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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 23:31

Subaru is gearing up for something big as the Fuji Heavy Industries-owned manufacturer released a teaser for a Japanese-only WRX S4 model.

According to recent reports, the new sedan is set to debut on August 25th of this year and is most likely a domestic version of the 2015 WRX sedan.

The latest 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI were revealed last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show and is currently on sale in Australia and the United States. Power is supplied by the traditional 2.0L turbocharged boxer-four with 268bhp and 258 lb-ft of torque for the standard WRX.

 

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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 18:19

Another rumor is out from Motoring.com, who claims that the new Toyota Supra successor is set to be revealed in the next few years.

BMW and Toyota’s collaboration isn’t news, but everyone seems to be shooting speculation out of their arses, left and right, and this latest development is not much different. For this report, BMW is alleged to offer a 2.0L TwinPower turbo four-banger with direct injection, mated to a gearbox also supplied by Munich’s finest, which isn’t entirely accurate since all of the transmissions are sourced either from Getrag or ZF–and they’re their own entity, separate from BMW.

Toyota is also rumored to be researching and developing supercapacitor technology and such tech could be applied to the Supra successor, allowing for plug-in hybrid capability for a combined output of around 350hp. Rumors point to BMW-supplied electric motors developed by Toyota, with two mounted up front and a third motor at the rear for an all-wheel drive setup. Also expected a dual-clutch automatic from Getrag–not BMW themselves.

Source: Motoring.com

 

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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 17:12

Aston Martin has been known to be working on a new Lagonda sedan, rumored as a replacement for the current and soon-to-be outgoing Rapide.

Now, Aston actually teased the official model, though interestingly, the British luxury sports car maker said only the Middle East will get the model. It’s said to be a very bespoke product, most likely funded by the rich and deep pockets of various sheikhs, princes, and oil tycoons out in the dusty deserts.

The new Lagonda gets its backbone from the brand’s latest VH platform and is built with carbon fiber body panels. No technical specifications have been revealed, but the new Lagonda is speculated to get a 6.0L V12 with around 600bhp. The model would be built to order on an “invitation only” basis as a way to “commensurate with the car’s exclusivity, quality, and luxurious nature.”

Check out the press release after the jump.

ASTON MARTIN CONFIRMS BESPOKE SUPER SALOON: THE FINEST OF FAST CARS

  • Exclusive super saloon sees return of evocative Lagonda nameplate
  • Innovative special project champions exclusivity
  • Strictly limited series production from early 2015

25 July 2014, Gaydon: Aston Martin is today confirming a bespoke product programme for a new super saloon that will see the revival of the historic Lagonda nameplate in a strictly limited series.

As has traditionally been the case, the Lagonda badge will once again sit proudly on a luxurious and exclusive super saloon.

The stunning luxury super saloon revives the Lagonda ethos of ‘the finest of fast cars’ and will be offered exclusively in the Middle East, as a result of specific market demand.

The return of Lagonda follows in the wake of other headline-grabbing projects such as the One-77 hypercar, V12 Zagato and last year’s CC100 Speedster Concept – then seen as the ultimate Q by Aston Martin car – which started out simply as a centenary celebration design concept and, as a result of exceptional demand, later turned into two customer commissions.

Based on the brand’s existing flexible VH architecture, the new car draws inspiration from the highly sought-after William Towns-designed Lagonda of 1976 and features many of the same cutting edge engineering techniques seen in modern Aston Martin sports cars such as the use of carbon fibre in the body panels.

It will be hand-built by the finest craftsmen and women at Aston Martin’s modern manufacturing facilities in Gaydon, Warwickshire in a dedicated building previously given over to the creation of the One-77 hypercar.

The new super saloon will be offered for sale by invitation only and, while precise pricing details remain confidential, the asking price will be commensurate with the car’s exclusivity, quality and luxurious nature.

Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman said: “The debut of this luxury super saloon in the Middle East market will be an exciting moment not only for Aston Martin, but for discerning customers who are seeking the ultimate in luxury and personalisation.

“The new model, like its exclusive siblings the One-77 and V12 Zagato, has been created as a piece of exceptional automotive art. It has been designed and developed entirely in keeping with the spirit and ethos of previous Lagonda super saloons – notably the William Towns Lagonda – and as a tribute to this car it proudly bears the Lagonda nameplate.”

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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 16:08

A saddening bit of news surfaced for Mopar fans recently as Chrysler is apparently struggling to sell its 300 SRT sedan. As a result, the model could be dropped in the near future, according to CEO Al Gardner.

MotorTrend spoke with Gardner who said that only 75 models per month are being sold, crippling the business case for such a model. This is particularly unfortunate since the we absolutely love the 300 SRT.

The model on the other hand happens to be popular overseas, such as in the Middle East. Either way, the fate of the 300 SRT should be confirmed when the Chrysler 300 sedan gets updated for the mid-cycle at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Source: MotorTrend

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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 15:03

Audi doesn’t seem to be phased by BMW’s and Tesla’s growing battle to produce luxury EVs according to UK’s WhatCar.

Instead, Audi still stands by their investments into plug-in hybrid technology since apparently their customers prefer that over normal EVs, according to Audi’s Rupert Stadler, who spoke with the magazine.

After some market research, Stadler said his team found that customers would be more interested by the comfort of classic internal-combustion reliability in terms of distance and once Audi produces their Q7 plug-in hybrid, customers would be more inclined to choose that model over the incoming Tesla crossover.

Stadler also said that BMW’s i vehicles are at a disadvantage because they need special accommodations to build the i3 and the i8 while Audi can build its plug-in hybrid models in all of its factories, favoring flexibility.

