Volkswagen will slowly abandon its naturally aspirated engines as it releases new products.
Recently-appointed Volkswagen research and development head Heinz-Jakob Neusser told Car and Driver that the brand plans to stay with naturally-aspirated engines as long as they are in existing models.
VW already announced that it will replace the Passat mid-size sedan’s five-cylinder engine with a 1.8-liter turbo unit. The Beetle and Jetta will also lose the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine for the same engine.
When the seventh-generation Golf arrives as a 2015 model in the U.S., it will also be sold with a fully forced induction line of engines, too. That also means Volkswagen will leave the 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 found in the Passat, CC and Touareg behind, likely to be replaced by a smaller turbocharged six-cylinder.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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