Hybrid vehicles are vehicles that use an on-board rechargeable energy storage system (RESS) and fuel based power source for vehicle propulsion. These vehicles use much less fuel than their counterparts and produce less emission. Hybrid vehicles recharge their batteries by capturing kinetic energies through regenerative braking. Some hybrids use the combustion engine to generate electricity by spinning a generator to either recharge the battery or directly feed power to an electric motor that drives the vehicle.
Examples of VW Hybrid vehicles include; Volkswagen jetta TDI, Golf TDI, Touareg Hybrid TDI and the latest New Compact Coupe.
VW jetta Hybrid is the vw’s best-selling hybrid suv models in the United States. The Jetta shares all its mechanical parts with the Golf and some of the great features it boasts include: a vast boot, high quality cabin, smooth ride and good seating capacity of 5. The 2.0- liter TFSI 200 sport shares an engine with the Golf GTI, and almost matches it for performance. The Gearboxes are positive and all the controls are well weighted possessing an excellent good grip as concerning the manners to adhesion limits. In fact, with strong brakes and nicely weighted steering, it matches the Golf drivers appeal.
Prices ranges from $15,360-25,000 and the basic warranty covers everything except items that are subject to wear and tear or replacement in the ordinary course of vehicle ownership such as oil, air filters, wiper blades and the brakes. Tires and batteries are often excluded, but usually have their own warranties provided by their own manufacturers.
Another brand of the vw hybrid is the new Touareg hybrid. The Touareg is one of the most impressive examples of hybrid technologies that one can buy. The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has technical wizards that create an SUV that combines a v8 performance with v6 economy. It has a 3.0-litre gasoline engine that is directly super charged with an electric motor, equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Touareg has a seating capacity of 5 and a gas mileage that is approximately as follows; cost to drive 25 miles- $4.5, fuel to drive 25.5 miles- 1.14gal, cost to fill the tank-$93.14, tank size-26.4gal, Annual fuel cost-$2675.
The price for new 2011 Touareg ranges from $44,500-$60, 600 according to the latest reviews, and warranties vary from different dealers for example: mileage limits-3yrs/36,000 miles( whichever comes first), Drive train-5years/60,000 miles, free maintainance-3yrs/36,000 miles, Roadside-3yrs/36,000, Rust-5yrs/100,00 miles and cost included with the purchase.
The Golf TDI is the other model of the vw hybrids. The Golf TDI power train utilizes an electronically controlled turbocharger and a fuel injection system to achieve better fuel economy and performance than the standard gas-powered model. It has a 5 passenger seating capacity and a 2.0litre diesel engine that provides a 140 hp and 236 pound- feet of torque. Fuel economy is 30 city/42 highways with a six speed automatic transmission and 30 city/41 highways with six speeds manual. Prices range from $17,944-$24,904 for new ones and a basic warranty that is dependant on the dealer.