The new diesel-ran Volkswagen Passat TDI produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.

The new diesel-powered TDI produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, and gets 43 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Volkswagen Group, parent company of a host of automakers including Volkswagen and Audi, is one of the world’s leaders in diesel passenger-car technology and in recent years has really stepped up its game.

In Europe, diesels have been popular for decades because of their frugality with fuel, an important factor given the expense of filling up a car in Europe. In Germany, for example, gas is now about $8 a gallon, more than double what it costs in most U.S. markets.

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