Volkswagen confirms hybrid powertrain coming to Canada

Volkswagen Canada unveiled its BlueMotion technology and confirmed that hybrid technology would be offered in Canada in the future.

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by Design Engineering staff

Volkswagen has confirmed that it will offer hybrid powertrain technology in Canada, under its new BlueMotionTechnologies brand, which was unveiled at this year’s Vancouver International Auto Show.

According to John White, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., the company is responding to the economic and environmental challenges facing the auto industry. “Despite a difficult economic climate Volkswagen is well positioned with its lineup of fuel efficient vehicles to weather the current storm and prosper in the future. As such Volkswagen has set out to become one of world’s greenest automakers.”

He outlined how Volkswagen’s global sustainability mission would bring “important dividends” to the company’s efforts in Canada. He noted Volkswagen’s achievements in reducing vehicle emissions and enhancing fuel economy and efficiency through alternative power trains as demonstrated through the Canadian introduction of BlueMotionTechnologies.

“Under this umbrella, Volkswagen Canada will now unite all of its research and development activities towards environmental sustainability in personal transportation.”

VW will combine its TDI Clean Diesel technology with NOx-exhaust after treatment and SCR in its newest BlueMotion model, the Touareg TDI Clean Diesel, coming to Canada in June.

Volkswagen Canada already offers a number of these fuel-saving and emissions-lowering BlueMotionTechnologies, such as TSI direct injection engines, DSG dual-clutch gearboxes and TDI Clean Diesel engines.

The TSI 2.0-litre direct injection gasoline engines are found in the Volkswagen GTI, Jetta, GLI, Tiguan, Eos and Passat Sedan and Wagon models, as well as the Passat CC. Direct gasoline injection with a turbocharger allows cleaner and more efficient combustion that lowers CO2 emissions.

Another technology that forms an integral part of BlueMotionTechnologies is Volkswagen’s DSG dual-clutch six-speed gearbox that combines the lower fuel consumption of a manual transmission with the comfort and convenience of an automatic. It features a normal mode as well as a sport mode.

Recently, Volkswagen introduced its TDI Clean Diesel engine in the Jetta Sedan and Wagon. The company says this 2.0-litre 16-valve turbocharged direct injection common rail Diesel engine delivers more power with 30-percent more fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine.