The German auto giant Volkswagen AG is discreetly entering the powerboat market as a supplier of marine engines. Although VW has for some time supplied “base” engines that are converted for marine application by outside specialists, the relatively new VW Marine unit is an own-brand breakaway for VW. U.S. sales of sea-going versions of VW’s direct-injection turbodiesels are seen as promising, though the U.S. launch awaits the creation of a dedicated sales and service network in 2005. That ...

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