2008 VW Golf TDI Hybrid Concept review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 8 March 2008 , 21:03:57 byVeronica

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VW Golf TDI Hybrid Concept

One day before the Geneva Motor Show, German carmaker Volkswagen revealed the VW Golf TDi Hybrid concept, a model that combines an advanced diesel engine with an electric motor and the very latest generation of seven speed DSG transmission. Under the hood, the model hides a highly-efficient 1.2-liter 3-cylinder common rail TDI diesel engine capable of generating 75 PS and 132 lb. ft. of torque. The electric motor develops 27 PS and 103 lb ft. of torque and it also replaces the conventional starter and alternator to save weight and improve packaging. The electric motor powers the vehicle from standstill with the diesel engine only engaging should additional acceleration be required or at higher speeds. The energy split is relayed to the driver and passengers through a graphic display accessed through the touch screen satellite navigation screen. The DSG gearbox features a pair of dry clutches as opposed to the wet clutches and sets a new energy efficiency standard for automatic transmissions. The new Golf Hybrid features a new grille design, smaller front air intakes to reduce aerodynamic drag and subtle TDI-Hybrid badges. The suspension was revised and now it is lower and adopts the front splitter from the Golf GTI Edition 30 to help further reduce aerodynamic drag. The model is still a concept, but chances are it will go into production soon. This model comes right after the Golf BlueMotion, a model powered by a 1.9-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine mated to a revised transmission. The engineers have also offered different efficient aerodynamic elements. This Golf is capable of achieving 62.8 mpg fuel consumption and 119 g/km CO2 emissions. This means it will be exempt from the London Congestion Charge starting October 27th. As we already said, it will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.