VW Passat Bluemotion Gets 42 MPG With Cylinder Deactivation

General Motors was one of the first companies to offer cylinder-deactivation technology in cars with the infamous Cadillac 8-6-4 engine. Decades later, the technology is far more refined, and Volkswagen is taking advantage of improvements to cylinder deactivation to debut a Passat Bluemotion Concept that shuts down half of the 1.4 liter engine’s cylinders, resulting in 42 MPG.

Read more

Volkswagen Passat TDI Sets Cross-Country MPG Record

If cars can get triple-digit fuel economy from a single gallon of fossil fuels, do we really need an alternative? That is quite the question, isn’t it? It is made all the more complicated because a couple of well-known hypermilers just set a new cross-country mpg record in a turbodiesel-powered Volkswagen Passat TDI, averaging an astounding 77.9 mpg.

Read more

Volkswagen Retrofitting 250,000 TDI Diesels To Stop Destructive Misfueling

Car company bean counters have to make a lot of difficult decisions that make them unpopular with customers, enthusiasts, and journalists. But every now and then, they make a decision that truly makes sense. Volkswagen’s recall of more than a quarter-million TDI diesel cars to retrofit the fuel tank filler to prevent idiots from filling it was gas, rather than diesel is one such common sense solution.

Read more

LA Auto Show: Motortrend Car of the Year | Volkswagen Passat TDI

The 2012 VW Passat beat 35 competitors to win Motortrend’s Best Car of 2012. The Passat is also one of the most fuel efficient, outperforming many hybrids with its 43MPG (Highway) diesel engine. VW has been selling their clean diesel vehicles in the US longer than most, and like Mazda, are focusing on diesel as a way to bring customers a more efficient vehicle.

Read more

2012 Green Car Of The Year Finalists Announced

The 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show is just a few weeks away. So are the 2012 Green Car of the Year awards. Many big names are in contention this year sporting a wide range of technologies including diesel, natural gas, hybrid and electric vehicles. So who are this year’s contenders? Click the jump to find out.

Read more