He also confirmed plans for a long-wheelbase plug-in variant to the Q7, the A8, and the A6 in the somewhat near future.

Source: WhatCar?

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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 14:55

Buick apparently shared plans for its future lineup with AutomotiveNews.

In the latest report, Buick is said to be receiving their own rebadged version of the Opel Cascada convertible, in similar fashion to how the current Buick Regal is a rebadged and slightly reengineered version of the Opel Insiginia. The new Buick convertible could be due sometime at the beginning of 2016, sporting a different name. Power could be provided by a turbocharged 2.0L four-banger with at least 250bhp on tap. This is the same EcoTec III turbo four currently found in the Buick Verano and Regal Turbo.

The Verano itself is planned for a complete redesign in 2016 as a 2017 model, utilizing Opel’s next generation D2XX platform, the same one destined for the next-gen Opel Astra and Chevrolet Cruze. The same 2.0L turbo engine is said to be offered as well in addition to a new 1,5L turbo four as the base engine.

A new Regal is set for 2017 too as a 2018 model year and much like the current model, the new Regal will be a reworked version of the next-generation Opel Insignia on the brand’s new E2XX platform. Also using the same platform is a new LaCrosse, planned for the end of 2015 as a 2016 car.

The Encore should also be updated around the same time with an all-new redesign in 2018 while first hints of a US-bound Envision surface for sometime in the second half of 2015 as a 2016 model. Following that, the Enclave will also get completely redesigned for 2017 with less weight, a newly updated Lambda platform, smaller engines, and a nine-speed auto.

Source: AutomotiveNews

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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 13:39

Bentley might be on the path to reviving the Azure and Brooklands models, according to the brand’s CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer.

According to a new report from AutoExpress in the UK, the new Azure is to take form as a convertible, like past Azures, while the Brooklands is most likely to be a coupe like the last limited production Brooklands.

“I’m truly convinced that we have a lot of opportunities with our existing model lines. In Crewe you used to see a very nice convertible called Azure – we also had it as a hidden [concept] car in Pebble Beach in 2011,” said Durheimer, “I hear from our customers that there is remarkable demand for a car like this, and if we do the Azure, the Brooklands just comes automatically.”

Should all proceed, the new Azure and Brooklands would be based on the current Mulsanne, 6.75L twin-turbo V8 and all. Durheimer also hinted at the possibility of expanding the Continental lineup even more as well.

Source: AutoExpress

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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 13:35

Chrysler apparently wants to get a slice of the full-size crossover pie as MotorTrend reports that Chrysler’s brand CEO, Al Gardner, confirmed that a new model is on the way to compete against the Buick Enclave, the Chevrolet Traverse, and the GMC Acadia.

According to the new finding, the model will take on a size larger than the Dodge Durango, but with less agressive styling.

As usual, specifics aren’t confirmed, but the new crossover will ride on a large front-wheel drive platform, most likely receiving power from a Pentastar V6. This is a part of Chrysler’s newly established five-year plan to launch new models. A production date sometime in 2017 is expected.

Source: MotorTrend

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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 12:25

Motoring.com down yonder in Australia reports that Audi is to discontinue their Multitronic CVT transmission, offered in various entry-level A4, A5, A6, and A7 models here and abroad. Taking its place will most likely be a Volkswagen-sourced seven-speed DSG automatic.

According to the report, Audi’s senior engineer for driving behavior, Ralph Reigger, said that the CVT won’t be offered on next-generation models. The first model expected to receive the new seven-speed DSG is the next generation Audi A4, due to launch in the first half of 2015.

This departure from the CVT is surely expected to come as a huge welcome from Audi fans and driving enthusiasts alike since CVTs are hardly engaging. Additionally, Audi’s Multitronic CVT transmission isn’t without fault as earlier models were involved in a class-action lawsuit for being hopelessly problematic.

Source: Motoring.com

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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 12:00

Rumors via AutoGuide and Temple of VTEC suggest that Honda will be equipping the 2015 CR-V with a new CVT or Continuously Variable Transmission for the 2015 model year.

The CR-V will be powered by a Honda “Earth Dreams” four-banger engine as it gets refreshed for the mid-cycle. Expect revised and upgraded styling as well as minor tweaks here and there.

The 2015 Honda CR-V is expected to carry over its line of trims, ranging from LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. New paint options are also said to be offered.

Source: Temple of VTEC via AutoGuide

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 22:16

Electronics giant LG and its CFO, Cho Suk-jeh, recently confirmed to Reuters of a new battery back that could allow certain EV models to travel more than 200 miles on a single charge.

Suk-jeh didn’t say who will get the battery pack first, but previous rumors and speculation point to use by General Motors. Though, nothing has been confirmed by any GM officials.

When GM was led by former CEO, Dan Akerson, plans for a 200+ mile electric vehicle were announced, but details are still sparse. Other insiders have hinted at the possibility of a 2016 launch and a $30,000 price tag for the new GM EV, which would make it more affordable than the incoming and anticipated Tesla Model III.

Source: Reuters via Edmunds

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 22:06

Renowned Hollywood actor and bonafide car enthusiast, James Garner, recently passed away at the age of 86, leaving behind a long legacy of cars and Hollywood that’s as rich and grandiose as others from the likes of Steve McQueen.

Garner is said to have died of natural causes. He was known for his roles on various television shows and movies. Examples include The Rockford Files and Grand Prix of 1966, which catapulted his interest and love for cars and motorsports. He then participated in being a part owner of the American International Racers team, who competed in Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring for various endurance races. Garner himself also took part in events like the Baja 500.

