Volkswagen is joining Toyota, Honda and others in the hybrid auto mainstream.
According to AutoBlogGreen, Volkswagen has confirmed speculation that they will displaying a diesel-hybrid Golf at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
The Golf TDI Hybrid will be capable of running off either a diesel engine, an electric motor or both. Very cool.
Details are few at this point, but according to the Wired blog:
The Golf Hybrid will get almost 70 mph while meeting Europe’s stringent Euro V and America’s Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards, making it green enough even for California. The car is said to emit just 89 g/km of CO2. (For comparison, the Prius emits 104 g/km and Honda Civic Hybrid emits 116.)
And there may be more to come from VW. The hybrid Golf may be just the start:
According to Britain’s Channel 4, VW is considering the hybrid drivetrain in a Jetta and Audi A3. DailyTech says it also could appear in the VW Tiguan and Audi Q5 crossover utility vehicles.
Auto Express notes that the Golf hybrid will be offered for sale in Europe by the end of 2009. US availability is yet to be announced. Price has also yet to be announced.
Note: VW has yet to release an image of the Golf Hybrid. The diesel Golf Bluemotion is shown above.