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Volkswagen announces new 1.2L three-cylinder diesel

Volkswagen has officially unveiled a new three-cylinder turbodiesel engine at the annual Vienna Motor Symposium. The new 1.2-liter engine features the same common-rail fuel injection systems and basic architecture as VW's 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter inline fours.

The new 3-cylinder produces 74 horsepower and 133 pound-feet of torque at just 2,000 rpm. When VW unveiled the new Polo at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show ,a concept version of the next-generation BlueMotion model was shown with this engine. The three cylinder Polo is expected to be rated at 71.3 miles per gallon (U.S.) and 87 grams / kilometer of CO2 emissions on the EU combined test cycle. The new 1.2-liter Polo BlueMotion should debut later this year.

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/05/01/volkswagen-announces-new-1-2l-three-cylinder-diesel/
 

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Re: enough power

In my specific case, being 67 years old and living alone, I just want something with great mileage that will get me around New Orleans. I am looking for that last car purchase that will get me where I am going, speed is not an issue for me. I always drive in the right lane and at or below speed limit at all times.
 

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I just checked out wikipedia and it looks like the smallest engine for the Polo is a 1.2 Liter gasoline engine with 60 horsepower and 80 ft-lb :eek of torque! I'll bet the guys with that engine would look forward to a diesel! And it has more CO2 emissions than the diesels too.
 
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