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VW Provides TDI Diesel Owners Peace of Mind

VW Provides TDI Diesel Owners Peace of Mind

By Jeff Youngs, May 30, 2013
Clean diesel powertrains are becoming a more attractive option to consumers in the United States mainly due to their fuel economy benefits, and Volkswagen is one of the major manufacturers of these fuel-efficient engines. In order to provide peace of mind to owners of its models powered by clean diesel engines, Volkswagen of America intends to send these owners "misfuel guard assembly kits" to prevent accidental fill-ups with gasoline instead of diesel fuel.

Some 290,500 owners of VW Jetta, Golf and Jetta SportWagen models built between 2009 and 2012 will receive a kit that includes a guard, collar, fuel flap, and a new fuel cap with yellow "Diesel" letters on it. Volkswagen of America said in a statement that VW dealers will install the kits free of charge. All 2013 model-year VW TDI models will already be equipped with the kits.

The German automaker said in a blog post on its website this week that several dozen customers with VW clean-diesel powered models had mistakenly added gasoline to their fuel tank instead of diesel fuel. Filling up with the wrong fuel can cause damage to the engine that isn't covered under the vehicle's warranty. The company explains that gasoline pump nozzles have a smaller diameter than diesel-fuel nozzles, which means these nozzles also fit a diesel-tank filler opening.

Volkswagen of America is part of the Volkswagen Group, which is Europe's largest automaker with brands including Audi and Porsche. Through the first 4 months of 2013, VW brand sales in the U.S. market were down by a fraction of a percentage point from the same 4 months in 2012 (-0.06%), according to J. D. Power research. Through April, VW sales in the United States were down by 77 units from a year ago, to 131,822 deliveries. Its market share was 2.65% vs. 2.84% a year ago. VW offers eight models in the U.S. market and the Jetta is its best seller. A VW Jetta TDI model can average 42 mpg, according to the automaker and news reports.

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