Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘volkswagen diesel’

Volkswagen Retains Sales Lead in China

Maker stays on top over GM despite diesel scandal.

by on Dec.15, 2015

As Chinese auto sales slow, Volkswagen remains atop the rankings there: ahead of GM.

While sales of the Volkswagen brand have taken a beating in a several corners of the globe, VW sales have increased in China and helped the maker hang on to its edge over General Motors in the battle for leadership in the soft Chinese market.

Overall, the Volkswagen passenger cars brand, which doesn’t include the maker’s other brands, such as Audi, Porsche and Seat, has delivered 5.34 million vehicles to customers from January to November this year. VW sales, however, dropped 2.4% during November despite stronger sales in China.

The Leader in Global Automotive News!

“Developments in world markets, which are in some cases tense, and their effects on the Volkswagen passenger pars brand will continue until the end of the year,” said Jürgen Stackmann, the executive in charge of Volkswagen sales. (more…)

Surge in Diesel Sales Outstripping Overall US Auto Recovery

Hybrids, however, post double-digit decline.

by on Jul.15, 2014

When VW's CrossBlue hits U.S. dealers, the vehicle will offer turbo diesel power plant as an option.

When Volkswagen launches its new midsize sport-utility vehicle a couple years from now you can be sure of several things. Based on the CrossBlue Concept, the crossover vehicle will feature three rows of seats – and offer an optional turbo diesel engine.

And for good reason, considering VW has led the revival of the diesel in the U.S. market. But while it might have been all but alone, a few years ago, the German maker is now just one of a growing list of manufacturers taking advantages of the American diesel revival.

Don't Subscribe While Driving!

For the first six months of 2014, in fact, diesel sales surged a full 25% year-over-year, compared to a 4% upturn in the overall American automotive market. By comparison, hybrid vehicles have posted a nearly double-digit decline. (more…)

New VW Diesel Could Fuel Further Demand for High-Mileage Alternative

Automakers continue debating diesel benefits but VW is committed.

by on Mar.19, 2014

The new diesel will show up in a variety of VW models including the latest Golf GTD.

Volkswagen of America plans to bring its newest clean diesel engine to North America later this year, a move that could add even more momentum to the revival of the high-mileage technology.

VW has been one of the biggest proponents of the new diesel technology beginning to show up in a growing array of automotive applications – with makers as diverse as Chevrolet, Jeep, Mazda and Mercedes-Benz adding new “oil-burners” to their line-up.

Product News!

VW’s latest diesel, known internally as the EA288 engine, was unveiled this week during a conference in Detroit.  According to Douglas Skorupski, VWoA” manager of technical strategy, it will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta models, all of which are set to arrive in dealer showrooms during the second half of 2014.

(more…)

Diesel Rebound for Volkswagen

Maker moves 100,000 “oil burners” in 2013.

by on Dec.23, 2013

Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh with two of the new diesel models the maker has launched for 2014.

Despite falling sales at its flagship VW brand, the Volkswagen Group of America has defied naysayers who have long argued that U.S. motorists won’t buy diesels – moving more than 100,000 Volkswagen Audi “oil burners” during 2013.

It marks the first time the Volkswagen Group has reached this milestone in a calendar year, according to Mark McNabb, Volkswagen of America’s new chief operating officer.  Volkswagen and Audi currently offer 12 different TDI Clean Diesel powered models in the United States, including three new models launched by the upscale brand for 2014.

Fuel for Thought!

“Selling more than 100,000 TDI Clean Diesel vehicles is a significant milestone for Volkswagen Group of America,” McNabb said. “We’re excited to see the increasing numbers of customers able to enjoy the reliability, durability, fuel-efficiency and power of the clean diesel engine.”

(more…)

VW Bringing Sporty New GTD, GTI Models to Geneva

Only one of the hot hatches will make it to the U.S.

by on Feb.27, 2013

The new VW GTI will debut in Geneva next month but won't reach the U.S. until 2014.

Volkswagen will launch a pair of hot hatches at the Geneva Motor Show early next month, including one that could surprise folks who haven’t figured out what modern diesels are capable of doing.

For U.S. fans, the big news will be the debut of the seventh-generation Volkswagen GTI, the latest version of this German pocket-rocket now to be offered with an optional performance package that will churn out a hefty 230 horsepower, enough to launch it from 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62.5 mph) in just 6.4 seconds on the way to a 155 mph top speed.

Free Subscription!

For those who want some neck-snapping performance and good fuel economy, the GTD will deliver with a 2-liter turbo-diesel rated at 184 horsepower and a tire-spinning 280 pound-feet of torque.  VW isn’t saying what it’ll do in 0 to 60 launch mode but the GTD boasts a top speed of 143 mph.

(more…)