GENEVA -- Following in the footsteps of the turbocharged VW GTI and the turbodiesel VW GTD is the newly announced plug-in hybrid Volkswagen GTE. Like its Golf GT siblings, this high-performance hatchback makes about 200 horsepower but distinguishes itself with a claim of up to 130 mpg.
Under the GTE's familiar hood are two powerplants working in tandem. The first is a 1.4-liter TSI engine that generates 148 horsepower by combusting turbocharged, force-fed air with direct-injected gasoline. On the other side of the engine bay are the bright orange cables that feed electricity to a 101-horsepower electric motor … Read more