German researchers reduce Golf fuel consumption 25% with mods
This stuff is old hat to regular GSers, but still interesting...
Recently, Axel Friedrich [head of the Transport department in the German Federal Environmental Agency] irked Volkswagen by taking their most popular model (the Golf) and getting Universities to improve its efficiency.
Wow, this totally applies to us. I took note of this comment :
Note also that drivetrain concept emphasizing operating the engine at low RPM and high torque are best implemented using a DCT transmission (cp. VW DSG) because anything more than light acceleration will require a kickdown event. It can be done with a manual, but its so tedious drivers tend to stick with a lower gear.
As a GSer, I don't mind this, but I know it can wear on others. I wonder if they had to manufacture the gears?