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« on: September 09, 2008, 07:55:12 AM »

http://blog.wired.com/car...8/09/vws-prius-killi.html

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Hybrid schmybrid. Volkswagen's rolled out a concept of its next-gen Golf outfitted with an ultra-efficient BlueMotion diesel that gets better fuel economy and emits less carbon dioxide than a Toyota Prius.
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2008, 01:11:42 PM »

And with diesel costing almost 1$ more per gallon is it really worth it?
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Re: birdymaker surrenders
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008, 01:14:16 PM »

And with diesel costing almost 1$ more per gallon is it really worth it?

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Re: birdymaker surrenders
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008, 01:17:54 PM »

Can't find the threads to support it(wonder if they were removed) but birdymaker don't play here no more.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2008, 01:29:56 PM »

The more reasonable of the comments are ... um, more reasonable.  I don't think this car and the Prius are in the same size class, which would be my first consideration when car-shopping.  And, as I've said before, buying one of these things isn't about saving money -- it's about lower pollutant emissions, supporting alternative technologies to the old ICE, and yes, to some extent, having Joe Ordinary see that weird shape or "Hybrid" badge and get him to realize that they're normally functioning cars after all.

If I were car-shopping and this VW met my car needs, I'd seriously consider it.  If it were neck and neck with a Prius, though, the extra cost of diesel fuel would be a strike against the VW.  (I consider the CO2 outputs to be basically the same.)



I do wonder what kind of performance a hybrid diesel would have ...
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