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.

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Study: Diesel Vehicles Have Lower Cost Of Ownership Than Gas Vehicles

A study conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has shown that over a lifetime of ownership, diesel-fueled vehicles tend to have a lower cost of ownership than conventional gasoline-fueled vehicles.

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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.

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