Volkswagen to Launch New TDI Clean Diesel Engine in U.S.

By Karin Sun on 18 March 2014
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EA288 to Debut in Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle in Q3-Q4 Timeframe

VW's new diesel engine

VW’s new diesel engine

Volkswagen announced that several of the new car models that it plans to roll out in the second half of 2014 will be powered by the new EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine. The announcement was made today at the Automotive World Megatrends USA conference in Dearborn, Michigan.

The new EA288 engine will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta models expected to hit dealerships later this year. The new engine will also eventually replace older versions of the TDI Clean Diesel engine, which are currently built into Volkswagen and Audi TDI Clean Diesel vehicles.

The EA288 engine is a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that makes 150 horsepower, an improvement of 10 horsepower over the current model, and 236 pound-feet of torque. It also incorporates several new features designed to further reduce emissions, minimize friction, and optimize fuel economy.

Volkswagen and Audi currently offer 12 different TDI Clean Diesel models for sale in the United States. These environmentally friendly models have attained great commercial success, with TDI Clean Diesel Volkswagen vehicles accounting for 24% of the company’s sales in 2013.

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