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2009 Jetta TDI Clean Diesel

Breaks Guinness World Record for Lowest Fuel Consumption Across 48 States


The previous Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption on a nationwide drive was 51.58 miles per gallon and the Taylors broke it by setting a new record of 58.82 miles per gallon, a whopping 14 percent improvement. In 20 days, driving across 48 states the Taylors drove 9,419 miles, exceeding 60 mpg on several legs of the record-setting run, spending only 6.9 cents per mile (total was $653).


"The terrain was very diverse, the weather less than ideal, and the traffic heavy at rush hour and the VW Jetta TDI handled it all beautifully, showing its fuel efficiency and its fun-to-drive dynamic capability, just two of this vehicle's many attributes," said John Taylor. "The car efficiently helped us to drive to a fuel economy world record."

Posted: 11:31 AM, Oct. 3, 2008
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Toyota Prius proves a gas guzzler in a race with the BMW 520d

The Toyota hybrid is hailed as an eco-paragon, so how does it fare against a big BMW? To find out our correspondents go on a run to Geneva

But are transport and tax planners – here and in the US – being fair to the people who drive conventional cars? The official fuel consumption figure for the Prius – supplied by Toyota itself – is 65.7mpg in mixed motoring. That’s a claim not supported by many of the letter writers to The Sunday Times who say they get nearer to 50mpg. If our readers are right and the official figure is wrong it has important implications, not least of which is that people driving frugal diesels are getting a raw deal.

To find out we set a challenge: to drive a Prius to Geneva using motorways and town driving. The direct route is 460 miles but we drove almost 100 miles further to give the Prius the advantage of running in urban conditions where its petrol-electric drivetrain comes into its own.

We took along a conventionally powered car – a diesel BMW executive saloon – for comparison and drove both cars an identical number of miles (545).

Yes, Diesels get a raw deal, and in the USA we get down right screwed (BMW has no plans to sell any 4 cylinder diesels in the USA)

Posted: 7:30 PM, Aug. 26, 2008
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The Making of a 61-MPG Car:

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic

Published July 29, 2008

The Making of a 61-MPG Car: Ford Fiesta ECOnetic

The recipe for the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic: Put a turbocharged direct-injection small diesel engine into your basic super-mini—and then make every possible tweak to improve mileage. (Photo: John Voelcker. All rights reserved.)

What does it take to make a four-seater car that equals the gas mileage of hybrids sold in the States, but without the expensive battery pack and electric motors? Many cars made for the European market use a simple formula: Put a highly efficient turbocharged direct-injection small diesel engine into your basic super-mini, or “B” segment, car—one size smaller than a Volkswagen Golf—and then make every possible tweak to improve its mileage even more.


The latest example from this recipe is the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic, introduced at the 2008 British International Motor Show in London. And it’s instructive because Ford will offer the Fiesta to North American buyers in 2010, the first of several European small cars that Ford will make and sell in the US. Two days after the show’s press preview, Ford announced a stunning quarterly loss of $8.7 billion and a plan to build several of its European car models, the Fiesta among them, in North America.


Italics mine!  Ford's 8.7 billion dollar lesson

Posted: 12:14 PM, Jul. 30, 2008
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When It Dawns On You

VW Jetta

Volkswagen's newest Jetta diesel is turning over a new leaf at Gene Langan Volkswagen in Glastonbury. The lush vegetation on this test-drive model 2009 Jetta TDI Loyal is a decal celebrating the engine's cleanliness. It meets the standards in all 50 states for emissions.


With this new 2009 Jetta diesel, the only way to verify that a diesel engine resides under the hood is to see the "TDI" (Turbocharged Direct Injection) on the trunk lid or the steering wheel. Noise levels are tamed, vibration is absent even at idle, performance is quite good – and there is no odor or soot from the exhaust.

Even after some spirited driving, our white TDI review car showed no evidence of exhaust residue on the white bumper, just inches away from the tailpipe opening.

"At idle, you simply can't tell it's a diesel," said Jeff Cocco, a sales representative at Gene Langan Volkswagen in Glastonbury. He had high praise for the engine's power and economy, too.

