VW Showcases Cleaner-Burning Diesel Fuels
LOS ANGELES - Volkswagen will push clean-burning diesel fuel over gas-electric hybrid and fuel cell technology as a means to meet ever-tightening emissions requirements, especially in California, the company's chairman said Wednesday.
Bernd Pischetsrieder, chairman of the German automaker, detailed the company's vision in a keynote speech at the Los Angeles Auto Show as the company unveiled its redesigned Jetta, the first step in its plan to boost sagging sales of its vehicles in North America.
The company said the Jetta would be the first of nine new models to be introduced over the next 18 months. Sales of Volkswagen vehicles fell 16 percent in 2004. The company said the new models would return to the company's roots of tight-handling European performance cars in an attempt to reinvigorate the brand.
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