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      The Mk5 and Mk6 were basically the same vehicle....

      The Mk5 and Mk6 were basically the same vehicle. Really Mk5-Mk6 together was 2005 - 2014.



      ... and whether they call it that or not, I would expect it to be a MQB based vehicle which is more or...
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      Tooling design/build starts a year or two before...

      Tooling design/build starts a year or two before job one rolls off the line, and prototype validation and testing happen more or less simultaneous with tooling build. It's certainly possible that the...
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      Given: - The costs associated with VW's...

      Given:

      - The costs associated with VW's emissions scandal, which have not even come close to playing out yet;
      - That VW has publicly stated that they will be moving towards EVs, which pretty much...
    4. I've always found 3 flashes to be not quite...

      I've always found 3 flashes to be not quite enough.

      Ram ProMaster van (a.k.a. Fiat Ducato) gives 5 flashes. Perfect!

      Fiat 500 ... 3 flashes. Not quite enough.

      And, on the Fiat, the...
    5. The average person who buys something like this,...

      The average person who buys something like this, might have the rear wheels help out for a few seconds now and again to get in or out of their snowy driveway or up the occasional icy hill - the rear...
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      Yup, these things were awful to drive. They...

      Yup, these things were awful to drive. They rusted out pretty badly, too. But the shape and size of the interior and the rear doors made them better for hauling cargo or being outfitted for plumbers...
    7. Lots and lots of cars do this and have done so...

      Lots and lots of cars do this and have done so for the last several years. My current car - 2015 Fiat 500 - has a TFT display for the instruments - this is supposedly the latest greatest technology....
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      Define what you mean by an "enthusiast" car or...

      Define what you mean by an "enthusiast" car or truck.

      There are enthusiast websites out there for just about any vehicle you care to name ...

      If you mean "high performance" car ... you missed...
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      That's arguable. Downsized turbo gasoline engines...

      That's arguable. Downsized turbo gasoline engines still have to keep piston and exhaust valve temperature under control. They have to run rich under load - conditions outside those seen during...
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      And VW is moving in that direction. And Mini. And...

      And VW is moving in that direction. And Mini. And AlfaRomeo.

      smart is on the list ... the new model uses a turbocharged engine.
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      This is FAR from true. While EV will surely gain...

      This is FAR from true. While EV will surely gain market share, it is going to be a loooooong time - I'd say 2030ish or beyond - before the sales numbers overtake those of combustion-engine vehicles,...
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      Given the fairly huge number of owners who filed...

      Given the fairly huge number of owners who filed for buyback in the early stages of this process (and VW's trouble keeping up with the paperwork! - they're in catch-up mode) there are going to be a...
    13. Zero percent financing for seven years will do...

      Zero percent financing for seven years will do that, too.

      I financed my recent car purchase even though I didn't have to, because they gave me a free loan.
    14. I don't believe the specs have been released for...

      I don't believe the specs have been released for the hybrid version of this car, yet. Hyundai uses a different arrangement for the hybrid drive than Toyota does.
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      If anything, the European and Japanese test...

      If anything, the European and Japanese test procedures encourage the use of downsized turbo engines more than the US test procedures do.
    16. In what way is the e-Golf more practical than...

      In what way is the e-Golf more practical than this? Rear seat headroom because of the shape of the body? It sure isn't because of range ...
    17. Too hard to enforce. It's illegal to use a...

      Too hard to enforce. It's illegal to use a handheld device when driving here, but it hasn't stopped many people from doing it.

      IMO this is long overdue.
    18. Sure, but Valvetronic does not have the...

      Sure, but Valvetronic does not have the capability that FreeValve does. It can't vary the timing or lift by as much range.

      Being able to freely select the valve timing eliminates all need for the...
    19. Having looked at other information available...

      Having looked at other information available on-line about this system ...

      It shouldn't require any scheduled maintenance. There's no timing belt or timing chain.

      Life expectancy, I don't think...
    20. Honorable mention: Citroen Traction Avant. ...

      Honorable mention: Citroen Traction Avant.

      https://assets.blog.hemmings.com/wp-content/uploads//2011/02/1947Citroen_01_700.jpg
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