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Old April 1st, 2008, 03:57   #1
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Default Volkswagen of America announces new models, improved dealer service

HERNDON, VA - Volkswagen of America has announced three new models which will be immediately available at dealers.

The first new model is the Rabbit TDI. Available with a 140 horsepower, 2.0L common rail TDI, and either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed DSG transmission, the Rabbit TDI has EPA estimated fuel economy ratings of 45 MPG city, 55 MPG highway. List price is $16,940 for the 3-door model.

The second new model is the GTD. This vehicle has a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed DSG transmission, and a powerful 204 horsepower 2.0L common rail twin-turbocharged TDI. Estimated fuel economy is 42 MPG city, 56 MPG highway. List price is $24,050 for the 3-door model.

Next, Volkswagen of America is debuting the Polo for the first time in the North American market. This subcompact is popular in Europe, and Volkswagen is all about bringing the best European economy cars to the US. This car is available with a 1.6L, 105 hp common rail TDI, and a 6-speed manual gearbox. EPA estimated fuel economy is 60 MPG city, 80 MPG highway. List price is $11,095, making the new Polo TDI one of the lowest cost new cars available in the US today.

Finally, Volkswagen of America has announced that they have begun an aggressive retraining program for all dealer technicians, and have announced that poorly performing dealerships will lose their franchises immediately. This action has been taken due to complaints of poor dealer service that have been voiced by current and former Volkswagen customers.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 09:33   #2
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April fools. :P
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Old April 1st, 2008, 09:39   #3
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LMFAO. It will take years to un-do that
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This subcompact is popular in Europe, and Volkswagen is all about bringing the best European economy cars to the US.
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Completely off-topic Bob, but I know you deal in IT. Did you hear IBM (yes, International Business Machines - inventor of the PC, yada, yada) has been banned from federal contracts? I don't know why yet, but they came up on the Federal EPLS and we've been informed not to let any new contracts with them.

It has been one helluva day.
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"List price is $16,940 for the 3-door model."

THAT'S when I thought "April Fools!"
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Completely off-topic Bob, but I know you deal in IT. Did you hear IBM (yes, International Business Machines - inventor of the PC, yada, yada) has been banned from federal contracts?

It has been one helluva day.
I read on slashdot that Lenovo was, but not IBM.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 10:21   #9
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The second new model is the GTD. This vehicle has a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed DSG transmission, and a powerful 204 horsepower 2.0L common rail twin-turbocharged TDI. Estimated fuel economy is 42 MPG city, 56 MPG highway. List price is $24,050 for the 3-door model.
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I read on Slashdot that it was IBM.

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?.../04/01/0456250

And, "!omgponies" was a tag on it, indicating that it might actually have been real.
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It's not BS. Go to EPLS dot GOV and type in IBM.

They are the major sub on one of my half bil USD contracts and we have been scrambling to figure out a way forward.

Apparently there is a procurement integrity issue on an EPA contract and they took the unusual step of barring the entire corporation rather than a specific business unit. Enron was one of the last to receive such treatment.

It will be interesting to see what they did. Bets might include bribery or defective pricing, but that's just speculation.

Don't sell your stock. They only do 2% of their business with us.
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Oooh just today. The Lenovo thing was months ago.
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IBM and some of its employees received subpoenas from a federal grand jury seeking testimony and documents relating to a contract it sought with the Environmental Protection Agency, the company said yesterday.
The company also has been temporarily barred from receiving contracts with all federal agencies "while the agency reviews concerns raised about potential activities involving an EPA procurement," the agency said in an e-mailed statement. Under a reciprocal agreement among federal agencies, when one issues a ban, the others follow it. The suspension took effect Thursday.
The EPA said it will not comment further on the matter.
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It's to good to be true. This would make too much sense. Ohhh crap it's April Fools Day!
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April fools. :P
You actually had me, only because I live in Northern Virginia and VW just opened up headquarters here (Herndon is in Northern Virginia). I have actually applied for a couple of positions with VW headquarters.

But on second thought, those three offerings are just too good to be true!

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