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    Volkswagen Announces A Diesel Engine For 2015 Model Year Vehicles

    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    August 8, 2013

    Volkswagen announced this week that the 2015 Beetle, Golf, Jetta, and Passat will come with a new turbodiesel engine. The aptly named EA288 TDI Clean Diesel will take the place of the current 2.0L TDI engine. Performance specs are 150 horsepower (up ten horsepower from the current engine) and 236 pound-feet of torque.

    Volkswagen made a number of changes to the engine that improves throttle response and lower emissions thanks to a complex exhaust-gas recirculation system and integrating the intercooler and the EGR valve with the intake manifold.

    The engine will arrive in the second half of 2014.

    Source: Volkswagen

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2



    • Fuel efficient EA288 engine will debut second half of 2014 in the 2015 Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle

    Herndon, VA - Oliver Schmidt, General Manager, Energy and Environmental Office, Volkswagen Group of America confirmed the timing of the company’s newest, most fuel-efficient, TDI Clean Diesel engine, designated EA288. During a speech delivered at the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich., Schmidt announced that the new engine will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Passat, Jetta, which are set to hit dealer showrooms in the second half of 2014.

    The announcement underscores Volkswagen Group of America’s continued success with diesel technology: Year-to-date the Volkswagen Group of America has sold more than 47,000 clean diesel vehicles, including more than 10,000 in the month of July alone. This represents nearly 78 percent of the diesel sales for passenger cars in the United States this year.

    “The Volkswagen Group is a leader in clean diesel technology,” said Schmidt. “With the introduction of the new EA288 engine, we are excited that our family of TDI Clean Diesel vehicles is continuing to improve and will be even more clean, fuel efficient and powerful. “

    The new EA288 will eventually replace all the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engines fitted in Audi and Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel models. The engine is a turbocharged, common-rail, direct-injection four-cylinder engine that makes 150 horsepower—an increase of 10 hp over the current engine—and 236 pound-feet of torque. This powerplant shares only the bore spacing with the previous diesel engine that shared the same designation. A number of changes have been made to help reduce emissions, such as: use of a complex exhaust gas recirculation system (with high pressure EGR and a cooled low-pressure EGR); integration of the water-cooled intercooler and the EGR valve with the intake manifold, which also improves throttle response; and packaging the exhaust after-treatment components close to the engine by combining the DPF with the SCR Catalyst.

    The engine also has a number of modifications to help minimize friction and optimize fuel economy: there are low-friction bearings for the camshaft and balancer shafts, piston rings that have less pre-tension, and the oil pump is a two-stage device with volumetric flow regulation.

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    Sounds Like they have a new global focus on their diesel platform. I wonder how much more this new engine and emission system will cost.

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    It could if they kept the new engine lighter or was able to drop weight in the over all auto, but then you have all the new emission parts including heavy liquid pee to help destroy the partical mass output.

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    blah. And I suppose if a baby Duramax comes in the new midsize GM pickups, it will be saddled with one as well. Stupid government intrusion.

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    Q: Why is a urea tank necessary in a diesel engine?

    Answer: Urea mix's with the exhaust causing it to further burn up the particles being pushed out so you end up with a cleaner exhaust and no black particle mess into the world.

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    Let me tell you (the royal you) something: EVERY SINGLE Hyundai Veloster that comes in to our dealership for service has tailpipes THICK with soot, turbo or non-turbo, it doesn't matter. Those cool center exhaust pipes are just coated thick with it... and so are the license plates, and the black trim panel in the center of the rear bumper.

    And not a diesel in sight.

    My tailpipes are clean as a whistle. I've never cleaned them.

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