2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test


2010 Volkswagen GTI: What Does This Antenna Have To Do With This Pen?

June 14, 2010

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Take this story with a grain of salt as it was told to me by someone who works for Volkswagen and therefore gets paid to spread such stories.

Supposedly some journalists were at a early preview event for the Golf along with all the top execs from Volkswagen including Chairman Piech. While checking over the details on Volkswagen's new baby, one journalist looked at the shark fin antenna on the roof and noted that its looked a bit cheap, with low grade plastic that contrasted notably with the glossy paint.

He fussed over it enough that Chairman Piech strode over and asked the journalist how he thought it should look given that it was made of plastic. So the journalist pulled a Cross pen out of his pocket and told Piech that it was plastic too, but certainly didn't look like the shabby antenna.

As the story goes, Piech agreed and pledged to look into it. He later instructed engineers to find out who makes the Opalescent black crystalline resin used by Cross to make its pens. Volkswagen then contracted with the same company to make antenna housings for the Golf.

Folklore? Probably, but our GTI does have one shiny antenna.


Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor @ 7,121 miles


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