BY CHERYL TAY
More motorists are now aware of the diesel vehicle’s advantages in terms of high torque, low fuel consumption and reduced carbon emissions.
In Singapore, car buyers may be keen on diesel cars but they could be put off by the current taxes.
German carmaker Volkswagen was one of the first to introduce passenger diesel cars to the Singapore market in July 2008.
“Volkswagen TDI engines produce significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions compared to equivalent petrol engines. In addition, the Volkswagen diesel cars in Singapore are all fitted with a particulate filter, which virtually eliminates diesel soot emissions from the exhaust,” says Dr Zeno Kerschbaumer, managing director of the Volkswagen Group Singapore.
The marque is recognised as a leader in diesel technology worldwide. It pioneered the high-performance diesel hatchback segment with the Golf GTD and the world’s most fuel efficient five-seater car in the Polo BlueMotion, which consumes just 3.3 litres of fuel per 100 km and emits only 87g/km of carbon dioxide. Through these, Volkswagen brought the latest technologies to the mass market.
Committed to offering the new technology to customers in Singapore and giving them the best options when they buy a new car, Volkswagen Singapore’s only standard diesel passenger car offering — the Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI — is priced the same as its petrol equivalent.
Dr Kerschbaumer says: “What we firmly believe is that the ultimate choice of vehicle propulsion system should be made by customers.
A technology-neutral taxation system, such as one based on carbon dioxide emissions, would help motorists make more educated choices when looking for a vehicle that has low fuel consumption and is kind to the environment.
“It is clear that diesel cars can play a major role in helping the Singapore government meet its target of carbon emission reduction.”
Other diesel models such as the Passat and Touran are available on indent, and expanding the standard line-up of Volkswagen diesel passenger cars in the future is something it is looking into.
*This was first published in The Straits Times.