Volkswagen Passat TDI

Coming Up in The Diesel Driver in December and 2012

Coming Up in The Diesel Driver in December and 2012

We have exciting news about upcoming features, and coverage, and additions to our short-term press fleet.
Balloting for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year will start on Friday, November 18th. You can read about the winner of the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year, the BMW 335d, and, starting on …

2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec Review and First Test Drive

2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec Review and First Test Drive

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec diesel-powered sedan is the latest S-Class entry in the U.S., a lineup that currently starts with the S400 Hybrid ($91,000) and also includes a V-8 (the S550, $93,000) and a V-12 (the S600, $158,050).  It’s also the most economical S-Class when it comes to fuel …

2012 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S. – What’s New

2012 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S. – What’s New

More and more buyers picked a diesel in the first half of 2011 and the reasons behind this are clear. Not only do diesels have better fuel economy but they are typically cleaner than the gasoline-powered equivalents and one doesn’t have those pesky (and expensive) batteries to worry about a …

Building the 2012 Volkswagen Passat: A Tour of the New Chattanooga Factory

Building the 2012 Volkswagen Passat: A Tour of the New Chattanooga Factory

It’s been almost a quarter century since Volkswagen stopped making cars in the U.S.  The carmaker has never claimed more than 3% of the U.S. market, despite the iconic stature of its Beetle and Minibus models.  But VW has big plans – and lots of capital – dedicated to capturing …

Diesel Economics: Sales Up 39% for First Half of 2011

Diesel Economics: Sales Up 39% for First Half of 2011

An in-depth analysis of new car sales data by The Diesel Driver shows that sales of diesel-powered automobiles in the U.S. are up by 39% compared to the first half of 2010. In addition, buyers continue to choose diesel models over gasoline equivalents at the same rate as last year. …

What Will The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Test Car Be?

What Will The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Test Car Be?

The Diesel Driver’s two long-term test cars are the BMW 335d and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI
In August, The Diesel Driver will add a third long-term car to its diesel-powered test fleet.   Currently, four car manufacturers, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, offer a total of 14 cars and SUVs in the …

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI – Review and First Drive/Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI – Review and First Drive/Road Test

Editor’s Note: A new and in-depth review of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI was published on December 12, 2012. 
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI will be arriving at VW dealerships soon and we had an opportunity to pick up the car at the factory  in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and drive it to …

New Volkswagen Passat TDI with 800 Mile Range Introduced

New Volkswagen Passat TDI with 800 Mile Range Introduced

Volkswagen announced pricing and details for the 2012 Passat, which includes the Passat TDI that will deliver an incredible 43 mpg (5.47 l/100 km or 2.33 gallons/100 miles).  This gives the new Passat a range of almost 800 miles (1287 km).
The new Passat was designed for the North American market …