January 19th, 2018, 11:55 am

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Strategically it could be interesting if they push their individual offerings vs having a more consistent brand language approach. IE Jetta goes super mainstream while the Golf, GTI, Golf R, Golf R Performance go hot hatch, and the Up goes super practical city car. Dominate or take meaningful share in each individual segment by making the right product for those users vs create a language and make it work in each segment.

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January 19th, 2018, 12:55 pm

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1. I have a friend who is about 10 years younger than me and a CCS transportation grad. I was telling him how I thought the MkIV Jetta/Golf were some of the greatest car designs ever. He told me that I was crazy.

I think the younger generation will not understand how that MkIV was such a turning point in terms of material quality and visual quality.

2. The Jetta is a huge disappointment. However, in the current market, maybe there is something to it. The asian makers are going way over the top even at the entry level models. The Americans have some sporty looking designs. Maybe there is a gap for people that want the blandest car design of all time?

3. Stinger is pretty great. It's been getting rave reviews for the way it drives too. I think the Hyundai group is really putting it all together now.
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Re: VW Jetta 2018

January 19th, 2018, 2:30 pm

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Not sure if anyone watches The Grand Tour but the review of the new VW Up GTI makes you think they still know some people long for those cars...at least outside of North America where we all just want Atlas'

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