As we all go diesel crazy, Volkswagen has expanded its turbodiesel offerings in the growing luxury sector of the new car market.
The widespread acceptance of diesel-powered vehicles is evident in the upper echelons of the market, with Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz all enjoying record sales of oil-burning versions of their most luxurious limousines.
This is one of the reasons why Jaguar is having such a hard time, having so far failed to introduce a diesel version of its rival XJ saloons. Now Volkswagen has added a 3-litre V6 diesel alternative for its Phaeton and Touareg ranges, giving a combination of up to 145 mph performance and 35 mpg economy.
The V6 TDI is an especially important addition to the Phaeton range, as six-cylinder diesels are the best-selling engines in the luxury saloon sector.
The new engine joins the most powerful production diesel engine to date, the 5-litre V10 TDI in the Phaeton's diesel lineup.
Despite its impressive power, the Phaeton delivers 30 mpg on the combined cycle, which is enough for a range of almost 600 miles between fuel stops. Prices start at 41,000 pounds sterling for the five-seat model, rising to 46,500 for the executive four-seat version.
With the arrival of the V6, the number of TDI diesels in the Touareg 4x4 range increases to three. Slotting in between the 2.5-litre TDI and the 5-litre V10 TDI, the new version costs 34,200 pounds, with the Sport version adding another 1,070 pounds.