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The new Volkswagen Touran with its top-of-the-line auto parts like Volkswagen master cylinder is now offered with 125kW/170hp TSI engine. This direct injection engine is equipped with a supercharger and turbocharger that comes with a unique DSG direct-shift gearbox and Highline equipment as standard. Such impressive combination is exclusive in the MPV field.
The team of Volkswagen engineers has turned an innovative concept into reality with its TSI technology. A supercharger operates in the lower rev ranges while a turbocharger at higher revs. The combination of these two creates a generous amount of power of 125kW/170hp, constant torque band of 240Nm from 1,500 rpm to 4,750 rpm and low fuel consumption of 7.6 liters/100km.
The technical basis for the Twincharger technology is provided by a 1,390 ccm four-cylinder engine that produces the dynamism of a 2.5-litre normally aspirated engine. The TSI delivers a maximum torque from as low as 1,500rpm. It can reach 100km/h in a matter of 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 212km/h.
The TSI technology lives up to Volkswagen’s motto which is “maximum power-minimum consumption”. This technology is available in the Touran with the 103kW engine, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Golf Plus and Volkswagen Jetta. The 125kW Twincharger was also added to the top of the Volkswagen Touran range.
Volkswagen has already received three awards for its TSI engine in the international level. The first award received by the automaker was in the autumn of 2005, the What’s New prize from the American “Popular Science” magazine. The second came in the spring of 2006 when VW received the Paul Pietsch Prize in Germany. And the third award was received by VW in the UK, where the Twincharger was honored by the jury from the “International Engine of the Year” committee in 2006 winning the “1.0-1.4 Litre” category. The TSI was also voted as the “Best New Engine of 2006″. Read the rest of this entry »
The air-cooled Volkswagen Kombi is an iconic vehicle that just oozes character. Kombis are practical too. You can drive them to work, carry the family around and go camping in them, and you still see them being used on a daily basis as well as being restored for occasional use. There are still plenty of young guys and girls who would like to own one as their daily driver.
Volkswagen kombis do have one disturbing fault though. They catch fire, and then it’s goodbye Kombi.
So just why do they catch fire, and what can you do to stop yours burning?
I haven’t found a definitive article in a VW magazine yet, but I’ve been driving my 1976 2 liter bay window as my daily driver for over 14 years, so I’ve taken an interest in the problem and learnt as much as I could. I’ll answer the question as well as I can.
There are actually a few different things that can cause the Kombi to burn, but they all come back to fuel getting loose in the engine bay. Kombis have a fuel tank in front of and above the engine, a hose going down from that to the fuel pump, and another hose going up through the tinware to the carbies.
Kombis are old now, and they have a lot of age related problems unless they’ve been rebuilt. Even then, it’s most likely not everything has been brought back to as new condition.
One of those old-age problems is perished and cracked fuel lines. Chances are yours have been replaced, but check them anyway. When they crack they can leak gas everywhere. One spark and your Kombi is history. Also, right below the engine are two hot heat exchangers that have the exhaust running through them. I don’t know what causes the biggest problem, heat exchangers or sparks, but it’s largely irrelevant when your van goes up in smoke. Read the rest of this entry »