The Volkswagen GTD Hits a Snag on Its US Availability
Over the years, the Volkswagen (VLKAY.PK) Golf has gained a loyal, if not cultish, following both abroad and in the United States. The passion for the popular only grew hotter as VW introduced the GTI performance version, and the introduction of the diesel-powered Golf TDI opened a whole new chapter for the little hatchback. It’s only logical then that combining the two — the GTI and the TDI, to create the GTD — would be immensely popular, even here in the U.S. where diesel hasn’t met its peak adoption.
It probably would be, but don’t get your hopes up. Volkswagen’s GTD, which is already confirmed for Europe and other markets, may not be coming here afterall due to import costs and issues associated with not being able to build the potent 2.0 liter diesel powerplant at its engine facility here in the states.
VW produces its engines in a facility in Silao, Mexico, and the plant will be tooled to build the less powerful model for the regular Golf TDI, but for unknown reasons, it won’t be able to handle the production of the tuned GTD engines. Therefore, the engines are brought in from Germany, which would add a significant cost to the car.
“The GTD would be a great car,” Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn told reporters earlier this week, but with that added cost, “the price point is not really attractive. So the probability is sort of diminishing.”