Volkswagen is presenting one of the world's most efficient automobiles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit: the Jetta Hybrid...
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Why not put in a small TDI inline with the electric motor. I know VW can get more than 45MPG out of a diesel. Then back that with an electric motor should be getting more like 60, maybe Unless starting and stopping in the city commute is bad for a diesel?
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They didn't put a diesel in because the US market is just plain anti-diesel. Yes, there are plenty of people in the US that are aware, but the majority are not. Even the thought of a VW turns them off because they only think of the Beetle, and VW is not a premium brand like it is in the rest of the world, and VW does nothing to dispel that notion, either. When I say to my friends I can and have gotten nearly 55 mpg with my tdi, thay are amazed, but won't even concider one for themselves. They have been fooled into thinking that electric or hybrid gas electric is the only way, or they just don't care. When I see someone driving a 7000 lb SUV for a 80 mile round trip commute, that tells me something. Besides, gas/electric is the new black...
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be nice to swap that motor into a mk1/2
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VW needs to place this under $25,000 starting price to be competitive.
Another 2 Vw's I will not have any need or respect for. Come on VW give something cool from europe. I'm just fed up with north American discrimination. VAG makes some amazing vechiles (these aren't them) however none are found in NA. I was thinking of moving up stream to Audi but again VAG discrimination. I know for a fact that VW Germany turns down any requests made by VW us/can. I met the person who submits the applications to Vw Germany - gotta love the wife's Xmas parties. You know VW NA applied for the Polo and was turned down 3 times in the last 2yrs, I know the scirocco, and now recently the Up! All these applications had market data with product line up info to support the need for these vechiles. However, It isn't the lack of trying of the behalf of VW North America it's all VW Germany. I think we as north americians need to flood European side of social media so our voice will be heard. So I don't harp NA side of VW. It's all VW Germany discrimination.
all i ever here from the instructors at vw's own training facilities (because its a commonly asked question) is why dont they make a tdi hybrid, and their answers are always the same. it would just be too expensive. A base model Jetta TDI starts at 22,700 and only goes up from there. I could only imagine what a hybrid diesel would cost. And lets not forget, the customer would have to pay to maintain this car, and as someone that works in the service department, i can tell you, diesel parts are not cheap