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No More Black Smoke: Diesel's Going Green

Volkswagen Jetta named mag's greenest car of '09



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    The shiny new Jetta TDI Diesel is getting a lot of attention.

    Innovation, innovation, innovation.

    That's the mantra of diesel car manufacturers these days as they strive to come up with more environmentally friendly models -- and it seems to be working.  The Green Car Journal just named the Jetta TDI Diesel its greenest car of 2009.

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    The TDI has everything you'd expect from a Jetta, and with incredible fuel economy, according to City Volkswagen'sChuck Palmisano.

    Unlike hybrid electric cars, you will hear the TDI start and definitely feel it drive.  

    "You feel heavier, you hear the roar of the engine, feel the bumps in the road. Volkswagen always believes that driving is an experience," Palmisano said.

    The TDI Diesel can get 40 to 50 mpg, according to Palmisano.

    "It's more intended for people that commute longer distances, say 15,000 miles per year, and you will start to see the savings," he said.  "It's economical and one of the safest cars in the industry."