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Volkswagen, along with other European auto companies, has long proclaimed diesels as a better green strategy than hybridization. True, diesels are efficient and practical, but in the U.S., they still have a reputation of being noisy and smelly. VW has worked hard to overcome that image with cars like the Jetta TDI and Passat TDI […]

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Hybrid Jetta Planned for 2012 After years of arguing that clean diesel is a better efficiency strategy compared to hybrids, Volkswagen is switching gears. In a statement issued on the eve of the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Martin Winterkorn, VW chairman of the board, said, “We will take the hybrid out of its niche status […]

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In a smart move for troubled times, Volkswagen replaced its over-the-top V10 diesel-fueled Touareg—voted the meanest vehicle to the environment by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy—with a much more reasonably priced and reasonably powered 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel. The switch means buyers still get to enjoy plenty of pulling power with 407 […]

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