2014 Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion prototype – Copyright High Gear Media
Volkswagen will start selling a plug-in hybrid-electric (PHEV) version of the Golf in 2015 and has estimated that the car will be able to go as far as 30 miles in electric-only mode, AutoExpress is reporting.
The Golf PHEV will likely pair a 1.4-liter turbocharged gas engine with a 107-horsepower electric motor. The German automaker will show off a Golf PHEV concept vehicle at the Paris Motor Show this September, the website reported. PlugInCars cites a review on the UK-based AutoExpress website saying that the prototype was “very impressive” in a test drive.
VW last July unveiled a station-wagon prototype of the Golf “Twin Drive” PHEV. That car paired a 1.4-liter gas engine with an electric motor that provided 161 horsepower as well as 35 miles of electric-only range and more than 550 miles of range on a full tank. VW, which estimated the prototype’s fuel economy at 112 miles per gallon-equivalent, planned at the time to build 20 Golf Twin Drive vehicles for testing.
Last summer, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn said in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport that he thought plug-in hybrids would be embraced by consumers at a far faster rate than battery-electric vehicles that don’t provide a gasoline-powered option.
Volkswagen is known for trend setting innovations and technologies. Volkswagen is evolving continuously to meet changing preference of customers. In its bid to ensure that carbon emissions in the future are reduced, VW is planning and strategizing to make sure its production of electric cars starts off in a big way by 2014. If all goes as planned, production of electric cars will begin in full sway by 2014 in China under FAW Volkswagen and Shanghai Volkswagen, both joint ventures of Volkswagen in China.
Volkswagen wants to make sure that production of electric vehicles reaches 100,000 units globally by 2018. The electric vehicle sector is growing globally and majority of the demand for EV’s is expected to come from China in the future, with Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hangzhou leading the way. Already Volkswagen holds a healthy 16% share in the electric vehicle market in China, and with big plans to start full scale mass production in the future, industry experts are of the opinion that Volkswagen will be hard to compete against in the EV segment.
The 2013 Golf plug-in hybrid-electric and new 2013 Jetta Hybrid show that VW is definitely listening the customers around the globe when it comes to creating more green vehicles. The TDI has been VW’s contribution to the movement. With our Customers receiving mileage from 40-50+ in our TDI Golf’s, Jetta’s, and Jetta Sportwagen’s… TDI has been the bread and butter for those looking for eco-friendly, excellent gas mileage, without losing performance. But as VW makes a huge push to become the largest automaker in the world… they definitely have made the right decision to give our customers even more options. Not only is VW bringing Hybrid and Plug-ins to the market very soon, but there will be more in the TDI selection available as well. The 2012 VW Beetle has a TDI model that will be hitting the Dealership this summer. If you have not had a chance to learn about what it will offer, here is a small recap for you.
Sitting beneath the Beetle’s round hood is the same 2.0-liter TDI you’d find in a Golf, Jetta, or Passat, replete with 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Available transmissions will include a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG. Individual gearing is unchanged, but the Beetle’s 0.37 coefficient of drag means it has to work harder to cut through the air at higher speeds, placing the fuel economy estimates at 29/39 mpg city/highway for either transmission. Both the Golf (0.32 Cd) and Jetta (0.30 Cd) land on the EPA’s list at 30/42 mpg city/highway, while the Passat (0.29 Cd) manages 31/43 mpg city/highway with the stick and 30/40 mpg city/highway with the twin-clutch auto. Uniquely, the Beetle TDI and Passat TDI share shorter final drive ratios in the manual shifter compared with the Golf and Jetta: +7 percent for Final Drive I and +6 percent for Final Drive II.
Inside, nifty oil temperature and turbo boost gauges will add to the driving experience. The Beetle TDI goes on sale this summer with three trim levels – TDI base, TDI with sunroof, and TDI with sunroof, sound, and navigation – likely with a starting point in the mid-$20,000s. It’s a premium price, but the buyers are out there.
So as you can see VW has a ton of great product rolling your way very soon… not to mention a ton of great product already on the ground. Contact our Internet Sales team for details on our current inventory or to schedule a VIP appointment today at (801) 285-0334
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