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.