The 2009 Jetta TDI clean diesel has been awarded the 2009 Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal. The editors at Green Car Journal nominated five vehicles that represented the yearâ€™s best-of-the-best 2009 green vehicles, and today announced that they have chosen Volkswagenâ€™s Jetta TDI clean diesel as the best-of-the-best and awarded it their 2009 Green Car of the Year.
â€śIt is a tremendous honor to have our Jetta TDI awarded Green Car of the Year,â€ť said Stefan Jacoby, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. â€śWe believe our Jetta TDIâ€™s truly offer a no compromise alternative fuel driving experience that provides our customer the best of both worldsâ€"excellent fuel efficiency combined with a dynamic driving experience. With more than 8,000 units already sold since its mid-August market introduction, itâ€™s clear that a Volkswagen clean diesel is what the people want.â€ť
â€śThe Volkswagen Jetta TDI rose to the top as Green Car Journalâ€™s 2009 Green Car of the YearÂ® for some very important reasons,â€ť said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. â€śHybrids have dominated the discussion of environmentally positive vehicles in recent years. The highly fuel efficient, 50 state emissions certified Jetta TDI shows that advanced clean diesel has arrived and is poised to change this dynamic. With its affordable price point, refined ride and handling, and high fuel economy, the Jetta TDI shows that hybrids now have a strong competitor in the marketplace.â€ť
Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen showcase the best of both worlds, an alternative fuel vehicle with no compromises. Fuel efficiency, performance and convenience come standard with the 50-state compliant Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen models, which meet the most stringent emissions standards in California.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the Jetta TDI at an economical 30 mpg City, and 41 mpg Highway. Volkswagen went a step further to evaluate the real world fuel economy of the Jetta TDI. Leading third-party certifier, AMCI, tested the Jetta TDI and found it performed 24 percent better in real world conditions, achieving 38 mpg in the City and 44 mpg on the Highway.*
Earlier this year the Jetta TDI set a new Guinness World Record for Lowest Fuel Consumption as it averaged 58.82 miles per gallon as it traveled through the 48 contiguous states. EPA research has concluded that if diesels were to power one third of all light duty vehicles in the United States, the shift would save approximately 1.4 million barrels of oil a dayâ€"equal to the daily shipments from Saudi Arabia to the U.S.
The Jetta TDI models come standard with Volkswagenâ€™s Prevent and Preserve Safety System, consisting of numerous standard safety features. Like all 2009 model year Volkswagens, the Jetta TDIs also come standard with Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) for added safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Jetta with their highest safety rating, a Top Safety Pick.
Providing even more value to the Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen, a $1300 Federal Income Tax Credit is available. The Internal Revenue Service issued a certification letter affirming that both vehicles qualify for an Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicle Federal Income Tax credit.
Also standard for 2009 is Volkswagenâ€™s Carefree Maintenance Program, with this program there are no charges for the scheduled maintenance detailed in the vehicleâ€™s maintenance booklet for the length of the New Vehicle Limited Warrantyâ€"three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.
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