To many, he’ll be known as a source of inspiration and will be sorely missed.

Check out his eulogy on AutoBlog.

Source: AutoBlog

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 22:02

Bloomberg recently compiled some statistics and in those statistics, they found that BMW is the largest exporter of automobiles in the United States. Observing the Roundel’s South Carolina assembly plant’s 20th anniversary, BMW was found to shift more cars than all of Michigan’s Big Three combined.

BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina factory opened up in 1994, allowing for the assembly of BMW’s entire X crossover lineup (first starting with the X5), as well as BMW’s Z3 roadster from back in the day.

As of current stats, BMW’s plant in the south produces the X3, the incoming X4, the X5, and the X6 and 70 percent of the vehicles built there are exported to outside markets. BMW is even planning to expand, investing nearly $1 billion into the plant through 2016 to boost production from 300,000 units annually to 450,000. This will be partially achieved with a new full-size crossover, destined to receive the X7 name.

Source: Bloomberg

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 21:45

CarAdvice reports that Audi is almost ready to reveal a Q7 e-tron, after speaking with Audi’s technology and communications manager, Oliver Strohbach.

The new model is expected to launch either later this year or early next year, riding on Audi’s latest MLB Evo architecture, the same chassis expected to provide a backbone for the next-gen A4, A6, A7, and A8.

Motivation is to be supplied by a 3.0L TDI V6 supported by an electric motor, for a total output of 368hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. A fuel economy figure of 58.8 mpg on the US cycle is expected with an all EV range of around 31 miles.

Source: CarAdvice

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 21:26

Buick was rumored to be preparing an all-new midsize crossover for China, their most proficient market and recently, the new Envision was revealed.

Due to go on sale in China later this year, the new Envision will sit in between the Encore and the Enclave. Additionally, the styling heavily mimics that of the current Enclave and Encore, including a prominent chrome grille, a curvaceous presence, and HID headlights with LED daytime running lights. Lots of chrome, such as around the windscreen frame, roof-rails, and on the 19-inch aluminum wheels complement the look.

There’s no word of a US-bound version yet, though power is said to be supplied by a 2.0L turbocharged four-banger good for 256bhp and 260 lb-ft of twist mated to a six-speed auto and all-wheel drive.

Check out the press release after the jump.

Shanghai GM Offers Preview of New Envision

High-end midsize SUV goes on sale across China later this year

SHANGHAI – Shanghai GM yesterday offered a preview of the all-new Envision, announcing its Chinese name as “Ang Ke Wei” (???), showing its specifications and the first official photos. The new high-end midsize SUV will go on sale across China later this year.

The Envision is a completely new model that represents a convergence of Buick’s latest global design philosophy and cutting-edge technologies. It will set a new benchmark in its segment in China for styling, space, safety, performance and technology.

Elegant and Dynamic Exterior

The model carries forward the design essence of the Buick Envision concept vehicle, which made its global debut at Auto Shanghai 2011.

The exterior blends artistic elegance with dynamic lines. Its front end is highlighted by Buick’s signature waterfall grille along with wing-style intelligent xenon headlamps, boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights and sleek outside rearview mirrors. The windshield with a one-piece chrome-plated frame gives the Envision an aggressive stance. Class-leading 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels and a luggage rack echo the stylish design.

The Envision measures 4,667 mm in length, 1,839 mm in width and 1,696 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,750 mm, which contributes to its spacious interior.

Powerful Turbocharged Engine

Another highlight of the Envision is its 2.0T direct injection turbocharged engine, which was named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines in 2013. The engine generates maximum output power of 191 kW and peak torque of 353 Nm. It includes stop/start technology, for better fuel economy.

A new-generation six-speed transmission offers smooth gear shifting while significantly reducing fuel consumption in city driving. Its all-wheel-drive technology ensures solid handling on all surfaces.

The Envision will complement the Encore and new Enclave in Buick’s domestic SUV portfolio, providing a range of choices for SUV buyers across China.

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 21:23

BMW has been known to be working on something special for the 2016 model year, which represents the automaker’s first 100-years in existence.

Rumors were posted in the past about a successor to the legendary M1 supercar from the 1970s, the only mid-engined car ever built by Munich’s finest (Rumor One, Two, Three, and Four). All of this hinted at a potential 600hp-plus mid-engined car that would essentially be a follow-up to the original. But now, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reprots that BMW could be producing a more hardcore version of the i8, possibly called the i9.

Click here for more news on the BMW M1.

According to the rumor, the extra power would be supplied by replacing the current i8′s 231hp 1.5L TwinPower turbo three-banger for a larger motor, as well as supplementing a more powerful electric motor with more than 130hp on tap.

The updates are likely to add weight to the existing i8, which only tips the scales at an impressive 3,285lbs, though BMW could be using more carbon fiber and aluminum to make sure it doesn’t increase too much. Additionally, BMW is adamant about maintaining the i8′s 50/50 weight distribution. Additionally, the i8 is already a rather quick car, sprinting to 62 in just 4.4 seconds for a top speed limited by the usual gentlemen’s agreement of 155 mph.

Source: Auto Motor und Sport

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 20:58

Bentley is causing a stir with its highly-anticipated luxury crossover and the new model promises to be the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious SUV crossover on the market. That’s definitely a possibility, considering the crossover is expected to get the Continental GT’s potent twin-turbo W12 mill, according to Bentley’s sales and marketing director, Kevin Rose.

That said, at a performance standpoint, the new Bentley SUV will rival the likes of the BMW X5 and X6 M, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and the Range Rover Sport SVR, despite costing quite a bit more than all of those.

