VW's vehicle supply to be limited in '07 in order to make injection switch:

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  1. tigerhonaker

    tigerhonaker Platinum Contributor

    The VW Jetta TDI will have limited availability during the changeover scheduled for the automaker's 2007 model year.

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    VW's vehicle supply to be limited in '07 in order to make injection switch


    AutoWeek | Published 06/05/06, 12:32 pm et

    DETROIT -- North American Volkswagen dealers next year will have fewer diesels to sell at a time when demand is growing.

    Next year, Volkswagen AG will change its diesel systems from an old-style mechanical fuel injection system to a new high-pressure electronic version.

    As a result, VW will have limited availability of Jetta and Touareg diesels during the changeover scheduled for the automaker's 2007 model year.

    The diesel versions of the Golf, New Beetle and Passat will be out of VW's U.S. lineup for the 2007 model year and are scheduled to return in the first quarter of 2008, said VW spokesman Keith Price.

    VW will build about 10,000 Jetta diesels for the United States between now and Dec. 31. They will be sold as 2006 models and probably will run out sometime next summer, said Price. Then VW will have just one diesel - the Touareg - in its lineup until January 2008.

    Price estimated VW would import only about 1,500 Touareg diesels in 2007.

    VW sells about 25,000 diesels a year in the United States.

    Price said the Touareg diesel will not be available in California and four Northeastern states that have adopted California's strict emissions standards.

    VW is one of a few automakers that still use a mechanical fuel injection system on its diesel engines. Most other automakers switched years ago to computer-controlled common-rail systems that make a diesel run smoother and quieter and produce less pollution.

    The switchover will take almost a year because VW says it needs the time to ensure that its new system will meet stringent U.S. emissions regulations for new low-sulfur diesel fuel that will reach the United States this fall.

    Price said VW's 607 U.S. dealers have not been notified of the company's plans to allocate the slim number of diesels.

    Traditionally, about 10 percent of VW's U.S. sales have been diesels, but demand has been growing as gasoline prices hover near $3 a gallon.

    Some of the company's most loyal buyers have been its diesel customers, Price said.

    Because there are no other diesel-powered cars in VW's price segments, the company isn't worried about losing sales during the changeover.

    "We will have a little bit of hiccup in the short term. But we have been the volume player all along," said Price.

    "Is someone cross shopping a Jetta TDI against a Mercedes-Benz E-320 CDI that costs twice as much? I didn't think so."

  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Terry:

    ___There is a lot more behind this story then Auto Week reported. VW does not yet have a cost effective diesel after treatment solution to meet Tier II/Bin 5 from my understanding. What VW should be concerned with is Honda’s mid-sized and larger sedans, Truck’s, and SUV’s using a Tier II/Bin 5 capable Diesel here in the states by 2009. If you want to see the nails smashed into the VW Diesel coffin, Honda will be the ones to do it if they can meet the emissions standards with their 2.2 iCDTi out of Europe as well as a rumored 3.0 L iCDTi in the larger Honda vehicles here in the states.

    ___Good Luck

  3. Sledge

    Sledge I like owls with captions

    There was a story on GreenCarCongress.com where Honda said they are working on a diesel engine that will meet Tier 2 Bin 5 without a particulate filter or urea injection. Hopefully they will pull it off.
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Sledge:

    ___Urea injection is so locked up with Ford and MB patents; Honda will never be able to touch it! They will have to go to lean-burn capable CAT(s) with an ultra clean and extremely high pressure injection path. The 2.2 iCDTi in Europe barely meets Euro IV now so there is a lot of work that needs to be done to make it Tier II/Bin5 complaint let alone the upcoming and rumored 3.0 for the Pilot/MDX. Honda is already running at what would be considered ultra low compression ratios for a CI-ICE in the 2.2 to reduce NOx and NVH and I have no idea what else they can do other then a very robust string of NOx CAT(s) and a very advanced DPF which in conjunction will either kill their diesel’s FE or make them darn near anemic in the performance regiment. Honda is a tricky company though and have some of the best ICE engineers and designers on the planet so who knows what they will come up with? I am just worried that there mention of Diesel power for 09 might be a bit pre-mature is all …

    ___Good Luck


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