Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Volkswagen's TDI Provides Relief from Rising Gas Prices

Text from Volkswagen of America.
EPA, Department of Energy recognize New Beetle, Golf and Jetta as fuel economy leader

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Travel season is quickly approaching – a time when millions of people will take to their cars for the annual family vacation and trips to the beach. This summer, however, recent spikes in fuel prices have many people canceling their plans and keeping the car in the garage. Volkswagen, the leading manufacturer of diesel passenger cars in the United States offers much-needed relief for those planning to hit the open road, by offering up to a 35 percent increase in fuel efficiency – a fact recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Diesel versions of the New Beetle and Golf are the highest fuel economy models in their respective vehicle classes, according to the EPA and DOE’s 2006 Fuel Economy Guide. Additionally, the Volkswagen New Beetle, Golf and Jetta hold four of the top ten positions for best fuel economy, according to the EPA.

In the 2006 Fuel Economy Guide, the New Beetle TDI leads the subcompact car class for both manual and automatic transmission, with 37/44 (city/highway) mpg for the manual and 35/42 mpg for the automatic. The Golf TDI leads the compact car class for manual transmission, with 37/44 mpg.

Volkswagen has reported TDI diesel sales of more than 22 percent of total sales for April year-to-date. During the month of April, Volkswagen witnessed a correlation between rising fuel prices and diesel sales, with diesel sales accounting for more than 40 percent of New Beetles sold and 38 percent of Jettas for the month. Volkswagen diesels have also been approved for use of B5 biodiesel fuel.

Regardless of engine type, there are ways to improve a vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Volkswagen offers the following tips to maximize every gallon of fuel:
  • Maintain proper tire pressure. Driving on tires with low air pressure uses more gas.
  • Get your car serviced regularly to avoid gas-guzzling problems such as dirty air. filters and low transmission fluid.
  • Limit the time your vehicle is idle.
  • Use the appropriate grade oil for your vehicle's engine.
  • Slow down, accelerate gradually and avoid sudden braking.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat Wagon, Touareg and Phaeton through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers.

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