• Mar 28, 2006

Volkswagen announced Monday that it will launch a BlueMotion sustainability initiative at Auto Mobil International 2006 in Liepzig next week.

VW's AMI booth will showcase its Polo BlueMotion, Golf GT with the new TSI engine, and the Concept A with a TSI engine fuelled by natural gas.

The Polo BlueMotion, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, is the first production vehicle badged under the program. The new model will be launched in Switzerland, Austria, Sweden and Germany this summer. The diesel Polo includes a particulate filter and has been fine-tuned to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, with a taller final-drive ratio, enhanced aerodynamics and engine modifications. The 80-horsepower BlueMotion will go 100 km on only 3.9 liters of diesel.

The TSI "dual-charged" engine technology debuted in the Golf GT, as part of a VW campaign to marry maximum power with minimum fuel consumption. The CNG-powered version shown in the Concept A is a next-generation version that demonstrates what Volkswagen believes is an "important bridge technology" on the path to petroleum independence.

Full press release after the jump.
[Source: Volkswagen AG]
Volkswagen Press Release:

Auto Mobil International, AMI 2006 in Leipzig

Volkswagen Launches BlueMotion Sustainability Initiative

Polo BlueMotion needs just 3.9 litres of diesel every hundred kilometres

Innovative TSI engine in Golf GT

Concept A makes debut with first natural gas TSI drive

Wolfsburg/ Leipzig, 27 March 2006 - Volkswagen is launching its BlueMotion sustainability initiative at AMI 2006. From 1 – 9 April, the Volkswagen stand in hall 1 will focus on new models like the Golf GT with TSI engine, the Concept A study and the Polo BlueMotion. BlueMotion is not just about low fuel consumption and reduced car emissions, it also stands for the whole company. “Blue”, the Volkswagen colour, represents the elements of water and air that have to be protected. “Motion” sums up the aspect of mobility heading forwards into the future.


The first production model bearing the new environmental trademark that Volkswagen will present in Leipzig is the Polo BlueMotion equipped with a particulate filter as standard. The 59kW/80hp subcompact consumes just 3.9 litres of diesel every hundred kilometres, but is no less agile than a “conventional” Polo with the same output. Saving: 0.5 litres. Reduction in CO2 emissions: about 16g/km. The consumption and emissions reductions have been achieved with a longer gear ratio, aerodynamic fine tuning and modifications to the engine. The Volkswagen comes with a manual five-speed gearbox. The Polo BlueMotion, which is built in Pamplona, Spain, will be introduced  in Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Germany this summer.

The Golf GT is the first car to feature a TSI. This dual-charged petrol engine delivers 125kW/170hp, 240 Newton metres of torque and allows a top speed of 220km/h. These values are coupled with an average consumption of just 7.2 litres. The GT is therefore leading the way in the Volkswagen engine campaign to ensure maximum power with minimum fuel consumption. A six-speed manual gearbox is used as standard in the GT. However, the unique DSG dual-clutch gearbox is also available as an option for this Volkswagen. The Golf GT TSI can now be ordered from Volkswagen partners for €22,500.

Visitors to Auto Mobil International will see another BlueMotion premiere under the bonnet of the Concept A study: It is powered by the first TSI to run on natural gas (CNG). This 1.4-litre engine (Twincharger), which is dual-charged by a compressor and a turbocharger, delivers 110kW/150hp and consumes just 5.0kg of natural gas every hundred kilometres on average.

High-powered engines like the TSI from Volkswagen are generally highly efficient. Using CNG (compressed natural gas, 130 RON) improves this again considerably. One of the positive consequences: The CO2 balance of the TSI engine running on natural gas is a further 20 to 25 percent cheaper than that of a TSI running on petrol. Furthermore TSI CNG is becoming one of the important bridge technologies on the way to mobility that is independent from crude oil. For example, Synfuel, a harmless biologically degradable, liquid energy carrier that makes the CCS hybrid combustion method possible, can be produced by converting natural gas to synthetic fuel (gas-to-liquid).