Fuel efficiency is one of the diesel's virtues. Previous-generation Volkswagen diesels have easily exceeded 40 miles per gallon, even in stop-and-go traffic. In tests of the last-generation VW diesel with a manual gearbox, we managed 46 miles per gallon overall, with mid-50-mpg readings in highway driving. No four- or five-passenger hybrid has exceeded these numbers in our tests.

Posted: 12:03 PM, Jul. 30, 2008
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Big Oil seems slick as U.S. turns to diesel cars

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

John McCormick: Car culture

It's high time for the big oil companies to explain one of life's great mysteries; exactly how they fix the price of fuel at the filling station. The public has heard all sorts of explanations -- market forces, regional instability, refinery issues and so on -- but the logic behind the ups and downs (mostly ups) of gas prices is about as transparent as an IRS tax form.

This topic is a burning concern not just because of costlier gasoline, which is, of course, a major drag on the U.S. economy and which affects all of our lives. It is also pertinent when it comes to diesel fuel, which, for no apparent reason, recently leapt up in price, well above the level of gasoline. Perversely, this has occurred just as consumer interest in fuel-efficient diesel vehicles is on the rise and as several major automakers are launching a new wave of advanced, clean diesel models.

Anti-diesel effort brewing?

It's bad enough that gas prices are shooting up, but Big Oil's reluctance to produce sufficient supplies of diesel -- thus driving up the price -- does seem like an effort to snuff out a promising, extremely fuel-efficient technology just as it gains a foothold in the United States, the world's most energy profligate nation.

So why is diesel suddenly so expensive just when the country needs it badly? That's a question that Congress should be asking oil executives next time it has them lined up for a grilling.

Congress should also ask the Big 3 CEOs why they won't have any diesel cars for sale anytime soon, despite selling them elsewhere in the world..

Posted: 12:31 PM, Apr. 16, 2008
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Diesel Beats Hybrid for World Green Car Award

For the judges in the 2008 World Green Car competition, it's often a low-emissions diesel, in this case the BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics, which beat out two other diesel-engine finalists.

BMW 118d Wins 'World Green Car Award', Then Goes Back Home

By Matthew Phenix EmailMarch 24, 2008 | 10:16:11 AMCategories: Diesel, New York Auto Show  

BMW brought its not-for-sale-in-America 118d five-door to New York City to claim the 2008 World Green Car award... and that's probably the only time we'll ever see the thing on US soil. Immediately following the event, BMW packed up the car and put it on the boat back to Deutschland.


The BMW 118d is a great car. There's room inside for five, it looks pretty good, and it lovingly adheres to BMW's rear-wheel-drive Ultimate Driving Machine philosophy. What garnered it the World Green Car award, however (beating such rivals as the not-for-sale-in-America Volkswagen Passat 1.9TDI and the not-for-sale-in-America Smart ForTwo CDI), sits under the hood: its 2.0-liter direct-injection turbodiesel four-cylinder engine.

In the 118d, this engine makes 141 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. It will prod the car to 60 mph in about 8.8 seconds, returning 59 mpg on the (foreign) highway and spewing only 118 grams of CO2 per kilometer into the (non-US) atmosphere. Not bad at all.

And yet, despite winning the World Green Car award in Manhattan last week, BMW won't sell the car here. WTF Norbert?! What is it about America that makes you think such a car wouldn't be a smash hit here? What, we're not ready for a car that goes 700 miles between fill-ups? Indeed!!

Posted: 12:34 PM, Mar. 25, 2008
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VW's Golf Diesel Hybrid Debuts.

Golf TDI Hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show

Golf_diesel_hybrid_01 Volkswagen made it official and pulled the sheet off its awesome Golf TDI Hybrid at the Geneva Motor

Volkswagen says the Golf TDI Hybrid is just a concept at this point, but Germany's Auto Bild and Britain's Auto Express say it's headed for production. Automakers often consider public response to a concept when pondering whether to build it, so if you want one, tell VW.

Subtle styling tweaks, including a narrower grille and smaller front air intakes, improve aerodynamics. VW says the Golf TDI Hybrid consumes 3.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, which by our math is 71.4 mpg. That's a tad higher than the 69.9 cited in earlier reports, but either figure beats the gas-electric Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid by better than 20 mpg.



