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Volkswagen is introducing a new generation of diesel engines with the 2.0 TDI Evo. This new engine is said to greatly undercut the limits of the tough new Euro 6d-Temp emissions standards. Volkwagen posted an interview with Sebastian Willmann, the Head of Diesel Engine Development at Volkswagen. In that interview he says that VW was able to reduce fuel consumption by 0.4 L/100km compared to the previous engine and reduce CO2 emissions by 10g/km.  They did both of these things while also increasing power output. 

He further went on to explain that while there is a stigma surrounding diesel engines because of dieselgate, the diesel is still quite popular for its efficiency, range, and torque. Now, with this new engine, it is also substantially cleaner compared to prior engines.  He says that diesels will remain especially effective for vehicles that require a longer range or extra torque for towing.

These statements are in contrast to the direction that VW as a whole is taking in the segment of electric vehicles.  VW has committed billions of euros to the development of an entire EV range.  The first EV, the ID.3 is expected in Europe in early 2020 with top line models having a range of 342 miles on a charge. Reservations of the Volkswagen ID.3 topped 10,000 in its first 24 hours it was available. 


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We will see if VW can have its cake and eat it too.  I do hope that VW has abandoned its fraudulent ways.

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Agree, I hope they can deliver. Interested if they are using the MB urine treatment system in the exhuast or just how they are getting these cleaner emissions.

Being a 2.0L size engine also tells me that they must have figured a bigger engine delivered something that smaller size does not even with a turbo.

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Very welcome news.  I hope they bring it to the USA.  This tells me loud and clear that customers were asking for it.  Demanding it.

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On 8/16/2019 at 11:22 AM, dfelt said:

Agree, I hope they can deliver. Interested if they are using the MB urine treatment system in the exhuast or just how they are getting these cleaner emissions.

Being a 2.0L size engine also tells me that they must have figured a bigger engine delivered something that smaller size does not even with a turbo.

It's a 2.0T... that's the size of diesel they've been running for years.  The way they got it this clean was by putting two scrubbers in instead of just one.  Yes, it uses DEF. 

On 8/16/2019 at 7:36 PM, ocnblu said:

Very welcome news.  I hope they bring it to the USA.  This tells me loud and clear that customers were asking for it.  Demanding it.

I hope they do too.... I like variety in the car market. 

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VW might have to rethink their plans as 470,000 consumers in Germany alone are suing over Dieselgate. Makes one wonder if they even want to bother with Diesel anymore as we have only heard of the US where VW settled out over Dieselgate, I have to think billions more is going to have to get coughed up to settle this mess.

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/09/30/vw-german-court-case-consumer-settlement/

 

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3 minutes ago, dfelt said:

VW might have to rethink their plans as 470,000 consumers in Germany alone are suing over Dieselgate. Makes one wonder if they even want to bother with Diesel anymore as we have only heard of the US where VW settled out over Dieselgate, I have to think billions more is going to have to get coughed up to settle this mess.

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/09/30/vw-german-court-case-consumer-settlement/

 

Diesel sales are still a significant portion of overall sales over there these days.  As long as the new diesels are actually cleaner as they say they are, then I see no problem with still offering them.   In the US, I think the VW diesel days are over. 

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