The Concept A with a top speed above 200km/h sees the sports cars and off-road vehicles of tomorrow combined in an avant-garde way. Its front section also indicates how a future Volkswagen off-roader positioned below the Touareg could look. This study features rear suicide doors. The body overhangs are short and tidy, the bonnet is long and the C-pillars feature unique styling. 20-inch alloy wheels and 295 tyres fill out the striking widened wheel arches. The rear end communicates powerful elegance with its athletic shoulders. The tailgate is split in two. The section below the taillights folds down in the style of a pick-up and thus creates plenty of space for large objects.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The Polo BlueMotion goes 100 KM on 3.9 liters? That's 62 MPG - with no hybrid complexities/expense. Sweet! Bring it here now!
      • 8 Years Ago
      All you diesel lovers may get more choices than you think at least from 2007 through 2009.

      The Federal Government just "did a deal" to "simplify" emissions certification on heavy acceleration pollutants for 3 years in exchange for a clean-engine requirement of 150,000 miles for diesels instead of 120,000 miles.

      This apparently will open the door to many more diesels on the US roads at least for three years.

      Personally, I hope they put nice big DIESEL letters in chrome on the back of all such new vehicles so I know to turn off the outside air on my Prius, but hey, that's just me.

      Call me crazy... but I don't like to breathe carcinogens.

      I guess DCX and the EPA are still wrangling over the Urea ("pee in the tank") problem for these diesels.

      And people think Toyota have a lock on hybrid tech? Ford does fine, Honda does fine, Hyundai are about to bring out their own tech hybrids, Subaru did their own though now it looks like they'll concentrate on diesel tech and use Toyota's hybrid system where needed.

      I suspect all diesel manufacturers will have to use the DCX urea tech to break this upcoming diesel market in the US.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Also, I don't know what carcinogens you're talking about, since 1) the carcinogenic properties of diesel particulates are largely speculation (smaller particulates are actually more likely to be a problem), and 2) all the new diesels will have particulate traps.

      And be sure to watch South Park tonight. :-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      60-70 mpg is great, what what about mechanical complexity and maintenance? This is VW we're talking about.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Twincharger has a turbocharger AND a supercharger, actually.

      FWIW, the Kia Rio CRDi has 108 horsepower, lots of torque, and gets 57 MPG. But we don't get the CRDi engine here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's about 60 MPG, give or take a few miles.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The Polo BlueMotion goes 100 KM on 3.9 liters? That's 62 MPG - with no hybrid complexities/expense."

      And that's with your sissy sized gallons too. Here in the great white north, that's in the 70 MPG range. Very nice indeed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      At least VW's power-plant engineers are doing an awesome job. Now they just need to get some some good electronics packaging engineers. Either that or strip the POS electronics out of their cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I finally located that link to the story about emission standards changing.

      http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=109778
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very nice, what would you run in on. As far as I know we don't have any ULSD stations. And the model that would end up in the US would have more power and lower MPG.
      • 8 Years Ago
      VW used to produce the Lupo 3L doing around 77miles/gallon. The Lupo was equipped with a automatic gearbox, but because of the complexity the gearbox often suffered from failures.

      The Polo Bluemotion is the standard 3-cyl TDI engine VW has been using for the last couple of years, but with optimized fuel management. The gearbox is a fully manual with a longer 5th (or is it 6th) gear.
      Mechanically they are just the same as all other TDIs.
      And maintenancewise - remember that oilchange has to be done every 30000km ~19000miles (or every second year.)

      Daily I drive the Skoda Octavia Combi, and without any difficulties (5 persons + luggage), combined cycle, I can manage 50miles to the gallon.

      /J
      • 8 Years Ago
      With ULSD rolling out this summer and fall, VW should give this a shot in the U.S. It seems to be a reasonably sized car, and I think 60 mpg would get people interested enough to take a look.
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