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Things to Consider if Gas Prices Continue to Increase

Earlier this month, we told you about the prospects of gasoline reaching $4 a gallon this summer, and perhaps even as high as $4.60 in major metropolitan areas. A couple weeks ago, the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report listed the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline at $3.48. The average price today is $3.64 a gallon. While no analyst is certain how high the price will climb, the $4 threshold is quickly approaching. In ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, Buick LaCrosse, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Cruze, Nissan LEAF, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Fuel Economy, Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Volkswagen Will Reveal Beetle TDI at Chicago Auto Show

Volkswagen will unveil the 2013 Beetle TDI Clean Diesel next week at the Chicago Auto Show. The diesel model will join the base gasoline-powered 2.5-liter five-cylinder and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines that are available under the hood of the redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. “The Beetle TDI utilizes VW’s corporate 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four, which makes the same 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque as it does in the Golf, Jetta, and Passat,” writes Car and Driver ... continue reading»

Tags: Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen, Model News, Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Diesel engines, 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Passat TDI

Diesel Engines Becoming Increasingly Popular in the U.S.

Vehicles equipped with diesel engines are becoming more popular as American consumers are looking for more fuel-efficient vehicles, and maybe aren’t thrilled with the prospect of buying an electric or hybrid car. Diesel engines are about 30 to 35 percent more fuel-efficient than a similar-sized gasoline engine, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. They also produce a lot more torque than gas engines, making them feel faster and more powerful. “Surveys show the proportion of American car shoppers willing ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, BMW 3 Series, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda, Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Diesel engines, diesel

Diesel Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta SportWagen Investigated for Fuel Leak

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Jetta SportWagen TDI diesel vehicles for a possible fuel line leak. NHTSA says its Office of Defects Investigation has received seven owner complaints of fuel leakage from the fuel line to one of the fuel injectors in these two models. Affected vehicles have a 2.0-liter TDI common rail diesel engine. NHTSA says the diesel engine’s “fuel system … operates at extremely high fuel injection pressure.” The ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, NHTSA, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, Model News, Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI