VW Will Reveal Diesel Hybrid Golf at Geneva
By Brendan Moore
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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