VW’s Diesel Golf Concept to Star at Geneva

In a move that suggests diesel is not quite the dead-duck many are claiming, Volkswagen will debut its new Golf GTD concept at 2020 Geneva Motor Show.

While European urban sales have dived since the Dieselgate scandal and latterly with city regulators targeting clean-air objectives, there are still enough oil-burner fans on the Continent wooed by its superior fuel economy and climate change credentials that remain better than BEV in most countries.

The automaker says the car’s twin dosing technology makes the GTD’s the cleanest four-cylinder turbo diesel injection (TDI) engine ever to be installed in a Golf despite it also being the most powerful, although no figures have yet been released.

Thanks to a new twin dosing SCR with double AdBlue injection, NOx emissions claim to be greatly reduced as compared to its predecessor. Technology in the car includes a fully digitalized cockpit where starting by pressing a digital pulsing button.

Volkswagen says the concept will be very near production ready and it is thought it could come to market within a year. It employs the charismatic design of the Golf range and this top of the diesel range version is based on the new eighth generation of the Golf.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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