Jump to content
Drew Dowdell

VW News: Arteon On Its Way to U.S.... Finally.

Recommended Posts

The delayed launch of the Volkswagen Arteon may be nearing its end. MotorTrend is reporting that the Chairman of Volkswagen has said that the Arteon will hit U.S. shores this year. 

The original cause of the delay was a backlog of certifying vehicles under the World Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).  The Arteon in the U.S. will use a 268 hp 2.0 liter Turbo from Audi that had yet to be certified.  VW sells the Arteon in Europe using a different engine.

The Arteon debuted at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show and is priced above the Passat in the Volkswagen lineup. 

Related:

 


View full article

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cool that there will be a decent size 4 door car coming as an option for those that are not into the CUV/SUV thing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love it!  Not a fan of the color, but I love the style.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

On the one hand, I'm glad to see a truly new sedan hitting the market. Especially one as great looking as this. And I think it will offer a pretty strong value quotient, as well.

On the other hand, I feel compelled to point out that this should have been on sale a year ago. Especially considering VW's habit of completely botching the roll out of new models to dealers. With the inevitable low build numbers, port issues, transportation hang ups, and mismanagement of allocations that are the VW norm, it will be the end of summer before there is any inventory and people can drive them and reasonably get cars spec'd to their liking. By that point, the novelty will have worn off. Couple that to the fact that VW will be stingy on incentives and it will lease like crap, and it is not a recipe for sales success.

Also, I've driven it, and people wanting a though and through sport sedan aren't going to be captivated by it. Not trying to be cynical, but I foresee this car suffering the same fate as the CC. It will be fresh for a short while- which VW will squander- then the enthusiasm will fade and along with it, the interest and sales. I hope they prove me wrong, but my guess is this car is going to be DOA.

Edited by Frisky Dingo
  • Thanks 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If priced right, I'd actually consider something like this.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Paolino said:

If priced right, I'd actually consider something like this.

I think you'd miss the power you currently have, or would have in a LaX. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It has some style to it but aren’t these like $40k?  I feel like they will over price themselves like Kia did with the Stinger.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

It has some style to it but aren’t these like $40k?  I feel like they will over price themselves like Kia did with the Stinger.

Sad part is that you can rarely get a RWD sports sedan (from anyone, even KIA) for less than $40K these days brand new.  As for the Arteon, it should have come to our shores TWO years ago.

  • Like 1
  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It looks pretty good, but it needs more engine than that. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Potluck said:

It looks pretty good, but it needs more engine than that. 

This. Needs a V6.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I think you'd miss the power you currently have, or would have in a LaX. 

It's funny, I don't use the power I have or had in a LaCrosse, but I definitely appreciate the smoothness and refined nature of a V6.  I just don't like 4-cylinders honestly.

  • Upvote 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is front drive 4-cylinder car, it doesn’t need a V6 or rear drive it needs a lower price. People aren’t paying big money for a VW as proven by Phaeton and the CC had low sales too.

Also the 2020 Sonata looks like a better version of this, in tax the Sonata puts the Arteon to shame, VW better have discounts ready to roll when the Sonata goes on sale.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

It is front drive 4-cylinder car, it doesn’t need a V6 or rear drive it needs a lower price. People aren’t paying big money for a VW as proven by Phaeton and the CC had low sales too.

Also the 2020 Sonata looks like a better version of this, in tax the Sonata puts the Arteon to shame, VW better have discounts ready to roll when the Sonata goes on sale.

I would expect the Arteon to have much better NVH. Non-Genesis Hyundais tend to have some refinement issues from their engines, but without the information on the Sonata being released, we'll just have to wait and see what they did with the powertrain. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, smk4565 said:

It is front drive 4-cylinder car, it doesn’t need a V6 or rear drive it needs a lower price. People aren’t paying big money for a VW as proven by Phaeton and the CC had low sales too.

Phaeton especially.  Since when can VW price a common car at Audi pricing?!  I have never understood why the Phaeton was priced to be a bargain-basement Audi A8.  The CC on the other hand needed a $5K price cut for those to sell.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
31 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

 Since when can VW price a common car at Audi pricing?!  I have never understood why the Phaeton was priced to be a bargain-basement Audi A8. 

Nothing different than GM's tactics with Chevy and Cadillac pricing....i.e. Blazer and XT4/5, Tahoe/Suburban and Escalade..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The difference though with the VW Phaeton was that the Phaeton was truly a top tier luxury car. 

It was engineered like one.  

The price was less expensive than the equivalent Audi A8 or Bentley GT (all 3 shared the same platform) was

1. VW was the "cheaper" brand. The people's car brand...(which marketing wise, the Phaeton failed not because it was a bad car...au contraire, it was a FANTASTIC car, but it was an oxymoron to sell a people's car  to the 1%ers, even though the price tag was less expensive than the 1%er  equivalent competition...but Pieche had visions of grandeur that just because VW had success with the Passat being on the Audi A4 platform and having success making VW enter a higher priced niche than ever before, he thought that a Phaeton priced less than a comparable Audi, Bimmer and Mercedes, VW could enter that realm...he did have the car, the Phaeton WAS the real deal, VW was and to this day is STILL not ready to sell 1%er vehicles...) ) 

2.  The VW had steel body shell construction while the Audi and Bentley had  aluminium body shell construction. 

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I would expect the Arteon to have much better NVH. Non-Genesis Hyundais tend to have some refinement issues from their engines, but without the information on the Sonata being released, we'll just have to wait and see what they did with the powertrain. 