Rose also hinted to CARandDRIVER that a plug-in hybrid variant is said to be the best selling model–so far, 30 percent of potential buyers are interested in an eco-friendly model. In addition to the plug-in hybrid version, a twin-turbo V8 Bentley crossover is expected, most likely getting its mill from the Continental GT V8, as well as a more powerful version of Audi’s 4.2L V8 TDI engine.

Source: CARandDRIVER

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Date: Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 20:56

Toyota rolled out some updates for the 2015 Yaris in the form of a mid-cycle refresh.

For the new model year, the new Yaris for America visually resembles the European version, complete with a more aggressive grille and headlights along with a more pronounced corporate mouth on the front fascia.

The Japanese giant also boasts a retuned suspension and revised interior including the dashboard and additional sound deadening material for a quieter ride.

Three trim levels still exist, the entry-level Yaris L, the Yaris LE, and the top-spec Yaris SE. The base model comes pretty decently loaded with power windows and locks (quaint manual option just seems to be a thing of the past now), air conditioning, and a standard Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch display. The LE gets alloy wheels, cruise control and keyless entry. And the SE of course is fully loaded with larger 16-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes and an appealing deck-lid spoiler.

Motivation is still modest with a 1.5L four-banger with 106hp and 103 lb-ft of twist and if you like to row your own, a five-speed is available with a antique four-speed automatic.

Sales begin later this month with prices beginning at $14,845.

Check out the press blast below.

Redesigned 2015 Toyota Yaris Sub-Compact: Sharper Styling, More Comfort and Value Priced

Sharper Styling, More Comfort and Value Priced
July 23, 2014

TORRANCE, Calif., (July 23, 2014) – A bold new look with a distinct European flavor.  A new, quieter interior crafted from improved materials. And a new attitude. The redesigned 2015 Toyota Yaris checks all of the boxes for small-car shoppers. And then it adds and checks two more boxes for fun and value. In 3-door or 5-door liftback models, the 2015 Yaris makes every day driving less every day. 

The 2015 Yaris, like the previous-generations, comes in 3-door and 5-door liftback configurations, but the style is all-new. The new Yaris combines an energetic shape with a more comfortable cabin. The 2015 Yaris receives an aggressive new look with a horizontal chrome grill treatment that appears to continue right in to the headlamp.  A larger, bolder grille opening gives this fun-to-drive car just the right touch of “attitude” in its look.

Newness permeates the Yaris cabin. Sitting in premium seats, the Yaris driver faces a sporty new dashboard design and touches new, softer materials throughout.

Retuned suspension, a more rigid body structure, additional sound insulation and attention to aerodynamic details all help to give the 2015 Yaris a smooth, dynamic and quieter ride. With safety always at the forefront, the Yaris continues to come equipped with nine standard SRS airbags, including curtain shield airbags and front seat cushion airbags.

Altogether, that’s a lot of new packed into an easy-driving small car with big fuel economy numbers and the brand’s penchant for high QDR (Quality, Dependability and Reliability).

The Value of Fun

Fun, functionality and value come together in the 2015 Yaris. The smooth-revving 1.5-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder DOHC engine equipped with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) produces 106 hp at 6,000 rpm and 103 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. The broad torque curve makes those numbers seem even bigger when you’re driving the Yaris, which offers snappy response with either transmission.

A smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission, made smoother by an improved hydraulic clutch, is standard. An available four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission features a compact, lightweight design and low friction for high fuel efficiency.
 
Toyota Value Through and Through

The Yaris comes in base L, premium LE and sporty SE models, each a single-spec trim that eliminates option packages. Standard features on the L grade include air conditioning, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, new, quick ratio, sport-tuned Electric Power Steering with power-assisted rack-and-pinion, power windows with driver’s side auto down, three-spoke tilt steering wheel, power door locks, Daytime Running Lights, and 15-inch wheels with wheel covers.

The Yaris LE adds the convenience of cruise control, power mirrors, steering wheel audio controls silver/metallic interior accents and remote keyless entry with an engine immobilizer.  The LE rides in style on 15-inch alloy wheels.

The SE package turns the Yaris into an urban-cool sporty ride, with projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights, integrated fog lamps, rear spoiler and special gloss black with machine-surfaced 16-inch alloy wheels.   The SE adds a sport-tuned suspension, now with a solid stabilizer bar, and four-wheel disc brakes that are one-inch larger in the front.  

Inside, the SE is equipped with a leather-trimmed tilt three-spoke steering wheel and shift knob, sport meter and tachometer.  The SE has its own unique sport fabric and includes gloss black accents throughout.

All Yaris models get Entune Audio with a 6.1-inch touch screen, an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers, HD Radio™ with iTunes® Tagging, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod® connectivity and control, hands-free phone capability, voice recognition, and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology.

For the first time in a Yaris, a navigation system is available as a dealer-installed option.

The redesigned mono-spec Yaris adds up to an excellent value.  The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 2015 Yaris will range from $14,845 for the three-door L with a manual transmission to $17,620 for the five-door SE with a four-speed automatic.   

The MSRP for the 2015 Yaris does not include the delivery, processing, and handling (DPH) fee of $825 for vehicles scheduled for processing on, or after, July 27, 2014.  The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.
 

