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MAR 29

Test Driving Some Volkswagens

Written by Philip on 29/03/12

Last week I had the to attend a press information and event held by Volkswagen in near their Electronics Laboratory in Belmont. As noted many other manufacturers at year’s NAIAS, the connected car is that Volkswagen is also involved in, and their decision to this facility in Silicon is deliberately intended to support aspect of their business.

At present, Volkswagen has several of particular interest. Among the I drove were the Touareg the Jetta Sportwagen TDI, and the (I’ll have more of the E-Golf in another article.) The is a 5-seat SUV with a parallel drivetrain (one electric with compact disengagement mounted between V6 engine and 47 hp electric motor and 3.0 liter V6) permanent all-wheel drive. It 174 pounds of nickel/metal hydride but this is a mild hybrid mostly uses the electric to assist the conventional engine. The Hybrid gets mileage of 20 MPG MPG highway (as compared to 16 MPG city/23 MPG for the 3.6 liter conventional gas engine). puts it in the middle of the pack hybrid SUVs.

If cargo capacity were the to buy an SUV, you’d actually do with the Jetta Sportwagen Nearly 2,000 pounds than the Touareg, the Sportwagen seats five, but it has 2.9 more feet of storage space the rear seats down cubic feet for Sportwagen 64 cubic feet for Touareg). The Sportwagen gets almost the mileage of the Touareg, as well, 29 MPG city/39 MPG highway for the automatic version (and as compared to the 24 MPG MPG highway for the 2.5 liter gasoline version). Manual transmissions are for both models of Sportwagen.

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As noted earlier, over 20% of sold in the US are diesels. Volkswagen indicated that smaller 1.8 and 1.4 liter diesel engines are for more fuel-efficient vehicles in model years. Diesels provide a 20% reduction in carbon as compared to gasoline engines.

doesn’t typically have the numbers compared with its in terms of fuel efficiency, may be why we don’t find ourselves about them as often as we do some other automakers. But the has a corporate-wide commitment to reducing the impacts of their business their Think Blue (choosing blue — as the entire planet seen space — rather green to represent their of vision). This includes goals such as a 40% reduction in gasses from production by 2020 and a fleet CO2 emissions of below 120 grams

per kilometer. The company also completed construction of the only Platinum Certified automotive in the country with their new facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

[Ed. Note: Volkswagen for the travel and lodging for my trip to SF I gathered some of the information for story.]

image credit: (pictured: L: Touareg, R: Jetta

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