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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 Volkswagen has several vehicles of interest. Among the vehicles I were the Touareg Hybrid, the Sportwagen TDI, and the E-Golf. have more coverage of the in another article.) The Touareg is a SUV with a parallel hybrid (one electric motor compact disengagement clutch between V6 engine and transmission: 47 hp motor and 3.0 liter V6) with all-wheel drive. It carries 174 of nickel/metal hydride batteries, but is a mild hybrid that uses the electric motor to the conventional engine. The Touareg gets mileage of 20

MPG city/24 MPG highway (as compared to 16 MPG MPG highway for the 3.6 liter conventional gas That puts it in the middle of the among 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.

Volkswagen doesn’t typically the highest numbers compared its competitors in terms of fuel which may be why we don’t find talking about them as as we do with some other But the comapny has a corporate-wide commitment to the environmental impacts of their with their Think strategy (choosing blue as with the entire planet from space — than green to represent breadth of vision). This long-term goals such as a 40% in greenhouse gasses from plants by 2020 and a fleet CO2 target of below 120 grams per The company also recently construction of the only LEED Certified automotive factory in the with their new manufacturing 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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