Popular Mechanic on clean diesels

Posted By on December 30, 2007

Popular Mechanics has a great article in their January issue on the coming clean diesels noting “Hybrids beware!” The author Ben Hewitt points out that the new breed of diesels from companies like Volkswagen are capable of better fuel economy (74.3 mpg for the VW Polo TDI) and produce fewer greenhouse gases than some gas/electric hybrids.

Hewitt begins with positive accolades for the preproduction 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI due to be release in late summer 2008. He comments that in his drive on I-75 in Michigan averaged nearly 50 mpg and that “what’s coming out of the tailpipe is no dirtier than the emissions from the 35-mpg econoboxes I can now see in my rearview mirror. Speed, fuel efficiency and minimal emissions? These aren’t characteristics usually associated with diesel-powered vehicles. But they will be.”

Great article … check it out here.


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