Not necessarily saying they're coming back, but this has happened before. Mercedes skipped the early 2000s, VW skipped the early 90s. BMW skipped from the mid-80s until 2009. Audi skipped decades, but they came back. GM skipped from, what, the mid-80s until 2014 (Cruze)(cars, not trucks, of course)?There are no 2020 diesel passenger cars for sale in the USA. That sounds like dead to me.
Actually, the agreement kept VW from shipping unfixed cars out of North America. Once they fixed the ones that would resell, it didn't make economic sense to ship them elsewhere.No. The agreement prevented VW from exporting the cars they bought back. The easiest and cheapest thing to do would have been to buy back the TDIs and export them to a country with lower emission standards. The EPA made VW either fix them or scrap them but they couldn't leave the USA.
GTD sales in the UK are already more than GTI and R sales combines. The GTD is the star of the UK Golf lineup.We'll never see the GTD over here unfortunately...but why do they insist on not putting the 240hp bi-turbo in the GTD. Guess they don't want to cannibalize the GTI sales.
https://uk.motor1.com/news/141108/volkswagen-golf-r-outsells-gti-uk/"However, the Golf GTD turbodiesel (costing from £27,065) easily outsells them both put together: Volkswagen says up to 15 percent of UK Golf volumes are the hot turbodiesel."
Ok I get this. But to do "apples to apples" comparison, what kind of efficiency you get from the TDI engines available that have hybrid characteristics like this one giving us an combined average of 60 MPG (US gallons) and a fuel range of 990 miles?Diesel are not coming back in the USA and least not for passenger cars. Diesels are dead here and dying in Europe.
Now that the EU regulates CO2 and not fuel economy diesels no longer have a 15% advantage due to fuel density. Countries are also getting rid of favorable tax rates on diesel fuel. Today a DI turbo gas engine with a 48V mild hybrid system gets the same CO2 rating as a diesel. The hybrid system is also cheaper than the emissions on a diesel and doesn't have the stigma of diesel gate.
Sadly, I agree with you. Unless the customer is towing. That's where the Duramax will shine.That 3.0L Escalade won't sell at all. People who buy Escalades could care less about fuel efficiency. They want power. The V8 Duramax would have made a lot more sense for that market segment.
Good to know, but I don't think that negates my argument that they aren't worried about the GTD stealing sales from the GTI and R. If anything, I'd say it supports it, since I'm sure they'd love to get their sales figures back to where they once were.That article is three years old. Diesel sales in the UK have fallen off a cliff in the last several years.
Right, if anything the plummeting diesel sales supports that argument. I would say the demise of diesel in the UK negates the argument that the GTD is the star of VW's UK lineup. It's funny how we always want what we can't get. The American auto journalists fawn all over the GTD, while to those in the UK it's a ho-hum warm hatch company car.Good to know, but I don't think that negates my argument that they aren't worried about the GTD stealing sales from the GTI and R. If anything, I'd say it supports it, since I'm sure they'd love to get their sales figures back to where they once were.
Before settling on the 1.4 gas engine, one of the engines considered for the Gen 1 Volt was a 3 cylinder Isuzu diesel.Speaking of Chevy, I also think it's really a shame they discontinued the Volt and Voltec powertrains. The second generation was getting ~50 miles of electric range and ~45 MPG of generator range. I wonder if it could have done even better with a smaller diesel engine. Of course electric range would also have increased alongside year-to-year battery tech improvements.
I have a friend that bought a used LEAF for $6k. It's great for getting to and from work. I can't imagine a TDI being better than that. ~45+mpg is cute. 120mpge... NOW we're talking! If your commute is <30 miles that's like ~90 minutes of sunshine.I would not buy an electric car for at least 10-15 years. They have so many problems and batteries are extremely expensive. I wish VW would bring TDIs back to the US! I see so many people driving large vehicles to and from work and wasting fuel for no reason. TDI is the way to go! EPA needs to loosen up their rules a bit. Just remember, the US Government does not want you driving diesel that gives you 45+ mpg, they dont make any money on you at the gas stations! Tax tax tax is what matters in the US. Unfortunately it has turned that way.
Fortunately for everyone many other people did The more the better... we get cheaper better EVs sooner.I never bought a Roadster, Model S or Model 3.. yet they still all exist, if the EV market is depending on me buying into that crap sooner than later.. then EV market is doomed.
I regularly take road trips from NM to WA in roughly the same amount of time in my EV as in my Jetta. You can't get a used Tesla for ~$6k yet but we get cheap used EVs by buying more new ones. Completely onboard with the fact a used TDI will make the most sense to a lot of people. I guess my point is that it doesn't make any sense to buy a new TDI.The niche that EV's could fill, low millage city dwellers.. still has a way to go before they are worthy of cheap beater status.. $6k gets you alot more car in the used market than a boring ass leaf.
.... not if the objective is saving $$$ ....$6k gets you alot more car in the used market than a boring ass leaf.
The thing most people miss/ignore about the energy use of EVs for charging... and I cannot emphasize this enough;Now environmental -
1. I don't think electrics are ready, since basically people don't want them yet, and they aren't are convenient yet.
No. The e-golf is fine for what it is. It is her commuter back and forth to work. We are fortunate that, that's all she needs to do in it. Couple reasons are this: The city with live in is 100% renewable energy only in our grid... entire city is setup with the local power companies like that. Also the fast charging network through upper new hampshire, maine, vermont is kinda crap. Its better if you have a tesla but anything else its' not. We might barely squeek out the range in the summer, but absolutely no chance of it in the winter.Sounds like someone isn't very happy with their e-golf purchase. What the heck are these synthetic fuels anyhow? Biofuels? Micro nukes are a terrible idea. There will probably be a time and a place for micro nukes, but it isn't now, and it isn't here.
I can't speak for @Turbobrick240 but I dislike nuclear because is ridiculously, OMG expensive. New Nuclear is ~4x more per kWh and ~15x more per kW compared to solar and wind. Nuclear has evolved into a fancy & expensive welfare program.Can you elaborate on why you dislike micro-nukes?