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Volkswagen BlueMotion at Frankfurt

Thu, 03 Sep 2009

The new VW BlueMotion versions of the Polo, Golf & Passat will be at Frankfurt this month

The most efficient of the BlueMotion models is – hardly surprising – the new Polo Bluemotion. The Polo emits just 87g/km CO2 and manages to travel at least 870 miles on a tank of juice., averaging as it does 85.6 mpg. The new 1.2 litre three pot common rail diesel in the Polo produces 74bhp which is driven through a fibe speed manual ‘box and features stop-start and longer gearing.

The Golf BlueMotion gets the 1.6 litre TDi common rail diesel that produces 104bhp. As with the Polo, the Golf gets longer gearing and stop-start. These changes have allowed the Golf BlueMotion to dip below the freebie VED level of 100g/km as it manages to produce just 99g/km (amazing how many cars sneak in at 99g/km). The Golf also averages out at 74.3 mpg, giving the Golf BlueMotion a range of 900 miles.

Biggest of the three new BlueMotion cars is the Passat, which gets – for the first time – the same 1.6 litre TDi as in the Golf. The i.6 replaces the 2.0 litre found in the current Passat BlueMotion which is why the Passat can manage 64.2 mpg, an improvement on the old Passat’s 57.6 mpg. Emissions also fall to 114g/km.

All the new VW BlueMotions benefit from the usual aerodynamic tweaks to achieve their quite remarkable economy, which include new front bumpers, sill extensions, a lower ride heights and relocated air ducts behind the grille elements.

VW say the new BlueMotion range will go on sale in the UK in the New Year, with UK prices and specifications to follow.

By Cars UK