I was actually just thinking of this on my drive home. We know the US isn't getting them for sure, but there's be no definite for Canada. If we're getting the updated 510 and they're not, maybe there's hope that ours will come with the LED's too. It'd be pretty nice to not have to drop the money right after paying for the car to swap them.
Does anyone have any idea or insight on this for here in Canada? Do we know if the regulations that are causing VAG to not bring the LED's to the US also exist here, or can they get around that north of the border? I see lots of cars (Audi's and VW's included) driving around with stock LED tails, but maybe they had to get those approved?
Anyone have any info???
Here's hoping that they'll toss them on to make those 500 just a little bit more exclusive like they did with the 510
I brought this up a few pages back but it didn’t seem to gain enough momentum (see below)
I appreciate everything Alex has done for us here on VWVortex, but I think its about time we put pressure on VW Canada. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know what you think about the LED taillights. You can also tweet them @VWcanada or leave a message on their facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/vwcanada).
I think it is already too late, but maybe they’ll surprise us. In the end, the LED taillights alone will not dissuade me from purchasing the Golf R. It would just be a really amazing act of customer service from VW Canada.
Btw, I think we should also pressure VW Canada to host regional Golf R promotions for the people who bought these things. Perhaps a closed circuit track day? A guy can dream.
Last edited by mjl_toronto; 10-14-2011 at 11:06 AM.
In Manitoba they have Vehicle Inspection Units and they will pull over vehicles to inspect them (go figure) for infractions of the Highway Traffic Act and any other laws/by-laws there might be. One of the things they look for specifically is a DOT designation on the lights. You may be right that a vehicle does not require DOT approved headlights/tail lights in Canada but our VIU is still ticketing people if they do not see a DOT imprint on the lights. I guess it's worth some investigation because I know a few people that have received tickets in cars that are bone stock.
Let me tell you about what happen to me today. Called my dealership two days ago about the LED Taillamps. Got an email back this after saying that we won't get them on the Golf R. When my dealership didn't know the answer two days ago, I called Volkswagen Canada, and asked the same question. Got a call this afternoon from new consumer products (VW) about the LED lights, and they said that Yes the LED lights will be on the 2012 Golf R. Then, by curiosity, stopped at another VW dealership, and they didn't know anything either. So, honestly, I don't think anybody knows at this point. F¥#€! Anybody else here got better news?
Golf R is now listed on vw.ca with confirmed price of $39,695.
Gallery shows the car without LED tails... does not bode well for those of us wishing our R's will come with them from the factory.
Although I guess we should take these photos with a grain of salt, since some shots are shown with the amber reflectors in the front bumper AND 19" wheels, which I believe is pretty much confirmed we will not be getting.
Even in the local Calgary newspaper it notes no LED tailights are coming. Google has multiple instances of non-led tailights coming. Maybe I'm too old but it is obvious we are getting US spec.... manufacturers won't waste time b/w Canada and US in NA.
Best of luck!
Haven't posted here in forever but when I heard this car was coming I got excited. I have a 2010 GTI that will be off lease fall 2012... are there any confirmed details on this car aside from 5 door and RNS 510? I need the DSG transmission as my wife wont drive a manual... we both love our GTI and this is a no-brainer for the price. I'm going to cancel my Audi A7 that I have on order if this car is coming with the DSG!
Thanks VW, you just saved me about $1,000 a month on my lease payments
Last edited by koala; 10-24-2011 at 07:45 PM.
No. There will be no DSG. Please read the stickies at the top of the page and/or the front page article right here on this website. Almost everything has been confirmed for months. Don't even know how a Golf R and an A7 would be interchangable.... but... keep your A7 deposit I guess.
because I'm such a ninny, I can't decide between Golf R and Jetta GLI.
Advantages of Golf R are numerous including extra power, AWD, and all the bells and whistles. Disadvantages are space.
Jetta GLI when test driven felt so amazing, though- even though similar motor to my 6MT 2008 B6 passat wagon, a totally different feel. HUGE trunk, bigger seemingly than the A4 I tried out. At $530/month all-in fully loaded, it's idea price-wise with $0 down (I'm a leasing guy for work).
That all being said I placed a $500 deposit at Don Valley VW for the R, so that if I do indeed decide to keep / get it, I can have one - and if not I'll get the GLI.
If not, I'll post on here ASAP that I have a spot reserved and would ask for my $500 that I gave to them as getting "in line".
They not interchangeable at all, I've just always thought the Golf R was good value for money and other than an A7 there really wasn't much else out there piquing my interest these days.
As much as the anticipation is killing me, I'm considering passing on my reserved Golf R. Put down a $1K deposit, got the receipt and preorder paperwork but have come across a pretty decent deal on a low km 07 RS4. I know, I know, I dig the Golf R but the fact that I can have an RS4 for less the the Golf R price of entry has me seriously considering giving up my spot. Anyone interested in a Golf R?
Last edited by ramdmc; 01-23-2012 at 01:11 PM.
What I didn't realize was how limited this car was going to be (500 units). My lease on the GTI isn't up until November 2012, I wonder if there will be any cars available that late in the year? I'm going to send you a message off-list about this as I see you're at one of the local dealers
My first post on VW Vortex (I'm a regular on AudiForums)
Here is VW of Canada's reply regarding the LED taillights, dated Oct 26, 2011
Thank you for contacting Volkswagen Canada Customer Care and bringing your suggestions to our attention. Your satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us and we appreciate your time in allowing us to correspond.
At this time since the vehicle is already in production and specifications have been already approved we apologize that we could not meet your criteria with the manufacturing of the Golf R. We appreciate the information you have provided to us and this was shared with our product-planning department. We would like to confirm to you that Volkswagen does not take your comment lightly and we hope we will soon meet your request.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact Volkswagen. If you have any further comments or questions, please feel free to contact our Customer Care Center at 800.822.8987 . Please buckle up for safety; you are a valued customer.
We wish you many happy hours of motoring.
BTW, I am located in Nova Scotia, placed an order for a Tornado Red Golf R through Brown's Volkswagen in PEI (No dealers in NS could help me). I plan to keep my Audi Q5 as my daily driver and enjoy the Golf on nice days in the summer. I've been a VW/Audi fan since my first Golf in 1984
I keep in contact with my dealer on this topic at least every other month and I am on order for the R but it's tough to say what VW Canada will do with this car and if they will offer lease options or not and interest rates are also questionable depending on weather or not they decide to buy down the rates or not? in any case we can probably look at interest rates anywhere from 6.9 to 8% but that is just a guess