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Volkswagen Bora 1.9 TDI PD 100 SE - 4,300 miles

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IN the heirarchical world of a company fleet, the badge on the back of your car says a lot about each driver's status.

While middle management may drive an LX-badged model, those higher-up the company ladder are more likely to be driving a GLX version, denoting the superior equipment offered. And while on the road I always look at the car's badging when following the car in front.

Bearing this in mind, I became a little confused recently when a short-term Bora arrived at the office for a week's trial. It was a TDI model, but fitted with the more powerful 130bhp PD engine. But looking at the badging on this car, it had the same TDI configuration as our long-term 100bhp model, with the letters D and I were both coloured red.

So, I thought, is our long term car actually a 130bhp model rather than a 100? A quick call to the Volkswagen press office unearthed some confusion as well, because since the 100bhp model was introduced with pumpe duse (PD) technology, it has been badged in the same way as the 130 model.

In a bid to clarify matters, and set the company car park heirarchy back on an even keel, Volkswagen is planning to change the badging on TDI models for the 2003 model year. This means 100bhp models will only have a red I in their TDI boot badge, 130 models will have a red D and I, while the full-house 150bhp models have all of their TDI letterings coloured red.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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