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by Matt Brogan

Volkswagen’s 2.0-litre TDI (turbo-diesel) engine has been selected by Ward’s Automotive Group as one of the “10 Best Engines” for 2010.

Ward’s annual list, in its sixteenth year, represents the only awards program in North America to recognise engine excellence.

“This year’s list embodies how the industry is responding to demands for higher fuel economy and lower emissions without shortchanging performance,” said Ward’s AutoWorld Editor-in-Chief, Mr Drew Winter.

“Auto makers, like Volkswagen, are using innovative designs and advanced technology to boost horsepower and torque while downsizing engines and increasing efficiency.”

“For over 30 years, Volkswagen has been developing and refining diesel engine technology to help bring an ever-improving host of benefits to drivers now and into the future,” said Mark Barnes, Chief Operating Officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc.

“Our 2.0L TDI unites an exceptional balance of fun-to-drive performance and efficiency, and we are proud to have it recognized in the prestigious Ward’s list.”

The 2.0-litre TDI engine is compliant with the stringent Tier 2, Bin 5/ULEV II emissions standards that apply in California and all 50 US states. The engine delivers 104kW / 320Nm and can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission, or the six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic transmission. With either transmission, the 2.0-litre TDI promises up to 30 per cent better fuel economy over a comparable petrol engine. CO2 output is also cut by as much as 25 per cent, along with a 95 per cent reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions since 1990.