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Old 02-21-2008, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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News: VW to unveil 70 mpg (US) Golf diesel hybrid

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Continuing today's diesel theme... VW will be unveiling a diesel hybrid Golf at the upcoming Geneva auto show.



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According to the German automotive giant, the Golf Hybrid will achieve 83.9 MPG (Imperial gallons) which is roughly 69.9 MPG here in the U.S. Carbon dioxide emissions are also limited to just 89g/km.
VW says the engine will meet the strictest Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards.

The most surprising thing - if the 2 articles I've seen can be believed - is they're not calling this a "concept". They're talking about it as if it's destined for the North American market.

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Old 02-21-2008, 02:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice if it happens. So far they haven't been able to release the Jetta.
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Old 02-21-2008, 02:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The big question of course will be price. Both diesels and hybrids add cost compared to a gasoline engine. VW is facing a double whammy.
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This could land in the States by 2009.
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Well, I hope they bring it over here ASAP. I'm not the biggest VW fan but we need more options now and the fact that US offerings are lagging a decade behind japan and europe is just pretty damn sad.
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Some more news, from edmunds.com: http://blogs.edmunds.com/GreenCarAdvisor/269

They're saying the car will be a "full" parallel hybrid with an EV mode.

It'll use VW's automated, 7-speed dual-clutch manual (DSG), and it's destined for the US market, though Europe will see it first.
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Hope they are savy enough to use an automatic compression release system to get the engine turning before they throw the fuel to it.
If the engine is over 1.0 Liter i am going to cry.

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Lots to look forward to in the next few years.... New Honda hybrid and diesel, new Prius, now a VW hybrid. I wouldn't think twice about buying Honda or Toyota, but the VW would need to be bloody awesome for me to be able to overlook the reliability issues that VW has had over the last decade or so.

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