Thursday, January 3, 2013

Volkswagen claim fuel economy crown

  the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, with EPA estimated fuel economy ratings of 48 mpg on the highway, 42 mpg in the city, and a combined rating of 45 mpg, becomes the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the Volkswagen lineup and the seventh model capable of more than 40 mpg on the highway, VW officials said.
  With sales of the Jetta Hybrid beginning later in January, Volkswagen will offer more products that achieve this benchmark fuel economy figure than any other automotive manufacturer in the United States.
  The other VW models to achieve more than 40 mpg are in the TDI® Clean Diesel family: Beetle TDI (manual); Beetle Convertible TDI (manual); Golf TDI (manual and automatic); Jetta TDI (manual and automatic); Jetta SportWagen TDI (manual); and Passat TDI (manual and automatic).
  The Jetta Hybrid is Volkswagen’s second hybrid vehicle to go on sale in the U.S. and its first in the compact hybrid sedan segment. It uses a four-cylinder,1.4-liter, turbocharged and direct-injected TSI® engine that is mated to an electric motor and a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, a unique powertrain in the class. The combined rating of the powertrain is 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
  Priced from $24,995, the entry-level Hybrid S has standard 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. The SE model, starting at $26,990, adds LED taillights, MDI interface with iPod® cable, the Premium VIII touchscreen radio with SD memory card reader, and keyless access with push-button start. By Joseph Szczesny


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