Nov. 12, 2007: Source – Motor Trend
It was just several days ago at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas that Volkswagen unveiled the new clean diesel Jetta TDI Sportwagen. The vehicle was slated for an April 2008 sales launch along with its highly-anticipated sedan counterpart. Now, both models have been delayed by as much as six months due to a problem with the car’s emissions system. Instead of hitting the dealerships in early spring, VW is now saying the car will go on sale at some point late in the summer.
VW’s troubles lie with the strict 50-state emission test. In order for automakers to sell their cars in all 50 states, they must meet emissions standards set forth in every single state, which includes more stringent California standards. Mercedes-Benz became the first manufacturer to offer a diesel-powered car that complies with California’s strict air-quality standards, when it released the E320 Bluetec sedan in October, 2007.
Though Volkswagen would not give specifics about the problem, the company said it was "a technical issue that was found during the later stages of durability testing." VW said the issue has been resolved, but the car will now have to go back through emissions testing, causing the delay.