Model# Grade Transmission Body Style 2014 MSRP 2015 MSRP MSRP change ($) MSRP Change (%)
1421 L 5MT 3DR $14,430 $14,845 $415 3%
1422 L 4AT 3DR $15,155 $15,570 $415 3%
1424 LE 4AT 3DR $16,015 $16,505 $490 3%
1463 SE 5MT 5DR $16,540 $16,820 $280 2%
1462 L 4AT 5DR $15,455 $15,945 $490 3%
1464 SE 4AT 5DR $17,340 $17,620 $280 2%
1466 LE 4AT 5DR $16,490 $16,880 $390 2%

 

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 20:46

Volkswagen released some details for its new lineup for the 2015 year, which will not include the current Eos and the Chrysler minivan badgineered Routan.

Other than the obvious, like the arrival of the entire 2015 Golf lineup, including the base model, the GTI, the Golf R, the e-Golf, and the Golf SportWagen (that replaces the Jetta SportWagen), the Eos and the Routan have been sent to the guillotine and won’t continue into the 2015 model year.

This isn’t exactly a surprise because rumors and reports predicted this in the past.

The Touareg is scheduled to get a mid-cycle refresh while Volkswagen also announced to be updating their 2.0L TDI turbo-four diesel. For the 2015 model year, the TDI four gets a boost of 10hp for a total output of 150hp and 236 lb-ft of twist.

For full details, check out the release after the jump.

MODEL YEAR 2015: NEW GOLF FAMILY, REDESIGNED JETTA, AND NEW TDI® CLEAN DIESEL ENGINE HEAD THE CHANGES
Jul 22, 2014

In a busy year, Volkswagen will also add a new Golf SportWagen, an all-new Golf R, a redesigned Touareg SUV, and the company’s first U.S.-market EV, the e-Golf

– All-new Golf is bigger, lighter, and more fuel-efficient than the previous model, seats five, and has a larger trunk than any midsize sedan
– New Golf GTI has 210-horsepower engine, with improved fuel efficiency and performance
– e-Golf is Volkswagen’s first full Battery Electric Vehicle for sale in the U.S.
– Redesigned Jetta offers a better value, more available driver assistance features, and refreshed exterior and interior
– All-new Golf R, with 292 horsepower, will go on sale during the 2015 model year
– Jetta SportWagen will be replaced by bigger, even more spacious Golf SportWagen early in 2015
– Touareg is replaced by a refreshed model that offers new front and rear styling, an even more refined interior, and new available driver assistance features
– Passat, Beetle, Golf, and Jetta TDI® Clean Diesel models all receive new, more fuel-efficient EA288 engine, with 10 more horsepower

Herndon, VA – The 2015 model year is momentous for Volkswagen. First of all, the Jetta, Volkswagen’s best-selling car, is redesigned, with new styling and driver assistance systems, as well as improved fuel efficiency and enhanced content. The newly available driver assistance systems include Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, the Forward Collision Warning system, and Park Distance Control. The Jetta 1.8T model offers improved fuel efficiency thanks to revised aerodynamics, while the TDI® Clean Diesel model also benefits from fitment of the new EA288 diesel engine. In the case of the manual transmission TDI model, EPA estimated highway fuel economy is now rated at 46 mpg, an improvement of 4 mpg.

This model year also marks the introduction of the seventh-generation Golf and Golf GTI models, which are bigger, more fuel-efficient, and better equipped than ever before. The new Golf is available in two forms: powerful and efficient TSI® gasoline and TDI Clean Diesel, powered by the new EA288 turbocharged and direct-injection engine. The Golf GTI comes standard with a 210-horsepower, 2.0-liter TSI engine, with the option of a 220-hp engine with the Performance Package that is available late in the calendar year. Golf and Golf GTI models fitted with the optional Driver Assistance Package have been awarded the coveted TOP SAFETY PICK + from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In addition, Volkswagen will introduce its first fully electric vehicle to the U.S. market, the e-Golf. Due to go on sale in select markets in November of 2014, the e-Golf has more standard torque and more versatility than any of its closest EV rivals. When it goes on sale, it will have a standard 7.2kW onboard charger and Fast Charging Capability, which allows for 80 percent charge within 30 minutes at select DC fast charging stations. The car should provide an everyday driving range of between 70 and 90 miles, with a maximum range of approximately 115 miles.

Later in the model year, Volkswagen will introduce the all-new Golf R and the Golf SportWagen. The Golf R will feature a 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system and a turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine that makes 292 horsepower. The car will only be offered in four-door form for the U.S. and will initially be available only with a six-speed dual-clutch DSG® automatic transmission. A six-speed manual will be added to the lineup at a later date.

The Golf SportWagen replaces the Jetta SportWagen early in 2015. Like the all-new Golf, it is based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture and offers better fuel economy, greater versatility, and more interior room than the previous model. It will be offered in two forms: 1.8-liter TSI gasoline engine with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions; and the latest EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine with the choice of six-speed manual or dual-clutch DSG automatic transmissions.

All Volkswagen models fitted with the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine-Passat, Beetle, and Beetle Convertible in addition to the Golf and the Jetta-benefit from the introduction of the EA288 engine. Despite the similarity in basic specifications, this is an all-new engine that produces 150 horsepower-10 more than before-at 3,500 rpm, as well as 236 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm. The engine offers fuel economy benefits for all the cars in which it is offered, as well as reduced emissions.

At the beginning of 2015, halfway through the model year, the Touareg will be replaced by a refreshed model that features new front and rear styling, a refined interior, and a host of available new driver assistance features. These include Lane Assist, Side Assist (which monitors blind spots) and ACC adaptive cruise control plus Front Assist with City Emergency Braking.