A V6 should be making in the 350 hp range now, that would be a lot for this car and push the price even higher.  VW's V6 makes 276  hp,  8 more than the 4-cylinder.  Since their V6 sucks, I think that is why the 4-cylinder is here.  Plus I imagine VW wants to steer people wanting V6 power into an Audi to make more profit.  

Estimated base price of those car is $35-40,000, VW is insane.

1 hour ago, oldshurst442 said:

The difference though with the VW Phaeton was that the Phaeton was truly a top tier luxury car. 

It was engineered like one.  

The price was less expensive than the equivalent Audi A8 or Bentley GT (all 3 shared the same platform) was

1. VW was the "cheaper" brand. The people's car brand...(which marketing wise, the Phaeton failed not because it was a bad car...au contraire, it was a FANTASTIC car, but it was an oxymoron to sell a people's car  to the 1%ers, even though the price tag was less expensive than the 1%er  equivalent competition...but Pieche had visions of grandeur that just because VW had success with the Passat being on the Audi A4 platform and having success making VW enter a higher priced niche than ever before, he thought that a Phaeton priced less than a comparable Audi, Bimmer and Mercedes, VW could enter that realm...he did have the car, the Phaeton WAS the real deal, VW was and to this day is STILL not ready to sell 1%er vehicles...) ) 

2.  The VW had steel body shell construction while the Audi and Bentley had  aluminium body shell construction. 

Correct, the Phaeton was a very well engineered car, but so was an A8, S-class, 7-series, Lexus LS, etc.  They are all top end cars and only one of them said Volkswagen on it.

Likewise with the Toureg, those sold really low because it cost as much as or more than a BMW X5 or Mercedes ML at the time they brought it out.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

This. Needs a V6.

with the specs it says, it should be a 6 second car.  I'm not sure it needs a v6.  Look to the Passat 3.6 to see the times on that, unless we mean turbo v6.

28 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

A 275hp V6 is always better than a 275hp 4 cylinder... 

Regal 4 is a better car than the v6 AWD GS.  GS is marginally faster, but the four cylinder is better in that car.  It depends if the v6 is any good or not.  GM's 3.6 is sort of not mind blowing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

V6 engines are smoother and have better power delivery characteristics, no lag waiting for turbos to spool.  In GM's case, the v6 can also run in 4 cylinder mode at highway speeds.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/6/2019 at 4:55 PM, Drew Dowdell said:

A 275hp V6 is always better than a 275hp 4 cylinder... 

Definitely NOT always, no. The 2.0T was the right move. The VR6 had it's time, it needs to be phased out now. And it is, in fact. VW needs a 3.0 Turbo VR6 in the worst way. Rumor has it they are working on one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Who's Online   0 Members, 0 Anonymous, 91 Guests (See full list)

    There are no registered users currently online



  • Social Stream

  • Similar Content

    • By Drew Dowdell
      Volkswagen of America May 2019 Sales
       
        May. 19
      May. 18
      Yr/Yr% 
      change
      May. 19 YTD
      May. 18 YTD
      Yr/Yr% 
      change
       Golf
       860 
       765 
      12% 
       3,019 
       3,458 
      -13% 
       GTI
       1,179 
       1,396 
      -16% 
       5,968 
       7,907 
      -25% 
       Golf R
       424 
       529 
      -20% 
       979 
       1770 
      -45% 
       e-Golf
       264 
       76 
      247% 
       1527 
       744 
      105% 
       Golf SportWagen
       1,107 
       1,261 
      -12% 
       3,809 
       6,826 
      -44% 
       Total Golf Family
      3,834 
       4,027 
      -4.8% 
       15,302 
       20,705 
      -26% 
       Jetta Sedan
      9,653 
       6,814 
      42% 
       40,487 
       25,726 
      57% 
       Jetta SportWagen      
       (now Golf  SportWagen)


                N/A 

      58 
      N/A 
       Total Jetta
      9,653 
       6,821 
      42% 
       40,487 
       25,784 
      57% 
       Beetle Coupe
      662 
       1,011 
      -35% 
       3,906 
       4,377 
      -11% 
       Beetle  Convertible
      1029 
       481 
      114% 
       3,806 
       2,462 
      55% 
       Total Beetle
      1,691 
       1,492 
      13% 
       7,712 
       6,839 
      13% 
       Passat
      1,294 
       4,757 
      -73% 
       10,659 
       18,563 
      -43% 
       CC

       67 
      -91% 
       33 
       263 
      -87% 
       Arteon
      245  N/A  N/A  323  N/A  N/A   Tiguan Limited

