Volkswagen Golf plug-in hybrid, and a hybrid Diesel concept car

It does! It doesn’t. It does! It doesn’t… This was the refrain for the past few years among Volkswagen TDI enthusiasts wondering if our car company of choice would be making a hybrid version of its beloved Golf TDI turbodiesel. Well, it looks like at long last they indeed will have something like that. AlthoughContinue reading “Volkswagen Golf plug-in hybrid, and a hybrid Diesel concept car”

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 GTDContinue reading “Fuel Efficiency and Performance Drive Diesel Comeback”

NY Times: 2009 VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel is “A High-Mileage Masterpiece”

Now I thought my ’06 TDi was all that and a ball of wax, but these new Clean Diesels seem to be everything I wanted and then some. The New York Times is arguably not renowned for its car reviews, but they, along with what seems like everyone who‘s test-driven the new ’09 Clean DieselContinue reading “NY Times: 2009 VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel is “A High-Mileage Masterpiece””

I am in love with my car now thanks to RocketChip.

Attention TDI drivers: Get a RocketChip! It’s really a reprogramming of your car’s fuel management EPROMs. But look at what it did for my car: +25 HP (U.S.) +45 lb/ft. (+61 Nm) which for my VW Jetta TDI means roughly 125 @ 4000 RPM 222 lbs/ft (~300 Nm) at 1800 RPM and — ZOOOOOOOOOM! It’sContinue reading “I am in love with my car now thanks to RocketChip.”

Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again

Blogging has changed a lot since 1996, when I first started with it. For one, the word “blog” didn’t exist back then. For second, blogs weren’t yet mastered by anyone but geeks and techies with far too much time on their hands — folks just like my buddy Kent who wrote a custom scripting engineContinue reading “Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again”