Search On For Oldest And Highest-Mileage Diesels
Jan. 24, 2007
VW anticipates the oldest diesel will be a first-generation Rabbit, like the one pictured.
Wanted: the oldest diesel VW and the highest-mileage diesel VW.
Reward: Six-month use of a 2007 Touareg V10 TDI.
2007 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI
To help celebrate 30 years of Volkswagen diesels in the USA, the automaker is searching for the oldest and highest-mileage examples in the nation.
"Volkswagen has a long history of selling diesel-powered vehicles in the United States," said Keith Price, Volkswagen Of America PR manager. "These durable vehicles are capable of providing years and years of reliable service. We anticipate an enormous response from our owners."
Both diesel VWs must be registered, running vehicles with their original engines.
The winner with the oldest will be determined by the vehicle identification number (VIN). VW anticipates this vehicle will be a diesel Rabbit, as 12,393 were sold in 1977.
The winner with the highest mileage must have documentation, a verifiable and accurate odometer, as well as historical service records or a log book.
The search will officially begin March 1 and run for a minimum four months. Owners will be able to submit information and photos of their vehicles online at VW.com. Finalists will then be determined and asked to go to a Volkswagen dealership — with their vehicles, of course — for validation.
Each of the two winners will be awarded a six-month use of a 2007 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI.
In 30 years in the USA, VW has sold 813,476 diesels, which are renowned for their high fuel efficiency.