VW Will Reveal Diesel Hybrid Golf at Geneva

By Brendan Moore

03.03.2008

VW is rolling out seven new models in Geneva this week, and one of those new models is a diesel-electric hybdrid Golf that the company says will get almost 70 MPG – 69.9 MPG to be exact, which is just about as close to 70 MPG as you can get without actually being there.

The Golf TDI Hybrid promises to make quite a splash at Lac Léman, since it will be the first production model using hybrid technology in Volkswagen’s lineup. The car is expected to have a parallel hybrid drivetrain with a standard-issue VW diesel engine and an all-electric mode at low speed, start-stop capability, regenerative braking and a 7-speed DSG double-clutch transmission. The car is designed to run on electric power only and will also have (standard) an automatic shut-off feature for stop-and-go traffic in urban areas.

VW is also saying that the diesel hybrid will meet Europe’s tough Euro V emissions standards as well as meeting the U.S. Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions hurdle. This makes it acceptable for all 50 states (including the most stringent, California) and makes it already compliant with future emissions requirements now being considered for the future. VW insiders say the cars emits only 89 g/km of CO2, which puts it under such green cars like the Honda Civic Hybrid (116 g/km) and the almighty market-leader Toyota Prius (104 g/km).

VW hasn’t yet released a photo of the car, but it is expected to look like the Golf TDi model. VW says the car will be sold in Europe, but curiously absent was any mention of U.S. sales, which would seem to be a potential bonanza for such a car. Of course, it could be that VW is simply going to make the engine show up in something more expensive in the United States; something like a Jetta or a Passat, or even the Tiguan.

Watch out, Toyota! VW’s plan for world domination is starting to show its face.

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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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8 Comments

  1. the car is a diesel hybrid your article says its a 2.0 gas

  2. Anonymous, there are various engines listed for the diesel hybrid, depending on the article you read. Just because Autoblog says it is so doesn’t mean it is, not at this point, anyway – they are reliant on sources just like we are. Autoblog may very well be correct, but we won’t know that until VW issues the spec from their PR department.

    You will note that we wrote “the car is expected” to have a particular engine. Again, we won’t know until we hear from VW.

    BUT, since there is some uncertainty, we have modified out text in the article to reflect that fact. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  3. Several auto sites in the U.K. are reporting that the engine used in the diesel hybrid will be the same diesel 2.0 litre used in the VW Tiguan, for whatever that’s worth. Take your pick of whom to believe.

  4. Reuters reported a 2-litre diesel as the engine too.

  5. The car magazines in Germany reported a newly developed 1.2L commonrail three-cylinder TDI.
    Looks like they were right.

  6. Mirko, can you provide a link to a press release from VW about the engine for this car? The press release that VW has on their media website does not mention displacement for either the hybrid diesel Golf or for the Scirocco. Link: http://media.vw.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=10296

    -Editor

  7. Whatever, folks. I’m sure the engine displacement will be made public by VW soon enough. Do I care at all, really? I know it’s important to car nuts, but to more or less regular people like me, I could care less as long as it gets the fuel mileage VW is claming for it and it’s quiet and dependable.

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