VW to drop 3 diesel models for '07.

Discussion in 'Diesel powered automobiles' started by xcel, May 29, 2006.

  1. xcel

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

    New U.S. emissions standards lead to decision on the Beetle, Jetta and Golf.

    Mark Phelan - Detroit Free Press - May 28, 2006


    Volkswagen of America will lose hot-selling diesel models of several of its most popular cars as the automaker catches up to new federal emissions standards that take effect this fall.

    VW will drop the diesel versions of its Jetta, Golf and Beetle models for the 2007 model year, which begins this fall. The new U.S. limits for nitrogen oxide emissions are among the most stringent in the world.

    VW has promoted its fuel-efficient diesel engines heavily this year as a way to beat high gasoline prices. The frugal engines can boost a car or truck's mileage as much as 35% compared with a similar gasoline engine.

    VW's diesel sales have boomed in 2006, helping propel the German brand to a 20.4% increase in U.S. sales. Diesels accounted for 22.7% of VW's U.S. sales for the first four months of 2006, nearly twice their traditional 12%, VW spokesman Steve Keyes said.

    "They are becoming a significant part of our business, so it's disappointing," Keyes said. "If diesels continue to contribute 20%-22% of our sales, this has some significant impact on us."
    VW has credited its surging U.S. sales to diesels and the addition of new models like the Passat midsize sedan and Jetta compact sedan.

    VW will offer a diesel version of its Touareg SUV in '07, and the company plans to build extra '06 diesel Jettas, which it hopes to sell well into next year.

    A new diesel Jetta that meets emissions standards in all 50 states should be available for the 2008 model year.
  2. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    Re: VW to drop 3 diesel models for '07

    ....but doesn't the "clean diesel" come online in the US this fall too? :confused:
  3. xcel

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

    Re: VW to drop 3 diesel models for '07

    Hi Chuck:

    ___ULSD is not the problem. The new 50 state reg’s now mimic the California based ones and this is why the Volkswagen diesels are being abandoned in the states for the time being. We had a great discussion on the how’s and whys the VW TDI’s were going to be discontinued a few months ago when this news was actually released. In a nut-shell, the Euro IV specs are 250 and 350% less demanding in NOx and PM (Particulate) emissions then the new 50 state LEV-II specs (Tier II/Bin 5) allow after they are enacted in 07. California has used ULSD (30 ppm or less) for years and even with some of the lowest sulfur content diesel fuel in the country and the planet, the diesel manufacturers could not meet the 5-clean state specs without a huge amount of $’s spent on after treatment that would make a diesel cost prohibitive.

    ___How VW TDI’s will return is anyone’s guess but VW is stating late 08.

    ___Personally, I think the EPA may have overstepped their bounds on this one given the TDI’s relatively high FE and low pricing (New Beetle 5-speed TDI - EPA rated 37/44 - very well equipped for $19,020 including dest.), and low CO2 emissions which should have been taken into account.

    ___Good Luck


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