Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America, has confirmed that the oil-burning version of Porsche’s newest five-door will be making its way to the US within the next year or so. Already on sale in Europe and other markets, it’s simply a matter of some minor development and engineering in order to ready the crossover for American showrooms.
Audi is reportedly hard at work on a baby brother to the popular Q5 mid-size SUV and recently unveiled Q3, and is currently testing prototypes of the new vehicle—called the Q2—according to a new report on AutoExpress.
With many three-quarter-ton trucks (e.g., the Dodge 2500 Laramie 4×4) one has the sense that the vehicles are so stiffly sprung and have so little steering feel (at least in a car enthusiast’s sense of the term) that the best one can do is to point, shoot, and do one’s level best to keep the rig approximately centered in its lane. And believe me, “approximately” really is the operative word. In fact, with typical full-size trucks one often winds up bounding and lurching from bump to bump, hoping to guess accurately which direction the truck will be pointed when it lands.
The huge torque from this 3.0-liter TDI engine, coupled with Audi’s Quattro system, gives the Q7 the ability to get up and go with great quickness. Accelerating with a smart start, and building easy speed through low to medium revs, the Q7 feels quite athletic both around town, and on the freeway.
While the US market may not be the largest consumer of diesels by a long shot, Volkswagen (and to a lesser extent BMW) have taken notable steps to changing that. VW’s TDI-equipped Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, and Golf have sold briskly by offering a winning combination of fuel economy and price. Taking the idea of a diesel upmarket was a bit of a gamble, but if the A3 TDI is any indication, it has paid off.
The WR staff has had a whole lot of seat time in the standard Jetta TDI, thanks to our yearlong loan of that sedan during 2008-2009. I really enjoyed the basic version of the diesel sedan, so I was really looking forward to our loan of the hotter car.
The 2009 VW Jetta SportWagen TDI was one of our favorite Winding Road test cars (the kind you want to take home to meet your parents), and at first glance the 2010 model seems destined to improve on what was already a good thing. Right off the bat, the new car’s nose seems smoother and more svelte, as does the rear end treatment (though some might find it a little non-descript, ala Buick). Paint quality, as always, seems sumptuous—noticeably better than on many Japanese or American cars. So, first impressions are positive.