Fuel Efficiency and Performance Drive Diesel Comeback

propel has a very nice post about Volkswagen’s Clean Diesel lineup. It contains the very good news that the popular Golf TDI will be making a return next year. The new Golf TDI is said to rate at 140hp and a significant 236 ft-lbs of torque! [Emphasis not added.] (Too bad the new Golf GTD will outperform that — the GTD totes 179 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque!)

A promo article says “This engine [the 2.0 liter Clean Diesel] is capable of 49 mpg on the highway and 35 mpg in the city when paired with a six-speed manual transmission.” That is slightly better than my ’06 Jetta TDI gets with a five-speed. Nice!

(That said, a Clean Diesel SportWagen may eventually be in my future.)

There’s also an older post from propel about a study showing that biodiesel does just what we know it to do: it works flawlessly.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

2 thoughts on “Fuel Efficiency and Performance Drive Diesel Comeback”

  1. Well, between our soon-to-arrive tax refund and the tax credit for upgrading to a better-mileage vehicle, a new car is a distinct possibility in my future (at least, that’s what my fortune cookie told me). Unfortunately, most of my driving is on city streets. I need an automatic tranny that gets that good of mileage, as I was born fahrvergnugen-deficient.

    1. The automatic TDI will come pretty close, better than any traditional gas car. And their emissions are hard to beat. Still make CO2, but little to no NOx. That’s good.

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