Feb 21 2013, 12:49pm CST | by Shane McGlaun
Traditionally, diesel automobiles aren't that popular in the United States. Volkswagen has been offering a number of diesel models in the US that have proven to be popular for quite a while. Other automakers, including Mazda and others, are bringing new diesel-powered cars to the US.
Volkswagen has unveiled a new diesel-powered Golf GTD ahead of the Geneva motor show that won't be coming to the US. It's too bad, because this diesel-powered car rivals the gasoline powered GTI available in the US. The Golf GTD as a two-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine producing 184 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque.
Those numbers are substantially higher than the Golf TDI available in the US already. The Golf GTD promises to put 62 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 143 mph when fitted with the six-speed manual transmission. European fuel economy numbers for the vehicle using the European test procedure landed a rating of 56 mpg. More details are sure to be revealed in Geneva.
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.
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