Volkswagen yesterday kicked of their new Dieselution Tour in order to raise awareness by educating the media and public on the advancements in clean diesel technology. The tour that started yesterday will go on for four-months, making stops at events around the United States, including alternative fuel festivals, auto shows and the 2008 Super Bowl.
The Dieselution Tour will also feature the 2009 Jetta TDI, Volkswagen”s new, 50-state clean diesel offering. The vehicle is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. in spring of 2008. Also on display, a 3.0-liter V6 TDI Touareg, and the oldest Volkswagen diesel in America, a 1977 Rabbit.
Even the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion will be hanging out in the U.S. during the tour. The Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion uses a three cylinder 1.4 direct injection turbodiesel engine that gives it the ability to do 72.4 mpg and a 0-60 mph time of 12.4 seconds.
Anyway, look out for the 53-foot-long Dieselution Tour double-expandable semi-trailer at an event near you.
VOLKSWAGEN SENDS DIESELUTION TOUR ACROSS AMERICA TO PROMOTE ADVANCES, BENEFITS OF CLEAN DIESEL TECHNOLOGY
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ““ Volkswagen of America, Inc. is launching the Dieselution Tour, a mobile marketing exhibit, to educate the media and the public on advances in clean diesel technology and alternative fuels.
Using interactive displays and exhibits, the Dieselution Tour will highlight current environmental issues and showcase advances in diesel engine technology, design and performance. Starting today, the exhibit embarks on a four-month tour, making stops at events and locations around the United States, including environmental and alternative fuel festivals, auto shows and the 2008 Super Bowl.
“Volkswagen of America considers the Dieselution Tour an important informational resource for everyone concerned about the environment and improved fuel economy standards,” said Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We want to show Americans that today”s clean diesel technology is a quantum leap from the powerplants introduced nearly 30 years ago. This tour aims to change any outdated perception about diesel technology.”
“As the diesel car sales leader in the United States, we have worked hard to make our diesels cleaner, quieter and more fuel efficient,” Jacoby added. “Once consumers realize that a clean diesel alternative can improve their fuel economy by nearly 35 percent over comparable gasoline engines, we”re confident that many drivers will visit their local Volkswagen dealerships.”
The Dieselution Tour is centered around a 53-foot-long, double-expandable semi-trailer with exhibits and interactive displays. Elements include an “Alt Fuel/ Alt Film video area; a Dieselab with a series of interactive and video displays; a Diesel Heritage section, illustrating Volkswagen”s diesel history and leadership; a Sustainability Station, involving an interactive quiz and a Carbon Footprint Calculator; a Beyond Diesel perspective featuring SunFuel; and a Motorsports display, outlining Volkswagen”s recent history and international success in racing diesel vehicles in events like the Baja 500, Pikes Peak, and the Dakar rally.
The Dieselution Tour will also feature the 2009 Jetta TDI, Volkswagen”s new, 50-state clean diesel offering. The vehicle is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. in spring of 2008. Also on display, a 3.0-liter V6 TDI Touareg, the Polo Blue Motion and the oldest Volkswagen diesel in America, a 1977 Rabbit.
Partner/sponsor companies involved in this landmark exhibit are International Truck and Engine Company and CarbonFund.org. a non-profit carbon offset provider.
Signifying Volkswagen”s environmental concern, the Dieselution Tour will be certified as CarbonFree by Carbonfund.org. Volkswagen and Carbonfund.org recently announced a partnership to offset one year of carbon emission from each new Volkswagen sold in the U.S. from September, 2007 through January 2, 2008. In return, Volkswagen is working with Carbonfund.org to reforest land in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV) in northern Louisiana, a wetland ecosystem that had been largely converted to farmland.
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