Posted: 2:52 PM, Mar. 6, 2008
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Coming Soon from VW:

69.9 MPG Diesel Hybrid

By Chuck Squatriglia Email

February 28, 2008 | 10:04:10 AM

Volkswagengolfbluemotionfrontleft It's official - Volkswagen is unveiling a hybrid to challenge the mighty Toyota Prius. And not just any hybrid, but a diesel-electric hybrid it says will deliver 69.9 mpg.

VW's been experimenting with hybrids of the gasoline-electric variety since the early 1990s, but the Golf hybrid it will unveil next month at the Geneva Motor Show is the first production model the German company's rolled out. Volkswagen isn't offering much in the way of details, but the car is expected to have a  parallel hybrid drivetrain with a 2.0 liter engine. Look for it to have an all-electric mode at low speed, start-stop capability, regenerative braking and a 7-speed DSG double-clutch transmission, according to Auto Express and AutoBlog Green.

Posted: 1:12 PM, Feb. 28, 2008
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We are launching BMW diesels in North America.

BMW to sell 50 state X5 and 335 diesels starting this fall

01/14/2008 -- Speech by Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Dr. Klaus Dräger, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Tom Purves, Chairman and CEO of BMW (US) Holding Corporation, BMW Group Press Conference, 2008, North American International Auto Show, Detroit, January 13th, 2008:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This dynamic performance symbolizes an exciting year for BMW - worldwide, and specifically here in the U.S.:
1. We are launching BMW diesels in North America.
2. We are launching the BMW X6, the first Sports Activity Coupe.
3. We are bringing the successful BMW 1 series to the American market.

Here you have "The New BMW Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance". These are the first two BMW diesel models for the U.S. market: The BMW X5 xDrive35d and the BMW 335d sedan. Both cars will be available at BMW centers starting in the fall of this year.

Why are we bringing BMW diesels to North America?

More and more of our American customers expect the ultimate driving machine to give them not only high performance - but also fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly solutions.

Posted: 10:50 PM, Jan. 15, 2008
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Honda CEO says clean diesel cars to be profitable

By Chang-Ran Kim, Asia auto correspondent

DETROIT, Jan 13 (Reuters) - The head of Honda Motor Co (7267.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Sunday that the Japanese automaker's yet-to-be released clean diesel cars will be profitable immediately, unlike expensive gasoline-electric hybrid cars that still yield little or no profit after a decade on the market.

"Our diesel cars are going to have an appropriate level of profit from the start," Chief Executive Takeo Fukui told a small group of reporters in an interview at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

He said Honda's clean diesel cars, to be launched in the United States next year, will not require a urea tank as most European systems do.

Japan's second-biggest automaker is set to announce later this afternoon the launch of its first ultra-clean diesel car in the United States in 2009, as planned.

Honda's premium Acura brand will be the first to get the four-cylinder diesel engine, Fukui said. Models fueled by V6 diesel engines will follow after 2010, he added.

Diesel cars now make up more than half of Europe's new cars but have a poor image among consumers in the United States, as well as Japan, as being both loud and dirty.

But Fukui said he expected Honda's sale of four-cylinder diesel cars to reach about 150,000 vehicles globally by around 2010 with the planned roll-out in the United States and Japan.

Posted: 10:48 PM, Jan. 15, 2008
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Using diesel could reduce imports of oil, refiner says

Refiner Jeff Morris says it will also lower air pollution
07:05 PM CST on Sunday, January 6, 2008
By ELIZABETH SOUDER / The Dallas Morning News
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Jeff Morris' dream car is a Cadillac CTS with a diesel engine.

That car doesn't exist. But the chief executive of Dallas refining company Alon USA thinks that if the folks at Cadillac – and the rest of America – would share his diesel dream, it would solve a lot of the country's energy problems. "I believe it's the fuel of the future," Mr. Morris said. "If we're going to address global warming today, then we need to use technology that we have today."

Diesel vehicles typically use 20 percent less fuel than comparable gasoline vehicles. That means a diesel car emits less pollution and greenhouse gas than a gasoline car. And by using less fuel, diesels could cut U.S. dependence on oil.

Mr. Morris is making a $200 million bet that Americans will wake up to the benefits. He's refurbishing a California refinery to double its diesel production capacity.


