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Jetta TDI

  • 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

    Friday, March 18th, will mark six months since the news that Volkswagen deliberately circumvented U.S. EPA emissions laws on so-called "clean diesel" models sold from 2009 through 2015. That news hit the automotive world like a bombshell, and led to consequences for VW Group that are still unfolding. Executives have resigned, a fact-finding effort by a legal firm will report next month, dozens of government agencies are investigating, and unhappy owners have filed hundreds of lawsuits. VW Group has since taken all diesel vehicles, both new and Certified Used, off sale in the U.S. No new...

  • Consumer Reports tests 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel in 'cheat mode,' October 2015 [video frame]
    VW Diesel Acceleration, Fuel Economy Fall Without 'Cheat Mode' (Video)

    As Volkswagen works overtime to figure out what changes it will make to 482,000 TDI diesel cars sold in the U.S. with a "cheat mode" that let them comply with emission rules, an obvious question arises. What will those cars be like to drive and own when they're fixed? Consumer Reports, one of only...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE
    How Will VW Fix My Diesel Car, And When? A List Of All Models

    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...

  • 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    2016 VW Diesel Lineup Withdrawn: Jetta, Passat, Golf, Beetle TDI Models May Be Modified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 His testimony, released yesterday, included a nugget of future product information: VW has withdrawn its application for...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, test drive in Hell, Michigan
    Chevy Cruze Diesel Sales: Mediocre At Best, So Far

    The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel went on sale almost a year ago, the first diesel passenger car sold by General Motors in 28 years. Hopes were high for the Cruze with the European turbodiesel engine, which effectively competed with the long-established Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the only other mainstream...

  • "Hybrid VW" license plate from 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid drive event
    VW Diesel Buyers, Hybrid Buyers: Both Want Fuel Economy, But Beyond That...

    When the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid arrives at dealers in late December or early January, VW will become the only carmaker offering both a diesel engine and a hybrid model of the same compact sedan. Why two such different approaches? Because, Volkswagen says, the audiences for the two cars are...

  • 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

    Volkswagen has long put faith in diesel technology as a way of offering both performance and economy to car buyers. In October, buyers will be granted a second option, however--with the launch of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid. Using a 1.4-liter, turbocharged and hybrid-assisted four-cylinder, the Jetta Hybrid will put out 170-horsepower, and uses a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission. That's enough to out-punch the already nippy Jetta TDI, a Volkswagen stalwart and a popular choice with those who want to save money on fuel. Rated at 30 mpg city, 42 highway and 34 combined--with the...

  • Three Nissan Leafs
    Five Ideal Companion Cars To The 2012 Nissan Leaf

    You’ve taken the plunge and shelled out anything from $33,000 upwards for an all-electric 2012 Nissan Leaf. Quiet, efficient and full of gadgets, you’ve discovered that it has quickly relegated your gas car to the garage, carrying out the weekend chores, work commutes and maybe even...

  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition
    Best Used Green Car To Buy: Volkswagen Jetta TDI

    Last week we started a series of the Five Best Used Green Cars To Buy. We've already looked at two of the best-known green cars, the 2004-2009 Toyota Prius and the 2006-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid. Now it's the turn of a car known for its fuel, rather than its drivetrain--the Volkswagen Jetta TDI...

  • diesel badge on 2011 Porsche Cayenne (euro spec)
    Are Diesel Cars Less Relevant Than Ever In The U.S?

    Spend time in any European city, and you'll quickly become used to two sounds. One, is the constant buzz from thousands of mopeds, by far the quickest way of navigating the tight streets. The other is the subdued rattle of diesel engines. While Europe has wholeheartedly embraced diesels, they've...

  • 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...

  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011
    Our MPGs Vs Consumer Reports: Volt, Civic Hybrid, Jetta TDI, Lexus CT 200h, Fiat 500

    The good folks over at Consumer Reports are the ultimate rationalists when it comes to testing and buying cars. They don't use media-fleet cars, but buy their test vehicles anonymously. Their rigorous assessments make hard-nosed fleet buyers look like flighty schoolgirls in comparison. In the...

  • Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 VCDi turbodiesel (Europe)

    Diesels: Dirty and slow, right? Only if you've never left the 1980s. Diesel engine technology has come along in leaps and bounds over the past two decades and the best of today's diesel vehicles easily offer a compromise between performance and economy to best equivalent gasoline vehicles. General Motors thinks that U.S. consumers want the extra performance that modern diesels provide as well as simply the economy, and is making the business case for bringing the turbo diesel Chevrolet Cruze, already on sale in Europe, to the United States. The decision was confirmed last month by GM CEO Dan...

  • 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 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    NHTSA Investigates 2009, 2010 VW, Audi TDI Diesel Fuel Pumps

    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...

  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition
    Quick Drive: 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup

    Before unveiling the redesigned 2011 Jetta, Volkswagen decided to drop a special treat into the lineup of the 2010 model--a TDI Cup Street Edition. Like the old SCCA Showroom Stock categories, the TDI Cup competitors are recognizably production models with some racing equipment added on. Hoping to...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
    Preview: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

    Sales of the new 2010 Volkswagen Golf (MkVI) are picking up pace all around the country and considering the car’s solid feel, classy styling and German engineering, it’s easy to understand why. Oh, did we mention that it’s also available with a dual clutch transmission and a frugal...

  • 2010 Ford Super Duty F-450 4WD Crew Cab Lariat Grille
    Why Can't 'Flex-Fuel' Clean Diesels Run Entirely On Biodiesel?

    Our article last week on Ford's doubling of its flex-fuel models included a mention that diesel models of the new 2011 Ford Super Duty pickup trucks will run on either pure diesel fuel or a mix of up to 20 percent biodiesel, known as B20. Reader Suzanne Johnson responded with the following...

  • 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition

    Racing and fuel efficiency have often been considered at odds with each other, but green racing does exist, somewhat below the radar. One of the more accessible competitions is the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series, now starting its third season. Like the old SCCA Showroom Stock categories, the TDI Cup competitors are recognizably production models with some racing equipment added on. Now, armchair racers can drive TDI Cup race cars too--or at least facsimiles thereof. The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition is based on a standard Jetta TDI, plus the race version's entire body kit...

  • 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...

  • Lexus magazine auto editor Clark Heideger in a 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan
    How To Get 85 MPG In a 2010 Lexus HS 250h Hybrid: Go Downhill

    You have to give corporate PR guys some credit when they publish an article on the astoundingly high mileage their car got in a road test, and then dismiss the whole thing as "silly and totally unscientific." That's what Lexus magazine auto editor Clark Heideger did. When a coworker got 47.4 miles...

  • Hybrid parking spot, by Flickr user rscottjones
    Most Popular Posts of 2009: Prius Perks, VW Golf TDI, Ethanol & Urine!

    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...

  • 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...

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