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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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I'm waiting for the Jetta Sportswagon 'diesel'.
Who needs the complexity, the potential maintence and extra cost of the hybrid? And what about the space & weight of the hybrid innards?
What's wrong with 50+ mpg with one only engine?
How long will it take to write off the extra $$$$'s in exchange for an extra 15 mpg?
I hope to see mine by the end of the year.

Posted by EBARX at 12:53 PM, Mar. 5, 2008


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