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      08-09-2019 10:55 AM #1
      Every Volkswagen car that I know of comes from the factory with the inner hatch/trunk mounted lights set to work only as marker lights at night. Lighting up for brakes is limited to the outer lights.

      I have seen posts on various forums that US DOT regulations prohibit brake lights on any movable part of the car (eg https://www.reddit.com/r/cars/commen...their/dk25ffg/ )

      However that is clearly not true because Audi vehicles have the hatch mounted lights set to work as brake lights. I saw an Audi A6 that did this and thought it was modded, so I asked on the local Euro car group and they said it's standard for all Audis.

      So I believe the regulations allow the hatch lights as long as there are also body mounted brake lights. So why would Volkswagen choose to disable 2 out of 5 brake lights for Volkswagen branded cars specifically? Why not retain the added safety of a broader illuminated area like they do with Audi models?

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      08-15-2019 11:36 AM #2
      No one has an explanation for this?

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      08-19-2019 06:16 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by jackalopephoto View Post
      No one has an explanation for this?
      Audi's cost more

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      Just like that!

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      09-17-2019 04:46 PM #4
      TooOld is right, I think it is called brand segmentation.

      You are also correct that the US has a law were brake lights can't be on the trunk, hatch, or rear opening of a vehicle by themselves(you can thank Chrysler K-cars and Minivans for this law....)

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      10-07-2019 01:47 AM #5
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      01-18-2020 07:50 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by jeff8407 View Post
      TooOld is right, I think it is called brand segmentation.

      You are also correct that the US has a law were brake lights can't be on the trunk, hatch, or rear opening of a vehicle by themselves(you can thank Chrysler K-cars and Minivans for this law....)
      Ummm...

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