CARS

Beetle
– New, and limited-edition Classic trim joins the Beetle lineup
– New EA288 four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine

For 2015, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine TDI Clean Diesel engine will be replaced by the new 150-hp EA288 2.0-liter diesel engine, which makes 10 more horsepower than the outgoing model. The TDI Beetle equipped with the optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission improves EPA estimated highway fuel economy from 39 to 41 mpg compared with the previous TDI Clean Diesel engine.

In addition, a new limited-edition model enters the Beetle lineup. The Beetle Classic will offer unique seat fabric; front lumbar supports; leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake; three-color ambient lighting; RNS® 315 navigation; and a six-speed automatic transmission. Available wheels on this trim include17-inch “Circle” aluminum-alloy wheels in white or black (depending on exterior color).

Beetle Convertible
– New, value-oriented and limited-edition Classic trim joins the Convertible lineup
– New EA288 four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine

Like the Beetle, the 2015 Beetle Convertible also receives the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine TDI Clean Diesel engine, improving the EPA estimated highway fuel economy on the automatic transmission model by 3 mpg, to 40 mpg.

In addition, the Convertible also gains the Classic trim level, offering unique seat fabric, RNS 315 navigation, and a six-speed automatic transmission. Wheels available for this trim include 17-inch Circle alloy wheels in white or black (depending on exterior color).

CC
For 2015, the CC incorporates only minor changes over the 2014 models.
– New optional 18-inch St. Louis wheels
– Available 18-inch Shanghai wheels (new design, late introduction)

Eos
– New “Final Edition” trim replaces Sport
– New Flash Red available on Komfort and Executive trims
– New Pure White exterior color available on all trims

For the last production year of the Eos, the Sport trim is replaced for 2015 with the Final Edition. Based on the Sport trim, the Final Edition offers added value at the mid-level trim with18-inch Vicenza wheels, unique Cornsilk Beige and black two-tone Vienna leather seating surfaces, contrast stitching, silver net interior trim, a rearview camera and rain-sensing wipers.

e-Golf

– Brings zero-tailpipe emissions to the fun-to-drive Golf family
– Drivetrain consists of 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor with 199 pound-feet of torque; 7.2 kW onboard charger is standard
– Three driver-selectable regenerative braking modes
– Standard fast charging capability allows 80 percent battery charge within 30 minutes at select DC fast charging stations
– Roadside Assistance Plan helps take the anxiety out of “range anxiety”
– First U.S.-market Volkswagen to be fitted with all-LED headlights

The e-Golf is available in four-door form only and is immediately recognizable by its unique aluminum-alloy wheels and LED headlights, the first VW to be equipped with the technology in the U.S.-market. Featuring a signature C-shaped design, the efficient LED daytime running lights are a distinguishing feature of all Volkswagen electric vehicles and come standard on the e-Golf. The e-Golf features more torque (199 pound feet) than its main rivals and is also more versatile, with seating for five and more cargo space than any mid-size sedan.

Golf
– Pricing starts at $17,995 for the two-door Golf Launch Edition model with manual transmission
– New TDI S model reduces Clean Diesel entry pricing by more than $3,000
– First U.S.-market vehicle using the new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform
– Room for five with a larger trunk than any midsize sedan
– Standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment center is among the new premium features
– IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK + when equipped with the optional Driver Assistance Package

The 2015 Golf will be available with two or four doors and with two powertrains: the EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI engine mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission; and the new EA288 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel, fitted with a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. This is the first time the entire Golf lineup will feature powerful and efficient turbocharged engines. The Golf 1.8T now has an EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating of 36 mpg when equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission, an improvement of 6 mpg over the outgoing 2.5-liter Golf. The manual transmission model achieves 37 mpg on the highway.

The all-new Golf is better equipped than its predecessor, no matter the trim level. The limited-availability entry Golf Launch Edition two-door with manual transmission starts at $17,995 (plus $820 destination and handling) and adds the following over the outgoing Golf 2.5L: a turbocharged and direct-injection four cylinder as the base engine, along with a standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth® connectivity, a Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® integration, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is standard on all Golf models, while available new comfort and convenience features include the Fender® Premium Audio System and Climatronic® automatic air conditioning.

Fans of the Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel engine will be thrilled that the price of the base TDI model has been reduced by more than the $3,000 compared with the previous-generation Golf TDI model.

Golf GTI
– Seventh-generation Golf GTI is bigger, lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient than previous generation
– Increases of 10 horsepower and 51 pound-feet of torque from new EA888 TSI engine
– $700 price decrease on content-adjusted comparison with previous GTI
– EPA estimated highway fuel economy improves by 3 mpg with the manual transmission
– Standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment center among new premium features

The all-new Golf GTI features a highly sophisticated EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine that makes 210 horsepower and a healthy 258 pound-feet of torque, figures that are 10 hp and 51 lb-ft higher than in the previous-generation GTI model. The optional Performance Package, which goes on sale later in the model year, ups the ante with 220 horsepower, as well as a torque-sensing electronically-controlled limited-slip differential and larger brakes. All 2015 Golf GTI models have a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic that has a launch control feature.

This new-generation Golf GTI is better equipped than its predecessor, regardless of trim level. The Golf GTI S, which starts at $24,395 (plus $820 destination charge) for the two-door model with manual transmission, adds the following over the previous entry-level GTI: standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment center, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, VW Car-Net® connected services, ambient and footwell lighting with LED reading lights, LED foglights, and a new Driving Mode Selection feature. For the first time, American Volkswagen enthusiasts will be able to order the DCC® adaptive damping system as an $800 option on Performance Package-equipped SE and Autobahn models.

