We first saw Volkswagen’s plug-in petrol-electric hybrid Cross Coupé concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now there’s a new Cross Coupé concept to be shown at the Geneva Motor Show this week that use a turbodiesel direct injection engine (TDI) and two electric motors to achieve 1.8 liters per 100 km (around 125 usmpg) with CO2 emissions of just 46 g/km.
The Cross Coupé is proof that achieving 125 mpg is not just the realm of asthmatic shopping trolleys as the 225 kW Cross Coupe has a top speed of 137 mph and a curb weight of 4,096 lb.
The article is from the UK so it notes over 150 mpg. Those are imperial gallons and I’ve converted it to US gallons.
Unfortunately, everyone who builds diesel anything still suffers from the few years that GM offered cars with the worst diesel engines ever made in the history of motor vehicles. They leaked, smoked and drove like crap. German manufacturers have slowly overcome the lousy history – and still only bring in a fraction of the diesel power they’re capable of, that demand requests.
Yes, they sell out everything they offer – but, like everyone else – they don’t have a boatload of confidence in American consumers figuring out the difference.