I am Tifosi's comment history

tifosi said...

Bring that Evo with my TT... hmmm say the Dragon? It won't swap ends in front of you. :)

April 22, 2014 at 9:37 p.m.
tifosi said...

That is the same year I had. Love the styling of the front grille. They should have stuck with it. Very distinctive and sets it apart from others. Lots of torque.

April 22, 2014 at 9:15 p.m.
tifosi said...

Same diesel technology in VW/Audi TDI that goes into this TDI... http://blog.caranddriver.com/audi-unveils-r18-tdi-with-big-changes-including-a-roof/

April 22, 2014 at 8:53 p.m.
tifosi said...

Audi is an excellent car. I have had an S4, A3 and now have a TT and A6 in the driveway. Nice benefits working for VW huh? Available to everyone at VW. I sold my Carrera when I went to the S4 with a 333hp supercharged V6. By far the fastest sedan I have ever driven. Took it up to 155 mph on Hwy 111 heading north. Steady as a rock. The TT is a little pocket rocket. The key to driving fast with Quattro is when it starts to slide, give it gas!!! It just pulls right out of the slide. The A6 has a detuned version of the V6 supercharged motor, Very smooth and elegant. Full of bells and whistles. I really can't compare to say a BMW or Mercedes since I have never owned either. I am far from being able to speak for a soccer Mom, unless her name is Danica Patrick.

Volkswagen has been making excellent progress towards improving quality, but not quite up to par with the competition yet. Toyota and Nissan are watching. They had better be watching. Many of our top managers used to work for Toyota. The Passat made in Chattanooga won the Motor Trend Car of the Year right out of the box. I have had a Passat with the V6. Very powerful car with nice standard package. I really want to try the TDI, but they are hard to come by. Almost half of the cars we build are diesels. Diesels require a different driving style to go quick, but have incredible fuel mileage. They do not exaggerate with the fuel mileage on the window sticker. It really will get 44 mpg... doing 80 mph on the interstate. I have had a Tiguan - very utilitarian. And, I have had the CC Passat. One of my favorite in the styling department. Beats anything for styling in the same price range. I had a TDI Jetta and used it to pull my motorcycle to Barber Motorsports Park. Never lost speed pulling the hills.

April 22, 2014 at 8:28 p.m.
tifosi said...

I am proud to say Google pursued me. They flew me out to the Googleplex in Silicon Valley. They are a top employer in America, but they expect a lot in return. Daughters nixed that idea. And, they don't build cars. :)

April 22, 2014 at 6:10 p.m.
tifosi said...

Oh geez... give it a break.

April 22, 2014 at 5:49 p.m.
tifosi said...

volsam - I do believe deception did occur. The UAW handed out papers that led people to believe they could get more pay. But, VW and the UAW negotiated in the Neutrality Agreement and pay was taken off the table. The SUV decision is all about money, as it should be. Mexico's cheaper labor vs. automation in Chattanooga.

April 22, 2014 at 5:43 p.m.
tifosi said...

Audi rocks! In-house fight at Le Mans this year. Porsche vs. Audi.

April 22, 2014 at 5:38 p.m.
tifosi said...

With a tag of "tifosi" you have to be a car guy.

April 22, 2014 at 5:31 p.m.
tifosi said...

I agree with your assessment of the give and take with employment. The case I mentioned when I left was extreme. There are things that Volkswagen has done that I was very loud about in my disagreement. I have called out managers for being abusive. I have raised a lot of eyebrows with my opinions. But, I have been committed to Volkswagen Chattanooga. I remain committed to the long-term success of this plant. There have been times I did not think my badge would work the next day. You have seen how boisterous I am on this site. I am the same way at work. I will give Volkswagen management credit - if you are committed, they will walk with you. I love working with a very diversified group of professionals. They bring a lot of different views to the table and that is where our strength lies.

We may fuss and fight a lot, but we are passionate about building quality cars.

There were several folks prepared to leave if the UAW were brought in. I would have waited to see, but my resume would have been updated. I get courted all the time. BMW is investing a billion dollars to make the South Carolina plant the largest BMW plant in the world.

The best employers get the best employees.

April 22, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.
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