Volkswagen has been one of the leaders in recent years in the area of downsizing engines. The German company was one of the first to start employing boosted and direct injected small displacement four cylinder engines to replace larger displacement equivalents. Yes, I know turbocharged engines have been used by the likes of Saab and others for years. I'm speaking specifically of the latest DI versions that are able to run higher boost and compression without pre-ignition. The same technology is being implemented by manufacturers such as General Motors, Ford, Mazda and many others.

The Golf, Jetta, Touran and other models have all introduced 1.4L TFSI engines in recent years to replace similarly-powered 1.8L units. Now, Volkswagen is preparing to go one better next year with new TFSI units of 1.0L or 1.2L sizes. Volkswagen has reportedly not yet decided whether to go with a three or four cylinder unit which is what will determine the displacement. The new engine should produce in the neighborhood of 75hp.

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