Volkswagen (VW) is no stranger to fuel efficiency in the
United States. While the company may currently known for its 200HP GTI pocket
rocket and Eos
mobile, the company also has deep roots in diesel motors.
The company is famous for its TDI engines which in recent
years have been available in a number of vehicles including the New Beetle,
Jetta, Passat and Touareg. TDI engines are currently on hiatus in the United
States due to more stringent emissions requirements, but VW will bring to
market a new Tier 2
Bin 5 TDI engine for the Jetta next year (and likely also for the Passat,
New Beetle and Rabbit).
If VW has its way, consumers may have an alternative method for
achieving high fuel economy with its vehicles.
VW is looking to introduce two variants of its recently
introduced Up! rear-engined concept car. The tiny Up! measures just 135.8
inches from nose to tail and is only 64.2 inches wide.
The first variant of the Up! would be a small minivan aimed
at families who clearly don't need all of the space afforded in today's
super-sized minivans from Chrysler, Honda and Toyota. The second variant on tap is a
plug-in hybrid model.
The plug-in variant would ditch the concept Up!'s hatchback
profile for a more traditional sedan configuration (which is more in tune with
American buying tastes). According to Auto
News and Autoblog, the plug-in hybrid Up! would
achieve close to 100 MPG.
The Up! minivan is scheduled to be unveiled shortly in Tokyo
while the Up! plug-in hybrid will bow in Los Angeles.
quote: If you have need of an SUV that's fine however many people in Europe drive them because they have become status symbols. This then leads to people worrying about their safety and buying SUV's to make themselves feel safe, despite modern small cars being very rigid and punching above their weight safety wise.
quote: A comment was made about a person driving 60 miles vs a person driving 5 miles to work. The question should be does the person driving 5 miles really need to take the car? Sure there will be times when the answer is Yes (stuff to carry etc.) but conversly they could take some other forms of transport some of the time, assuming the local public transport doesn't completely suck like here...
quote: Punish the SUV owner because he has a different taste in car, because he has a better job, or because he makes more money? That's not right either.
quote: Ken Livingstone has announced that the £8 per day London congestion charge will rise to £25 for 4 x4s in 2009