Unless you’re located in Tennessee, you won’t be seeing Volkswagen Jetta SportWagens as Police cars in North America anytime soon. For a few community policing officers in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the surrounding Hamilton County, the diesel-powered Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI – with a lovely bodykit and requisite light bar – will make for a lovely ride through southeastern Tennessee.
From a purely financial standpoint, the main benefit of these Volkswagen-gifted Jetta TDIs is tremendous fuel efficiency. The EPA rates the Jetta TDI at 42 miles per gallon on the highway. Diesel fuel in Chattanooga is currently running about thirty cents higher than the price for regular gasoline.
And why the gift from Volkswagen USA? 12 miles northeast of Chattanooga is Volkswagen’s new factory. Made in Germany? Not so much. Designed In Germany, Built In Tennessee? That’s more like it.