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VW wants more incentives

Volkswagen AG (VW) wants diesel vehicles to get federal and state incentives similar to those for electric vehicles (EVs). Instead, the automaker feels diesels are "penalized." 

“We’re not feeling the love,” said Anna Schneider, vice president for industry and government relations at VW Group of America. “This is one of the greenest choices... It’s time the U.S. government included clean diesel in its ‘all of the above’ strategy’ for greening U.S. roads. Putting these vehicles on the road should be incentivized and not penalized, and that’s our goal.”

Diesels are about 30 percent more fuel efficient than gasoline vehicles, but the problem is that diesels have a higher carbon content than the gasoline-powered cars. For that reason, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that diesels only cut carbon emissions by 7 to 20 percent.

Hence, diesels don't get the same treatment as EVs. EVs receive many advantages, such as federal and state tax credits, access to carpool lanes, etc. This is because EVs are seen as key contributors to "greening" the auto industry, and that's especially important right now with the new 54.5 MPG CAFE standards in place for 2017-2025 model years. 

In fact, these new standards don't give diesels additional credits the way it does other vehicles. The EPA said it doesn’t believe diesel vehicles push the commercialization of technologies that will help autos reach zero (or even near-zero) emissions. In addition, the EPA doesn't seem to think that diesels have an issue with "consumer acceptance."

Further hurting the cause of diesels is that 15 U.S. states place additional taxes on diesel, and federal taxes for diesels are 6 cents higher than those of gasoline-powered autos. 

EVs, on the other hand, are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit. 

VW is a known promoter of diesel vehicles. For instance, the company confirmed its XL1 hybrid for production earlier this year. The two-seat Volkswagen XL1 has a plug-in diesel hybrid system that allows it to achieve 314 MPG and 31 miles on electric power alone. The CO2 emissions sits at 21 g/km, and it is considered the most aerodynamic car with a Cd figure of 0.189. It's also very light at just 1,752 pounds.

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: Whole 6 cents?
By euler007 on 8/22/2013 1:52:29 PM , Rating: 2
Where does the term "resale value" fit in your argument?

RE: Whole 6 cents?
By karimtemple on 8/22/2013 4:16:39 PM , Rating: 2
Resale value would be terrific if I lived in Europe or was disinterested in the other feature of longevity (being somewhat antithetical to resale value). I live in America; resale value isn't as much of a perk when no one is buying diesel. And it doesn't really change my point that diesel cars cost too much when the cheapest gas sedan is $10k and the cheapest diesel sedan is $20k. It's not like you're going to get $10,000 extra resale value.

RE: Whole 6 cents?
By euler007 on 8/22/2013 11:00:18 PM , Rating: 2
And of course this is based on a thorough investigation of the resale value of diesel vehicles in your area and totally not pulled out of your ass.

RE: Whole 6 cents?
By karimtemple on 8/23/2013 8:13:22 AM , Rating: 2
You know what, you're right, some diesel car somewhere probably has a $10,000 resale value advantage over its contemporaries. Yes. Sure. Absolutely. It's worthy of research. Definitely.

RE: Whole 6 cents?
By aliasfox on 8/23/2013 10:00:25 AM , Rating: 2
Because it's completely, 100% fair to compare the cheapest $10k Nissa Versa (or whatever else is that cheap) to a $20k Volkswagen Jetta TDI (/sarcasm). As bad as the current Jetta is, it's still leaps and bounds better than a $10k penalty box in terms of size and interior refinement.

Compare a $23k Jetta TDI against a $20k Jetta SE and your argument might actually hold some water...

RE: Whole 6 cents?
By karimtemple on 8/23/2013 11:10:46 AM , Rating: 2
The argument isn't that a Jetta TDI is comparable to a $10k car, it's that there is no $10k Jetta TDI. There is no sub-$20k diesel car. You either pay $20k or you don't get a new diesel. For $12k you can get an Elantra and for $13k you can get a Mazda3 or a Focus. The Jetta's not going to have an interior 'leaps and bounds' over those cars.

RE: Whole 6 cents?
By euler007 on 8/23/2013 11:35:20 AM , Rating: 2
You compare the resale value of the diesel versus gasoline version of the same car. That's how you make a valid argument.

RE: Whole 6 cents?
By karimtemple on 8/23/2013 1:41:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, if my argument was based on value and not on price. But alas.

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