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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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VW needs to place this under $25,000 starting price to be competitive.
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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I agree. US sales of diesels were way up and sales of hybrids were way down. Nobody wants a "sport hybrid" that is slower to 60 than a TDI and gets worse gas mileage too. Nobody wants a Prius with zero "driver's car" appeal.
What I don't get is the Jetta TDI already gets those kind of MPG figures and it is a time tested powertrain. I bet a hybrid TDI could get into the 60's or maybe even 70's for mpg. Too bad they would cost an arm and a leg. Of course, this is coming from someone who think there should only be two types of Golf: The GTI and the TDI. There's really no point to the 2.5. It isn't efficient or fast (kind of like the CR-Z but even worse). Then maybe the diesels wouldn't cost so much either