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  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

    Volkswagen's U.S. CEO, Michael Horn, spent several hours yesterday testifying in front of a Congressional panel on the company's growing TDI diesel-emission cheating scandal. From that testimony, we can now break down how many cars and which models were affected, how the company expects to fix them, and when that process may start. Senators were alternatively shocked, angry, and incredulous that the world's largest carmaker had deliberately installed software that bypassed emission controls when the car detected it was being operated on the open road. DON'T MISS: VW Diesel Emissions Recall...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Passat
    2016 VW Diesel Lineup Withdrawn: Jetta, Passat, Golf, Beetle TDI Models May Be Modified

    Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen's U.S. arm, will testify today before Congress on the VW diesel-emission cheating scandal, including what he knew and when he knew it. His testimony, released yesterday, included a nugget of future product information: VW has withdrawn its application for...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    2015 Volkswagen Golf: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2015

    Our Best Car To Buy award can go one of several ways here on Green Car Reports. Sometimes it goes to a moonshot car, like the first Nissan Leaf (in 2011) or the Tesla Model S (in 2013). Those are cars that radically redefined what green transportation could be, changing the auto industry forever...

  • 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Vs. 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    2015 Volkswagen Golf Range: Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominee

    The fifth and final of our five nominees for Green Car Reports' 2015 Best Car To Buy award is the new 2015 Volkswagen Golf range. It's a completely new, top-to-bottom makeover of the classic compact five-door hathback, now in its seventh generation since launching in 1974. DON'T MISS: Green Car...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf
    2015 Volkswagen Golf Launch Edition Priced At Under $19,000

    A special Launch Edition model brings the 2015 Volkswagen Golf hatchback's base price below $19,000.

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
    2015 VW Golf TDI SportWagen Concept: New York Auto Show Debut

    Next week's New York Auto Show will see the debut of a car bound to appeal to fans of diesel wagons everywhere. Aha, you say, it's the new Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen! Well, no. But, yes, sort of. ALSO SEE: Johammer Electric Motorcycle: World's Weirdest Way To Go Green What VW is calling the...

  • Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion (2015 VW Golf body style in U.S.)

    With substantial weight savings and all-new drivetrains, the seventh-generation 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI -- coming to the U.S. next year as a 2.0-litre TDI model, and also a hot hatch Golf GTD -- suggests diesel fans may get the kind of fuel-efficiency figures normally reserved for hybrid cars. But half a world away in Europe, Volkswagen makes an even higher-mpg diesel we’ll never see here: the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion. In Amsterdam last week testing the all-new Golf Variant wagon (due in the U.S. as the 2015 Jetta Sportwagen), we used the opportunity to put Volkswagen’s latest...

  • 2014 Volkswagen Golf (European spec)
    2015 Volkswagen Golf For U.S.: Preview Of New York Auto Show

    The latest seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf hatchback was formally launched last fall at the Paris Motor Show. It's now on sale in Germany, but the models to be sold in the U.S. will be unveiled for the first time in two weeks, at the New York Auto Show. They'll go on sale during the first half...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    Volkswagen, Audi Recall Clean-Diesel TDI Cars For Fuel Leak Problem

    The Volkswagen Group 2.0-liter clean-diesel TDI engine has been fitted to quite a number of VW vehicles over the years, as well as the Audi A3 TDI. Now the company has announced a voluntary safety recall that applies to both Golf TDI models built from May 2009 to September 2011, and the more...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
    More Volkswagen Diesel Woes: Feds Investigate 2011 Jetta TDI

    Volkswagen's TDI diesel engines have long attracted fans and repeat buyers. But now a second investigation this year into the reliability of its TDI engines may cast a shadow over its newest fuel-efficient clean-diesel vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week launched...

  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI
    Five Reasons Small Diesels Won't Dominate the U.S. Car Market

    There's nothing like a rant from an old friend to focus the mind. We recently read a profanity-laced note from a high school pal excoriating all the major automakers for not selling small, high-mileage diesel cars and trucks in the U.S. We referred him to an article about why we can't buy small...

  • 1997 Subaru Legacy Wagon XA Brighton
    Advice: Downsizing From A Subaru Wagon, Seeking Better MPGs

    We tend to get a lot of "What car should we buy?" questions at GreenCarReports, and we'll usually respond with a list of questions to narrow down the choices. Recently, though, our high-school friend Sarah Sette in Baltimore sent the following note: We are car shopping, seriously this time. The...

