Posted By RichC on September 27, 2007
Volkswagen will be making their rounds in hopes to promote their TDI diesel and alternative fuels in something they call the “Volkswagen Dieselution Tour.” Here’s a bit from a press release.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. â€“ Volkswagen of America, Inc. is launching the Dieselution Tour, a mobile marketing exhibit, to educate the media and the public on advances in clean diesel technology and alternative fuels.
Using interactive displays and exhibits, the Dieselution Tour will highlight current environmental issues and showcase advances in diesel engine technology, design and performance. Starting today, the exhibit embarks on a four-month tour, making stops at events and locations around the United States, including environmental and alternative fuel festivals, auto shows and the 2008 Super Bowl.
â€œVolkswagen of America considers the Dieselution Tour an important informational resource for everyone concerned about the environment and improved fuel economy standards,â€ said Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volkswagen of America, Inc. â€œWe want to show Americans that todayâ€™s clean diesel technology is a quantum leap from the powerplants introduced nearly 30 years ago. This tour aims to change any outdated perception about diesel technology.â€
â€œAs the diesel car sales leader in the United States, we have worked hard to make our diesels cleaner, quieter and more fuel efficient,â€ Jacoby added. â€œOnce consumers realize that a clean diesel alternative can improve their fuel economy by nearly 35 percent over comparable gasoline engines, weâ€™re confident that many drivers will visit their local Volkswagen dealerships.â€
The Dieselution Tour is centered around a 53-foot-long, double-expandable semi-trailer with exhibits and interactive displays. Elements include an â€œAlt Fuel/ Alt Film video area; a Dieselab with a series of interactive and video displays; a Diesel Heritage section, illustrating Volkswagenâ€™s diesel history and leadership; a Sustainability Station, involving an interactive quiz and a Carbon Footprint Calculator; a Beyond Diesel perspective featuring SunFuel; and a Motorsports display, outlining Volkswagenâ€™s recent history and international success in racing diesel vehicles in events like the Baja 500, Pikes Peak, and the Dakar rally.
The Dieselution Tour will also feature the 2009 Jetta TDI, Volkswagenâ€™s new, 50-state clean diesel offering. The vehicle is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. in spring of 2008. Also on display, a 3.0-liter V6 TDI Touareg, the Polo Blue Motion and the oldest Volkswagen diesel in America, a 1977 Rabbit.
Partner/sponsor companies involved in this landmark exhibit are International Truck and Engine Company and CarbonFund.org. a non-profit carbon offset provider.
Signifying Volkswagenâ€™s environmental concern, the Dieselution Tour will be certified as CarbonFree by Carbonfund.org. Volkswagen and Carbonfund.org recently announced a partnership to offset one year of carbon emission from each new Volkswagen sold in the U.S. from September, 2007 through January 2, 2008. In return, Volkswagen is working with Carbonfund.org to reforest land in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV) in northern Louisiana, a wetland ecosystem that had been largely converted to farmland.