Jeff Morris, chief executive of Alon USA, turned the company's Big Spring, Texas, plant into the most efficient small refinery in the U.S. Now he's advocating the use of today's diesel - an ultra low sulfur formulation that is less smelly and greasy than the diesel of the past - to run American cars. With today's better diesel engines, vehicles would use 20 percent less fuel than cars burning gasoline, he says.

Posted: 3:42 PM, Jan. 9, 2008
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Mercedes Debuts Diesel-Fueled E-Class in California

E320_bluetecimg_5021 With the release this week of its E320 Bluetec sedan, Mercedes-Benz becomes the first manufacturer to offer a diesel-powered car that complies with California's strict air-quality standards.

Dr. Leopold Mikulic, Vice President with responsibility for Passenger Car Engine and Powertrain Development within Mercedes-Benz Cars, comments: “Thanks to the highly favorable emission characteristics of this car, only minor technical adjustments were required to obtain type approval for the clean compression-ignition engine in California. We are complying with the stringent LEV2 limits even with our very first BLUETEC generation and are therefore able to offer the car in all 50 states of the U.S.A.

Posted: 12:57 PM, Oct. 31, 2007
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VW, Audi drop marketing moniker in favor of TDI badging

No More Bluetec

Volkswagen and Audi have ended plans to market diesel cars in North America under the name Bluetec, according to a report in AutoWeek sister publication Automobilwoche.

VW group formed an alliance with DaimlerChrysler last November to market Mercedes, VW and Audi diesel cars in the U.S. under the Bluetec name.

Now VW group has changed its mind, Automobilwoche said. The VW and Audi brands will continue to use the TDI designation for diesel cars sold in North America. "The TDI brand is strong enough in the U.S. "We don't need Bluetec," an Audi spokesman told Automobilwoche.

TDI is fine with me, I think this is a smart move, everytime I see a TDI drive by I get very, very jealous..  50 state TDI's just may well save VW operations in North America.

Posted: 1:14 PM, Aug. 9, 2007
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Long popular in Europe, diesel cars poised for big U.S. future


Eric Larca of Brewster purchased his second diesel car, a 2006 Jetta, for about $25,900 when he lived in Connecticut. He said he was pleasantly surprised to find out that the car gained value with age. According to the Kelly Blue Book Web site, the suggested retail price for his car is now about $27,400.

Diesel cars are appreciating!!

"If that doesn't convince you to buy one, I don't know what would," Larca said. "Seems like a no-brainer to me."

Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News
Eric Larca of Brewster stands next to his 2006 diesel Jetta. He gets about 50 miles to a gallon with the car.

Posted: 10:18 AM, Jul. 16, 2007
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GM plans diesel passenger cars in US by 2010-paper

TOKYO, July 13 (Reuters) - General Motors Corp. plans to offer diesel-engine cars under the Cadillac and Saturn brands in the United States by 2010, industry journal Automotive News reported, citing a source familiar with the plan.

GM plans diesel passenger cars in US by 2010-paper

In a video blog on the company's website dated Thursday, GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz confirmed the top U.S. automaker would use clean diesel engines in passenger cars, sport utility vehicles and other light-duty trucks.

Lutz has changed his tune and seen the light apparently!

Posted: 10:13 AM, Jul. 16, 2007
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Audi Wins 4th-Straight 24 Hours Le Mans

Audi Wins 24 Hours of Le Mans for 4th-Straight Year, Overcoming Challenge of Peugeot Cars

Marcos Werner of Germany, in his Audi N.1, in the last meters of the 75th edition of the 24-hours race in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 17, 2007. Audi team took the victory by a diesel-powered car at Le Mans for this 75th edition of the race, beating Peugeot N.8 by a comfortable ten-lap margin. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

This year Diesel cars were allowed less fuel than gas versions as well - the argument being that Diesel fuel contains more energy than gas.  Wonder if next year they will cut the fuel allowed even more or if there will be more diesel cars?

The Audi R10 driven by Frank Biela, Marco Werner and Emanuele Pirro at daybreak.
Audi's diesel-powered R10s led for virtually the entire race

Audi won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the fourth straight year, overcoming the challenge of two Peugeot cars and a slippery track Sunday in the world's most famous endurance race.

