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VW to go totally turbo

Thu, 19 Sep 2013

A Volkswagen AG executive announced Tuesday that the company is planning to turbocharge the entire VW fleet by the 2016 or 2017.

VW's executive vice president, Mark Trahan, spoke with The Detroit News, saying they will replace the company's remaining three naturally aspirated engines, a five-cylinder 2.5-liter and two six-cylinders with turbo mills.

The trend seems to be gaining popularity, seeing as Ford Motor Co. vice president, Joe Bakaj, told The Detroit News Monday that conventional gas engines could become extinct in Ford's future lineup as well.

Bakaj also told The Detroit News he wouldn't be surprised if alternative powertrain types like EcoBoost and diesel engines become the norm in the near future -- completely phasing out conventional gas engines.


By Natalie Sejnost