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The BlueMotion version of the mid-sized Volkswagen Passat is coming to the Geneva Motor Show in March. BlueMotion is the model designation VW is applying to the cleanest, most efficient variant of each of their platforms, and the Passat BlueMotion model is rated at 46 mpg which is pretty impressive for a car of this size. The CO2 emissions are rated at 136g/km.

That efficiency means that a Passat BlueMotion can go almost 840 miles between fill ups. The BlueTec-equipped four cylinder diesel is rated at 105 hp and has a top speed of 120 mph, if you happen to be on one of the remaining unrestricted sections of the autobahn. It's unknown at this point if the Passat BlueMotion will come stateside, although other diesel Passat models should be headed this way, now that oil-burners are starting to catch on. The VW press release is after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]

WORLD PREMIERE OF THE PASSAT BLUEMOTION IN GENEVA

Low fuel consumption: Passat BlueMotion consumes just 5.1 liters of diesel over 100 km

It just keeps running: Passat BlueMotion with 1,350 km range

Wolfsburg, Germany - The new Passat BlueMotion – no other vehicle of its size consumes less fuel. The saloon needs exactly 5.1 liters of diesel for 100 km. And just as convincing: a CO2 emission level of just 136 g/km. The world premiere of the Passat BlueMotion is 6th March at the Geneva Motor Show.

With the new Passat BlueMotion, Volkswagen is forcing ahead with the launch of vehicles that are particularly efficient and environmentally friendly. The first BlueMotion model was the Polo in the summer of 2006– an immediate success and its production figures have already been increased threefold due to the high demand throughout Europe. "BlueMotion" is now the seal of quality for a model version with the lowest rate of fuel consumption.

With reference to the new Passat BlueMotion this means: an average of 5.1 liters of diesel over 100 kilometers. The Passat Estate BlueMotion needs 5.2 liters (137 g/km) – also a top value, even in comparison to vehicles worldwide. Both body versions have a driving range of up to 1,350 kilometers with a full tank! With an average annual distance driven of 15,000 kilometers, this means that the driver only needs to refuel eleven times a year with an average of 68 Euro* in fuel costs per month.

Volkswagen can achieve such low consumption figures through the fine tuning of the engine, which was already extremely efficient. In this case a 77 kW / 105 bhp TDI engine with a diesel particulate filter fitted as standard. This fuel efficiency does not, however, reduce levels of agility. The Passat BlueMotion can accelerate up to 193 km/h (Estate: 190 km/h) if required. That is an element of the BlueMotion philosophy: fuel efficiency and agility in a combination that still makes driving fun.

* = Basis: 3rd week of 2007, price in Germany, details from the Association of the German Petroleum Industry


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