Hybrid technology is often a hot topic of discussion on DailyTech. Detractors of hybrid
technology often point out that diesel engines would make a better alternative
to achieve greater fuel efficiency. Hybrid proponents often point out that
while diesel are more efficient than gasoline motors, they are far dirtier.
Volkswagen is looking to bring the two camps together and
will unveil a diesel-electric
hybrid version of its popular Golf hatchback (known as the Rabbit here in
the U.S.) in Geneva. 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.
The diesel engine used in the Golf Hybrid meets all Euro 5
emissions criteria and also passes the stringent Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions
standards here in the U.S.
Given that costs involved with producing a diesel-electric
hybrid powertrain, VW is looking to spread the technology to a number of its
vehicle lines. According to 4Car,
likely transplants include the VW Jetta and the Audi A3. Other Golf-based vehicles
that would be a prime target for the new powertrain include the upcoming VW
Tiguan and Audi Q5 crossovers.
VW isn't the only company; however, that is looking towards
diesel-electric hybrid powertrains. DailyTech
reported on Peugeot's
308 Hybrid HDi in late August 2007. The 308 Hybrid HDi features a 107 HP
diesel engine which is paired to a 22 HP electric motor. The combined system
helps the vehicle achieve 69 MPG.
Diesel technology is seeing a rather large resurgence in the
U.S. thanks to new
CAFE regulations. VW is bringing back its TDI motors now that they meet
Tier 2 Bin 5 standards, Nissan is looking to drop a Renault diesel engine into
its next generation Maxima and Honda will provide four and six-cylinder diesel
engines for its cars
quote: which is why the Focus outsells the Golf 6:1 in all of Europe in the hot hatch market.
quote: Top selling cars in Germany (2007)
quote: The Golf is not the Rabbit, at least in the US. I find it odd that VW would choose the same name for different models.
quote: Basically diesel engines are simpler than comparable gasoline engines
quote: Can your SUV match that performance?
quote: VW isn't the only company; however, that is looking towards diesel-electric hybrid powertrains. DailyTech reported on Peugeot's 308 Hybrid HDi in late August 2007. The 308 Hybrid HDi features a 107 HP diesel engine which is paired to a 128 HP electric motor. The combined system helps the vehicle achieve 69 MPG.
quote: The demonstrator’s parallel hybrid powerplant uses an 80 kW (107 hp) 1.6 HDi DPFS diesel engine coupled with a 16 kW (continuous) electric motor providing a maximum power output of 96 kW (129 hp)
quote: Prudent SUV drivers have control over rollovers? LOL They are not the only ones on the road.
quote: I have seen SUVs get hit by a small car and the small car driver was fine but the SUV was toast because of rollover.
quote: Tons of mass is no excuse for good design.
quote: For the average joe blow, to think bigger is safer says to me the system is not working properly. Which segways nicely to Government responsibility for the design and up keep of the system, but here we move off topic.
quote: In a two-car collision, the more massive car wins.
quote: Luxury SUVs are the epitome of uselessness.
quote: And remember, not everyone buys SUVs.
quote: While rollovers represent about 3% of all crashes in the U.S., almost 33% of total deaths on highways occur in rollover crashes.
quote: SUVs on the other hand, are made to be sturdy and in case of a collision, their body doesn't bend so much, hence transferring more of the inertia to the driver's body, and making him more prone to serious injurys.
quote: ... meanwhile with my 6'5" frame, I will have to stick with my 15mpg SUVs
quote: Have you actually tried a small VW? They are actually quite good at accommodating taller individuals. I've known several tall people who only drove VWs because it was the only small/efficient car they could drive comfortably.
quote: Rollovers are caused by stupid drivers. They try to drive it like a sports car and tip over when they turn too tight. Plain and simple, stupid drivers
quote: As soon as they allow the mid to large SUVs (Durango, Explorer, Trail Blazer, Suburban, Expedition) that get 30-40mpg and at the same price as gas models, I will jump into this market.
quote: If you simply banned the SUV's so other people didn't drive them
quote: as soon as you introduce your own children and the desire for safety into the equation, minivans and SUVs are the only way to go
quote: And because you drive and SUV, I have to get one too, because yours is three times as likely to kill me in an accident, should I drive a sedan.
quote: Then again, when we all drive SUVs, none of us gets a security advantage anymore.
quote: SUVs are also three times as likely to kill pedestrians.
quote: Im fairly certain that is more the driver's fault than the type of car. Going fast enough, im certain that it doesnt matter why type of car you are driving when you hit a pedestrian.
quote: You shouldn't talk about something without trying it.
quote: How's that?
quote: The structural integrity of most SUVs is crap because they are based on truck frames.
quote: If these cars aren't for you ... they why did you feel the need to comment?