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Volkswagen is fuming over the Obama Administration’s proposal to double auto fuel efficiency, saying the plan unfairly values hybrid and all-electric cars over clean diesel, a technology VW has pioneered.

Volkswagen is committed to continually making fuel efficient vehicles, such as the new mid-size, clean diesel Passat TDI, available to the U.S. market. Built in Chattanooga, TN, the Passat TDI achieves 43 mpg highway and can travel almost 800 miles on a single tank of fuel.

The Obama AdministrationĀ unveiled a proposed rule that would require automakers to double the average fuel economy of their vehicles to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, estimating that the change would add $2,000 to the average price of a car.

The proposal brought howls of protest from automakers who warned the changes would price millions of Americans out of the new-car market, keeping older, less fuel-efficient cars on the road longer.

VW, Europe’s largest automaker and the fastest-growing automaker in the United States, already offers turbodiesel cars, station wagons and SUVs that routinely get nearly 50 miles per gallon on the highway.

IndyCar: BorgWarner to supply turbochargers starting in 2012

By TONY BRISCOE, AUTOMOTIVE NEWS on 5/27/2011

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110527/IRL/110529845

BorgWarner will be the exclusive provider of turbochargers for the Izod IndyCar Series starting in 2012. The deal runs through the 2016 season, and the announcement was made on Friday, days before the 100th anniversary of the first running of the race.

BorgWarner’s Engineered for Racing (EFR) turbochargers introduce Gamma titanium-aluminide wheels, stainless-steel turbine housing and ceramic ball bearings. However, given that the EFR turbochargers were originally designed for performance enthusiasts, BorgWarner used weight-reduction techniques and end-housings to ensure racing-quality performance.

IndyCar hasn’t allowed turbochargers since its separation from CART in 1996. The league decided to allow turbochargers to generate greater competition and enhance fuel economy.

The 2012 IndyCar engine manufacturers (Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus) can use or single- or twin-turbo arrangements.

BorgWarner has deep ties to IndyCar, and the trophy named for it has been the annual prize for the Indianapolis 500 race since 1936. The nearly five-foot-four-inch-tall sterling-silver trophy has the name, average speed, date of victory and portrait of every winner since 1911.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110527/IRL/110529845