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2010 VW Rabbit TDI Will Hop [Sorry] Into The U.S. Next Fall

Posted in Alt Fuels, Cars, Diesel, Foreign Cars, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, Volkswagen by Suzanne Denbow | September 17th, 2008 | 4 Responses |

2010 Volkswagen Rabbit TDI Spy Photo

Eagerly anticipated by environmentalists and Vee Dub fans, the 2010 eco-friendly, diesel-fueled VW Rabbit TDI will be introduced to the U.S. in the fall of ’09. According the VW, the Rabbit TDI’s will be released in a limited number and are intended to measure the market’s receptiveness of compact, diesel cars.

Powered by VW’s 2.0L Clean Diesel engine, the 2010 Rabbit TDI features the same performance as a standard-fuel Rabbit but with double the fuel efficiency. Featuring an EPA fuel consumption estimate of 50 mpg combined, the Rabbit TDI also delivers 140-hp and 235 lb-ft of torque – not to shabby for such a green machine. To separate it from the herd [again, sorry], the 2009 Rabbit TDI will get half the murder treatment, with a dark charcoal/black chrome replacing the usual platinum chrome finish. Price estimates place the 2009 VW Rabbit TDI at around $18k, and I can honestly say that I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

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4 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    Typical VW–only a few brought in even though demand in US is always high for diesel VW’s!!

  2. joel says:

    I’m enot in the enviroNUT crowd, or the VW crowd and i’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I’m a diesel fan, it is a superior fuel to alcohol or gasoline.

    my 240,000 mile 1981 Diesel rabbit got 44mpg regularly, I have a friend with a modified TDI jetta that runs low 13 second quarter mile times and then gets 41 mpg highway!!!

    it’s about time, they reveived this car, and it’s not just for treehuggers.

  3. sonia says:

    So excited for this car! I also had a 239,000 1981 Diesel rabbit and it got 55-60 mpg. Of course it was only 55 horsepower but I loved that car!

  4. Harry Balz says:

    I had a 1975 gasoline Rabbit, but I really want a 2010 tdi when they become available.