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VW Bluemotion At Frankfurt

Volkswagen has released production versions of three new highly-efficient additions to its BlueMotion range ahead of this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Polo BlueMotion features a new 1.2-liter TDI diesel engine that produces 75 PS (55 kW). The engine consumes just 3.3 liters/100km (71.3 mpg), while emitting 87 grams of CO2 per km. Compared to the 75 PS Polo TDI, CO2 emissions are reduced 20% while fuel consumption improves by 0.9 liters/100 km.

VW's Golf BlueMotion is powered by a new TDI engine with an output of 105 PS (77 kW) and 250 Nm of torque. Fuel efficiency is rated at 3.8 liters/100km (61.9 mpg), while CO2 emissions come in at 99 g/km. As you may expect, the Golf BlueMotion is a bit of a slow poke as 0-100 km/h takes 11.3 seconds. If you have enough patience (and a strong tail wind), you may even be able to reach the Golf's top speed of 190 km/h (118 mph).

Volkswagen has updated the Passat BlueMotion with the Golf BM's 105 PS (77 kW) engine. Compared to the previous Passat BlueMotion, fuel efficiency improves to 4.4 liters/100km (better by 0.5 liters/100km) while emissions fall to 114 g/km. Performance is virtually nonexistent as the "sprint" from 0-100 km/h takes 12.5 seconds and top speed is 193 km/h (120 mph).

All of the BlueMotions feature regenerative braking, a Start/Stop system, improved aerodynamics, and lightweight wheels outfitted with low rolling resistance tires.


Production versions of three new highly-efficient additions to the BlueMotion range have been unveiled ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new Polo, Golf and Passat BlueMotion models emit just 87 g/km, 99 g/km and 114 g/km of CO 2 respectively while every variant is also capable of travelling a minimum of 840 miles on a single tank of fuel.

Each model bears the results of aerodynamic changes with new front bumper, sill extensions, a lower ride height and relocated air ducts behind the grille elements.  The result is less aerodyanamic drag leading to less loading on the engine and greater economy.

The most efficient model of all, the new Polo BlueMotion, adopts an all-new 1.2-litre three-cylinder common rail diesel engine developing 75 PS.  The new engine combined with longer gearing through the five-speed gearbox, regenerative braking and Stop-Start systems allows the new Polo BlueMotion to achieve a remarkable 85.6 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 87 g/km of CO 2 to make it one of the most efficient vehicles currently on sale.

The new Golf BlueMotion is powered by a 1.6-litre TDI common rail diesel engine developing 105 PS.  As with the Polo, the Golf features optimised aerodynamics and longer gearing to maximise the efficiency of the engine.  Low rolling resistance tyres and automatic Stop-Start also play their part.

Through a series of small but effective changes the Golf BlueMotion emits just 99 g/km of CO 2 and can achieve a combined economy figure of 74.3 mpg which equates to a theoretical range of 899 miles on a single tank of fuel.

The Passat BlueMotion adopts a 1.6-litre common rail diesel engine developing 105 PS for the first time.  The new engine, replacing the existing 2.0-litre TDI unit currently fitted to the Passat BlueMotion, allows the new car to return 64.2 mpg on the combined cycle – up from the 57.6 mpg achieved by the outgoing car.  At the same time emissions fall from 128 g/km to just 114 g/km of CO 2 .

All three models are due to go on sale in the UK in early 2010 with prices and specifications due to be announced nearer the time.


VW Bluemotion At Frankfurt


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