New Volkswagen Diesel Engine Arrives This Year
Volkswagen will launch a more powerful and fuel-efficient diesel engine on the 2015 Golf, Passat, Jetta, Beetle, and Beetle Convertible, all of which go on sale later this year. The new diesel engine, branded EA288, will eventually replace all 2.0-liter TDI engines currently available on Audi and Volkswagen cars. It is a turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine that delivers 150 horsepower, up 10 ponies from the previous version. A number of changes to the engine will help reduce friction and increase fuel economy, although VW did not specify by how much. VW also promises the new diesel will provide better throttle response while reducing emissions. Volkswagen and Audi collectively sold 105,899 TDI vehicles last year, marking the first time diesel sales reached over 100,000 in a single year. Volkswagen Group holds a whopping 75 percent of the diesel market in the U.S., and its presence is only getting stronger. Currently, VW and Audi offer 12 different diesel-powered models, but we can expect this number to grow in the future. That doesn't mean VW is without competition in the diesel space. Chevrolet has re-entered the diesel market with the Cruze Diesel, while Mazda is set to launch its first diesel model in the near future. Source: Volkswagen
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