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Today Volkswagen officially introduced the next generation Jetta TDI. The new diesel Jetta features the 2.0-liter BLUETEC diesel four-cylinder we told you about earlier this month, which manages to meet emissions standards in all 50 states without the use of urea injection. Instead it uses a nitrogen oxide storage catalyst controlled by the engine management system, which periodically changes the vehicle's operating mode to treat the nitrogen oxide it's stored up. VW says it reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 90 percent. Unfortunately, VW didn't realease any power figures for the Jetta TDI or a price or fuel economy numbers for that matter, though the vehicle's not going to be available all the way until the spring of 2008.

As we've made known, we're excited about diesels making a comeback, and the Jetta TDI is a coup for diesel proponents in the U.S. since it's much less expensive than some of the other early diesel offerings like the Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD.

In related news, VW also announced that it's begun a search for the oldest-running and highest-mileage VW diesel in the U.S. As AutoblogGreen points out, it will likely be a diesel Rabbit, as VW has sold the most of those in the U.S. over time, 12,393 in 1977 alone. The engine has to be original and the search will officially begin in March and run through at least August. The owner of the winning vehicle will get to drive a 2007 Touareg TDI for six months, which will no doubt be quite an upgrade.

Check out VW's official press releases for both announcements after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen, AutoblogGreen]

PRESS RELEASES:

CLEAN DIESEL VOLKSWAGEN JETTA MAKES NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT AT WASHINGTON, D.C. AUTO SHOW

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. today unveiled its cleanest diesel ever for the U.S., the Jetta TDI. Additionally, the company announced that this new clean diesel will be available to the U.S. market in the spring of 2008. This Jetta TDI will meet emissions standards applicable in all 50 states, including the most stringent "TIER 2/BIN 5" or "LEV II/LEV" requirement limiting nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to 0.05 g/mile.

This clean diesel Jetta meets the lowest emissions standards without the use of urea injection. Instead, a nitrogen oxide storage catalyst reduces NOx emissions by up to 90 percent. The engine management system in the Jetta changes operating modes periodically to treat the NOx that has been stored in the catalytic converter. A particulate filter in the exhaust system further reduces emissions.

The Jetta TDI is one of the first products of the BLUETEC offensive initiated jointly by Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen. The goal of this partnership is to establish the concept of BLUETEC as a uniform label for clean and highly fuel efficient diesel-powered cars and SUVs with 50-state compliant engines. BLUETEC denotes diesel power plants that comply with the strictest emissions regulations of the US market. The technologies individually developed by each manufacturer serve to reduce NOx in particular – an exhaust element more prevalent in a diesel engine.

Volkswagen unveiled its clean diesel concept Tiguan compact SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The Tiguan will be available in the U.S. mid 2008.

Volkswagen has a 30-year history of providing the U.S. market with efficient and durable diesel vehicles. Diesels traditionally account for almost 20 percent of Volkswagen's sales in the United States.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com.


SEARCH ANNOUNCED FOR THE OLDEST AND HIGHEST-MILEAGE VOLKSWAGEN DIESEL VEHICLES

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today a national search for two significant vehicles from its diesel-powered past, in celebration of its 30th anniversary of selling diesel-powered passenger cars in the U.S. The announcement, made today at the 2007 Washington Auto Show kicks off searches for the oldest running Volkswagen diesel vehicle and the Volkswagen diesel with the highest accumulated mileage.

"Volkswagen has a long history of selling diesel-powered vehicles in the United States. These durable vehicles are capable of providing years and years of reliable service. We anticipate an enormous response from our owners," said Keith Price, public relations manager, Volkswagen of America, Inc.

The oldest U.S. market diesel Volkswagen search is open to registered, running vehicles. The winner will be determined by the vehicle identification number (VIN). Volkswagen anticipates this vehicle will be a Rabbit diesel, as 12,393 were sold in 1977.

The highest mileage diesel Volkswagen is also open to registered and running vehicles. The mileage must be documented and verifiable with an accurate odometer reading, and supporting historical service records and/or logbook. Both vehicles must be equipped with their original engines.

Beginning March 1, interested owners will be able to submit their information online at www.vw.com. Applicants will complete a form with contact and vehicle data, and upload digital pictures of their diesel Volkswagen. Once a pool of finalists is identified, they will be asked to visit their authorized local Volkswagen dealer to have their vehicle and documentation validated.

Volkswagen plans to keep the application period open for a minimum of four months. Each of the two winners will be awarded the use of a 2007 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI for six months.

For 30 years, Volkswagen has provided the U.S. market with efficient and durable diesel vehicles. The company has sold 813,476 diesel powered Volkswagens.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Dear hitbyastick,

      Using the power of reading with your eyes and interpreting the words with your brain, you could have clicked through and read the press release. This snippet is relevant to your remark:

      "The Jetta TDI is one of the first products of the BLUETEC offensive initiated jointly by Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen. The goal of this partnership is to establish the concept of BLUETEC as a uniform label for clean and highly fuel efficient diesel-powered cars and SUVs with 50-state compliant engines. BLUETEC denotes diesel power plants that comply with the strictest emissions regulations of the US market. The technologies individually developed by each manufacturer serve to reduce NOx in particular – an exhaust element more prevalent in a diesel engine."
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is the same technology (mode switching) already used in direct-injected gasoline engines to keep the catalytic converter hot enough to work.

      Kinda funny to see Diesel borrowing from a technology which is basically designed to make gas engines run like Diesels.