       1,355 
      -100% 
       194 
       7,732 
      -97% 
       Tiguan
       10,687 
       8,579 
      25% 
       47,759 
       38,314 
      25% 
       Total Tiguan
      10,692 
      9,934 
      7.6% 
      47,953 
      46,046 
      4.1% 
       Touareg
       14 
       190 
      -93% 
       112 
       1,298 
      -91% 
       Atlas
       8,273 
       3,923 
      111% 
       30,302 
       24,459 
      24% 
       Total Car
      16,723 
      17,164 
      -2.6% 
      74,516 
      72,154 
      3.3% 
       Total SUV
      18,979 
      14,047 
      35% 
      78,367 
      71,803 
      9.1% 
       TOTAL 
      35,702 
      31,211 
      14% 
      152,883 
      143,957 
      6.2%
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Drivers in Europe can now place deposits for Volkswagen's new ID.3 all electric vehicle.  This is the car that Volkswagen expects to compete with the Tesla Model 3 in the compact EV space. The target starting price for the ID.3 is under €30,000 which translates to $33,585 at the time of this writing. Initial vehicles offered will be special edition ID.3 1st. With an initial run of 30,000 vehicles, the ID.3 1st starts around €40,000 ($44.803) and comes equipped with voice control, navigation system, larger wheels.  There is also an ID.3 1st Plus that ads IQ Light and bi-color design while a Max adds a panoramic glass roof and an advanced heads-up display. 
      The 3 in the name ID.3 marks the vehicle's importance to Volkswagen's history as the most important vehicle after the Beetle and Golf, and also signifies the ability for VW to expand the ID brand in either direction.
      The entry level ID.3 can travel up to 205 miles on a single charge while mid-grade can go 261 miles and top-line models get as far as 342 miles. 
      Volkswagen expect production to start in late 2019 with initial deliveries happening in mid-2020. No word yet on when the model will hit US shores.


       
       

      View full article
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Drivers in Europe can now place deposits for Volkswagen's new ID.3 all electric vehicle.  This is the car that Volkswagen expects to compete with the Tesla Model 3 in the compact EV space. The target starting price for the ID.3 is under €30,000 which translates to $33,585 at the time of this writing. Initial vehicles offered will be special edition ID.3 1st. With an initial run of 30,000 vehicles, the ID.3 1st starts around €40,000 ($44.803) and comes equipped with voice control, navigation system, larger wheels.  There is also an ID.3 1st Plus that ads IQ Light and bi-color design while a Max adds a panoramic glass roof and an advanced heads-up display. 
      The 3 in the name ID.3 marks the vehicle's importance to Volkswagen's history as the most important vehicle after the Beetle and Golf, and also signifies the ability for VW to expand the ID brand in either direction.
      The entry level ID.3 can travel up to 205 miles on a single charge while mid-grade can go 261 miles and top-line models get as far as 342 miles. 
      Volkswagen expect production to start in late 2019 with initial deliveries happening in mid-2020. No word yet on when the model will hit US shores.


       
       
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Rumors are swirling that Volkswagen may be cutting most of the Golf lineup from the US market with the next generation of Golf.  The standard version of the Golf, e-Golf, Golf SportWagen, and Golf Alltrack would be dropped in the US while the GTI and Golf R continue on.  The e-Golf will be replaced by something in the ID lineup.
      Looking at the sales numbers, it is easy to see why Volkswagen may make this move. Sales of the base Golf in 2018 numbered just 6,642, down 51% from the year prior.  GTI and Golf R combined sold more than triple that amount (20,152).  The one head-scratcher is the Golf Sportwagon, which sold nearly as many units (14,123) as the GTI (16,684), but if Volkswagen is looking to shed the econo-car image of the Golf and stick with just the hot-hatch image, then dropping the Sportwagen may make sense.
      As the next generation of Golf hasn't actually been released yet, Volkswagen is declining to comment. 

      View full article
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Rumors are swirling that Volkswagen may be cutting most of the Golf lineup from the US market with the next generation of Golf.  The standard version of the Golf, e-Golf, Golf SportWagen, and Golf Alltrack would be dropped in the US while the GTI and Golf R continue on.  The e-Golf will be replaced by something in the ID lineup.
      Looking at the sales numbers, it is easy to see why Volkswagen may make this move. Sales of the base Golf in 2018 numbered just 6,642, down 51% from the year prior.  GTI and Golf R combined sold more than triple that amount (20,152).  The one head-scratcher is the Golf Sportwagon, which sold nearly as many units (14,123) as the GTI (16,684), but if Volkswagen is looking to shed the econo-car image of the Golf and stick with just the hot-hatch image, then dropping the Sportwagen may make sense.
      As the next generation of Golf hasn't actually been released yet, Volkswagen is declining to comment. 
  • My Clubs

  • Reader Rides

About us

CheersandGears.com - Founded 2001

We ♥ Cars

Get in touch

Follow us

Recent tweets

facebook

×
×
  • Create New...