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Aug 6, 2013


Volkswagen of America laid out plans to use a new engine to help expand its industry-leading position in clean-diesel powertrains in the U.S. market at a major automotive conference in Michigan on Tuesday.

Oliver Schmidt, General Manager of the Energy and Environmental Office for Volkswagen Group of America, confirmed that the new EA288 TDI engine will power the 2015 Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Passat and Volkswagen Jetta that are scheduled to hit dealer showrooms in the second half of 2014.

“The Volkswagen Group is a leader in clean-diesel technology,” Schmidt said at the 2013 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan, an annual gathering of automotive and supplier executives, news media, and others from around the world.

“With the introduction of the new EA288 engine, we are excited that our family of TDI Clean Diesel vehicles is continuing to improve and will be even more clean, fuel efficient, and powerful.”

The new EA288 will eventually replace the existing 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engines in the aforementioned Volkswagen TDI models. It is a turbocharged, “common-rail,” direct-injection four-cylinder powerplant that makes 150 horsepower – an increase of 10 hp over the current engine – and 236 pound-feet of torque.

Volkswagen also has improved emissions in the new engine with a number of technological improvements.

Already, Volkswagen is the undisputed leader in clean-diesel penetration in the U.S. market, having sold more than 56,000 clean-diesel vehicles for the year to date, including more than 10,000 in July alone. The brand enjoys a nearly 75-percent share of all clean-diesel car sales in America.