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VW diesel model sales Jan-Apr 2006.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Volkswagen of America will drop the diesel versions of the Jetta, Golf and Beetle models from its US line-up for the 2007 model year due to their inability to meet the new, incoming stricter emissions standards nationwide.

Currently, VW only sells its diesels in states covered by US EPA emissions requirements; the diesels do not meet the tougher California standards, and are not sold in California, Massachusetts, Maine, New York or Vermont. With the phase-in of the EPA Tier 2 standards that comes fully into effect this year, the US and the California standards are converging, however.

US EPA Tier 2 and CA LEV II Standards (g/mi)
Category 50,000 miles 120,000 miles
NOx PM CO HCHO NOx PM CO HCHO
EPA Bin 8 0.14 0.02 3.4 0.015 0.20 0.02 4.2 0.018
EPA Bin 5 0.05 0.01 3.4 0.015 0.07 0.01 4.2 0.018
CA LEV 0.05 0.01 3.4 0.015 0.07 0.01 4.2 0.018
CA ULEV 0.05 0.01 1.7 0.008 0.07 0.01 2.1 0.011

VW will offer a diesel version of its Touareg SUV in 2007, although monthly sales of the current diesel Touareg model have so far been in the single-digit range. VW, according to the Free Press report, also plans to build extra model year 2006 diesel Jettas, which it hopes to sell well into next year. A new “50-state” diesel Jetta should be available for the 2008 model year.

Diesels as a component of VW’s sales rose from 12% in 2003 and 2004, to 14% in 2005, and to 22.7% for the first four months of 2006. (Earlier post.)

“They are becoming a significant part of our business, so it’s disappointing,” [VW spokesman Steve] Keyes said. “If diesels continue to contribute 20%-22% of our sales, this has some significant impact on us.”

The removal of the VW diesel models from the MY2007 lineup will leave only DaimlerChrysler with a new diesel passenger car to sell into the US (E320 BLUETEC). (Earlier post.)

Honda recently announced it would introduce a Tier 2 Bin 5 compliant diesel in the US within the next three years, and has patented a new plasma-assisted catalytic NOx reduction system that may factor into its plans. (Earlier post.)

Comments

shaun mann

yeah, good thing VW isn't GM.

if they were, they would be such losers.

I'm brand-nuetral, actually. I just think it is funny that people are happy to GM-bash when they put out bad news, but when VW puts out a statement like this nobody says anything.

except dursun, here. and this is nothing compared to the GM posts.

Ruaraidh

So please US Folks tell me,

How can your SUVs and full size pick ups still retain dinosaur injected stone age diesels (powertroke et al) and which produce voluminous amounts of filth and yet your emissions regs preclude modern clean European diesels.

Smacks of protectionism again.... because with all the 18 wheelers and full size diesel SUVs, it sure has nothing to do with clear air....

Ben Cornwell

Surely CO2 emissions are more important than NOx and other smoggers? If smog is bad, then the culprits can see the effect of their car usage. If CO2 emissions stay high, then the rest of the world suffers on shores far from the USA. Smog might be nasty for big cities, but climate change surely is far more dangerous?

Does anyone else agree?

john galt

Ruaraidh hits the nail on the head. Freight transport (commercial diesel trucks and diesel electic locomotives) and big ass pick up drivers (farmers, 90% of all Texans, and other assorted rednecks) represent a huge lobbying force that results in disjointed diesel emissions regulation. You can take my wife, but you'll never git my Diesel Ford King Ranch.

If you look for EPA mileage estimates for large American pick up trucks, you'll get zip. There are no EPA estimates for large pickups. Seems like a massive loop hole, eh? Now for the pot calling the kettle black. I owned a GM diesel pick up to experiment with MPG for 6 months, and found in city driving I averaged 19 MPG, and highway mileage was 25 MPG, in a 6,000lb vehicle no less.

