VW Will Offer Turbo CNG Passat

By Brendan Moore

12.18.2007


Quick, what’s the most popular fleet car in Germany?

You are very smart to guess the Volkswagen Passat. And according to an article in Automotive News Europe, Volkswagen is being very smart by planning to offer a version of the Passat that will run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). CNG is currently selling at .90 euro a liter while gasoline is priced at 1.35 euro a liter.

The Passat will offer the world’s first turbocharged engine that will run on either gasoline or CNG. The engine is reputed to be a version of VW’s 1.4 liter turbocharged engine and is expected to produce a minimum of 150 hp.

Fiat, Opel and Peugeot are reportedly all working on similar powerplants.

The Europeans seem to do interesting things with turbocharged engines – the Saab BioPower 9-5 is the world’s only turbocharged engine that can run on bio-fuel.

It is expected that fleet customers will heartily embrace the new powerplant option in the Passat as it will significantly lower their running costs.

2007 VW Caddy van

VW plans to offer the same engine in the VW Touran minivan, the lower-level Golf and the Caddy commercial van.

2007 VW Caddy truck

Just as an FYI for our American readers, there is another version of the Caddy that is the modern version of what we knew as the VW Rabbit pickup. VW still produces the pickup version in South Africa (the stamping was shipped from VW’s plant in Pennsylvania).

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Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at http://www.cedarpointconsulting.com.

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3 Comments

  1. A 2007 VW Rabbit pickup? Does it have the current VW 4-banger in it? That would be cool. And it must be cheap since the tooling was paid for for a long, long time ago.

  2. When my family and I went on vacation to see a play in Stratford Upon Avon Ontario a few years back, I stopped to fill my tank in town and was greeted with multiple pumps:

    Unleaded 87
    Unleaded 89
    Unleaded 93
    Diesel
    CNG
    LPG

    I suspect very strongly that in the future, this situation will be more and more common, because, as we run out of oil, I don’t believe there will be “one” motor fuel to replace gasoline.

    I suspect we’ll have, in addition to the above

    Electric
    Hydrogen
    Butanol
    and of course, foolishly,
    E85

    (Butanol is a far more logical motor fuel, and growing sugar beets to make a drop-in substitute for gasoline seems to be far more efficient than growing corn for ethanol, which is NOT a drop in substitute for gasoline, and has far less energy than Butanol – which is a 4-carbon alcohol).

  3. Glenn411, I agree with you. On everything, including your distaste for E85 as a solution.

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