Volkswagen AG, to now the most energetic proponent of the new generation of diesel engines that is taking Europe by storm, has issued its latest trump card: a 150-hp version of its trendsetting 1.9L TDI direct-injection turbodiesel 4-cyl. that now is in production in Europe. In addition to a specific output of 79 hp/L — a stunning figure for a diesel engine — the latest incarnation of the TDI churns out 231 lb.-ft. (313 Nm) of torque. To find that kind of twist-power in the gasoline-engine ...

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