A potential mitigation for the nasty tailpipes of these unregulated diesels is fueling with B20 or greater. According to Bluesun, NREL research suggests notable across the board emissions reductions when compared to current high sulfur diesel. http://www.gobluesun.com/

On a side note, it seems the European preference for diesel has the long range vision toward a total portfolio of advantages, especially with near term implementation of new emission control technologies and greater adoption of bio or synthetic diesel: 1) improved MPG 2) emissions reduction 3) renewable resource 4) improved management of waste and landfill products 5) reduced dependence on imported oil 6) Implementable NOW, not in 20 years..(this provides an immediate solution until so-called superior solutions may become viable) 7) significantly longer engine life vis-a-vis gasoline power plants..

So, why are the plug-in plug-heads venting such volumes of bile toward the multi faceted benefits of bio/syn diesel? Isn't another solution toward a mutual goal?

Scott

This is just VW (America probably) management dropping the ball again.

Several years ago, when a decision was needed to invest in the VW's US Deisel engines to meet the new US standards, it was put off. Deisels were a much smaller percentage of VW sales here then (gas was cheap). Now their management is about to reap what they sowed (20% of sales will go poof!).

Their newer vehicles, like the Jetta went with a default 2.5 liter engine, instead of the old 2.0 liter (the darn bug now has 5-cylinder 2.5 liter engine by default) since it gets the same mileage as their old 2.0 liter (one of the sales pitches when it came out). Their management will reap what they sowed there as well (going for power instead of efficiency). Unfortunate for VW, as I have a fond spot for them.

They could redeem themselves and bring some of their efficient flex fuel vehicles they make in Brazil, but that would take a risk.

Randy

Hopefully VW will bring us a good utility vehicle: a camper van or a small pickup soon before Honda. Here's the specs: it's a hyrid-diesel and it gets 70+mpg.

Derek

I hear Toyota is going to offer the new Yaris with a Diesel Hybrid in 2007. The Yaris is already equipped with a diesel in Europe and getting 52 MPG. Would like to know the mileage they plan on getting when they add the hybrid motor.

I am a proud owner of a 2006 Liberty CRD Limited. Great vehicle for the needs that I have, like towing / 4wd, biodiesel etc...

Daphne

Well dang. I drive an '89 Chevy Cavalier and when I bought the thing brand new, I hoped it would be the last combustion engine I'd ever buy. It was inexpensive, and had a good reliability report from CR.

Now it's 2006. Well double dang. Where are all the electric cars I had predicted would be ubiquitous by now? I saw Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" last week and I am truly convinced that We Have A Problem. My Chevy looks horrible, but has 173,000 miles on it and is still running great (well, as great as is possible for a 95 HP 2.0 engine in a heavy body) and has no annoying rattles, squeaks, or pings.

Since I am not in desperate need of a car right now, I am still in the research phase for a new one. I want a solid, sensible quiet interior. I want enough acceleration to merge into Interstate traffic with a minimum of cursing and anxiety. I want cargo room for lugging stuff. I want excellent gas mileage.

I don't need GPS, gold plating, leather upholstery, drag race capabilities, surround sound, or a special place to put my sunglasses (although that would be cool).

I finally chose the GW Golf TDI, for its quality construction, good performance, and excellent fuel efficiency. Then I decided to check out emissions for that model, knowing that I often end up behind diesel vehicles that smell like rotten eggs and has a back end gray and grimy from exhaust.

My search led me here. Sigh. So the Golf TDI is being discontinued. What's a tree hugging greenie (on a librarian's salary) who doesn't want to give up personal transportation to do? Make my aging car last a couple more years in hopes that someone may actually produce my dream car, or settle for a fuel efficient claptrap?

kornjd

I've read all of the comments.

Can someone please tell me how a Hummer H1 can get away with driving down the road throwing lumps of coal out the tailpipe, and a diesel Golf or Jetta which gets four times the fuel economy gets discontinued? It all sounds like a stupid technicality. Political red tape, if you will.

Anyone?

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