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New VW diesel - 55km/litre

2012-03-05 08:08

Volkswagen’s Cross Coupé concept is no stranger to the glamorous auto show circuit but the Geneva 2012 version will be singing a different (diesel) tune.

Volkswagen unveiled the original Cross Coupé concept at the 2011 Tokyo auto show with a silver paint finish and powered by a plug-in petrol-battery hybrid system.

The 2012 version which will debut this week at the 2012 Geneva auto show is a shade of polished plum and is, according to VW, fitted with an even more frugal plug-in hybrid drive train.

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This Cross Coupé Concept is powered by a TDI turbodiesel direct injection engine and two electric motors.  

Its claimed combined fuel consumption is 1.8 litres/100km which signals CO2 emissions of only 46 g/km. These figures are claimed from an SUV developing 225kW, with a top speed of 220km/h and a hefty kerb weight of 1858kg.  

VW has promised that further information about the Cross Coupé will be available when it debuts at the Geneva show on March 6, 2012.

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Comments
  • Lourens - 2012-03-05 08:45

    This is what Toyota should have done with the Prius as well. Rather use an ultra efficient diesel engine in a hybrid than a petrol engine. Most new diesel cars are anyway more frugal than a prius/lexus hybrid with their stupid atkinson cycle under powered petrol engines.

      Thando - 2012-03-06 11:31

      Pruis is about not polluting , not just fuel saving. Diesels are polluters.

      Thando - 2012-03-06 11:31

      Pruis is about not polluting , not just fuel saving. Diesels are polluters.

      Lourens - 2012-03-06 13:27

      @Thando, CO2 gasses are the pollutants, and most new economical diesels have lower CO2 emmisions than current petrol engined hybrids

      Lourens - 2012-03-06 13:27

      @Thando, CO2 gasses are the pollutants, and most new economical diesels have lower CO2 emmisions than current petrol engined hybrids

      Thando - 2012-03-06 13:38

      Yes they do have lower C02 , but C02 is only one gas and the big hoo hah around C02 is with an eye on global warming. In terms of pure pollution ( eg. soot and nitrogen oxides ) a diesel is FAR worse than petrol. If everyone suddenly switched to diesel it would be an environmental disaster. Diesels emit up to 100 times more soot than a petrol and soot can cause lung cancer.

      Thando - 2012-03-06 13:38

      Yes they do have lower C02 , but C02 is only one gas and the big hoo hah around C02 is with an eye on global warming. In terms of pure pollution ( eg. soot and nitrogen oxides ) a diesel is FAR worse than petrol. If everyone suddenly switched to diesel it would be an environmental disaster. Diesels emit up to 100 times more soot than a petrol and soot can cause lung cancer.

      Lourens - 2012-03-06 15:34

      @Thando, so if a diesel engine produces less co2 gasses than a petrol engine it still means the diesel is more harmfull to the environment due to other gasses or emmissions that mighjt not be present in a petrol engine. I just thought it is as easy as comparing co2 values between engines or between diesel and petrol to see which one is the "greener" one.

      Lourens - 2012-03-06 15:34

      @Thando, so if a diesel engine produces less co2 gasses than a petrol engine it still means the diesel is more harmfull to the environment due to other gasses or emmissions that mighjt not be present in a petrol engine. I just thought it is as easy as comparing co2 values between engines or between diesel and petrol to see which one is the "greener" one.

  • Artur - 2012-03-05 10:07

    I just got a new car, VW Blumotion Polo getting easy 1200km on a 45 liter tank, i think thats better then a prius. I wonder why they never went diesel in their hybrids before.

  • James - 2012-03-05 16:43

    And the Prius is a dog to drive. Does not go, stop or handle. Src Road and Track.

  • Cyrus - 2012-03-05 19:47

    This is heavier in Mass to any bike. Bigger engine to any bike more powerful than any bike, yet it produces better fuel efficiency.

      Raven - 2012-03-06 07:04

      @ Cyrus - not quite, check out bikes made by siemens as an example.

      Raven - 2012-03-06 07:04

      @ Cyrus - not quite, check out bikes made by siemens as an example.

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