VW Will Offer Turbo CNG Passat
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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