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The German company has announced its plans to enforce its North America line-up by bringing the EA288 diesel engine on certain US market models in 2014.

The engine codenamed EA288 is a new iteration of the long line of 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI engines, and it is already available on the European market, delivering 150 HP and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. Also, thanks to a number of modifications it delivers even better fuel economy than the previous incarnations.

“The Volkswagen Group is a leader in clean diesel technology,” said Oliver Schmidt, VW America general manager of the energy and environmental office. “With the introduction of the new EA288 engine, we are excited that our family of TDI Clean Diesel vehicles is continuing to improve and will be even more clean, fuel efficient and powerful.”

The company says it will eventually replace all the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engines found in Audi and Volkswagen models, but for starters it will only equip the 2015 Passat, Golf, Jetta and Beetle models. Also, a while back Volkswagen also announced its plans to axe the known 2.5-liter five-cylinder powerplant in order to be replaced by a turbocharged 1.8-liter unit for the 2014 model year.