      This "clean", "low emissions" vehicle is qualified to put out no more than 4x as much NOx as SULEV (like a hybrid car) allows. Note TIER 2/BIN 5 is 0.07g/mile, not the 0.05g/mile listed in this article.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My grandfather had a diesel Rabbit truck. What an abonination that was. It rattled like a spray can and was so woefully underpowered that it was barely highway capable.

      I doubt many people have fond memories of driving a first generation rabbit diesel. VW should be offering up a new car for free for anyone who has dealt with so many years of pain and suffering.
      • 8 Years Ago
      An error in thhe VW press release begs correction. EPA Tier 2 - Bin 5, as well as California LEV II standards limit NOx to 0.07 g/mile @ 120,000 miles, not 0.05 as has been wrongly stated by the VW press release, and universally propagated by media outlets.

      Check it out for yourself:
      http://www.dieselnet.com/standards/us/ld_t2.php
      http://www.dieselnet.com/standards/us/ld_ca.php

      VW would be well-advised to get their own press statements correct. :rolleyes:
      • 8 Years Ago
      Number 19. Yes the new VW will be BlueTec. BlueTec refers to any technology developed by Audi, MB, or VW that will make a diesel car U.S. compliant for all fifty states.

      There has always been a misconception by most that BlueTec is urea-injection technology when, in fact, it was originally two diferent technologies developed by MB and Bosh industries to attack NOx to the point that diesel cars could be marketed to all fifty U.S. states at the same time that those states were mandating 90% reductions in NOx and PM than the nation-wide limits in 2004. One of those technologies is urea-injection, while the other does not use a separate fluid. The latter is more condusive to smaller displacement engines, while the former works best for larger engines.

      MB thought that the E320 BlueTec would meet fifty-state compliance with its 3.0 V6, but they came up just short. This is why the 2007 E320 was named BlueTec even as it is legal only in forty-five states. The E320 BlueTec does not use urea-injection as no car has been approved with that technology as of yet. A 3.0 V6 would be more condusive to that technology, whereas a 4 cylinder, like the VW Jetta, works best with an in-house catalyst system.

      Now, BlueTec has been expanded through an alliance with Daimler-Chrysler, VW, and Audi so that any car company that wants to join in on clean diesel technologies to reach fifty-state compliance, can do so and use the BlueTec name. So far, only VW and Audi have signed on to Daimler-Chrysler's marketing campaign. BMW has declined even though they too have announced that they will bring diesel cars to the U.S. in 2008. They will use their own brand of clean diesel. We don't yet know the name of their clean diesel products.

      So yes, the new VW TDI is BlueTec.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow... too bad I sold my '80 Diesel Rabbit (traded it on a Mk2 Golf GTI to be honest) in late '86. Of course, it had over 120,000 miles at the time and was pretty trashed from multi-annual climbing and skiing trips all over the West. It saw just about every road in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Alberta, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Utah, and abit of California and Nevada, and way too much of Texas.

      I loved that car. Never let me down. Always managed between 45 and 50 MPG. Slow as the day was long, but reliable to a fault. Got me through college and drove me the 2000 miles to my first real job.

      But, IF I did still have it, I'd rather have the Jetta TDI than Toureg really. SUVs are not really all that interesting to me.

      --chuck
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ian, would you be kind enough to inform us what other automakers have been giving away something more valuable then a six month lease on a $63,000 car (go configure the tdi toureg, no options, out the door)? I wasn't aware others were giving away bigger prizes. Also linking would be great! Thanks in advance.

      Now that that's dealt with, I can't wait for the new TDI jetta and tiguan.. though I fear VW will be limited to the four banger and audi will be granted the v6 TDI, oh well, such is life.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Doesn't it look like a Corolla / Past Model Camry???
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Edmunds Inside Line report said that the fuel economy will be in the 45 mpg range. Sweet. And that look like combined fuel economy, so 40 city and 50 highway looks reasonable. And that is also likely for the new EPA test that drops city fuel ecnomy 12% and highway by 8% on average. Of course hybrids will be hit a lot more, probably double that.

      And the performance will be very nice, 40% more horsepower and 33% more torque than before, 140 and 235 in total.
      • 8 Years Ago
      One things for sure, that Rabbit diesel is not coming from Canada! Some warm desert location in the States, where compression ratio - the lack of - does not play a factor in trying to start that beast!

      Those were great cars - except when it came to winter starting!

      Scrap yards are going to start going through their inventory and see what they can bring to life! This could be funny!
      • 8 Years Ago
      BLUETEC is a Mercedes-Benz trademark applied to Mercedes-Benz vehicles. That's what they call their urea injection apparatus. It is NOT a VW system as John Neff has stated. VW calls their diesel emmissions-lowering technology CLEAN TDI.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Yeah Volkswagen? Hi, I have this diesel rabbit from 1977, I have not had the money to buy another car cause this is so cheap to run, and cars are so expensive nowadays. My friends won't go anywhere with me in this car, and my girlfriend dumped me for a guy with a 2005 Jetta. My dog jumped out of the car at a stoplight, I never saw him again. I think he was embarrassed too. What? Oh, 296,000 miles. This is the oldest car? Serious? Wow! What? A Touraeg!! For me!! Well, I will surely win Stacy back with this ride. This is a turning point in my life! Now I can go to a job interview with confidence, and earn the big bucks! Even move out of Mom's basement! And get rid of this Rabbit that belches smoke and has a 0-60 time of never gonna happen. What? 6 months? It is only a loan? You mean it's not mine? You suck Volkswagen!! I have to get back into my Rabbit after being ensconced in wood, leather and chrome for 6 months!?!"
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