Volkswagen Launches New Clean Diesel Vehicles

Two veteran VW models return, but with new clean diesel technology.

| Aug. 20, 2008

  • 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
    The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, with clean diesel technology, is rated at 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. It's also eligible for a $1,300 federal tax credit.

  • 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Volkswagen announced on Aug. 18, 2008 that the clean diesel Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen. are now available for delivery in the United States. The new clean diesel vehicles run only on ultra-low sulfur diesel and meet emission standards in all 50 states. The Jetta TDI sedan achieves 29 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but Volkswagen claims the vehicle achieves higher mileage in real-world driving conditions.

According to EPA estimates, the Jetta wagon achieves a fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Both vehicles also earn a $1,300 federal tax credit, as they qualify as Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicles under a tax law that was established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Under that tax law, only the first 60,000 qualified vehicles sold by each manufacturer will earn the full credit, after which the credit will be first reduced and then eliminated.

Note, however, that the tax credit may be effectively reduced for buyers that are subject to the alternative minimum tax.

Recently Volkswagen announced pricing for their Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen would start at $21,990 and $23,590, respectively.

Reprinted from EERE Network News, a free newsletter of the U.S. Department of Energy.
rick ehrlich_3
1/8/2010 12:27:01 PM

the "clean diesel" is very funny name, and VW should be ashamed ! pls see the EPA website, - and look up the emissions stats of the 1996 VW diesel Jetta, it made 5.6 tons of carbon emissions per standard yr while getting 38 combined mpg. then look up the 2009 or 2010 VW diesel Jetta, see that it makes 6.2 tons carbon emissions, and gets only 34 combined mpg. the VW diesel products are not getting cleaner, they are getting dirtier. Clean Diesel is a marketing animal, which does not exist. get an electric car if you want to drive clean, they make zero emissions, and if you can have access to clean electricity such as wind, hydro, solar or even nuke, you are driving a true net zero emission auto. there is no clean auto that uses ANY liquid fuel. to burn a liquid fuel is to create pollution.

10/5/2008 4:10:17 PM

The 2009 Jetta TDI models are rated at 30 city/40 hwy for mileage. This 2.0Liter Common Rail Clean Burning Diesel will probably squeeze 40+mpg on the hwy based up the New EPA ratings being lower than the actual test values. You could expect 10%-20% higher economy than the actually epa estimates depending upon climate and altitude, tire pressures being adjusted properly and several other factors. I have a 1.9L TDI currently and my epa estimates were 30 to 41 mpg and I consistently get an average of 40mpg between city/hwy driving and upper 40's(48-50) on the Hwy. The ratings in your recent Jetta Sportwagen article state the epa estimates for the 2.5Liter gas engine(5cylinder) NOT the 2.0Liter TDI engine. For more information log onto or

10/3/2008 1:00:45 PM

Wow, 2 years ago I purchased a used 2003 Oldsmobile Alero with a 3.4 liter gasoline engine for my wife. We went on vacation this summer from Texas to North Carolina and back with 4 people, all the luggage the trunk could hold, the cruise set to 70MPH, and the A/C on freeze you out, and got 30.1 to 30.3 MPG EVERY TANK. What a crock the SmartCar (i.e. dangerous delight)and all the newer "fuel efficient" cars are. This VW burns substantially more fuel than the Rabbit diesel of the 70's. Natural gas powered plug in hybrids is the bridge to the solution which will have to be solar, wind, nuke, or hopefully fusion which has been promised to be 10 - 20 years away for the past 40 years! (Funny how time stands still for some)


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