Source: Temple of VTEC
quote: My 2012 Passat TDI has around 16,000 miles on it with an average, according to the computer, of 45 MPG.
quote: It gets significantly less mileage in the winter, probably due to a combination of winter fuel, denser air, heater use, and the time it takes the engine to fully warm.
quote: A diesel hybrid would be something to see, in terms of combined MPG, eliminating diesel's weakness (stop and go, and especially short trips).
quote: We really should be concentrating on putting diesels and hybrids into things like trucks and SUVs. Producing high-mileage econoboxes is the worst possible place to save fuel.
quote: The MTA’s electric revolution is grinding to a halt. The agency hasn’t purchased an electric-diesel hybrid bus in three years, and as many as 389 — 23 percent of all its hybrids — could be retrofitted with new diesel engines soon, MTA officials revealed to The Post. ... hybrids haven’t worked very well, an insider says. Maintenance workers “constantly” have to repair hybrid engines.“The electric-traction motors are burning out,” the source said. “They’re so expensive to replace that it’ll be cheaper to stick a diesel engine in there.”