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TDIFest 2008 Discussion about TDIFest 2008 that was held in Mason, OH on the Labour Day weekend (August 29th - August 31st, 2008) .

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Old September 7th, 2007, 10:55   #31
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There is a mention of VWoA never coming? What sponsors or vendors do show?

I like the idea of having it in DC 2009 when they move there but why give them the advertisement when they don’t support us….?
Dude, they do support us. They came to this Fest with a powertrain engineer, the PR manager for VW Canada, AND a 2008 "Clean Diesel" Jetta TDI.

In my book, that's some pretty good support for a small group of fanatics. This is the first year they've done it, but they said they would definitely be back next year.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 11:40   #32
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Not to mention the backpacks and other goodies they've donated in the past.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 12:35   #33
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VW's participation is spotty and mostly done last minute - both this year and last. I wouldn't recommend depending on VW for anything.

Plan the Fest and invite VW. Once we get consistency from them, we can then kick it up a notch.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 13:19   #34
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VW's participation is spotty and mostly done last minute - both this year and last. I wouldn't recommend depending on VW for anything.

Plan the Fest and invite VW. Once we get consistency from them, we can then kick it up a notch.
I think you need to right person to approach VWoA. Someone who knows how to go after sponsorship, and sell why VW should be there. Making a call and asking can you come out, isn't going to cut it. You need sell the idea that VW making a presenence is a great way to estiblish a great relationship to a deticated customer base. Also a great way, to see what people want in a Diesel car, What trends and desires are important. That they in turn can use to create new models for us and the public.

You don't invite VW out. YOU sell the TDIFest as a marketing/sales tool for them. Then we might get somewhere.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 14:40   #35
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I think you need to right person to approach VWoA. Someone who knows how to go after sponsorship, and sell why VW should be there. Making a call and asking can you come out, isn't going to cut it. You need sell the idea that VW making a presenence is a great way to estiblish a great relationship to a deticated customer base. Also a great way, to see what people want in a Diesel car, What trends and desires are important. That they in turn can use to create new models for us and the public.

You don't invite VW out. YOU sell the TDIFest as a marketing/sales tool for them. Then we might get somewhere.
oddly enough, after much contact with VWoA and VW Can, Corporate was the one who contacted US. it was rather unusual. But after finally being able to get corporate to come to our gathering, it seems they are looking more into coming to future fests. Just coming to Fest seemed to make the sale. I hope they'll be more inclined to join us in '08 but heed hamsters words... they're still unreliable in their responses.
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Old September 8th, 2007, 21:34   #36
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Personally I'd say they won't commit until closer to the fest rather than 'unreliable'. When we first asked for support they send us some goods right away. Not a huge amount, but some good prizes (ie bags, jackets, etc). THANKS VW.

It wasn't until closer to the Fest that they said they would be in attendance. For now I'm not so sure it would be easy to plan a Fest around VW. I would't rule it out, but it would probably be easier to plan the next Fest independently of VW and try to get their help once plans get set.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 08:37   #37
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Personally I'd say they won't commit until closer to the fest rather than 'unreliable'. When we first asked for support they send us some goods right away. Not a huge amount, but some good prizes (ie bags, jackets, etc). THANKS VW.

It wasn't until closer to the Fest that they said they would be in attendance. For now I'm not so sure it would be easy to plan a Fest around VW. I would't rule it out, but it would probably be easier to plan the next Fest independently of VW and try to get their help once plans get set.
I agree - that is more like it. We definitely would like to keep the VW presence at the Fest, but it's unlikely that we can plan with them at this stage.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 10:41   #38
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I don't understand why VWoA does not promote the Diesel more.. I hear comercials about cars getting 32 mpg and it makes me laugh. Our Fest can be part of their promotion, saying look we already do better than 32 mpg and here is proof..

I agree you need to give them a bone to play with.. Offer a speaking opportunity where they could layout thier plans for Diesel in the future... Roadmap speech.. If they say no call Honda, Jeep, toyota, etc... others that have or are putting out Diesels in the future.

Try and get other groups of interest involved.. Provide a venue for Biodiesel some how... I don't care for Willie Nelson but he has that Biodiesel thing going http://www.biowillieusa.com/.. http://www.earthbiofuels.com/ or give the Soybean industry http://www.regfuel.com/biodiesel.html a call.. Call up the networks like Fox News and get them involved.. Bigger the audience the better the show of big companies..

I know that this fest is for us and not industry... Not trying to comercialize it, just want to push the Diesel platform and help re-educate the 95% of people who think diesel stinks...Just the more big groups you have involve the more fun for all of us...

Is there a list of sponsers that have attended previous events? Local versus National?
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Old September 10th, 2007, 11:21   #39
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TDIs fly off dealers' lots by word of mouth alone. Why spend money advertising when a product sells itself?
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TDIs fly off dealers' lots by word of mouth alone. Why spend money advertising when a product sells itself?
Any idea of what fraction their TDI's make in their overall sales?
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Old September 10th, 2007, 18:20   #41
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Not much in the U.S. but in all of Europe where a litre of diesel fuel is $6.00, go figure.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 18:36   #42
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Any idea of what fraction their TDI's make in their overall sales?
Given the EPA's limition on the number imported, I'm guessing 5%, if even that.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 18:58   #43
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If I recall properly... the powertrain engineer from VW said that we, in Canada, have like 38% of the VW sold market in Diesels...

IMO, I say that in Québec, we are closer to 70% of the VW sold are TDIs

I think we've understood since a while the benefits of Diesel engines... Maybe we are more evolved
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You got that right there a tdi's everywhere here!
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25% of the 2006 VWs sold were TDIs.

Note that that was the EPA-imposed limit - the first time that VW has EVER run into that emissions limit. (For 2005, it was 50%, and for 2004, it was 75%.)
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