Frank Biela and Marco Werner of Germany and Emanuele Pirro of Italy drove diesel-powered Audi No. 1 to victory, taking the lead in the morning after Dindo Capello's Audi No. 2 crashed out. Fifty-four cars started the 75th edition of Le Mans, and 25 failed to finish.

"We had nine stressful hours with the Peugeot right behind us," Pirro said. "But the more you suffer, the greater the pleasure."

McNish, driving the leading Audi R10 diesel, clocked 3min27.204 around the 13.629km track to beat the 3min27.47 set by Eddie Irvine in a Toyota in 1993.

The average speed of more than 236 km/h managed just after the halfway stage by Audi's No.2 car that has been leading almost from Saturday's start highlighted the German manufacturers' domination of the race.

Audi was the first brand to win here with a diesel-fuelled prototype in 2006

McNish, driving the leading Audi R10 diesel, clocked 3min27.204

Posted: 12:51 PM, Jun. 17, 2007
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Report: Diesels will outsell hybrids in the U.S. by 2012

Right now in the U.S., hybrids are all the rage among drivers who want to be more green in what they drive, but it may not stay that way for much longer. New research by Ricardo and UBS is projecting that total sales of hybrid and diesel vehicles will hit 2.7 million annually by 2012, and that oil burners will account for 1.5 million of those sales. For those not good with math, the report is claiming that within five years, diesels will outsell hybrids in the U.S.

The report concludes that the added complexity of hybrid systems with their batteries, electric motors and internal combustion engines won't be able to overcome the cost advantage of a modern diesel engine, even with the expensive exhaust treatment systems needed to make diesels meet our new stricter emissions requirements.

Ricardo - Deisels set to out strip hybrid Report

Posted: 9:46 PM, Jun. 6, 2007
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No new Honda Accord Hybrid, diesel will make its debut

No new Honda Accord Hybrid, diesel will make its debut

There will be no new Accord Hybrid in their lineup. Instead the North American market will get a diesel Accord to fight the mileage wars. Honda will still develop hybrids for the Civic and "another subcompacts currently under development" according to Nihon Keizai Shimbun, but don't expect a hybrid Accord. Midsize and larger vehicles will go the oil-burner route with Honda's new clean diesels that we expect to see in 2009.

For those that still need a little more power, Honda is also working on a diesel V6 that will first appear in the Ridgeline and then find its way into Honda's vans and SUVs. While the Germans have been advancing the acceptance of diesels for years, a mainstream player like Honda will really push the technology to the forefront in North America.

Posted: 9:43 PM, Jun. 6, 2007
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BMW: Bring the MINI Cooper D (diesel) to the United States!

The petition

PHOTO (select to view enlarged photo)

The MINI Cooper is a great, fun, fuel efficient car. The 2008 MINI Cooper D model is a 1.6L 110HP turbodiesel model that gets upwards of 64.2 mpg on the highway  (Keep in mind that 64.2 Imperial MPG is about 53.5 US MPG.)

Americans want better fuel economy now that our gas prices are over $3/gallon. Sales of SUVs are plummeting as the oil companies get greedier, and people are seeking more economical cars. (electric cars aren't really an option yet)

More on the MINI Cooper Diesel:

Super-frugal MINI Cooper D and inexpensive MINI One debuting in Geneva

Posted: 11:15 AM, May. 19, 2007
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A diesel Honda? That gets 62.8 miles a gallon?

Feast your eyes on this, car technology and high-mileage nuts. It's a Honda Accord that runs on diesel.

Honda expects to bring the clean-diesel car to the U.S. by 2010. It gets 62.8 miles a gallon on the highway, but otherwise looks and feels like a regular Accord. At that mileage level, the car is about as "clean" as a new Toyota Prius. But if you run it on biodiesel, a form of diesel made from vegetable oil or animal fat, it would be even cleaner than a Prius (Priuses get 60 in the city).

The advantage of diesel cars, however, is that they pack a lot of power.

Honda diesel Accord(Credit: Courtesy Diesel Technology Forum)
The car was shown off with a number of other cars in Sacramento, Calif., earlier this month as a way to

Posted: 12:38 PM, Apr. 30, 2007
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