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Volkswagen has confirmed the speculation that they will indeed be displaying a diesel-hybrid Golf at the Geneva Motor Show next week. The Golf TDI Hybrid will in fact be a strong parallel hybrid capable of running off either the diesel engine, an electric motor or both. As expected, start-stop capability is part of the deal. Interestingly the drivetrain uses a 7-speed DSG dual clutch transmission rather than some type of CVT. The Golf TDI Hybrid will apparently achieve fuel consumption of 3.4L/100km or 69mpg (U.S.). VW hasn't released any photos or other details of the Golf Hybrid yet so we'll just give you a shot of the Golf BlueMotion for now.

UPDATE:
Photos and additional details here and in the gallery below.


[Source: Volkswagen]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Everyone here is forgetting the skyrocketting price of fuel. What may not economic today, may be a necessity tomorrow. This should come to the US, precisely because of the weak dollar (oil is >$100 bbl).
      Purchase price will only be modestly affected by the price of oil, our driving habits are generally formed by the price. What if gas is $6/gallon in 2 years? I think I'd get rid of my Buick (if I had one).
      We need to keep advancing and buying the (right)technology.

      BTW: why doesn't GM advertise a green car that they actually produce? It seems like 1/2 of their ads are for fictitious cars (electric, hydrogen). Detroit, we have a problem.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I happen to sell those Toyota Hybrids. The cheapest Prius we sell is around $24k. Seems to me a VW should be able to meet that number. BTW... The next gen Prius is quite the looker and will probably increase sales. I have always thought that diesel hybridization would be the way to go. Would be interesting to see how Toyota could compete there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They would sell a ton more diesels if they would not have the luxury packages attached to it. Where is the "entry level" diesel? People looking for mileage don't care about heated leather seats. They want economy and a better price than $23k. That is a far stretch from the $17k entry point of the gas engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ Jon Dutch - I totally agree! We are talking about a Golf here so there is some elasticity in price that people are willing to pay. I have thought of buying a Prius but the styling is so bad that the car guy in me cannot get past it. Bottom line is if VW comes out with this car I am going to buy one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I read an article about this car on tdiclub.com that vw is making this hybrid/diesel for the US market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In all, your pricing calculations aren't quite fair. Just compare pricing to the Prius and Civic. The VW (whether as a golf or Jetta) and Honda have an advantage over the prius, because of their Huge-scale base vehicle. All 3 have batteries, motors, controllers and some fancy-shmancy gearbox. Only difference is the engine- VW has a cost premium there, so it will be ~$2000 more. In Europe, this will make sense quickly, although diesel fuel is losing its subsidy soon. In the US, VW could just as well use a 1.4L FSI motor. This morning diesel cost $.63 more than gas in Chicago. Gas will catch up soon enough.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Chris M- a lot of the hybrid automatics I looked at at the NAIAS has 2 motors inside the transmission- one in front, one in back.
      • 7 Years Ago
      According to VW's own sales figures, combined "Golf/R32/GTI/Rabbit" sales for 2007 is about 41k units.

      The audience who would be interested in a hybrid/diesel would be those who bought Rabbit or Golf, which makes up about 25k of the 41k. Even if 50% of all potential Golf buyers would buy a diesel+hybrid, that's about a 12K annual projection. I would have to assume that number is bad for a low-margin vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It will be pricey but that's the price you have to pay for new concepts, the Prius was a several 1000 $ more a few years ago too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can see this car easily costing a significant amount more than a Prius or Hybrid Civic... but it's a Golf. Can anyone here truly say they would much rather be seen in a Prius over a Golf? Seriously? I have been dying waiting for more Euro makes to bring their diesel cars to the US, but it probably wont happen. That's sad to because they really would do well here, IMHO. About time VW.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be easier if they rolled this out in phases? First bring it to the US as just a diesel then get the hybrid as an option for a later release?

      Diesels are such a commodity item here already. We could use some high millage lower cost diesel option cars for the rest of us that can't afford $60000 cars (no matter how fuel efficient).

      Just my 2 cents .....
      • 7 Years Ago
      I didn't realize VW was even pursuing a hybrid platform as they have been skeptical of the benefits of hybrids in the recent past. Their school of thought seemed to be just continually improve on diesels, and forgo the complexity of hybrids. I guess the popularity hybrids have seen in recent years may have got their attention. If the 69 mpg ascertion is true, this could be a significant vehicle for VW. One in Jetta form would be pretty much a no-brainer too for that matter.

      Keep us posted Sam.
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