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Kelly BlueBook drops a top 10 green car award on the new 2011 VW Golf TDI

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The Volkswagen Jetta TDI features the venerable 2.0L turbocharged and direct injected engine which provides 140 horsepower at 4,000 rpm, and an impressive output of 236 lb.ft. of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. The Jetta TDI engine runs as quietly as a gasoline engine and is good for an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway with a 0-60 mph time of 8.6 seconds. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission or the option of a six-speed automatic DSG®transmission. The DSG is one of the most advanced and efficient automatic transmission systems in the world featuring the performance of a manual gearbox with the effortless precision of an automatic transmission.

"Here's a car that proves you don't have to sacrifice to go Green," said Lyndon Conrad Bell, Decisive Auto's editor in chief. "The first time you accelerate away from a traffic signal the Jetta TDI's prodigious torque will win your heart and every time you pass a fueling station without stopping, its 40-MPG highway figure will win your mind. Then, factor in the spacious trunk and interior, the crisp, new, unmistakably European styling, the reduction in pricing without significantly de-contenting the compact sedan, along with Volkswagen's continuing prowess at creating an interior that looks far more expensive than it actually is. When you do, the logic of naming the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Decisive Auto's 2011 Urban Green Car of The Year immediately snaps sharply into focus" .

Editors at Decisive Auto magazine, along with a panel of 15 independent automotive journalists selected the year's most stylish, practical and attainable vehicles. The judging panel spent several months driving dozens of cars in a variety of North American urban settings before choosing the Volkswagen Jetta Diesel as Urban Green Vehicle of The Year: Decisive Auto's Urban Vehicles of The Year are featured in the magazine's fall issue, which is available online and the Apple Store. 

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI will be honored at the 15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards on January 9, 2011, during Press Week of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at the MotorCity Casino Hotel's Sound Board Theater, Detroit, MI.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. 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 Eos, Golf, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. All 2010 Volkswagens come standard-equipped with Electronic Stabilization Program. This is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called ESC the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more. Additional information also available at



VW "Revs" up Electric Car Production

Although this link refers to other parts of the world, I can assure you that many of these vehicles are headed to our shores right here in the U.S.


Press Gets First Opportunity in U.S. to drive Golf eMotion – VW's Full Electric Vehicle

The Los Angeles Auto Show will provide press the first opportunity to drive VW's all electric Golf eMotion. The all electric UP! will pre-empt the delivery of the Golf eMotion, but the year to watch for is 2013. That will be the key year for VW's introduction of it's electric vehicles.


According to fellow bloggers – VW will not follow Fiat's lead on building a small car with a two cylinder motor – opting instead for a three cylinder. That's fine by us – three cylinders can be made to operate smoother, will probably get similar economy, and will likely perform better. Check this link to the article:


Since we assume (hopefully, correctly) that at least some of you are visiting this blog because you'd like to live a Greener Lifestyle, this page will be dedicated to that endeavor. Please feel free to contribute links that you have found that support that effort as well. To that end – our first post is in regards to VW's new factory that is being built in Chattanooga, Tennessee that is scheduled to begin vehicle production in 2011. It seems only obvious that building such a massive facility results in large amounts of shipping containers that would normally be disposed of in a landfill somewhere. This was VW's idea on how to put one such container, the huge machinery shipping pallets, to better end use.


Volkswagen's Pallet Project At Chattanooga Factory

A Stanford Lecture On All Electric Vehicles with Multiple Manufacturers Present


Volkswagen Tests Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car with "Super Capacitors"

Volkswagen has tested a Jetta powered by Fuel Cell (Hydrogen) on a mountain pass in Switzerland. Apparently, it "passed" with flying colors!

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