  • 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

    Got a 2009 or 2010 Volkswagen Golf or Jetta with the TDI clean diesel engine? Or an Audi A3 TDI? Ever had the engine stall unexpectedly? If so, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration might like to hear from you. The NHTSA announced Friday on its website that it is upgrading an investigation into fuel-pump failures on VW's TDI-engine vehicles to what it calls an engineering analysis. In many cases, the results of that analysis may be used in a recall to fix a defect that has been identified and shown to affect a disproportionate number of vehicles. One accident and 160 complaints...

  • VW GOLF TDI_7
    Car Batteries, Diesel Golfs, Prius Crashes: What's the Link?

    Like many site editors, we read our traffic stats religiously. Perhaps unlike other site editors, ours frequently make us laugh. We try to provide practical information on navigating your way through the confusing claims made about 'green' cars, whether they're hybrids, clean diesels, or just very...

  • 2010 Mazda CX-7 i Sport
    Mazda Muses on Bringing Zoom-Zoom to Clean Diesels

    Mazda's always had cool technology. They're the only carmaker that's steadily developed the compact, high-output Wankel rotary engine, for instance. And they're known for powerful, high-revving piston engines and slick-shifting gearboxes. Then there's the green side of the brand, which already...

  • Public Charging Station for electric cars, courtesy Mitsubishi Motors
    Five Alternatives to Buying an Electric Car

    Electric cars like the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt won't arrive on the U.S. market until the end of the year. And they'll be sold in very small numbers for the first couple of years. Worse, whether your reason for wanting an electric car is ecological or economical, electric cars may...

  • 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI: Fast, Frugal Golf Turbodiesel Returns

    This is the way Europe drives: Compact, maneuverable, roomy enough for the average family. They drive diesels.  More than half of all new cars sold in Europe are diesels. The reason is because of the excellent fuel mileage and great performance that comes from these engines. The negative...

  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI named Green Car of the Year, 2009 LA Auto Show
    Green Car Sales: Winners and Losers of 2009

    It's beginning to look as if the worst is over for U.S. auto sales. The year that just closed was, in the immortal words of Queen Elizabeth II, an annus horribilis, with only 10.4 million vehicles sold, down 21 percent on 2008 and the lowest total since 1982. But some light seems to be appearing on...

  • Hybrid parking spot, by Flickr user rscottjones

    Maybe you're already overloaded with end-of-year lists. But indulge us; this is the weirdest collection of most-popular articles we could ever have imagined. We've got urine. We've got Muslims and ethanol. We've got hybrid Ferraris. We've even got our ever-popular rant on why Miles-Per-Gallon is a really, really stupid way to measure fuel efficiency. With no more ado, we present to you our list of the 10 most popular articles during the year 2009 on GreenCarReports.com. And a Happy New Year to you! # 10: 2011 Chevy Volt Investment: How Does This Differ From the EV1? We're surprised our...

  • Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
    Why Can't We Buy Small European Diesels in the U.S.?

    It may be the one question we hear most often here at GreenCarReports.com: Why can't I buy one of those great little fuel-efficient diesels, like they have in Europe? Take, for example, the ultra-high-mileage Econetic version of the Ford Fiesta, sold in Europe with a 1.6-liter turbodiesel that...

  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI named Green Car of the Year, 2009 LA Auto Show
    Green Car of the Year: 2010 Audi A3 TDI

    The 2010 Audi A3 TDI was awarded the 2010 Green Car of the Year Award today at the Los Angeles Auto Show by Green Car Journal, which has presented the award for five years. It follows last year's winner, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, to make two clean diesels in a row to win the award. The 2010...

  • 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show GM Car Hero
    2009 Los Angeles Auto Show: Preview

    Only a handful of U.S. auto shows count as important. Detroit, in January, is one; historically, New York in April has been another. But the up-and-comer is the Los Angeles Auto Show, which now occurs in late November or early December and focuses on green cars of all stripes: hybrids, electric...

  • Toyota Prius station wagon, from BurlappCars.com
    November's Popular Green Car Posts: Prius Wagon, 2010 VW Golf TDI

    Somehow it's December already--how many shopping days left?--so it's time to look at the most popular posts on GreenCarReports.com during the last 30 days. This month, just two are held over from October's most popular posts. The new winners include items on the possible new Toyota Prius hybrid...

  • 2009 Toyota FT-EV II
    October's Most Popular Green Car Posts: Steampunk Toyota Takes It

    Today is Halloween, but no tired jokes about green pumpkins here. It's the end of the month, so it's time to look at the most popular posts on GreenCarReports.com over the last 30 days, which include items on hybrids, clean diesels, and two on the Tesla electric car. Four out of the top five are...