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2012 VW Passat
2012 Passat TDI will be rated at 31 city, 43 highway

Amidst all of this talk of [relatively] low-displacement turbocharged, gasoline-electric hybrid, and fully electric vehicles, the North American car market seems to have forgotten about turbodiesel engines. Diesels are the go-to solution for getting incredible fuel economy in European vehicles, but the North American auto market doesn't have a wide range of diesel vehicles to choose from (unless you want a full-size pickup). 

However, you can always count of the VW Group to embrace turbodiesel technology and the company offers U.S.-spec Audi and Volkswagen branded vehicles with TDI engines. The latest of these vehicles is the new 2012 Passat TDI.

The Passat TDI features a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine and starts at $25,995. For the enthusiasts out there, the TDI can be paired with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed DSG dual-clutch unit. 

VW says that the Passat TDI will deliver 43 mpg on the highway, giving it a maximum driving range of 800 miles. City fuel economy is a respectable 31 mpg. For comparison, the Toyota Camry Hybrid ($27,050), Hyundai Sonata Hybrid ($25,795), and Ford Fusion Hybrid ($28,600) are rated at 31/35, 35/40, and 41/36 respectively (city/highway).

"The 2012 Passat is a true Volkswagen, offering German engineering, class-leading standard features, and superior fuel economy, all for a remarkable value," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "Demonstrating our commitment to the American market, the car will be produced at one of the newest, most advanced, and environmentally responsible auto assembly plants in the world in Chattanooga, Tennessee."

Interestingly, while VW seems to be embracing diesel engines for its passenger vehicles, Ford has no plans to share its European diesel engines with consumers in the U.S.

"[Ford] could easily bring diesels to the U. S. market," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president for global product development, in March. “It doesn’t make sense. We are not going to force it on customers.”



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RE: Force it on consumers?!
By FITCamaro on 6/15/2011 12:39:18 PM , Rating: 2
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As for why Chevy and Ford won't bring over their own diesel technologies is anybodies guess.


Can't speak to Ford but GM was told to shelve its 4.5L diesel V8 that it planned to put in light trucks when the government took over.

Our politicians don't want diesel. They want electric.


RE: Force it on consumers?!
By stilltrying on 6/15/2011 1:09:45 PM , Rating: 3
It political. How about a toyota truck (Toyota Hilux) that can last forever and get 30-40mpgs. Outlawed in the states, what does that tell ya.


RE: Force it on consumers?!
By kmmatney on 6/15/2011 6:00:28 PM , Rating: 2
In the states, its called the "Tacoma".

I would provide a wiki link to the Tpyota Hilux, but it gets flagged as spammed. The do offer deisel engines in other countries, though.


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