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2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Named 2014 Northwest Green Car of the Year

It seems that praise for the seventh generation Golf and Golf GTI is nearly universal (we’re looking at you, Consumer Reports), with the vehicle taking home yet another award.  The upcoming Golf TDI has been named the 2014 Northwest Green Car of the Year by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) due to its mix of fuel efficiency, value and performance while coming in at $3,000 less than the previous generation vehicle.

Read the full Press Release below.

Herndon, VA— The all-new 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI was named Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year for 2014 and winner of the Alternative Fuel category by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) during the second annual Drive Revolution event in Portland, Oregon. Top automotive journalists from throughout the Pacific Northwest evaluated the market’s most technologically advanced and fuel-efficient vehicles and selected winners in four categories.

“The all-new 2015 Golf TDI combines class-leading fuel economy, more power, advanced technology, reduced emissions, all while offering a tremendous value starting $3,000 less than the outgoing model,” said Mark McNabb, Chief Operations Officer, Volkswagen of America. “This Northwest Green Car of the Year honor validates the benefits of the Golf TDI and highlights the leadership position the Pacific Northwest has taken in embracing alternative fuel technologies like TDI® Clean Diesel.”

“Volkswagen has led the diesel passenger car market for years, and the Golf TDI proves that they’re likely to stay on top for a while,” said Jeff Zurschmeide, NWAPA Drive Revolution Event Co-Chairman.

About the 2015 Golf TDI
The seventh-generation Golf goes on sale in dealerships this August, celebrating 40 years since Volkswagen’s iconic hatchback debuted in the United States. The 2015 Golf TDI will be available with four doors and feature a new EA288 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TDI® Clean Diesel, fitted with a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. Fans of Volkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel engines will be thrilled that the price of the base TDI model has been reduced by more than the $3,000 compared with the previous-generation Golf TDI model.

The EA288 in the Golf is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection diesel engine, a thorough update from the powerplant in the previous Golf. Despite the similarity in basic specifications, the only aspect that carries over from the previous EA189 unit is the cylinder bore spacing. The new engine produces 150 horsepower—10 more than before—at 3,500 rpm, as well as 236 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm. This high torque output is another compelling argument for diesel engines, along with their fuel efficiency. The new engine now gets a manufacturer estimated rating of 31 mpg in the city and 35 mpg combined, an improvement of 1 mpg in both areas over the previous EPA numbers.

This new-generation Golf has grown in size yet dropped in weight by up to 79 pounds (depending on model), despite a plethora of new and upscale features. The new generation introduces Volkswagen’s versatile modular transverse matrix (MQB) vehicle platform to the U.S. market—a significant step in standardizing, simplifying, and improving the design and creation of products across the entire Volkswagen Group portfolio. The MQB architecture allows for a more cab-backward design, which gives the new Golf a more upscale appearance while retaining classic design cues from the Mk 1 and Mk 4 Golf models.

Dimensionally, the Golf has grown in all directions but up. Overall length has increased by 2.1 inches, while width has gained 0.5 inches. Overall height has decreased, however, by 1.1 inches. Thanks to the MQB architecture, which dictates a fixed relationship between the front-wheel centerline and the pedalbox, the front wheels now sit 1.7 inches further forward, giving a premium “cab backward” aesthetic. Along with the new design graphics and shape, these updated proportions help the Golf achieve a lower visual center of gravity and a more dynamic stance.

Inside, the new Golf features a larger, more refined and mature cabin with an emphasis on comfort and a substantial list of features. Despite the Golf’s lower overall height, interior space has been increased all around, with 93.5 cubic feet of interior room compared with 92.9 for the previous Golf. The Golf’s hatchback design and MQB architecture allow for maximum comfort for the driver and passengers, while providing more trunk space than any midsize sedan available in the U.S.

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