60 MPG VW Jetta reaches US, $22,000 estimated base price


In case the first title was too long for the amazing gas mileage to be obvious, I want to call further attention to this recent article on the new VW TurboDiesel Jetta, coming to the US in 2009, and capable of meeting all of the toughest state emissions tests. I’m not a great fan of carbon-based fuels these days, but 60 Miles per Gallon merits mentioning and praise in any context.

I’m delighted to report that, according the Edmunds.com car site:

“Volkswagen of America spokesman Keith Price is now able to ballpark U.S. volume allotments on the ’09 Jetta SportWagen. “We expect to sell 14,000-15,000 Jetta SportWagens in the U.S.,” he said. “About half will be diesel.” He said the gas-powered Jetta SportWagen will go on sale at the end of July, starting at approximately $19,000.

The clean diesel-powered Jetta SportWagen is slated to hit showrooms here at the end of August, starting at approximately $22,000. Price said formal pricing on the SportWagen will be announced later this summer.”

The bold emphasis is mine. So, you can have your car and a full tank, too!

James K. Bashkin © 2008

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  1. Love to see it! I think 75MPG is well within reach. Of course the better (average) to focus on would be losing the under 20MPG cars and trucks.

    Godfather (theslowbleed.com)

  2. CarolV

    That’s cool. I bought a Honda Civic Hybrid in 2003, before the rush. Back then, it was an ecological decision, not an economical one.

    At the time, the only real competitor that Honda had was Toyota, with the Prius. I went to test drive the Prius and at two difference dealers I was told the only way test drive one was to buy one. So I bought a Civic.

    Everyone laughed at me. But not anymore. Even at 45 miles per gallon, I see a significant savings every time I go to the pump.

  3. I routinely get 60-65 MPG in my 2001 Honda Insight. No, not 2009, 2001! This technology has been around and is going strong, that’s not even a question. The question is why so few people seem to notice.

  4. Godfather, thanks for the feedback and good point!

    Carol, thanks so much for the comment. It looks like you are in much better shape than most! Good thinking on your part.

    Sam, I have no idea what a Honda Insight is- never heard of one that I can recall. So, I’d say you make an excellent point! I’ll have to search the web for information on them. High MPG has been common in Europe for a long time, but the rumor was that the cars were “too small” or “wouldn’t meet US emissions standards” or both. I have no idea about the emissions issues (mostly associated with turbo diesel or diesel), but clearly you don’t have any problems (I assume you are in the US?). Thanks for the information!

    Jim

  5. According the Edmunds.com car site:

    “Volkswagen of America spokesman Keith Price is now able to ballpark U.S. volume allotments on the ’09 Jetta SportWagen. “We expect to sell 14,000-15,000 Jetta SportWagens in the U.S.,” he said. “About half will be diesel.” He said the gas-powered Jetta SportWagen will go on sale at the end of July, starting at approximately $19,000.

    The clean diesel-powered Jetta SportWagen is slated to hit showrooms here at the end of August, starting at approximately $22,000. Price said formal pricing on the SportWagen will be announced later this summer.”

  6. olmstr

    Its great that VW is bringing to the US a 60+ MPG auto. But has anyone checked the price of Diesel fuel? I will keep my gas guzzling PT cruiser (26 MPG) for a few more years. At a starting price of $22,00 for a Volkswagen come on people get real. India, Tata Motors, is making a compressed air driven auto that gets about 125 miles per charge that costs about $2 to compress the air back in the tanks, thats about 1.6 cents per mile, HELLO.

  7. olmstr: Thanks for the comment! Yes, you are absolutely right. I just wrote about this very topic in a recent post where I discuss three different major news reports related to diesel costs; the tiny url is http://preview.tinyurl.com/6b3b23 or you can just go to my main page to see it as the most recent post (or search for it, if someone reads this comment far in the future): https://greenchemistry.wordpress.com/

    Thanks for the insightful comment and best wishes, Jim

  8. WOLFGANG

    my 2002 SKODA FABIA 1,9 SDi (made by VW),manual, more than 60mpg/highway

  9. Wolfgang- sounds great. Unfortunately, your car is not available in the US. The question “why not?” would be a good one… We hear may excuses and are seeing slow change, but change is coming.

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