Golf SportWagen
– Thrifty TDI Clean Diesel and 1.8-liter turbocharged TSI Golf SportWagen models will be offered
– Uses the new MQB architecture, like the 2015 Golf and Golf GTI
– Golf SportWagen will go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015
– New Golf SportWagen offers increased cargo volume, matching compact SUVs for size and versatility

The VW SportWagen has long been a top choice for customers who want a car that’s fun-to-drive and offers a large cargo area that is truly versatile. This new Golf SportWagen is even more appealing, offering nearly 10 percent more cargo room with the rear seats folded than the outgoing model. Essentially, the Golf SportWagen provides a sportier alternative to compact SUVs.

The new SportWagen will be offered with two powertrains. The first is a 170 horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI engine, mated to five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. The TDI Clean Diesel model will be powered by the new EA288 2.0-liter common-rail, turbocharged and direct-injection diesel engine that makes150 horsepower, an improvement of 10 hp over the current SportWagen model, and 236 pound-feet pf torque. The TDI model will have a choice of six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

Golf R
– Most powerful production Golf ever for the North American market
– All-new car has 292 horsepower, but is more fuel efficient than previous Golf R
– EA888 TSI 2.0-liter engine propels DSG-equipped Golf R from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 4.9 seconds
– Golf R features new 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system
– Golf R will go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015

The 2015 Golf R will be the most powerful version of the Golf ever to be sold in this market. With 292 horsepower, the all-new Golf R has 36 horsepower more than the previous version, which was sold as a 2013 model. Despite the additional horsepower, the new R model is expected to be considerably more fuel-efficient than its predecessor with a manufacturer-estimated highway fuel economy rating of 31 mpg with the six-speed manual transmission, up from 27 mpg.

Like all three previous Golf R models, the all-new model transfers its power to the road via a permanent all-wheel-drive system; in this case, the latest version of the 4MOTION system with a fifth-generation Haldex® coupling. To help ensure great chassis dynamics, there’s a new sport suspension, a new variable-ratio steering system, and a stability control system which can now be deactivated for track driving. Other highlights include the optional DCC adaptive damping system.

The all-new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of exclusive features. Along with specially designed bumpers, side skirts, and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, the Golf R also has standard Bi-Xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in a dual-U design) and a two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tips. The most powerful and fuel-efficient Golf R will be launched in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015 in four-door form only.

Jetta
– New front, rear, and interior styling enhances the Jetta’s clean and timeless design
– New available driver assistance systems: Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning system, and Park Distance Control
– New 150 hp 2.0T TDI Clean Diesel EA288 engine returns an EPA estimated 46 mpg on the highway, with manual transmission
– Improved aerodynamics and reduced rolling resistance help increase efficiency across Jetta lineup
– Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and Adaptive Front-lighting System now available on select models

Following the updates that arrived with the 2014 model, which included a new 1.8-liter turbocharged EA888 engine that replaced the 2.5-liter five-cylinder unit, the 2015 Jetta brings with it a fresh new face and some important updates underneath. The subtly redesigned exterior not only provides the Jetta with a crisp new look, but also helps increase the overall efficiency of the car by improving aerodynamics: the 1.8T models gain a 1 mpg improvement on the EPA’s estimated highway fuel economy, to 37 mpg. Additionally, the 2015 Jetta features an updated interior, the new EA288 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine (with 10 additional horsepower), and a host of newly available driver assistance systems.

Passat
– S and Wolfsburg Edition trims now offer an optional Technology Package
– SE with Sunroof trim removed from 1.8T lineup
– New EA288 four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine

The S and Wolfsburg Edition trims now offer an optional Technology Package that includes a rearview camera and the Premium VIII sound system with eight speakers. On S trims, this package includes SiriusXM Satellite Radio, which is standard on Wolfsburg Edition models. The SE with Sunroof trim is removed from the 1.8T lineup, while the SE with Sunroof and Navigation trim adds chrome bumpers and door trim, comfort sport seats and front foglights. SEL Premium trims receive rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine makes 10 more horsepower than the outgoing engine and improves the Passat TDI’s EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating to 44 mpg for the manual transmission model (+1 mpg) and to 42 mpg for the automatic (+2 mpg). The manual transmission TDI model now has a range of up to 814 highway miles on one tank of Clean Diesel fuel. Thanks to the use of new all-season optimized rolling resistance tires, the EPA estimated highway fuel economy on the 1.8T models is improved by 1 mpg, to 35 mpg on the manual transmission model and to 36 mpg on the automatic version.

MINIVAN, SUVs

Routan
For 2015, the Routan will no longer be offered.

Tiguan
– Standard rearview camera, roof rails, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio on all trims
– Standard Premium VIII touchscreen audio system on S and SE trim lines
– Panoramic sunroof on SE with Appearance

Although the Tiguan receives minor additions for 2015, the emphasis for this year is adding value by bringing even more content into the lower level trims. The entry-level S trim line adds a rearview camera, Premium VIII audio system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Mobile Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® cable, roof rails, and VW Car-Net connected services. Heatable front seats, with heated washer nozzles, are now standard on the SE trim, while the panoramic sunroof is now standard on the SE with Appearance trim. A stylized rear bumper is added to the top level R-Line model.

Touareg
The facelifted Touareg is coming in early 2015 as a MY15 vehicle.

– Refreshed styling and interior enhancements
– Host of new driver assistance systems
– More details will follow closer to launch

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 644 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

Notes:
This press release and images of 2015 Volkswagen models are available at media.vw.com.

“Climatronic”, “DCC”, “DSG”, “RNS”, “TDI”, “TSI”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, “XDS”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. “Car-Net” is a registered trademark of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “Fender” is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. “iPod” is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. “SiriusXM” and “SiriusXM Satellite Radio” are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio, Inc.

Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

All prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude transportation, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.

Available EPA fuel economy estimates are provided and identified as such. All other fuel economy values are forecast manufacturer estimates for the USA; EPA estimates for those models were not available at time of release. Individual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

VW Car-Net services provided by Verizon Telematics, Inc. Available only on select models. Automatic Crash Notification may be enabled for up to six months without activating a trial or paid subscription; Manual Emergency Call feature and all other VW Car-Net features require trial or paid subscription. VW Car-Net services requires vehicle cellular connectivity and availability of vehicle GPS signal. VW Car-Net includes services that may collect location information. See applicable Terms of Service and Privacy Policy available at www.vw.com/carnet for details. Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted.

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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 18:15

The Diesel Technology Forum, HybridCars.com, and Baum & Associates conducted a recent study. And in that study, they found that Americans are taking the diesel passenger car concept a little more seriously as sales are reportedly up by 25 percent since last year.

With the current rate, the study predicts that the market share of total diesels could double by 2018 as the concept of better fuel economy without a loss in power is more accepted. So far, 46 diesel passenger car models are offered in the US, between 27 cars and SUVs. That said, diesel engines aren’t left for full-size pickups and commercial vehicles, thankfully.

For the press release on the study, check it out after the jump.

U.S. Clean Diesel Car Sales Increase 25% in 2014; Overall U.S. Car Market is Up 4%

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — U.S. clean diesel car sales have increased 25 percent during the first six months of 2014 while the overall U.S. car market has increased by 4.2 percent, according to data compiled by Hybrid Cars.com and Baum and Associates.

The 2014 clean diesel sales total includes six months of consecutive sales increases, including double digit increases in March (+ 39.5%), April (+ 60.4%) and May (+26.8%). June 2014 was the 43rd monthly increase in clean diesel sales in the past 47 months, with 31 of those months registering double-digit increases.

2014 Clean Diesel & Hybrid Car Sales

Vs. 2013 Monthly Sales
Jan. 2014
Feb. 2014
March 2014
April 2014
May 2014
June 2014
*Clean Diesels
+ 6.8%
+ 4.5%
+39.5%
+60.4%
+26.8%
+ 8.8%
Hybrids
(-20.4%)
(-23.9%)
(- 5.5%)
(- 7.9%)
+ 6.6%
(-12.7%)
Overall Market
(- 3.0%)
(- 0.1%)
+ 5.6%
+ 8.0%
+11.2%
+ 1.1%
*(Diesel car and SUV markets only – does not include light duty pickup trucks or vans.)
(Source: Hybrid Cars.com and Baum and Associates)

“Sustained and mostly double-digit increases in sales each month over a four year period prove that U.S. consumers are embracing the benefits of clean diesel technology and its proven, high fuel efficiency, great driving performance, and long-term value,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

“The consistently positive sales trends for clean diesel are particularly noteworthy since they have occurred over a recessionary economic period when diesel fuel prices have trended upward, and consumers have many more fuel efficient vehicle choices than ever before. Today, the clean diesel choices include 27 cars and SUVs, nine vans and 10 pickup trucks. We expect that number to nearly double in the next 18 months, and we expect that more models in more brands will only generate higher sales in the future.

“While diesel cars and pickup trucks make up only three percent of the overall U.S. vehicle market, most analysts predict continued growth in the U.S., with many believing the diesel market will double by 2018.”

The Hybrid Cars.com/Baum and Associates sales information follows data compiled by IHS Automotive for the Diesel Technology Forum released last month that showed clean diesel vehicle registrations (cars, SUVS, vans and pickups) had increased by 30 percent from 2010 through 2013.

Link to press release: http://www.dieselforum.org/news/california-texas-and-florida-lead-u-s-in-high-mileage-diesel-and-hybrid-passenger-vehicles

Diesels Have 30% Better Fuel Efficiency Than Gasoline Vehicles

Schaeffer said Americans are seeking more fuel efficient cars and are learning that clean diesel vehicles are about 30 percent more fuel efficient that gasoline equivalents. In addition, he said the new federal fuel efficiency standards that will require a 54.5 mpg average by 2025 will also boost clean diesel auto sales, as auto manufacturers introduce more diesels in the U.S. to help meet these standards.

To see a list of all clean diesel cars and pickups available in the U.S., a list of all the new diesels coming to the U.S. market, and fuel efficiency data go here:

http://www.dieselforum.org/resources/clean-diesel-vehicles-currently-available-in-the-u-s-

Links:

Diesel Technology Forum – http://www.dieselforum.org/
Hybrid Cars.com – http://www.hybridcars.com/june-2014-dashboard/
Baum and Associates – http://www.baum-assoc.com/Pages/default.aspx
Leaders in clean diesel vehicles:

Cummins – http://www.cummins.com/cmi/
Chrysler (Jeep, Ram Trucks) – http://www.chryslergroupllc.com/Pages/Home.aspx
Daimler (Mercedes Benz) – http://www.daimler.com/
Ford – http://www.ford.com/
General Motors (GMC/Chevrolet) – http://www.gm.com/
Mazda – http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/displayHomepage.action
Volkswagen Group (Audi, Porsche, VW) – http://www.vw.com/
ABOUT THE DIESEL TECHNOLOGY FORUM
The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit national organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology, and working with policymakers and other stakeholders on common solutions. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology. For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.

For the latest insights and information from the leaders in clean diesel technology, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @DieselTechForum, or YouTube @DieselTechForum and connect with us on LinkedIn.

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