J.D. Power and Assoc. named Volkswagen of America Inc. in Auburn Heights, MI, the most environmentally friendly automaker in its Alternative Powertrain Study. The study includes an automotive environmental index that assesses EPA data with “voice-of-the-customer” information to scrutinize 37 automotive brands relative to a range of environmental factors. The brands are then ranked, and Volkswagen topped the list due to its three low-emission vehicles, the Golf, Jetta and New Beetle.
The J.D. Power study also recognized Volkswagen for its products in the diesel arena, as the automaker is the leading manufacturer of diesel cars in the U.S. with its new Touareg V10 TDI, a turbodiesel SUV that has a particle filter, and the Jetta TDI, which is the auto industry’s top-selling diesel vehicle.