Three green machines

By Danielle Douglas
Monday, January 31, 2011

Fiat is not the only automaker with something to show off. Other highlights at this year's Washington Auto Show:

Herndon-based Volkswagen Group of America introduced the new Passat TDI, a sedan it said can achieve a fuel economy of 43 miles per gallon. Starting at $20,000, the car was assembled at the company's newly built production facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. Volkswagen has also set a 2012 debut for its new hybrid Jetta and electric Golf models.

-- Keeping with the green theme of this year's show, BMW announced plans for a more fuel-efficient, twin-turbocharged engine by the close of 2011. The luxury brand promised the four-cylinder mill will have all the horsepower and torque of its standard models.

Tesla Motors' highly anticipated showroom is set to launch next week in the District. Located at 1050 K St. NW, the new dealership will showcase the Palo Alto, Calif., company's luxury, electric Tesla Roadster.

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