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VW Expands Diesel Offerings to Luxury Market

LCT Staff
Posted on November 17, 2004

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.

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